This is a picture of the lights in 'failure mode' (Key light on, Start button Lock light on). There is no way past this all the time the ECU doesn't get the OK signal from the steering lock:
Not ideal I know but can you use trolly jacks to move it to where it can be lifted, I have two trolly jacks if I can help.
Thanks for your offer of help
I just met 2 tow trucks at the car park and they didn't seem confident about getting the car out!
Like I said before, I didn't want to get into trying to fix the issue but I thought I would try some 'percussive maintenance' on the lock. i.e. tapping the lock (quite gently) with the handle of a screwdriver whilst repeatedly trying the start button. This actually worked! I was able to drive the car to the dealer where is it ready for them to inspect it.
Unfortunately the lock is now operating normally! Typical From reading other reports about this that it will fail again so I have little faith in the lock until it gets replaced. I am keeping my trusty screwdriver in the car from now on!
There are things than can be done now it is working OK. I could pull the fuse or cut the wire on pin 1 going into the lock to disable the lock from working. However, I am not happy doing this and I don't suppose my insurance company would be very happy either.
I will see that Nissan make of it but I will be pushing for a replacement before I am stranded again - today has been totally lost to getting the car recovered back to the dealer as it is.
Finally, one other thing to mention. None of the attempts below worked when we were trying to get it started:
- Disconnecting the battery for a time
- Disconnecting the cable into the lock
- A combination of the above
- Trying the second fob & new batteries
Thanks again to everyone who responded to this thread and PMd me