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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr. The steering column is locked and

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2009 Nissan Altima 2dr. The steering column is locked and car won't start. What can we do.
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: It's keyless entry. Battery is fine 6 months old..
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Car will not START...engine DID turn over. Son in law just drove it up to get us some cold drinks. We're at funeral in alabama...and he drive it back. Steering column now locked and won't start.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: When we put the fob in and depress the brake...we get a steering column symbol
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Welcome, I'm Chris (aka Moose) I prefer to work when others don't, I am here around lunch and after dinner till after midnight.working after noon till just after midnight.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It started and my wife drive it to her mothers. It froze again there and now will do nothing. This is the case even though she made sure the wheel was aligned when she went to reset the anti theft system the windows rolled themselves down, passenger window wouldn't roll itself back up.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
we definitely still need help. We actually drove it to get something to eat, it started and ran fine, then we went to her mothers. It started right after we got there. She was there a few hours and it wouldn't start when we went to leave.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Right now since the steering is locked I assume the key will go in but not turn?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is keyless entry. It has a fob..the steering wheel is NOT locked, but the display message is showing that it (the steering wheel) needs to be straightened ? Looks like this ---×----
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 1 year ago.

I think you mean keyless start?

When you press the start button does the instrument cluster power up?

Will it at least crank?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
keyless start. (Push button)Yes the cluster powers up. NO. It will NOT crank. It gives the goofy -----×----- steering wheel display.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 1 year ago.

So far this looks to be a failure of the Electronic Steering Column Lock (ESCL)

Can you do theses tests

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Thanks Moose.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm not electonically/echanically inclined, so I'll let you know what it is after I have it TOWED to the SHOP to be Fixed, :-( And I'll rate You with stars if You were right.
Expert:  Chris(aka-Moose) replied 1 year ago.

Please do keep in touch.