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How to fix the BMW / MINI steering lock warning

Have you got the red warning light with steering wheel and padlock? It is common on BMWs and MINIs around 2007.
Do you want to spend a fortune at a main dealer or fix it yourself for under £15 ($20)? Watch this video.

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