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Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Steering Wheel

 

Typically, you won’t even realize you’ve locked your steering wheel until you’re trying to leave. If you find yourself with a locked steering wheel on your way out of Raleigh, trust the service team at Hendrick Chevrolet Cary to help you learn how to unlock it. Here’s our online guide on unlocking your steering wheel. If you need other service tips and tricks, be sure to contact our team.

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

Luckily, the process to unlock a steering wheel is pretty straightforward. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. 
  • Not sure which direction to pull? Try both — 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 other direction and repeat the above step. 
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! 

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Keep in Mind

It is possible to cause damage if this is done incorrectly. Be sure to keep these tips in mind to avoid causing damage:

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: Don’t put all of your strength intop unlocking your steering wheel. This could cause damage to parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, gently apply pressure when following the steps above.
  • Try a Different Key: Unable to turn the key? The problem may be the key itself and not the steering wheel. The issue may be that the key is worn and can no longer engage the vehicle’s tumblers. This means you’ll need to call our service team to make you a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

While it may not seem like it, locking your wheel has its benefits. If you’re leaving your vehicle in an unfamiliar area, this can provide an extra level of security. In order to lock your steering wheel intentionally, follow these steps:

  • Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition. 
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel will lock until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car. 

Learn More with Hendrick Chevrolet Cary!

If you’ve followed the guide above and still can unlock it, our service team in Cary can help. We also offer service specials to help you save on maintenance and repairs you need. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact our team.

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