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Frontier1
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Apr 4, 2012, 3:04 PM

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 I lost my keys while while walking a Trout stream in a remote area of Wisconsin. No cell phone service and no one home at the nearest farms 2 miles in either direction, and no spare keys.
My Nissan Pick Up is a 2001 Frontier XE with small 4 cyl. engine and over a 100K miles on the truck. No cruise control No tilt wheel just a basic truck.
I worked my way into the cab and removed the left side of the ignition wiring harness and was able to start the engine by inserting a screwdriver and giving it a turn. Then the steering wheel locked in position and I DESTROYED the streering wheel locking device / ignition with a screwdriver and an old pair of vise grips. I bought a replacement steering wheel locking device / ignition from the Nissan dealer at a reasonable price and am ready to install.
The screwdriver in the ignition wiring harness worked fine for a couple days, however at this point there is NO POWER to the ignition. Headlights OK, Horn OK, Brake lights OK, dash lights OK. No power to the ignition,wipers,fan,or radio.
All fuses OK at the dash and under the hood. At least the truck is home in the garage, but I would like to get it running again. Can anyone help???


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Apr 4, 2012, 9:12 PM

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Did you use a volt meter and check for power to the ignition switch on the green wire. Should see battery voltage on that wire all the time?



Does this have an aftermarket alarm system or remote start installed?





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Frontier1
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Apr 4, 2012, 9:25 PM

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No after market alarm, no remote start, no bells or whistles. I will try the volt meter in the morning. There is a RELAY in the secondary fuse box under the hood marked Anti Theft H/lamp, I don't what that is but I have a feeling that relay has something to do with the power being cut off before it reaches the ignition. Thanks for the help, I will get back to you as things progress.


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Apr 4, 2012, 9:29 PM

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Power for those items don't go directly through the ignition switch. The ignition switch is used to turn on an ignition relay in the fuse box that allows power to go to those things. Just have to systematically diagnose this to find out what is going on, starting out by checking for power to the switch first.





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Frontier1
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Apr 5, 2012, 4:59 PM

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After installing all the new parts I still had no power at the steering wheel ignition. I went back to the fuse box under the hood and found a MINI-FEMALE TERMINAL 40 Amp fuse that was blown. I did not recognize this as a fuse due to its unusual shape. $2.39 @ Pep Boys and Zoom-Zoom. Thanks for the help.


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Apr 5, 2012, 9:53 PM

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The circuit may have shorted to something under the dash when you were ripping the column apart. Thanks for the follow up Smile





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