Steering wheel and dash inside Kia Sorento

Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Have you ever been out and about and then get into your car, only to notice that your steering wheel is locked, and you can’t turn your key in the ignition? First off, this is not a serious issue, and it costs nothing to fix. This is a common occurrence, which is why we’re here to provide Astoria drivers with some easy steps to help you get back on the road.

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

While unlocking your steering wheel is surely an easy fix, messing with it too much can cause some true damage to your internal vehicle components. Follow these steps to safely and efficiently unlock your steering wheel:

  • 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 nearest Kia 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.

Contact Warrenton Kia for Additional Help

If you have followed the correct steps to unlock your steering wheel and are still having issues, our service center is always here to help Seaside-area drivers with anything they need. You can even schedule an appointment for an inspection or any other routine maintenance or care. Contact us today, and a dedicated service member will gladly walk you through the process to get you back on the road in no time!

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