How to unlock your steering wheel?


Every motorist faced situations when a steering wheel was simply locked. For the first time, it seems scary and insoluble, especially if you urgently need to go somewhere. However, you should not worry — this issue could be easily solved. You can unlock the wheel by yourself and here’s your how-to to do it just like that.

Place one hand on the steering wheel and insert the ignition key with the other. Turn the steering wheel and key at the same time. After a few attempts, the steering wheel will be unlocked.

Cars With a Start Button

If you have a car with a starting button, turn it off. Do the same as in the previous option, but hold down the button instead of the ignition key.

Another reason that the ignition key cannot be turned may be that the keyhole is clogged. In this case, you need to clean it. 

  1. Take silicone grease from pouring directly into the keyhole.
  2. Insert the key and turn it to one side and the other. Try to scroll well. 
  3. Any dirt that was in the keyhole will remain on the key.
  4. Remove the key and wipe it off with grease with a tissue.


 What causes steering wheel to lock?

The steering wheel may be locked because of sharp turns or you simply use an ignition key that does not fit your car.

 What should I do if the key does not turn?

Perhaps your keyhole is clogged. Try to clean it.

 How do you lubricate a lock?

First, clean the keyhole with a penetrating lubricant like WD-40. Spray the lubricant into the keyhole itself and then spray it on the key.

 What can I spray on my ignition switch?

To service a key lock tumbler, spray pressurized air along with an aerosol cleaner into the lock assembly, once clean apply a light lubricant like liquid graphite or WD40 this can help the lock tumbler release inside the lock cylinder.

 Can too many keys damage ignition?

If you carry more than four to eight keys on your key ring, you may damage sensitive internal ignition switch parts. The weight of a heavy keychain can pull down on the ignition key/steering lock, causing the barrels inside the lock to wear down. … Only allow the car key in the ignition while driving.

As you can see from the abovementioned, unlocking your steering wheel is not a big deal.

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