How to Properly Unlock a Steering Wheel

2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Interior

There are times when drivers don’t realize that they inadvertently have locked their steering wheel until they try to drive. If you’re experiencing trouble starting your Alfa Romeo vehicle or if the key doesn’t turn in the ignition, you may have a locked steering wheel. This is no cause for alarm, though; it happens accidentally, and it’s an easy fix! Learn how to unlock your steering wheel with the service team at Planet Alfa Romeo.

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

Thankfully, it’s easy to unlock your steering wheel! Simply follow these steps:

  1. Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. Unsure about which direction that is? Try both — the wheel will move a bit when you begin pulling in the right direction. 
  2. Holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. 
  3. 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 Keep in Mind When Unlocking a Steering Wheel

Learn how to unlock a steering wheel without causing any damage below:

  • Do Not Brute Force: Using brute force to unlock a steering wheel may damage parts of the steering mechanism. Instead, follow the steps listed above while applying pressure. 
  • Try a Different Key: If you can’t turn the key, the key itself can be the problem — not the steering wheel. It can be worn and may no longer be engaging the car’s tumblers. If this is the problem, the Planet Alfa Romeo parts department can make you a new key. 

How to Intentionally Lock Your Steering Wheel

Believe it or not, there are benefits to intentionally locking your steering wheel. If parked in an unfamiliar area, this provides extra security as it makes it more difficult for someone to start your vehicle. To intentionally lock your vehicle, follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Turn off your car, and take the keys out of the ignition. 
  2. Turn the steering wheel one way or the other until you hear a click.

Your steering wheel will now be locked until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car. 

Get More Service Tips From Planet Alfa Romeo 

If you have tried the above steps to unlock your steering wheel and still need assistance, we have you covered! Contact our service department to schedule a service appointment, and our certified technicians will get to the root of the problem.

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