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Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

If you get behind the wheel of your new or pre-owned Acura and find that the wheel is stuck, don’t fret because this is not only a common occurrence but also a simple fix.

You may see that you’re also having trouble starting the vehicle or turning the key in the ignition. When this happens, this doesn’t mean that there is a big issue with your vehicle, so learn how to unlock your steering wheel from the experts at Findlay Acura.

Steps on How to Unlock Your Steering Wheel

When you find that your wheel is stuck, be sure to follow these simple tips to successfully unlock your steering wheel and avoid causing any potential damage to your vehicle’s interior components.

  • Avoid Excessive Force: A locked steering wheel isn’t something you can muscle your way out of. In fact, attempting to force the wheel can damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead of relying on force, you want to turn the key to the “on” position and use varying amounts of pressure while wiggling the wheel back and forth.
  • Try Different Techniques: 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. This can help realign things and allow you to start your car.
  • Use a Different Key: If your usual key isn’t working you can always head to your local Acura dealership and have them make you a new one. 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. A dealership will be able to make a fresh key using the serial number of your vehicle so you aren’t getting a copy of a worn key.
Acura TLX interior


Find Additional Acura Service Tips at Findlay Acura

After reading how to unlock a steering wheel, you can check out more features such as the difference between moonroofs and sunroofs, how to clean a car windshield inside, noticing car smells, or how to perform an oil change. You can count on our service team to have your back and offer a wide range of service specials to help you save on the maintenance you need most. Contact us today to schedule an appointment near Mesquite!

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