How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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Is your steering wheel locked up? A lot of times, drivers don’t know that they have locked their steering wheel until they try to drive their vehicle. With a locked steering wheel, the key won’t turn. So, if you are experiencing difficulty starting your Mercedes-Benz car, or if the key won’t turn in the ignition, there is a chance that the steering wheel is locked. Don’t stress – this happens accidentally, and it’s a simple fix. Learn how to unlock a steering wheel in this handy guide from the Mercedes-Benz of Centerville service team.

Step-by-Step Guide to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

If the steering wheel is locked, you can unlock it by following these steps below:

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction that you did when the steering wheel was locked up.
  • Don’t know which direction that was? Go ahead and try both — the wheel will move a bit when you pull in the right direction.
  • While holding the steering wheel in the right direction, put your key into the ignition, and start the engine.
  • If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the step above.
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked!

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Essential Tips

Below are important steps to follow when unlocking your steering without causing damage:

  • Do Not Use Brute Force as this may damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps above while applying pressure.
  • If you have a locked steering wheel and the key won’t turn, try a Different Key, because the problem may be the key itself and not the steering wheel. The key may be worn and no longer engage with the car’s tumblers. If you suspect a problem with your key, visit Mercedes-Benz of Centerville near Kettering for a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

There are benefits to intentionally locking your steering wheel. If you’re parking your vehicle and leaving it in an unfamiliar area beyond Springboro and Oakwood, it provides an extra level of security since it makes it more difficult for someone to be at the wheel to start your car who shouldn’t be. Want to know how to lock your steering wheel? Follow these steps below:

  • Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel will lock until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car.

Get Additional Tips with Mercedes-Benz of Centerville!

If you have tried all of the steps above, but are still having trouble unlocking your steering, our certified service team can help! Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment, and we’ll get the steering wheel unlocked. While you’re here, we offer additional service tips and tricks like how to jump-start a car and how to change the battery in your key fob!

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