Permanent fix to steering wheel lock issue

I got the car to start earlier today by tapping the steering wheel lock control module with a screw driver. But I'm afraid of it locking up again, especially of it happening to my wife when she has the car. I want to know if I can just remove a fuse to prevent it from locking up again.
My car has an automatic transmission.
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You can indeed disable the steering lock system by removing the fuse, however you would need to get the vehicle started before doing so. The steering wheel lock system uses an actuator that moves back and forth to lock and unlock the steering. If the fuse for the system is pulled when it is in the unlocked position, then it will not be be able to shift into the locked position. Usually this problem will begin to occur when the steering wheel lock control module begins to fail, and will usually get more frequent over time, until the vehicle no longer starts. In most cases the module will have to be replaced in order to correctly repair the issue, however pulling the fuse will get the car to start. A diagram of the fuse panel where the fuse is located will be found in your owner’s manual; the fuse you are looking for should be labeled "steering lock." If you would like help, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering lock issue and make the necessary repairs.

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Turn the key while trying to turn the wheel at the same time. Apply different amounts of pressure to the key while it is in the ignition and at the same time try to work the steering wheel back and forth. Even when locked, the steering wheel should turn a little. Keep trying until the steering wheel unlocks.
A diagram of the fuse panel where the fuse is located will be found in your owner`s manual; the fuse you are looking for should be labeled “steering lock.” If you would like help, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering lock issue and make the necessary repairs.
If your steering wheel locks up while the car is in motion, perhaps the most likely culprit is a lack of power steering fluid, or dirty power steering fluid. Especially at lower speeds like parking lot maneuvers, the power steering system allows you to turn the wheels with ease.
Likely, you`ve accidentally engaged the locking bolt in the ignition, which is an anti-theft feature modern vehicles with. You can`t turn the steering wheel because the Nissan engineers have designed it so that even if a car thief started your car without a key, they wouldn`t be able to drive it off.
Nissan is conducting a Voluntary Service Campaign to replace the Electronic Steering Column Lock (Steering Lock Unit) on certain specific 2009 – 2010 model year Maxima and Altima vehicles. This issue does not affect steering or engine operation when the vehicle is already running.
Electronic failure is when the electrical systems keeping the power steering running stop functioning. This type of failure can be caused by a fuse issue, so you can easily check the fuse box to see if one of the fuses needs replacing.
Turn the steering wheel back and forth while turning the key at the same time. This will disengage the lock and allow the vehicle to start.
While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. If the wheel doesn`t unlock and/or the engine doesn`t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the above step.
Turn the steering wheel gently in the direction that offers a little give, and hold it. Insert the key into the ignition and try to start the engine. If the steering wheel lock doesn`t go right away, don`t force it. Try the other direction and apply just a bit more pressure to the key.
CONS: Leaves marks on your steering wheel when locked on overnight or longer, may ruin your steering wheel.
DESCRIPTION. The steering lock actuator assembly activates the steering lock motor and moves the lock bar into the steering column to lock the steering. The steering may not unlock when the lock bar gets stuck in the lock hole of the steering column.
1) First, insert your key into the ignition switch and turn it without too much force. If the key turns, then the steering wheel will be unlocked. Should you have difficulty turning the ignition switch to the ACC position, turn the key while turning the steering wheel right and left to release the tension.
Summary: NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2009 AND 2010 ALTIMA AND MAXIMA PASSENGER CARS. THE UPPER FRONT STRUT INSULATORS MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED OUT OF SPECIFICATION RESULTING IN A POTENTIAL FOR THE STRUT INSULATOR TO CRACK. Tip: Recalls don`t affect every vehicle of the same year, make and model.
All you need to do is turn off your engine, then restart it so the light can reset. In most cases, it should come back on, and this only indicates that it may have thought it suspected a problem due to a mistake in the computer system.
Faulty Fuse

And if that`s faulty or the fusible links are damaged, your car wont start. A damaged or blown fuse can prevent power from reaching the starter relay, which is needed to provide the spark, the ignition, and the power to move your vehicle.

P0550 is a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) for “Power Steering Pressure Sensor Circuit Malfunction”. This can happen for multiple reasons and a mechanic needs to diagnose the specific cause for this code to be triggered in your situation.
Your Power Wheels® 12 volt battery is equipped with a built-in thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is a self-resetting safety device which automatically “trips” and shuts down operation of the vehicle if the vehicle is overloaded or the driving conditions too severe.
The electrical /hydraulic steering system is protected with various fuses.
If you`ve found yourself unable to drive your own car, having accidentally forgotten your steering wheel lock key, an expert locksmith can readily help you solve your this problem. Steering wheel locks are specially designed to be almost tamper-proof.
If you forget to lock your Nissan – or need to unlock it when you don`t have your keys handy – simply log into the MyNISSAN App or MyNissan Owner Portal to remotely lock or unlock your doors.
Make sure the car is in park (Neutral for manual shift) then engage the break (Clutch for manual) and place the key in the ignition and turn it to “accessory on” now turn the wheel as far opposite of the locked direction as you can and turn the key to crank the engine. The steering wheel lock should release its self.
Turn the steering wheel gently in the direction that offers a little give, and hold it. Insert the key into the ignition and try to start the engine. If the steering wheel lock doesn`t go right away, don`t force it. Try the other direction and apply just a bit more pressure to the key.
The most common cause of a stiff steering wheel is the lack of enough power steering fluid in the system. This condition can arise if there`s fluid leakage from the pressurized hose area. Refilling the liquid in the power steering tank will fix the problem for the time being, but the leak must be taken care of.
Turn the steering wheel gently in the direction that offers a little give, and hold it. Insert the key into the ignition and try to start the engine. If the steering wheel lock doesn`t go right away, don`t force it. Try the other direction and apply just a bit more pressure to the key.

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ANSWER : Hi there. The issue seems to be the shifter interlock solenoid may be malfunctioning causing the steering wheel lock to not release or not engage.

I suggest having the computer scanned for any codes that would be stored or pending for the steering system as there is a warning light on for the steering lock system. This will give you the correct item to check when dealing with your steering wheel not locking. If you need further assistance with the steering wheel not locking, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

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ANSWER : Hi, thanks for writing in. I’d be happy to provide my insight. It is possible the ignition mechanism is broken inside the steering column. I suggest trying to turn over your car with a spare key, to see if the ignition turns with the different key. If you do not have an extra key, then look at the key you have to see if it shows signs of wear. If it is, then have a copy made to see if that works.

If you would like help looking at your ignition system, consider having an expert automotive technician from YourMechanic come to your home or office to inspect and diagnose this issue for you, and make or suggest any repairs as needed.

Permanent fix to steering wheel lock issue
ANSWER : Hello.

You can indeed disable the steering lock system by removing the fuse, however you would need to get the vehicle started before doing so. The steering wheel lock system uses an actuator that moves back and forth to lock and unlock the steering. If the fuse for the system is pulled when it is in the unlocked position, then it will not be be able to shift into the locked position. Usually this problem will begin to occur when the steering wheel lock control module begins to fail, and will usually get more frequent over time, until the vehicle no longer starts. In most cases the module will have to be replaced in order to correctly repair the issue, however pulling the fuse will get the car to start. A diagram of the fuse panel where the fuse is located will be found in your owner’s manual; the fuse you are looking for should be labeled "steering lock." If you would like help, a technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or office to inspect your steering lock issue and make the necessary repairs.

steering wheel won’t unlock my key turns only to turn lights on but that’s it can’t unlock steering wheel to start the car what to
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