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How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Steering Wheel
 
If you hop in your car to cruise the Lakeland roads and find that your steering wheel is locked, it can be a frustrating feeling. Your steering wheel is locked when you’re having trouble starting your car, or the key won’t turn when you put it in the ignition. This is a common problem and actually an easy fix. Learn how to unlock your steering wheel with help from the service department at Stingray Chevrolet.

Unlocking a Steering Wheel Step-by-Step

To learn how to unlock your steering wheel, simply follow these steps:

  • Pull down the wheel in the same direction you did when it was locked. If you’re unsure which direction to pull, pull both. The wheel will move a bit when you pull it in the right direction.
  • Hold your steering wheel in the right direction, insert the key into the ignition, and start the engine.
  • If the wheel is still locked and the engine won’t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the process.
  • Once you have started the engine with the steering wheel in the right direction, your steering wheel should now be unlocked!

Once you learn how to unlock a steering wheel yourself, you’ll be able to quickly fix the problem whenever it occurs, so you can get back on the Valrico roads.

Other Things to Remember

When you’re trying to learn how to unlock a steering wheel, you want to be careful as you don’t want to damage anything on your vehicle. To avoid any potential damage, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Don’t Use Brute Force: Carefully follow the steps mentioned above. Forcing things to move and using brute force can cause something to break or become damaged.
  • Use a Different Key: If the key won’t turn, then you might need to try a different key since the key could be the problem and not the steering wheel. Sometimes, the key may be worn and can’t engage the car’s tumblers. If you need a new key, contact our parts store to have them make you a new one.

Locking Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

Sometimes it can be beneficial to lock your steering wheel. Some Brandon drivers choose to leave their steering wheel locked as an added form of security in case their car is parked in an unfamiliar area. To lock your steering wheel intentionally, follow these steps:

  • Turn the car off and remove the keys from the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel in either direction until you hear a click sound.
  • When you return, you can simply follow the process mentioned earlier to unlock the steering wheel and start your car like normal.

Get More Service Tips with Stingray Chevrolet

Now that you know how to unlock a steering wheel, you’ll be able to fix it yourself if it happens to you. For more serious repair needs, schedule a visit with us to get you back on the Plant City roads. Contact us for all of your service needs.

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