2008 LR2 HSE - Steering Column Locked message / car won't start
I've seen a couple of these threads, but no one updates on what the fix was so I am hoping someone on here can help.
When I go to put the key into the car, it makes a lot of clicking noises (like more than normal it seems or maybe I am just paying closer attention to it). Then, when I press the start button it says system check in progress and clicks more. Finally, a message saying "steering column locked" comes up. The car doesn't even attempt to start.
I replaced the car battery a few months ago and I checked it with my voltage meter. It seems to be okay.
Troubleshooting I have done:
-Tried starting the car while in neutral
-Unplugged battery for 12+ hours
-Tried my spare key to start car
-Tried holding down the start button
-Hooked car up to another car via jumper cables and tried to start
-reprogramming the key by trying to start the car, taking the key out and holding down the unlock button while pressing the lock button three times and then tried to start the car again
-Manually locking and unlocking the door and then attempting to start
-Left both keys in the key holder for over an hour with the car powered on in hopes that it would recharge the key if that's the issue OR re-sync with the anti theft system
The other things I will try this evening when it cools down:
Hard reset by unplugging battery, letting rest for 15 mins and then touching negative and positive cables together and then plugging battery back in
If that doesn't work, I will also try hooking the battery up to my other car for an extended period of time.
I'd also like to try taking the fuse for the steering column out, but I can't find which number it is. Does anyone know?
Are there any other suggestions? If not, I guess my final choice is to have it towed to the shop. Either way, I will be sure to come back and update with the specifics of the problem because I know how frustrating it can be to not get an update.
Thanks for reading this entire thing. I'll take any troubleshooting suggestions!