How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Is there anything more frustrating than getting in your car to start your Louisville commute just to find the steering wheel won’t move? The good news is that there are several methods you can try to unlock your steering wheel. We talk about five different methods below in our guide on how to unlock a steering wheel. Of course, our service center is here to offer any assistance you need. In fact, we’ll also talk about how to lock your steering wheel. Why would you want to do that? Keep reading to find out!



How to Unlock a Steering Wheel – 5 Things to Try

As we said, there are several methods of unlocking a steering wheel. Lots of Broomfield drivers have found the methods below to be effective. At least one of them should work for you. If not, schedule an appointment with our service center for assistance.

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

  • Try to turn the key and move the wheel at the same time. Use varying pressures on the key while it is in the ignition and try to move the wheel back and forth. Only apply enough pressure so that it turns slightly while locked, and keep doing this until it unlocks. Be careful not to apply too much force, as this can cause damage to the key or ignition.
  • Try using a different key, as your usual one may be worn out.
  • Use canned air to blow out any debris that may be clogging the ignition. If you don’t have canned air, try inserting and removing your key several times.
  • Lubricate the ignition with electronics cleaner or lubricant like WD-40, but use only a small amount as it is a temporary solution and you’ll need to replace the ignition cylinder eventually.
  • Replace the ignition cylinder as a last resort.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

Did you know that you can lock the steering wheel purposely by turning it all the way in either direction before turning off the car? But, why would you need to know how to lock your steering wheel? Because this is actually a security feature of your automobile. A locked steering wheel makes your car harder to steal.

Let Fisher Honda of Boulder Help

The knowledgeable technicians in our service center are here to help if you need assistance with a locked steering wheel or have any other automotive need. And, if you’ve found this guide to be helpful, check out our other service tips and advice. We’re located conveniently near Longmont, so stop by or contact us today!


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