steering wheel won't lock-hard to start on 2009 Toyota Tacoma

The steering wheel will not lock-it's really hard to get the truck to start. Sounds like the battery but I had that checked first. It's getting so that the steering wheel has to be turned progressively further and harder. Is this an expensive repair? An easy one?

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relatively new car that may have warranty. check with your dealer first.
non lock could be a fialure in the column.
what was the result of the check? was it load tested by a shop?