How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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Finding that your steering wheel is locked can be very frustrating, especially if you are in a rush or are late for an appointment. The good news is that fixing the problem is relatively easy. Not sure how to unlock a steering wheel? This guide from the service team at Standard Motors will show you how free up your steering wheel and get you safely back on the road in Swift Current.

Steps on How to Unlock Your Steering Wheel

The steps on how to unlock your steering wheel are really quite simple. If you run into any problems, feel free to contact the Service Centre at Standard Motors.

  • Try turning the wheel in the direction it was at when it became locked. Not sure which direction this is? Attempt to move the steering wheel both ways, the wheel should budge a bit more when you’ve identified the correct direction.
  • Apply pressure on your steering wheel in the right direction, then put your key in the ignition and turn the vehicle on. The steering wheel should now be unlocked.
  • If this is unsuccessful, try again, pulling the wheel in the opposite direction.

Tips and Tricks on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

As you can see from the above steps on how to unlock a steering wheel, the process is very simple. Here are a couple of tips you should keep in mind.

  • Don’t Force the Steering Wheel: Pulling the wheel too hard in either direction can damage the steering mechanism. Use gentle pressure and take care not to use too much force.
  • Use a Different Key: If your steering wheel isn’t unlocking, it could be that there is an issue with your key. Use the spare key if you have one, or connect with the Parts Centre at Standard Motors to secure a new key.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel on Purpose

In certain situations, you may wish to lock your steering wheel on purpose. For example, if you park in an unfamiliar area, locking the steering wheel can add an extra level of security. Follow these steps to lock the steering wheel:

  • Turn the car off and remove the key from the ignition.
  • Gently turn the steering wheel to the right or left until you hear a click.
  • The steering wheel is now locked.

When you’re ready to get back on the road, follow the above steps on how to unlock a steering wheel, and you’ll be good to go.

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