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How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Many drivers accidentally lock their steering wheels and do not notice until they attempt to once again drive their vehicles. If you are struggling to start your car, or if the key won’t turn in the ignition, a locked steering wheel could be the culprit. You may now be wondering how to unlock a steering wheel. Fortunately, it is easy to fix this issue. Find out how to unlock a steering wheel below with help from the automotive experts at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals

 

 

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel in 5 Easy Steps

  1. Pull the wheel down in the same direction used to lock the steering wheel.
  2. If you are unsure which direction is correct, try both. How can you tell which one is correct? The wheel will move slightly when you pull in the right direction. 
  3. While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition 
  4. Start your engine. 
  5. If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, try turning the wheel in the other direction. Reinsert the key and attempt to start the engine. 

Helpful Tips

Proceed with caution when trying to unlock your steering wheel. You do not want to cause damage to the steering mechanism. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: Using force to unlock a steering wheel will not work, and you could end up damaging components of the steering mechanism. Carefully apply pressure when performing the steps above. 
  • Try a Different Key: If you can’t turn the key, the issue may not be with the steering wheel, rather it could be with the key itself. If a key is worn, it may no longer engage the car’s tumblers. 

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel 

There may be times where you want to intentionally lock your steering wheel. For example, if you are leaving your car in an unfamiliar area, it’s an additional step you can take to keep your vehicle secure. Here is how to lock your steering wheel intentionally. 

  • Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition. 
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other. When you hear a click, you will know that you have locked the steering wheel.
  • Your steering wheel will lock until you return. To unlock the steering wheel, follow the steps listed above. 

Contact Greenway Toyota of the Shoals for More Information

If you are still struggling with how to unlock a steering wheel, do not hesitate to contact the service center at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals. If you have any additional questions about vehicle maintenance, we would be more than happy to assist you.

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