Repair/Remanufacture Service for Audi Start Access Authorization J518 Module / Steering Lock, which is a part of vehicle's steering column. Module integrates the immobilizer system control unit as well as the steering wheel lock mechanism. Module failures are common occurrence in Audi 6/S6 2005-2011 and Q7 2007-2015 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 15/75 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 15/75 (ignition on), resulting in no engine start.
Most common failure of the Access Start Authorization Module is related to wear and tear of internal moving components, such as the actuator motor, relay, micro-switches and possible micro-cracking of small components on the printed circuit board. Such failure RESULTS IN "00288 - Steering Column Lock Actuator (N360) - DEFECTIVE" fault being stored in the memory of the 05 - Access Start Authorization Module. This type of failure most often occurs in 2005-2008 year vehicles and is related to wear and tear/age.
Other (less common) Access Start Authorization failures are a result of sensitive electrical component damage. Electrical component damage occurs due to module being exposed to under voltage or over voltage condition. These types of failure often occur in newer modules, manufactured from 2009-2015. Symptoms of electrical component failure DO NOT RESULT in 00288 - Steering Lock Actuator Defective Fault. Instead, you may experience intermittent behavior of ignition not coming on or no start. COMPLETE FAILURE = loss if identity and results in Key Stuck in the Ignition. In these cases repaired (or replaced) module will require dealer level online coding.
Access Start Auth Module can be separated from the steering column and serviced (we can
provide removal instructions). By dealer standard service protocol, 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 column controls) for parts and $800+ labor, including the need for
online Immobilizer coding with Audi master servers in Germany.
Scope of Service covers Repair or Replacement (with identity/configuration cloning) of the Access Start Authorization J518 Steering Lock module.
Each module is repaired/remanufactured with OEM components to OEM specification and fully bench tested by simulation on our test bed. In case of the typical 00288 - Steering Lock Defective Fault, all moving/wear and major electrical components are replaced. In case of other (electrical) failures, other components will be replaced. Module is returned Plug and Play. No additional coding is required upon reinstall.
Service involves removal and shipping of Access Start Authorization Steering
Lock Module OR Entire Steering Column - less steering wheel, airbag, clock spring, etc) along with ONE KEY for module bench testing/simulation.
Module is repaired/remanufactured to factory spec and function, using only New Genuine/OEM components. There are no modifications performed to change function or bypass any systems (lock mechanism, etc)
2005-2011 Audi C6 A6/S6
2007-2015 Audi Q7
Limited Lifetime Warranty.
Typical service lead time is 5 business days (mostly dependent on current backlog).
**PLEASE INCLUDE ONE KEY ALONG WITH THE MODULE. Key is essential for diagnosis and bench/simulation/quality control testing.**