OK here is an update, and first off thank you for those that read my lengthy post and commented.
So after typing out the post yesterday I went to the dealer that had my car and found out that the current setup runs, and starts consistently. I immediately asked what they did and how that was possible, they aren't sure. So they put the used steering lock on and it wouldnt talk to the keyfob, they we got the keyfob and then entry unit and they wouldnt talk to the ECM (or whatever the cars brain is called). So then they left the used steering lock on the car so they didnt have to remove the steering column again charge me more labor. The orig steering lock is hooked up electronically and dangling under the dash, and I can see the pin go in when i push the start button and it starts fine and continues to run. So I have a running car again, not so orthodox, but i am so happy to have it back after a month, and they gave me a break only $430.00, all labor. Again, I dont know why it works, and I am not sure what solved the problem, but i am just sharing what I went through hoping that it helps someone here. In retrospect I should have removed the steering unit myself and left it hooked up electronically, but not mechanically and see if that fixed the issue....I plan to zip tie the orig unit up under the dash somewhere and just drive it like that til something else happens.
Re: My 2010 Suzi won't start
#46592 by fyrbry25
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:04 pm
I have a 2010 SE and I have not been able to drive it in a month. I took it to an ex-dealer and was told that the steering wheel lock mechanism was faulty. I was then told that it would be 5 weeks until the part was shipped from Japan to PA in the United States and cost just under $300 part only. I decided to try another method, I found a salvage yard that had a donor vehicle on the PA/Ohio border that was willing to pull parts and send them to me to replaced mine in a weeks time instead. Well the entire steering column was pulled from the junked car and shipped to my for 170.00 and I ordered the breakway bolts with a lead time of 1.5 weeks. Well i took the steering lock off the junked steering column by using a cold chisel on the non removable bolts, then took the functional part up to the dealer with the new and old bolts for comparison. Two days later go the call that new part installed, but wont work with my existing key, they are "mismatched" and I need to try to find/acquire the key that was married to the replacement steering lock and i should get the keyless entry module (black box) that goes with it. Another week goes by and those two items show up and i take them to the dealer. They install the matching keyless entry module and use the junked car keyfob and the car starts. they move it 30' and it shuts down and gives them an ECM/ECU car brain doesnt match code. I am now trying to figure out my next step, can we just put the old lock mech back on after we grind down the pin so it doesnt engage? Do i purchase the other brain from the donor car and hope that is all i need and that it doesnt then check with another piece of electronics and shut down bec i need that part to from the donor? Or maybe it runs but the doors dont open or worse....I am also figuring that buying a "NEW" steering wheel lock would work because it would be blank electronically and learn the codes without have to be flashed or programmed.
Not sure what to do, but wanted to share my experiences so far.....I will let you all know what ends up being the ultimate solution or that I gave up and let it at the dealership for all of eternity....
thank you for taking the time to read this and i welcome any and all thoughts and opinions, other than "you should have done this..." I want solutions" not what i did wrong, bec i clearly didnt solve the problem at this point, but i still love the car, just wish i could drive it.
OH yeah, the biggest issue is that the dealer can not (doesnt have tools anymore) to code or reprogram keys/fob/ or flash the cars, so if anyone in PA knows of dealer that can still do so please let me know