For those who don't know, the steering wheel lock issue is leaving Maximas stranded unable to start the car with these symptoms: What happens is when you try to start the car, without warning, the electric lock fails to unlock sending error message to the BCM. The car will not start in this case and will flash the Intelligent Key warning in the cluster.
This is a KNOWN ISSUE for 370z's and GT-R's built around the same time period, and all three cars use the SAME EXACT part number for the unit that is being replaced to fix this problem.
I have copied and pasted text from the 370Z post, which links to the original GTR posts. READ ABOUT THIS, IF IT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW WE NEED TO GET THIS MADE A RECALL FOR THE 2009+ NISSAN MAXIMA's AS WELL. THIS EXACT PART IS RECALLED BY NISSAN FOR THE GT-R! They have left the 370z and Maxima owners to pay for their mistakes out of pocket! $500+ for the part alone! This is unacceptable for obvious reasons.
Quoted from 370z.com (http://www.the370z.com/diy-section-d...rly-2010s.html
Original link from GTR Life (http://www.gtrlife.com/forums/topic/...ring-lock-fix/
FILL OUT A COMPLAINT FORM HERE TO HELP MAKE THIS A RECALL - https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/index.cfm
- If you have 48700-JF00A or 48700-JF00B, chances are your lock will fail.
- It was confirmed Nissan was using RevB to Fall 2009. A Oct2009 build 2010 Nismo
was using RevB and had a faulty lock.
- Nissan mentioned on the GTR recall that the steering lock was over oiled during
assembly causing some sort of electrical failure... but members are finding other
failures where the electric actuator was seized due to gear/shaft assembly malfunction.
- A member with a 40th 370Z with Jan 2010 build also fell victim on 1/19/2012..
He took a snap for us and verified that his lock is RevC. which means if his lock
suffered the same issue as the RevA and B, GTR's with the recalled locks that used RevC
could fail again. We will not know for sure though as it could have failed for another
isolated reason. Let's just hope this was an isolated incident.
- Nissan stopped using these locks on the 2012 Z's entirely, confirmed by a member
who looked on her car for us... which is not very convincing for those of us stuck with
the 'old' system. another member confirmed he could turn the steering L/R by hand
pushing on the tires while the front end is off the ground, car turned off....so there is
no substitute mechanism on the 3/2011 build to present.
2) Where to look for your steering lock revision:
- You can look under the steering column and see which revision your car has
(details where and what to look for, see DIY below)
- Your car's build date is located on the driver side door jam label.
- If you are currently stranded, scroll all the way to the bottom of the DIY for
temporary remedies to try.
3) How do I know if my steering lock is working?
- The motorized winding noise you hear when you push your starter-button is
your steering lock unlocking. You dont even need to start the car. Just push
your starter-button once to ACC. You hear a wind up noise from under the
steering column. That's the steering lock unlocking itself.
- You can also hear it when you shut down the car. Without starting the car
continue to push the starter-button twice to turn off. You will hear a winding
Note: The steering-lock locks independently to the door locks so even if you
don't lock the doors the steering-lock functions.
From here forward, do this at your own risk! Information and how-to is to
the best of my knowledge.
The replacement part is (revD and E): 48700-JF00D or 48700-JF00E.
If you can, get the JF00D or JF00E as there is uncertainty on the RevC's reliability.
Price is about $500 each.
This is RevC:
while this might be a $500 part, it could cost me WAAAY more repairing/replacing
other parts from the towing and while sitting at the dealership waiting for the part
to come in. dont have time to be worrying about that.
Security screws (2pcs per set): 48703-06F0A (i used metric fastners
instead for easy removal next time... hope not).
here are tools i used. angled needle nosed pliers, flashlight, and a socket
for my replacement screws.
the key here is the angled needle nosed pliers. you need it to grab hold of
the security screw on the factory unit (2pcs) to remove. there is no hex or
stick your head under the steering column and look upwards for the steering
lock. the bottom part of the lock looks like this... it's actually in your face if
you take a good look with a flashlight.
remove the 2 round headed screws using the needle nosed angled pliers.
it's not torqued in all that tight, but it takes some effort to loosen. once
you get one of the 2 off, you can giggle the steering lock with your hand
to make the 2nd screw removal easier.
Then unclip the hardness. The tab is on the top side and easy to unlatch.
here is what it looks outside the car...The greasy one is from factory. Mine
is still working so I will leave this in my trunk for now as backup.
(The one i saw in the GTR forum which failed was shaped a little differently at the
top of the steering lock. The werd is the one that came off my car with RevB is
shaped the same way as the RevC aka revised lock). I am not sure if there is a
sub-revision within RevB or not, but watever... until Nissan explains this i didnt
feel like taking my chances or wasting my time worrying about this known problem).
Nissan mentioned on the GTR recall that the steering lock was over oiled during
assembly causing some sort of electrical failure so external appearance doesn't
seem to matter).
since my car's a hobby car and security isn't really an issue, i used 2 metric
bolts when putting it back together. I recommend you buy the security bolts
and see for yourself the length and width you need to buy if you decide to get
The top screw is the Nissan security screw (the hex breaks off when
torqued). The bottom one is a regular metric screw i had in my screw
to put back together do everything in reverse.
here's a finished pict with my regular metric fastners. this will make it real easy to remove next time.