How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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Most times, when the steering wheel locks, you don’t realize it until you try to get somewhere. If you’re having trouble getting it unlocked, or turning the key in the ignition, you’ll want to check out our helpful guide at the Wolfchase Nissan service center near Cordova to help you learn how to unlock a steering wheel yourself.

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Step-by-Step Guide

This is a common occurrence among Memphis drivers. And fortunately, it’s easy to unlock a steering wheel. Here are the steps you’ll want to take:

  1. Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked.
  2. Not sure which direction to pull? Try both — the wheel will move a bit when you pull in the right direction.
  3. While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine.
  4. If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the above step.

Your steering wheel should now be unlocked!

Tips for Unlocking a Steering Wheel

When attempting to unlock a steering wheel, you’ll want to avoid causing any damage to the steering column. Here are a few tips to unlock your steering wheel without causing damage:

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: You can’t use brute force to unlock a locked steering wheel; you may damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps above while applying pressure.
  • Try a Different Key: If you can’t turn the key, the problem may be the key itself — not the steering wheel. The key may be worn and can no longer engage the car’s tumblers. If you suspect a problem with your key, Wolfchase Nissan can make you a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

If you’re leaving your vehicle in an unfamiliar area, it can be helpful to lock the steering wheel intentionally for added security. This can make it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel to start your car. To lock your steering wheel intentionally, 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 lock until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car.

Learn More with Wolfchase Nissan!

Still no luck unlocking your steering wheel? The team at the Wolfchase Nissan service center can help. Simply schedule service with us and we’ll have you back on Arlington roads in no time. We also offer service specials to help you save more on the services you need. Learn more with us today when you contact our team! While you’re here, read about the common reasons why your steering wheel might be shaking!

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