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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2018, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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electronic steering lock

Im working on a friends 2010 cube. It wont start, wont even go into accessory mode when the start button is pushed. Just a little key light comes on.

The keys work unlocking and locking the doors.
Battery is good (even used jumper cables)
brake lights are good so brake pedal switch is good
fuses are all good

It all points to the steering wheel lock problem - the actual steering wheel is not locked (you can turn it all the way around in both directions).
I have removed the steering column covers to access the small lock module and wires.

It doesnt appear that replacement parts are easy to get, and seem expensive although I cant be sure when im looking at the right parts and have no part number. Removal isnt easy because its "theft proof". Im happy to solder and jumper and do work on the circuit board I just want to know Im getting the appropriate guidelines for a cube (other nissans seem to have similar problems but with slightly different fixes)

The DIY thread for this fix in this forum seems broken, I cant see any info in that thread - was it removed?

One video on youtube suggests using jumper wires where the little microswitches are but there are some unclear instructions about if you have to have the car running when you do parts of the operation. I may try messaging the guy in the video.

Anyone go through this?
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Well in the end it turned out to be the electronic steering lock.

Luckily the wheel wasnt locked so it was easy enough to take the plastics off from around the steering column.

I removed the lock using a dremel tool (cutting disc) to slot the screws from on top of the part - those security screws make life hard. I then had to open up the box which was also a pain in the ass drilling it out and opening it up. The little motor that drives the screw seems to have died and while the column wasnt locked it was halfway and not contacting the switches to tell the car it was unlocked. I removed the lock plunger and its spur gear, taped up the switches with electrical tap and re-installed.

Note: DO NOT cut the brown wire as you may have seen in some other nissan threads. It doesnt fix this particular problem on this car and just gives you one more thing to fix -

Weirdly when you put it all back together it doesnt start working right away, theres some kind of process for the car to recognize the key again, not sure what it is, but after unlocking and locking the doors a few times and getting in and out it started working. Every time you unplug the module you have to go through that process again which is frustrating.
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Hi Philip Ball, thanks for the tip! Did you try (I guess so) also the fuse removal while open?
I understood also that if the motor wire is cut the car won't start, is it correct?
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