I am really hoping someone can help me here. I have two problems and they may or may not be related. The first problem is steering locking and the second problems is that the ‘VDC Off’ light on the dashboard comes on and goes off occasionally. I have a 2010 Nissan Altima 2.5SL. On two separate occasions, the steering wheel locked while making a right turn. Here’s the sequence of events:
- Approaching a turn, I slowed down (~15 mph first time, slower the next time)
- I turn the steering to the right to make the turn.
- As I complete the turn, I try to turn the steering back to the neutral but it’s locked up.
- I ended up slamming the breaks to stop the car. After a little wrenching the steering came lose again. While I was wrenching it lose I could hear a crunching or grinding sound.
The first time it happened on the street and the second time in a parking lot. Both times, it was snowing slightly.
The dealer kept the car for 2 days and could not reproduce the issue, nor figure out why the VDC light keeps turning on randomly. I would really like to find out what’s wrong as it’s a safety issue.