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OK...who has heard of this one? There is absolutely nothing wrong with my truck other than it has become almost impossible to get out of park. No rattles, clunks, bangs, creaks etc. It has been at the dealership since last wednesday waiting to see if Nissan will cover REPLACING THE STEERING COLUMN! I have 33K on the truck, but went over warranty by 5 days. The diagnosis of replacing the entire steering column came from the shop at the dealer.

So...I have never been off the road, bouncing through mud puddles or anything like that, plus with gas prices, I do drive it carefully.

Someone tell me how I could need a repair like this after 33K miles? What???

Any ideas out there?
 

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Is this happening all the time, or occasionally? If only occasionally, are you parking on an incline of any sort?
 

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This has happened before, but sounds to me as though the problem was different. There is some type of clip near the column/dash that can either break off or come loose and become wedged somehow, thus preventing you from shifting out of [P] There is a thread on here somewhere about it, try searching maybe.

I think that if that^^ was the problem, the dealer would have easily reconciled the problem by now. Sounds to me like larger issues. If indeed they do need to replace the entire column, feel fortunate you're covered under warranty. Just so you know, this isn't a common problem at all, so I wouldn't worry about it happening again after this fix.
 

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Colding...the problem is intermittent, but definately getting worse. As far as parking, I am on a completely flat surface (garage, parking lots etc)

Warrior...the reason I posted the prob is that Nissan is not covering the repair...I was 5 days too late and the warranty expired! Gak! Gimmie a break...5 days!

I already have the 1-800 nissan1 folks working on it, but I can't get them to call me back even with a file number. Looks like I am toast for now!

I will try searching the forums...I just saw the search box. I missed it before.

Thanks folks!
 

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Try getting them to do a "Good Will repair on it for you"
 

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OK...the "goodwill" repair attempt is underway. I am expecting a call today or tomorrow from the district folks at Nissan. Hopefully, the 33K miles with only 5 days over warranty time will sway them. Other than that, I did find some interesting items on column shifters in the forums. 4th fuse from the top on the right side of the fuse box seems to be a suspect in this as well.

Other than this issue, 4 re-paints of the front passenger side bumpers due to clear coat peeling, (they could NOT get the clearcoat to stick) 3 recalls, tire-pressure monitor failure, a short circuit in the power window switch, having the rotors and calipers replaced and a mystery "service engine soon" light last year, I have had my truck into the shop for about 15 trips.
 

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Thanks for the replies folks...I just now heard back from the Nissan people at the district. They are replacing the steering column for me at no charge. I have to admit, I was losing faith. However, they too agreed that there is no reason for the steering column to need replacing at only 33K.

So...my advice if you ever have reason for a goodwill repair...be honest be nice and the good folks at Nissan will hook you up.

BTW...the fuses were all intact, but that is a good thing to know.
 

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wont come out of park

[ my manual shift would work so i took off the column and it was the red and black wire i put those back together and started her up but it would come out of park so i pressed the button to shift it into drive just to see if the manual would work and it engaged but wouldnt shift to 3-2-1 and now i have to get the thing to come out of park. my brake lights work the fuses are good can any body tell me what wires go where on the shifter side or any pics or any ideas because im lost by the way i have 07 nissan titan se
 
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