How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Hands on a steering wheel


It can be a little too easy to accidentally lock your steering wheel, and you might not even know it until the next time you get in your car to drive in Asheville. If you’re wondering how to unlock a steering wheel, you’re not alone. The service department at Apple Tree Acura gets this question a lot. It’s quick and easy to take care of the problem if your steering wheel is locked. Find out how: 

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

If you need to get your steering wheel unlocked, don’t worry! These easy steps will get you on the road to Hendersonville in no time.


  1. Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. If you’re not sure which direction that is, try both. The wheel will move a bit when you pull in the right direction. 
  2. While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! 

Locked Steering Wheel Tips to Keep in Mind

In addition to the above tips, keep these two important things in mind when you need to get your steering wheel unlocked:


  • Don’t Use Brute Force: You may damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps above while applying gentle pressure. 
  • Try a Different Key: In rare occasions a locked steering wheel might be a sign of a bad key that’s wearing out. If you need a new key contact our service department

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel on Purpose

Did you know you can lock your steering wheel on purpose? It adds an extra layer of security when you want it, as it slows anyone from driving your car who shouldn’t be. If you want to lock your steering wheel on purpose, here’s how:


  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 with Apple Tree Acura! 

From learning how to unlock a steering wheel to getting the skills to check your transmission fluid, Johnson City drivers turn to Apple Tree Acura for service tips and tricks. We’re here to help you learn the little service tricks that will save you time and money.

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