Here’s the nightmare scenario: You’re running late in Guaynabo, and you need to get on the road as quickly as possible. You go to start your engine, and you find your key won’t turn in the ignition. Then you realize that your steering wheel won’t turn either! Don’t let it get to you. Learning how to unlock a steering wheel only takes a moment.
If you’re surprised that your steering wheel is locked, don’t worry. It’s not a mechanical issue, and you probably just turned your wheel too sharply when you were parking, or turned the engine off at the wrong moment. Unlocking a steering wheel just requires a little bit of gentle pressure. Here’s what you need to do:
Try to move the steering wheel in one direction, and then the other. Determine which direction allows for more movement.
Turn the steering wheel gently in the direction that offers a little give, and hold it. Insert the key into the ignition and try to start the engine.
If it doesn’t go right away, don’t force it. Try the other direction and apply just a little bit more pressure to the key.
Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Keep in Mind
Trying to unlock your steering wheel too aggressively might cause the steering mechanism to become damaged. You might also damage the ignition, or break your key off in the slot! If you have trouble unlocking your steering wheel, you’re probably safe to add a little more pressure. If you still have no luck, trying a different key (or having a new key made at a local service center) may do the trick. Lexus de San Juan is easy to reach from Caguas or Bayamon.
How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally
Since you can only unlock a steering wheel using a valid key, learning how to lock your steering wheel intentionally may provide you with extra peace of mind. Here’s all that you need to do:
Shut off your engine, and remove the key from the ignition.
Gently turn your steering wheel to the side–it doesn’t matter which side–until you hear the locking mechanism click.
Learn More with Lexus de San Juan!
If you still can’t figure out how to unlock your steering wheel, or you’re worried that you may have damaged the mechanism, schedule service and let us work the problem out as soon as possible. You can also call us at (787) 337-8500 at any time during our business hours. Ready to tackle additional service tasks? Learn a little bit about your Lexus maintenance schedule or how to replace your Lexus key fob battery.