Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Wheel of car from hand of driver.

Sometimes drivers don’t realize that they have locked their steering wheel until they try to head off on their normal routine. If you are having issues starting your vehicle or if your key will not turn in the ignition, there is a good chance that your steering wheel is locked. Don’t worry! Even if you have gone through this before, it often happens by accident, and unlocking the steering wheel is quite simple. Don’t panic, and contact our Toyota service center if you are still having trouble.

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

Below are tips that will help you unlock your steering wheel and avoid any damage to the internal components of your car.

  • Avoid Excessive Force: A locked steering wheel is not something that you can forcefully fix. Doing so can damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, turn the key to the “on” position and use varying amounts of pressure while wiggling the wheel back and forth.
  • Try Different Techniques: If that doesn’t work, you can turn it in the ignition with one hand while slowly adjusting the wheel back and forth with your other hand. This helps realign things so you can successfully start your car.
  • Use a Different Key: If your usual key isn’t working, you can always head to your local Toyota service center where they can make you a new one. Not many drivers know, but a key’s shape will deteriorate with regular wear and tear. There’s a chance it’s not able to engage your vehicle’s tumblers. Our service center can make a fresh key using the serial number of your vehicle, so you aren’t getting a copy of a worn key. 

Contact Savannah Toyota for Further Assistance

Now that we explained how to unlock a steering wheel, our %di_makes%%-trained and certified technicians are here for further assistance if you are stuck. Give us a call today! 

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