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I suspect by 2000 3litre petrol auto S type "thought" that

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I suspect by 2000 3litre petrol auto S type "thought" that it was being stolen, because I cannot start it, and the steering wheel is locked.
I have looked through various websites and carried out ALL the checks mentioned etc. but nobody has come up with a definitive final answer. Thoughts?
Good luck with this one.
Hello 1st thing to try is charging up the main car battery as a low voltage here will give you all sorts of odd faults and if the battery is more than 5 years old its may need replacingI'd also replace the key fob battery straight away then once this is done , do an ECU reset by disconnecting the battery cables and clamping them together for 10 mins. Remove both battery leads from the battery then use a nut and bolt or G-clamp to hold both battery lead terminals together. This discharges any capacitors / memory within the ECU and around the car so ensures all memory settings are wiped clear - back to the factory default. This will reset all the systems on the car and you may need the radio security code to get it going again, and ensure that the keys are in your hand when you re-connect the battery as the car may lock and turn on the alarm
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks Matt,I can confirm the car battery is up to charge.The problem is still there even with the second key, which has not been used that much. But I suppose a new battery is worth a try. (Doubt if both keys fail at the same time).Have carried out an ECU reset. The problem remains, but I'll try again.As the wheels cannot be turned because the steering wheel is locked, is it possible to physically remove the lock mechanism?CheersTDA
hellothe steering lock motor can be disabled If you open the drivers door and while lying on the ground look up beyond the plastic surrounding the bonnet release (inside the car). With the aid of a torch you will see the steering column locking device and there is a wire connector. This will come off after releasing a plastic locking tab (at the top of the wiring connector). It is possible to get to this without removing any dashboard fascia or plastic surrounds.So this will get the steering unlocked however its likely that the security will still be in place so the next step will be get the car re-coded to the keys again as it can lose the pairingso this procedure may help 1.) Get in the car and close the drivers side door.2.) Put the key into the ignition and turn to position 0.3.) Wait 5 seconds.4.) Turn the key quickly to position II then back to 0 four times.within 6 seconds (do this only once)5.) You should hear a single chime.6.) Remove the Key.7.) For each Key fob in rapid succession. Press and hold the Boot (Trunk) release, lock or unlock button on the key fob you wish to pair, you should hear a chime as each Key fob is paired with the security system. After the chime repeat the process on the next Key fob you wish to pair. 8.) On completion after all keys have been programmed, wait 3 minutes then check the operation of each Key fob by locking/unlocking the vehicle.Important Note :-All the fobs that you wish to use Must be paired at the same time. Every time you operate the key as in step 5 above the code will be changed, previously programmed fobs will no longer work unless you pair them all at the same time.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks again Matt,It's night time now, so I'll try this tomorrow.CheersTDA
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Matt,It will be Monday before I continue with this problem.Cheers.TDA
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Hi Matt,To finish. Unfortunately, it didn't clear the problem.
Have figured out that the steering lock is most probably the cause, and am now trying to source a replacement.Thanks anyway.TDA
Hello try this or