Tips on How To Unlock A Steering Wheel

January 1st, 2019 by

Wheel of car from hand of driver.

If you’re having problems starting your vehicle or are unable to turn the key in the ignition, there’s a chance your steering wheel has been locked. But don’t panic: learning how to unlock your steering wheel is easy, and once you know how, you can help prevent this inconvenience from delaying your Lubbock commute in the future.

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

When your steering wheel is locked, it’s important to remain calm. Being too aggressive with your wheel or key could lead to unnecessary internal damage, so the first step is to take a breath. Try this advice from the service experts at Brown Automotive Group to get back on the road safely and easily:

  • Avoid Excessive Force: No amount of strength will wrestle your locked steering wheel into its regular turning radius. Applying too much force could actually damage some of the internal mechanisms, so avoid pulling or pushing too hard on the wheel. Turn your key to the “on” position and use light pressure while wiggling the wheel back and forth.
  • Try Different Techniques: If achieving the “on” position is not possible, gently turn it with one hand while slowly wiggling the wheel with your other. Slow, easy movements can help realign what’s fallen out of place.
  • Use a Different Key: It’s possible your key itself may be the problem. Keys receive a lot of regular wear and tear that can eventually alter its initial shape, causing it to no longer align with your vehicle’s tumblers. Visit your local Amarillo Buick, GMC, Honda, Subaru service department for help on cutting a new key.

Contact Brown Automotive Group for Additional Help

If your steering wheel is still locked after trying these suggestions, contact the experts at Brown Automotive Group for additional guidance. Our certified mechanics can quickly diagnose your issue and get you back on the Hereford roads in no time.

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