I need some assistance and would be very appreciative if anyone can help me.
Here is scenario:
1999.5 Nissan Pathfinder automatic transmission
I insert my key into the ignition, and it won't turn.
Sometimes, jiggling it for upto 1/2 hour, it will turn, and allow me to ignite the engine. But once I pull the key out, the 'lock' mechanism clicks in and this whole process starts over again.
First I thought it was an steering wheel lock issue. It is not as I have moved the wheel a lot and still no dice.
Second, I thought that it was a shift lock issue. It is not this either.
1. Cut a new key and lube the lock mechanism. (will try this tonight)
or the more costly option
2. Purchase a replacement ignition lock assembly (lock cylinder). have a locksmith 're-key' this lock to my original key, and then replace it into the steering wheel column.
This is where my question is. If I choose replacement, Nissan Canada wants $420 for the package part(s). From my mechanic, just the lock assembly, $245. But I'm getting conflicting information as to which lock cylinder will work with my pathy. A dealership says that this uses the 2000+ part and a 1999 lock cylinder will not work. An OEM auto parts site (ROCKAUTO) has the same part number for a 1998, 1999, and 2000 pathfinder, therefore, that means the 1999 part will work in my 1999.5 pathy.
Does anyone know which part I need? Or which one will work?
And where I can get it?
I'm hoping the lube and new key will work, but this is a $60 venture. If it doesn't, I'm still SOL on replacing it.
Thanks in advance.
LUV MY PATHY.. but not today..