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I can't figure out of I am having this or not... everything points to it except one detail, my steering wheel isn't actually locked. Every thread I have read thus

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Old 12-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I can't figure out of I am having this or not... everything points to it except one detail, my steering wheel isn't actually locked.

Every thread I have read thus far, it died in the lock position. Mine is as free as a bird... but the car won't start.

I removed the fuse for it, but that didn't do anything. I tried out my other key fob, used the fobgina, swapped batteries with the key fobs... No dice there.

I pulled the fuse for the remote start that was inside the cabin... just to see what it would do. [nothing]


The key light comes on, but pushing the ignition does nothing. I thought pulling the fuse by the battery would fix it since my steering wheel isn't actually locked.


Thoughts?

Really bummed about this... in October I had the clutch slave go out... Beginning of December I hit a raccoon and messed the front bumper up... Now this.



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And, just to add to the list...

I unhooked the battery to let the ECU reset... Still nothing.
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Did you actually try hitting the SL while tying to start the car?
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Beat the heck out of the steering wheel... Up and down with it. From what I read it seemed like that was a fix to get it unlocked, but mine isn't locked.

Maybe I should try directly hitting it?
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The SLU can fail in a partially retracted state leaving the wheel unlocked but disabling start.
The pin can retract all the way, but not make the microswitches properly. Once again, wheel is unlocked but car won't start.

Edit: Since you disconnected the battery:
You may need to reset the auto window function. IIRC, roll window down and hold switch for at least three seconds, then roll window up and hold switch for at least three seconds.
You'll probably have to reprogram the stations on your radio.
The engine may run rough until the ECM goes through a re-learning sequence.
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Beat the heck out of the steering wheel... Up and down with it. From what I read it seemed like that was a fix to get it unlocked, but mine isn't locked.

Maybe I should try directly hitting it?
^thats what I meant
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Beat the heck out of the steering wheel... Up and down with it. From what I read it seemed like that was a fix to get it unlocked, but mine isn't locked.

Maybe I should try directly hitting it?
Yes. Some ppl have reported that a few light taps work. Others have had to pound the crap out of it. Some never did get it to act right.

Good luck.
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^thats what I meant

Didn't seem to do anything.

Did notice that now the windows need to be reset... car was outside... Thankfully I was able to push it into the garage... Now the driver side window is stuck down.


*sigh*

It's going to be awesome to pay $500+ for a part.. just so I can pull a fuse to ignore it.
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Didn't seem to do anything.

Did notice that now the windows need to be reset... car was outside... Thankfully I was able to push it into the garage... Now the driver side window is stuck down.


*sigh*

It's going to be awesome to pay $500+ for a part.. just so I can pull a fuse to ignore it.
The window reset is b/c you disconnected the battery,but let see if we can save you $500
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The window reset is b/c you disconnected the battery,but let see if we can save you $500
Yea, I've dealt with the window's before when I was installing my audio stuff. Forgot about it when I disconnected the battery.

It's one of those if I could just get it to ACC... that fuse would be gone.

May just keep trying tapping/hitting/pounding it to see if I can just get it to switch just once.




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Btw, I really appreciate the help.
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Didn't seem to do anything.

Did notice that now the windows need to be reset... car was outside... Thankfully I was able to push it into the garage... Now the driver side window is stuck down.


*sigh*

It's going to be awesome to pay $500+ for a part.. just so I can pull a fuse to ignore it.
If banging on the SLU doesn't work, someone reported that they were able to remove the SLU (DIYs on this site; if you can get the IPDM out to remove the fuse, you can remove the SLU) and manually poke the pin to the retracted position.

See comment above to reset windows. IIRC, you have to do it to both windows.

My dealer quoted me $810 for a SLU this morning while I was getting new hatch springs.
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If banging on the SLU doesn't work, someone reported that they were able to remove the SLU (DIYs on this site; if you can get the IPDM out to remove the fuse, you can remove the SLU) and manually poke the pin to the retracted position.

See comment above to reset windows. IIRC, you have to do it to both windows.

My dealer quoted me $810 for a SLU this morning while I was getting new hatch springs.


Hmm, I will have to give that a try tomorrow.
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My dealer quoted me $810 for a SLU this morning while I was getting new hatch springs.
FVCK THAT
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FVCK THAT
LOL.

Judging by some of the other prices posted on this site, $810 is probably the undiscounted MSRP. Might be a bit cheaper if paying for installation. Still outrageous for something that should be recalled.

I'm not buying one, just checking the price out of curiosity when getting a quote on the ambient temp sensor. $72 for the sensor, but mine just has a broken mounting prong, so I'm going to see how nice of a job I can do with tie-wraps. If it's too ugly, I'll see if I can find one online for cheaper.
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LOL.

Judging by some of the other prices posted on this site, $810 is probably the undiscounted MSRP. Might be a bit cheaper if paying for installation. Still outrageous for something that should be recalled.

I'm not buying one, just checking the price out of curiosity when getting a quote on the ambient temp sensor. $72 for the sensor, but mine just has a broken mounting prong, so I'm going to see how nice of a job I can do with tie-wraps. If it's too ugly, I'll see if I can find one online for cheaper.

Links I checked earlier today have the part at around $550.

I can't believe that I've seen dealers wanting $1400-$1600 to fix it.
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