Hi All. First time on the forum, so please be gentle.

I have recently bought a 2006 330D M sport and the "steering lock jammed" symbol appeared on the dash and now the engine won't start.

The alternator has been making 'orrible noises and was booked in for replacement tomorrow. I have charged the battery, in case the alternator hasn't been doing it's job, but it still won't start.

Any ideas on how to over come this problem without taking it to the local BMW dealership?