Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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There are times when Haverhill-area drivers don’t realize that they’ve locked their steering wheel until they try to drive. If you are having any issues starting your Toyota vehicle, or if the key won’t turn in the ignition, there’s a chance that the steering wheel is locked. Don’t fret – this usually happens accidentally, and it’s easy to fix. Learn how to unlock your steering wheel in this handy guide from the Rockingham Toyota service team.

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

Unlocking your steering wheel is simple – just follow these steps:

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked.
  • Try both if you don’t know which direction that was. 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 opposite direction and repeat the previous step.
  • Your steering wheel should unlock!

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Remember

Below are helpful tips to unlocking your steering without damaging it:

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: Do not use strong force to unlock a locked steering wheel because you could damage parts of the steering mechanism. Follow the steps above while applying pressure.
  • Try a Different Key: If you’re not able to turn the key, the key could be the issue — not the steering wheel. A worn key can no longer engage the car’s tumblers. If this is the case, visit the Rockingham Toyota parts department near Lawrence to have a new key made.

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

There are benefits to deliberately locking your steering. If you have to leave your vehicle in an unfamiliar area, it gives it extra security while making it harder for someone to start your car. Want to know how to lock your steering wheel intentionally? Follow these quick and simple steps below:

  • Turn off your car and remove the keys from the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel will remain locked until you return. You would then unlock the steering wheel and start your car.

Get More Tips from the Toyota Experts!

If you have tried all of the steps listed above, and you still can’t seem to unlock your steering wheel, get in touch with the service team at Rockingham Toyota. They’ll inspect your vehicle and get to the root of the problem and get you back out on the Methuen roads. We’re proud to offer service tips and tricks like how to jump start a Toyota Prius, how to connect Bluetooth® to a Toyota Camryhow to check your transmission fluid, replacing your Toyota key fob, and much more! We can even walk you through how to clean your car seats to keep your vehicle looking as good as it runs.

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