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How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2020 Toyota Prius Dash

It can be really irritating when you return to your Toyota Prius in Belton and find a locked steering wheel. No matter how hard you try to turn, that steering wheel just won’t budge. Once you know how to unlock a steering wheel, you’ll never find yourself frustrated over this simple anti-theft feature again. Find out how with Don Ringler Toyota in Temple.

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

It’s really easy to learn how to unlock your steering wheel if you find yourself with a stuck steering wheel in Killeen. The biggest things to keep in mind are to be patient and not try to force the steering wheel into the right position. Here’s how to unlock a steering wheel:

  • Place the key in the ignition, attempt to turn it to the “on” position and, with varying amounts of pressure, wiggle the steering wheel back and forth. This usually will unlock the steering wheel and start your car.
  •  If you aren’t able to get the key to the “on” position, slowly turn it in the ignition with one hand while slowly adjusting the wheel back and forth with your other.
  • If neither of these methods work, try a different key. A key’s shape can deteriorate with regular wear and tear and it is possible that your key is no longer able to engage your vehicle’s tumblers. It’s best to get a new key directly from a dealership, where they can make the key based on your car’s ignition.

Why Do Steering Wheels Lock?

It can be annoying when you find yourself with a locked steering wheel in Waco, especially if you don’t know how to unlock your steering wheel yet. Steering wheels lock for a good reason, though. When the steering wheel has been moved too much without a key in the ignition, it locks to prevent theft. But once you know how to unlock a steering wheel, it shouldn’t be an annoyance anymore.

The Don Ringler Toyota Service Department is Here to Help!

Got a question about your Toyota? The Don Ringler Toyota service department is here for you! Contact them if you find your Toyota doing something you don’t understand, or if you have any questions about your Toyota. Our knowledgeable technicians can help!

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