How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Jeep Steering Wheel


Accidentally locking a steering wheel can be anything from a moderate annoyance to a minor danger, depending on how it happens. A locked steering wheel is an easy — and generally free — fix: If you’re having trouble starting the vehicle, or if the key won’t turn in the ignition, the steering wheel could be locked. Find out the procedure to unlock a steering wheel below, through the Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service team. For more information, contact our service department.

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

Here are the steps for how to unlock a steering wheel: 

  • 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 bit 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 repeat the above step. 
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! 

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Best Practices

Round Rock drivers, remember these important tips to unlock your steering wheel quickly, easily, and without 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, Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can make you a new one. 

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel, On Purpose

For Cedar Park and Georgetown drivers, locking your steering wheel can be useful, when done on purpose. It is an additional layer of security, especially when leaving your car in unfamiliar territory. This is 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. 

Learn More About Your Car with Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! 

If your steering wheel is still locked, let the certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service team at Nyle Maxwell Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram take care of it. Give us a call at (512) 219-3634 and speak with someone from our service department, or contact our service department online. If you ever need additional help, be sure to use one of our service coupons!

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