Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2020 Jeep Wrangler Steering Wheel


In more cases than not, drivers don’t realize they’ve locked their steering wheel until they try to drive their car. If you’re having trouble starting your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram car, or if the key won’t turn when inserted in the ignition, the steering wheel might be locked. A locked steering wheel isn’t anything to worry about persey; it typically happens accidentally and is easy to fix. Find out how to unlock a steering wheel below, courtesy of the Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service team.

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

Need to unlock a steering wheel? You’ll find the process is simple:

  1. Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. 
  2. Unsure which direction to pull? Try both — the wheel will move a bit when you pull in the right direction. 
  3. While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. 
  4. 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. 
  5. Now your wheel should be unlocked! 

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Keep in Mind

Follow these useful tips to unlock your steering without causing damage: 

  • First, Try a Different Key: If you can’t turn the key, the problem may be the key itself — not the steering wheel. The key may be worn and can no longer engage the car’s tumblers. The good news is if it is the key, that is an easy fix! Come on into Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and we can make you a new one! 
  • Avoid Using Brute Force: While your first instinct may be to hit your steering wheel with brute force to unlock a locked steering wheel; you may damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps above while applying pressure.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel On Purpose:

Did you know that locking your steering wheel has its benefits? If you’re leaving your car in an unfamiliar area, you may want to add that extra level of security. This can make it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel to start your car. To lock your steering wheel intentionally, follow these quick and easy steps:

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

Learn More Service Tips with Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram! 

Tried all of the steps above, but no luck unlocking your steering wheel? No worries! The certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram service team at Dependable Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram can help get to the root of the problem. Contact our service center online or give us a call at 818-918-9424 to speak with someone from our service department. While you’re here, check out our service tips and tricks hub for more DIY tips, such as how often to rotate your tires.

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