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I have a 2009 Nissan 370 Z and I guess the steering wheel…

Good morning. I have...

Good morning. I have a 2009 Nissan 370 Z and I guess the steering wheel lock went bad yesterday. I had never heard of this issue and got onto the blog to try and figure something out. I've tried tapping on it for almost 4 hours and I can't get it to work. Looks like I will need to replace it.

Mechanic's Assistant: How has the car been driving lately?

No issues at all. Yesterday I drove it 3 different times a d it seemed like the battery was slow to start. I came out last night and it tried to start but wouldn't turn over. All of the light and electronics worked so I know it wasn't the battery.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your 370Z yourself? What have you tried so far?

I tried taking out the fuse but the steering lock won't budge. The blogs said to put the car in accessory mode and I was able to do that but Ibcouldnt get the car to start. I priced the part and it was $689 at a local auto parts store. I will have my mechanic fix.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

No that is all

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago

Around 80,000. I just came out and it started. I tapped the steering column actuator several times earlier today and couldn't get it to do anything so I just gave up. I ended up coming out to get something out of the car and decided to try it one last time.

When it doesn't start, is the steering wheel locked?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago

The steering wheel was locked when I tried to start it.

What kind of notifications are you getting when it doesn't start?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago

The yellow key light on the left side of the instrument panel was coming on. Last night I was getting the notification for a low battery in my key fob. The little red key in the middle of the instrument panel came on a few times also.

Have you changed the Battery in the Remote yet?

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago

I did last night. I'm betting that I ran the battery down today trying to continuously start the car after I tapped on the actuator.

Well try this. Put a Jump on the Car. Then see if it starts every time. If it does, then you may have a weak car battery. If it still acts up, then you may have a Steering lock control actuator issue. Tapping works most of the time. But not all the time. Keep that in mind.

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