How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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If you get behind the wheel of your vehicle but you are having issues getting it to start having or getting the key to turn over in the ignition, it could be due to a locked steering wheel. A locked steering wheel isn’t a cause for alarm. Oftentimes, it is caused accidentally, and it is something you can fix on your own. It can even be beneficial in some situations around Amherst and Clarence. In this guide from Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit, we will show you how to unlock a steering wheel as well as how to lock your steering wheel.

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel in 4 Easy Steps

Not sure how to unlock a steering wheel? Here is how to do so in 4 steps or less.

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction used to lock it.
  • If you locked the steering wheel accidentally and don’t know which direction is correct, try both. You will know it’s the correct direction if the wheel moves a bit.
  • While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition. Start the engine.
  • If this does not unlock the steering wheel, try the other direction.

Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! You are now ready to hit the roads of Buffalo once again.

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips and Tricks

The tips below ensure that you unlock the steering wheel without causing any damage to components like the steering column.

  • Do NOT use brute force: Using brute force will not unlock your steering wheel. In fact, you could cause damage to part of the steering mechanism. Use light pressure when performing the steps above.
  • Try a different key: If you are unable to turn the key in the ignition, it is possible that the key is actually the culprit. If the key is worn, it may longer engage the car’s tumblers.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel on Purpose

For added security, you can lock the steering wheel to make it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel to start your car. The steps below explain how to lock your steering wheel on purpose.

  • Turn the car off, and remove the keys from the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • When you return, unlock the steering wheel, then start your car.

Contact Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit for More Information

Now you know how to unlock a steering wheel with ease. If you have any other questions about vehicle care and maintenance, do not hesitate to contact the team at Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit.

 

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