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Volkswagen ID.3: Steering information

To make it more difficult to steal the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle, the steering must always be locked before leaving the vehicle.


Power steering on an electromechanical steering system adjusts automatically based on the driving speed, the steering torque, and the steering angle of the wheels. Electromechanical steering works only when the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle's drive system is activated.

If the power steering system is impaired or malfunctioning, a significantly greater amount of force than normal must be used to steer.

Electronic steering lock

The steering column is locked electronically:

  1. Stop the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle.

  2. Set the electronic parking brake.

  3. If the ignition is active, press the starter button once.

    Or: open the driver door, which will switch off the ignition. The steering column will be locked.

Countersteering assist

The counter-steering assistance provides the driver with power steering in some critical driving situations. Additional steering power, together with the ESC , supports the driver when counter-steering → .


Power steering only works when the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle is ready to drive. If the power steering is not functioning, the steering wheel becomes stiff, making it much more difficult to steer. That can result in loss of control of the vehicle, accidents and serious or fatal injuries.

  • Never let the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle roll when drive-ready mode has ended.


The counter-steering assistance is not a replacement for the driver's attention and works only within the system limitations. In critical driving situations, uncontrolled vehicle movements can occur despite the counter-steering assistance. If you do not pay attention, there is a risk of accidents, serious injuries and death.

  • Always stay attentive and do not rely solely on the system. The driver is always responsible for control of the vehicle.

  • Ensure that the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle is not steered by the counter-steering assistance.

  • Always adapt your speed and driving style to the visibility, weather, road and traffic conditions.


If the ignition is switched off when the Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle is being towed, some vehicle functions are not available, such as the turn signals, horn, windshield wipers and the windshield washer system.

  • Switch on the ignition when towing the vehicle.


Steering malfunction

The red warning light turns on or flashes.

There is an electromechanical steering or electronic steering lock malfunction.

Do not continue driving!

  1. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.

  • If the red warning light turns on, it may be difficult to move the steering wheel because the electromechanical steering system is malfunctioning.

  • If the red warning light blinks, the steering column cannot unlock.

  • The Volkswagen ID.3 vehicle may not be towed on its own four wheels.

Steering malfunction

The yellow indicator light turns on or flashes.

The steering is stiffer or more sensitive than usual.

The indicator light comes on permanently:

  1. Re-activate the vehicle's drive system and slowly drive a short distance.

  2. If the indicator light stays on, contact a suitably qualified professional and have the system checked.

    Volkswagen recommends contacting an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility.

The indicator light blinks:

  1. Turn the steering wheel back and forth slightly.

  2. Switch the ignition off and back on.

  3. Take note of messages in the ID. cockpit.

  4. If the indicator light continues to flash after switching the ignition back on, do not continue driving. Contact an authorized Volkswagen dealer or authorized Volkswagen Service Facility for assistance.

Volkswagen ID.3 (E11, E12) 2020-2024 Owner's Manual

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