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How to Unlock & Lock a Steering Wheel

a locked Mazda steering wheel on a vehicle

Are you unable to drive your car due to an accidentally-locked steering wheel? Maybe, on the other hand, you’re wondering how to lock your steering wheel for security purposes? Either way, we here at Hiley Mazda of Hurst - DFW can offer up answers to get you the information you need! If you’re having trouble turning the key in the ignition, your steering wheel could be locked, but luckily, unlocking it is relatively simple in most cases. Conversely, locking it, too, is just as quick. Read on to learn more, or contact us with questions.



Here’s How to Unlock a Steering Wheel in Five Simple Steps

If you’re looking for how to unlock a steering wheel in Fort Worth or %target_city_2%%, here’s the skinny on what you’ll need to do:

  1. Turn the steering wheel gently in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. 
  2. Unsure which direction to pull due to a steering wheel that was inadvertently locked? Try going both ways — your wheel should move slightly when pulled in the correct direction. 
  3. Once you’ve found the correct direction, with the wheel held down slightly, insert your key into the ignition and try to start the vehicle. 
  4. If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, try turning the wheel in the other direction and repeating the same process.
  5. Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! If not, it’s probably best to schedule service at Hiley Mazda of Hurst - DFW.

Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Quick Tips to Ensure Success

When trying to unlock your steering wheel, you should be sure to follow the below tips to help increase your odds of success:

  • Do Not Use Brute Force: You can’t use brute force to unlock a locked steering wheel; in doing so, you could wind up causing more damage than good. For this procedure, applying even pressure and going slowly and carefully is best and most effective.
  • Try Different Keys: If you can’t turn the key, it could be that you have an issue with your key itself and not a locked steering wheel. If you suspect a problem with your key, contact the Hiley Mazda of Hurst - DFW service center to make you a new one. 

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

If you’re looking for more information on how to intentionally lock your steering wheel (this feature is a part of modern cars to help prevent carjacking and theft by disabling the ability to steer), then here’s what you’re going to want to do:

  • Turn off your vehicle and then remove the keys from the ignition. This last part is important. 
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel should remain locked until you return, unlock the steering wheel following our aforementioned procedure, and start your Mazda vehicle. 

We Can Help with All Your Service Needs at Hiley Mazda of Hurst - DFW!

The service experts at Hiley Mazda of Hurst - DFW are always here for you! If you’re looking for additional information on DIY service or maintenance procedures for your Mazda in Hurst, then we’ve got you covered! Check out our service tips online from the comfort of home to get the most from your Mazda ownership or leasing experience! Otherwise, check out our ongoing service specials to save more on your next Mazda maintenance or service appointment!

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