Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

2021 Jaguar F-PACE Steering Wheel

There are plenty of times when drivers don’t realize that they have locked their steering wheel until they try to drive their Jaguar vehicle. Don’t fret – this happens accidentally, and it’s an easy fix. If you’re having trouble starting your vehicle or the key won’t turn in the ignition, follow the guide to how to unlock your steering wheel from the service team at Jaguar Los Angeles near Beverly Hills.

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

Unlocking your steering wheel is easy! Follow these steps below:

  • Pull the steering wheel down in the same direction you did when it was originally locked.
  • If you’re unsure about which direction to pull, go ahead and try both. The wheel will move a bit when it’s pulled in the right direction. 
  • While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert 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! 

Tips to Remember When Unlocking a Steering Wheel

Avoid causing damage to your steering wheel by following these tips:

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: Don’t use strong force to unlock a locked steering wheel; you can damage parts of the steering mechanism. Follow the steps above while applying pressure. 
  • Try a Different Key: Can’t turn the key? The key can be the problem and not the steering wheel. If that’s the case, the parts department at Jaguar Los Angeles can make you a new one.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

There are numerous benefits to locking your steering wheel. If you leave your vehicle in an unfamiliar area of Bel Air or Los Angeles, you are providing yourself with added security. This is because it makes it more difficult for someone who shouldn’t be at the wheel to start your vehicle. Learn how to lock your steering wheel intentionally by following these steps:

  • 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 Service Tips & Tricks With Jaguar Los Angeles!

If you’ve tried all of the steps above without any unlocking, schedule a service appointment at our service center in Los Angeles. Our factory-trained and certified technicians will work to get to the root of the issue and fix it promptly. Be sure to take advantage of our service specials to use on your next visit to our dealership. While you’re here, check out additional service tips and tricks for more DIY tips!

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