How to Unlock a Steering Wheel


Locking steering wheels are one of those features that can save a life in some very specific situations, but for many drivers, the feature ends up being a nuisance. If your steering wheel won’t move, this advice from our experts at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge on how to unlock a steering wheel should help. And if the problem persists, you can always contact us directly. We’re happy to help with any and all car needs!


Why is the Wheel Locking Unintentionally?

The steering wheel locking mechanism is meant as an extra precaution when you’re parked on an incline—just one of many safety features. In theory, if your brakes fail, the wheel lock should stop your car from rolling downhill. Still, why does the steering wheel sometimes lock unintentionally? If you’ve ever grabbed your wheel for support while entering or exiting your vehicle while running errands in Aloha, you probably activated the lock by accident. Hopefully, our instructions below can save you a few minutes of random fiddling!


Unlocking Your Steering Wheel

Thankfully, it’s easy to unlock your steering wheel. You’ve probably done it by accident already without even realizing it. To unlock the wheel on your car:

  • Pull down in the same direction you yanked the wheel when you initially locked it.
  • If you’re not sure which direction to go, try both directions. You’ll know the correct direction when you feel the wheel move a bit.
  • While holding your wheel in the correct direction, put your key into the ignition and start your car. If the wheel remains locked, your car doesn’t start, or both, try turning the wheel the other direction and repeating this step. One or the other has to work.
  • Voilà: you now have an unlocked steering wheel!

And remember, yanking down on the wheel while getting in or out of your car is what’s causing the wheel to lock. If you can avoid using the wheel for leverage, you should do so.


Stop By Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge With Any Other Questions

Now that you’ve learned how to unlock your wheel, are you ready to take on some other challenges? We’ve got more instructional pieces from our experts. Of course, if your wheel continues to lock, you may have a more serious problem on your hands. For that, or for any other questions, inquiries, or curiosities, schedule an appointment with an expert technician in the service department here at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge!

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