Tips on How To Unlock A Steering Wheel

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Most people don’t realize when they’ve locked their steering wheel until they try to drive somewhere. If you are having issues when you try and start your car, or if you are unable to turn the key in the ignition, a locked steering wheel could potentially be the culprit. This is a common problem many Aurora drivers face from time to time.

Don’t fret if you haven’t experienced a locked steering wheel. Most of the time, a locked steering wheel happens by accident. Fortunately unlocking a steering wheel is actually quite simple. Just follow the steps below, and you should be able to unlock your steering wheel in no time. If the steps in the guide do not work, don’t worry. Contact our service center today to set up an appointment, and we would be glad to assist you.

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

These tips will increase your chances of successfully unlocking your steering wheel and help you avoid damaging any internal components of your vehicle.

  • Avoid Excessive Force: A locked steering wheel isn’t something that is fixed by using an excessive amount of force. In fact, trying to force the wheel to turn can do much more harm than good. You could end up damaging parts of the steering mechanism. Instead of relying on force, make sure the key is in the “on” position and use varying amounts of pressure while wiggling the wheel back and forth.
  • Try Different Techniques: You may not be able to get the key into the “on” position, and that’s ok. Try to turn it in the ignition very slowly, and while you’re doing this, use your other hand to slowly adjust the wheel back and forth. This may realign everything so you can start your vehicle once again.
  • Use a Different Key: If you are not able to turn the key in the ignition, it may be an issue with the key itself and not the steering wheel. Over time, your key may not be able to engage your vehicle’s tumblers, as it can warp or deteriorate from long periods of use. A dealership will be able to make a fresh key using the serial number of your vehicle so you aren’t getting a copy of a worn key.

Contact Fisher Acura for Additional Help

If you have tried all of our tips on how to unlock a steering wheel and the steering wheel still remains locked, our service center in Boulder is available for further assistance. Contact us today, and one of our experts can guide you through unlocking your steering wheel. You will be back on the roads of Broomfield sooner than you think! While you’re here, check out our other auto care blogs, like “How to Remove Smoke Smell from Upholstery,” and more.