How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

a car owner learning how to unlock a stuck steering wheel

There are many times that drivers don’t realize they’ve locked their steering wheel until they try to get on the road in La Jolla. Suddenly, you won’t be able to move your steering wheel at all, or your key may even not turn in the ignition. This means your steering wheel might be locked. However, this isn’t a cause for alarm, it’s usually an accident and it’s easy to fix. Learn how to unlock a steering wheel from the service team here at Mossy Toyota, and even how to lock your steering wheel deliberately. Contact us if you have any questions. 



How to Unlock a Steering Wheel: Step-by-Step Guide

Unlocking a steering wheel is extremely easy. Just follow these steps and you’ll be back on Chula Vista streets in no time. 

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. 
  • If you’re unsure of which direction to pull, try both. The wheel will move a bit when you pull it in the right direction. 
  • While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. 
  • If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the above step. 
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! 

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Special Tips

Be sure to keep these tips in mind when you’re unlocking your steering wheel to avoid causing any damage: 

  • Avoid Being Too Forceful: You can be too forceful when unlocking a locked steering wheel. This may result in damaging parts in the steering wheel.Instead, follow the steps above while applying pressure. 
  • Try a Different Key: If you can’t turn the key, the problem may be the key itself as opposed to the steering wheel. The key may be worn and can no longer engage the car’s tumblers. If you think there’s a problem with your key, Mossy Toyota can make you a new one. 

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

There are benefits to locking your steering wheel intentionally. For example, if you want an extra level of security when you park your car somewhere unfamiliar in Carlsbad. A locked steering wheel makes it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel of your car to start the car at all. Follow these steps on how to lock your steering wheel: 

  • Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition. 
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel will lock until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car. 

Mossy Toyota Can Teach You More! 

Still struggling to unlock your steering wheel? Don’t worry. Give our San Diego dealership a call at (858) 581-4501, and we’ll be happy to help walk you through the process or get to the root of the problem. If you want to learn more about taking care of your vehicle, read more of our service tips


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