Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Steering Wheel

If you’ve ever gotten into your car and found that the steering wheel seems to be frozen in place, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s a common occurrence. When you get behind the wheel and find you can’t turn the keys in the ignition, it’s because our steering wheel is locked. It’s not a serious problem and there’s nothing wrong with you vehicle, but you’ll definitely want tips for how to get moving again on your Danvers errands, or to be sure you’ll never be stranded miles from Newburyport! At Honda North, we thought you’d appreciate a guide with some easy steps for solving this problem:

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

Although the steps to unlocking your steering wheel are simple, it’s best to make sure you understand them well before starting. This way, you can ensure you won’t damage any internal parts by accident.

  • Avoid Excessive Force — Even though it’s frustrating and seems like it could simply be stuck, applying force won’t work unlock your steering wheel. In fact, trying too hard to force the wheel to turn can damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead of using force, you should turn the key to the “on” position and try varying amounts of pressure as you wiggle the wheel back and forth.
  • Try Different Techniques — If you can’t get the key to the “on” position, slowly turn it in the ignition with your right hand while you slowly adjust the steering wheel back and forth with your left. The goal here is to realign the key-turn and steering mechanisms, and allow you to start your car.
  • Use a Different Key — Your key may have become worn or bent and is no longer aligning correctly, so try your spare car key. If you don’t have a spare, stop by Honda North near Lynn and we’ll make you a new one on-the-spot, using the serial number of your vehicle — so you you’re getting a brand-new key, not a copy of the worn one.

Head to Honda North for Expert Maintenance and OEM Parts

Stop by our Service Center near Newburyport, where our team of expert mechanics is happy to help you out with any other vehicle maintenance questions, like when to replace parts. You’ll also find more car-care guides on our blog, like how your car’s alternator workshow to reset oil life on a Honda Civic, and how to remove dents and scratches from your car’s exterior at home. If you think your vehicle might be in need of a replacement part, we also offer OEM parts. Reach out to speak to an expert mechanic, and you’ll be able to order your replacement parts directly through our Parts Department.

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