How to Properly Unlock a Steering Wheel

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Most drivers don’t realize that they have locked their steering wheel until they’re unable to drive. If you are having some trouble starting your new vehicle near Bartow, or if the key will not turn in the ignition, then the steering wheel is probably locked. Don’t fret – this happens accidentally, and it’s easy to fix! Get all of the details and learn how to lock and unlock your steering wheel in this handy guide from the Kelley Automotive Group service center.


How to Unlock Your Steering Wheel

Unlocking a steering wheel is easy, just follow these simple steps:

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked.
  • Not sure which direction to pull? Try both — the wheel will move a little when you pull 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 try again.
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked!

Tips For Unlocking a Steering Wheel

The steps below will help you unlock your steering without causing damage:

  • Avoid using brute force as it can damage parts of the steering mechanism.
  • Try a different key if the one you’re using is not working, the key itself could be the issue. The key can be worn out and no longer able to engage with the car’s tumblers. If this is the case, the Kelley Automotive Group parts department can make you a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

There are benefits to locking your steering wheel. If you have to leave your vehicle in an unfamiliar area, this gives you a little extra security. Follow these steps to learn 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.

Get Additional Service Tips Near Winter Haven!

If you’ve tried these steps, but you’re still having trouble, don’t hesitate to reach out to our service center for guidance. Our team will help you get to the root of the problem so you can get back out on the Auburndale roads.


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