Repair / Complete Remanufacture Service for Audi Start Access Authorization J518 Module / Steering Lock, which integrates the immobilizer system function and steering wheel lock
mechanism. The module is a part of vehicle's steering column. Module
failure is a common problem in Audi 2005-2011 A6/S6 and 2007-2015 Q7 model
vehicles. Failure is typically identified by no response from key in the ignition, or proximity access (Start button).
The Access Start Authorization Module (along with the Electronic
Ignition Switch) is responsible for key/transponder recognition,
unlocking/locking of steering wheel and activating Terminal 15 relay to power all modules in the
vehicle. If there is problem with any of the module components
(actuator motor, sensing micro switches, relay, or other electrical components within the PCB, the module will not activate Terminal 15 (ignition on), resulting in no engine start. The module will typically store the "00288 - Steering Column Lock Actuator (N360) - Defective" fault.
Scope of repair covers Complete Remanufacture or Replacement (with identity/configuration
cloning) of the Access Start Authorization J518 Steering Lock module. The
module can be separated from the steering column and serviced (we can
provide removal instructions). By dealer standard, the module itself
isn't a serviceable item and can't be purchased separately, which means that the dealer will want to
replace the entire steering column along with the Access Start Authorization Module. The dealer MSRP to replace the steering column that integrates module is
roughly $1500-1700 (depending on manual or electric height adj) for parts and $500+ labor, including the need for
online Immobilizer coding with Audi master servers in Germany.
Module is remanufactured / refurbished with OEM components and fully bench tested in our lab. All moving/wear parts and major electrical components are replaced. Module is returned Plug and Play. No additional coding is required upon reinstall.
Requires removal and shipping of Access Start Authorization Steering
Lock Module (or entire steering column - less steering wheel, airbag, clock spring, etc) along with at least one Key for module bench testing/simulation.
Module is remanufactured to factory spec and function, using only Genuine/OEM components. There are no modifications performed to alter function or bypass any systems (lock mechanism, etc)
2005-2011 Audi C6 A6/S6
2007-2015 Audi Q7
Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Service time is typically 5 business days (mostly dependent on current backlog).