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#3165389 - 05/19/12 10:43 PM Truck Problem
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
OK here's the deal.

2000 Nissan Frontier. Automatic trans.

Driving around today shut the thing off. Went to restart it and the key was difficult to turn but wrestling with the steering wheel finally got it to go.

Five minutes later the same thing. As of now the steering is locked, the shifter is locked, and the ignition switch won't turn.

Suggestions ?
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#3165417 - 05/19/12 11:04 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
mtbadger Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 2293
Loc: Montana
Sounds like the ignition switch/lockout is broke... Replacing the ignition switch is the only thing I can think of...
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#3165434 - 05/19/12 11:20 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
That's what I was afraid of. I was hoping the key was just too worn down
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#3165466 - 05/20/12 12:39 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
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There is a video on YouTube about replacing ignition switch/lockout. Doesn't look to tough. The price is pretty steep though on the part.

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#3165471 - 05/20/12 12:52 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Jordan Park Offline
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Registered: 02/20/11
Posts: 0
Loc: Manitoba, Canada
Try steering the wheel to the left, then try turning the key. I know the steering wheel won't actually turn but the pressure and force on the wheel for whatever reason allows the car to start...Atleast for mine anyways. Good luck

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#3165472 - 05/20/12 12:52 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Budfish Offline
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Registered: 09/05/10
Posts: 37
Loc: Des Allemands, Louisiana
Sometimes holding the steering wheel to one side or the other will release the tension that is keeping the key from turning. Happens alot on older vehicles like mine, but can be dealt with for a long time if you know how.
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#3165474 - 05/20/12 12:54 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Budfish Offline
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Registered: 09/05/10
Posts: 37
Loc: Des Allemands, Louisiana
looks like Jordan beat me to it.
smile
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#3165654 - 05/20/12 09:03 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
Thanks guys. I'll try all manner of positions but I suspect I'll be into the steering column today. Maybe I can even explode the air bag :-))
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#3165709 - 05/20/12 09:53 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Pete in Frbks Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 2117
Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Originally Posted By: white17
Thanks guys. I'll try all manner of positions but I suspect I'll be into the steering column today. Maybe I can even explode the air bag :-))


Please have Barb stand by with video camera. This could be good.....!

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#3165854 - 05/20/12 11:56 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
Barb wants to know if you are equating her with the air bag ??
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#3167132 - 05/21/12 10:22 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Pete in Frbks Offline
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Registered: 12/28/06
Posts: 2117
Loc: Fairbanks, Alaska
Originally Posted By: white17
Barb wants to know if you are equating her with the air bag ??


You maybe...... Barb? Never!



Edited by Pete in Frbks (05/21/12 10:23 AM)

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#3167449 - 05/21/12 04:04 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Pittu Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 895
Loc: Alaska
I have a Dodge that got worse and worse until finally the key broke off. I popped the ignition cylinder out and just start it using my finger and thumb to turn the mechanism inside the steering column. I was hoping someone would see that it was keyless and steal it. I am still waiting. Stupid Dodges.....

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#3167517 - 05/21/12 05:19 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
fishermann222 Offline

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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 5292
Loc: Bethel, Alaska
put an ad on CL pittu, someone will snag it
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#3167547 - 05/21/12 05:57 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
I'm hoping the key is so worn that it's not moving the tumblers. Gonna get a new one and try that.
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#3168447 - 05/22/12 11:34 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
canvasback Offline
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Registered: 12/22/06
Posts: 4824
Loc: NY
$51.92 for a new ignition switch from Nissan .
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#3168467 - 05/22/12 11:48 AM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
On a Call Offline
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Registered: 01/23/10
Posts: 1982
Loc: S/E Mich - N/W Ohio
I have no idea...but you might look at pulling the key switch out and you can then start and drive it. However you will no longer have a key to prevent theft.

But then...how far could someone get from where you live smile

Good luck Ken

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#3169831 - 05/23/12 01:49 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: canvasback]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
Originally Posted By: canvasback
$51.92 for a new ignition switch from Nissan .



$217.46 in Anchorage.


Theft really isn't an issue where I live.

I got a new key by using the vin number. I'll try that tomorrow when I get home. The new one is quite a bit different so I'm hoping that will fix it.
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#3169835 - 05/23/12 02:04 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Pittu Offline
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Registered: 11/09/07
Posts: 895
Loc: Alaska
Huhhh....I thought you started your truck like the Fonz starts the jukebox!!!

You must be loosing your touch laugh

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#3169883 - 05/23/12 03:03 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
white17 Offline

"General (Mr.Sunshine) Washington"

Registered: 03/17/07
Posts: 15070
Loc: McGrath, AK
I have to get a new comb first
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#3170026 - 05/23/12 05:03 PM Re: Truck Problem [Re: white17]
Cougartail
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Originally Posted By: white17
Originally Posted By: canvasback
$51.92 for a new ignition switch from Nissan .



$217.46 in Anchorage.


Theft really isn't an issue where I live.

I got a new key by using the vin number. I'll try that tomorrow when I get home. The new one is quite a bit different so I'm hoping that will fix it.


I was wondering where he got that number as $179.95 was the best price I saw on the internet.

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