First off, I own a 2010 EX35 RWD.
This week I tried to start my car and when I pushed the ignition button nothing happened. A "key" symbol appeared on the dashboard which according to the user manual warns of a malfunction with the
electrical steering lock system or the Intelligent Key system.
I searched using "Steering control lock" or "ESCL" and found numerous discussion on this problem with 2009 Altimas. Apparently there was a manufacturing defect. Nissan extended the warranty on models of 370z, Altima, and Cube. Anyway, there were several "fixes", from cutting wires (not wise and only after car started), to removing fuse (long term solution after having car started, but Infiniti doesn't use), and one by following this video;
I followed the youtube video and was able to get my car started. So far the "fix" is holding.
I would like to have the module replaced, but cannot identify/locate the part number. I contacted an Infiniti dealer for the part, which costs >$550, using my VIN number. I was told this is not a DIY as the car needs to be programmed so that it can recognize and work with the new part. I am not sure if this is true. Some Nissan owner did do the replacement but did not mention they did the programming.
So my question is, is the Infiniti dealer pulling my legs? If this were true, it would mean that most likely any electronic component replacement will need to be done at the dealership.
Thanks for your help.