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Steering Lock failure Car wont start

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Hi All, Firstly I tried to add this to an existing thread titled 'steering lock failure' however last page wont open- tried  a few times. Mod please move thread as appropriate

This week my car late 2011 370Z failed to start. Tried new battery in intel key, fob in slot etc. NRMA could not start, car now towed to Nissan. I was generally aware of a steering lock problem on 370z’s  but thought it only effected 2009-10 models.

After doing some online reading I have all the same symptoms, lock sign on at the start button and small yellow key warning light is on. (wheel was not physically locked though)

Has this occurred to anyone here on 2011 and up models? 2009-10 were subject to a voluntary recall and they had there type A,B or C Electronic Steering Lock Units (ESLU) replaced with a D model which was fitted to 2011 cars. I believe cars 2012 and up have no ELSC fitted what so ever. I have read that the D rev are also having problems.

Has anyone fitted or had Nissan fit a new ELSC on their 2011 an up models? What did it cost, I’m sure they will charge me a fortune. I read someone was quoted $2600.Even if I do replace its likely to fail again in the future.

The  fix is supposed to be hit Electronic Steering Control Unit-ESCU quite hard to fully disengage lock, switch to assessorial (ACC) mode and pull fuse near battery called Steering lock.

If I can’t get car started by hitting the ESCL I wonder If I could remove the unit, fit a second hand one (assuming its working), start car, or place in ACC mode and then pull fuse?

At this stage I am planning to go down to my car at Nissan, bang the unit with a hammer, attempt to put car in to ACC, pull fuse and drive off, as the US Z forum recommends.

Any other help/idea’s much appreciated.

Rodd

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All good, hit the steering lock with a small hammer, took two goes, then pushed starter button, was able to get it into ACC mode, pulled the steering lock fuse, started car and got the hell out of the Nissan workshop! The look on their faces was priceless.

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hahaha Gold!

 

 

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I had very similar experience a week ago. Sept 2011 build, steering lock failed.

My wife’s car. It refused to start and I could not help her at the time (2am on Friday morning). Car got towed to a “dealer service centre” we bought the car from, even though I had stopped taking the car there many years ago because of their poor service.

After many hours around mid afternoon Friday dealer said steering lock problems, not covered by warranty, and will cost $2500 to replace ☹️

I told them to wait and leave the car outside over the weekend.

After a few hours on google on Friday night I found this forum and USA forum (excellent resources thank you) and it helped me understand steering lock failure is common and has some simple work arounds that dealerships are ignorant of. I went back to dealer on Saturday (knowing they were closed) with my other key fob. Tapped the steering lock a few times with hammer while pushing start key. This got the steering lock freed to start car and I took it home. Then when home I found the fuse, pulled it out. Starts fine and consistently after that.

I went back to the dealer on Monday to get the other key fob they still had. They noticed me drive the car in that they had thought was “dead” on the previous Friday. Dealer said nothing, I don’t know why, maybe they were embarrassed.

I certainly have now given up any confidence in the dealer that sold us our beloved Z.

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