How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2019 Toyota Avalon Steering Wheel

Drivers often don’t realize that they’ve locked their steering wheel until it comes time to head out on Bullhead City roads. If you can’t get your Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Nissan, Ram, Toyota vehicle started, or the key won’t turn in the ignition there is a good chance the steering wheel is locked. There is no need to worry about a locked steering wheel; it typically happens by accident and is a simple fix. Check out how to unlock a steering wheel and how to lock your steering wheel below, courtesy of the Anderson Auto Group service team.

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

Unlocking a steering wheel is a pretty simple process, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  1. Gently pull the wheel down in the same direction you pulled when the wheel was originally locked.
  2. If you aren’t sure which direction to pull, you can try both — when you pull in the right direction there will be some movement in the wheel.
  3. While you are holding the steering wheel in the right direction, insert the key into the ignition, and you should be able to start the engine.
  4. If the wheel doesn’t unlock or the engine won’t start, try turning the wheel in the other direction and repeating the above step.
  5. Now, your steering wheel should be unlocked!

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Keep in Mind

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Do Not Use Brute Force: You cannot and should not use brute force to unlock a locked steering wheel. This may cause damage to parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps above while applying gentle pressure.
  • Try a Different Key: If these steps aren’t working and you can’t turn the key, the problem may be the key itself — not the steering wheel. The key could be worn and can no longer engage the car’s tumblers. If you think this may be the problem, come visit our service team at Anderson Auto Group in Lake Havasu City where we can make you a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

Why would you want to know how to lock your steering wheel intentionally? Well, if you’re leaving your car in an unfamiliar area outside of Kingman, this can provide an extra level of security. Locking your steering wheel can make it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel to start your car. If you want to lock your steering wheel intentionally, just follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition.
  2. Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  3. Your steering wheel will remain locked until you return. When you get back, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car.

Explore More Service Tips with Anderson Auto Group in Lake Havasu City!

If you have tried all of these methods, and still can’t unlock your steering wheel, you can rely on the team at Anderson Auto Group to help you get the issue under control. Contact our service center online or give us a call at and you can chat with one of our expert service members. Meanwhile, check out our service tips and tricks to learn how to take the best care of your vehicle!


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