How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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Sometimes, while some drivers are getting ready to cruise those Douglas County streets, they don’t realize their steering wheel has become locked until they attempt to drive to their destination in Villa Rica. If you experience this, or your key won’t turn while in the ignition, your steering wheel is most likely locked. However, there’s no need to panic!

Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Carrollton can teach you how to unlock a steering wheel and how to lock your steering wheel when needed. Read our guide from the service center experts at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to learn how to unlock a steering wheel!

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

For most Villa Rica drivers, learning how to unlock a steering wheel is easy. Here’s what you should do when you encounter a locked steering wheel:

  1. Tug the wheel in the same direction it was in when it first originally locked.
  2. If you can’t remember the direction to pull towards, try both! When you pull in the right direction, you’ll feel the wheel move.
  3. Once you’re holding your steering wheel in the correct direction, insert your key in the ignition and start your engine.
  4. If the wheel remains locked and/or the engine doesn’t start, repeat the steps above in the opposite direction.
  5. Now, your steering wheel is unlocked!

Additional Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

The tips below will help you unlock your steering wheel without causing any damage:

Never use brute force: Refrain from using brute force to unlock your locked steering wheel; it could result in a damaged steering mechanism.
Use a different key: If you’re still unsuccessful when you try to turn the key, it could simply be the key and not the steering wheel. Contact our service department if your key has become worn or no longer works properly.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel on Purpose

If you need to learn how to lock your steering wheel on purpose, we can help with that as well. If you happen to find yourself far, far away from Coweta County in an unfamiliar area, intentionally locking your steering wheel could bring peace of mind.

Here’s how to lock your steering wheel:

  1. Turn off your engine and remove the keys from the ignition
  2. Turn your steering wheel in one direction until you hear a click sound
  3. Your steering wheel is now locked

Learn More with Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram!

Contact us at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram if you have additional questions on how to unlock a steering wheel. Also, don’t forget to browse our service specials to secure a great deal on your vehicle maintenance!

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