Have you ever gotten in your vehicle, ready to start your commute to Chicago, only to make the terrible revelation that your steering wheel has locked? While it may seem high time to freak out, stay calm. If you're having problems starting your vehicle, or your key won't turn in the ignition, it's possible that a locked steering wheel is the cause. Discover how to unlock a steering wheel with the experts at the Honda City service center.

Steps to Unlocking a Steering Wheel

To unlock your steering wheel without damaging any of the vehicle's parts, do the following:

  • Avoid Excessive Force: No matter how strong you think you are, you will not be able to unlock your steering wheel using brute strength. Please do not do this, as it may cause damage to the parts. Instead of trying to use pure force, attempt to turn your key to the "on" position, and carefully applying pressure, move your key back and forth.
  • Try Multiple Techniques: If you can't even get your key to the "on" position, try carefully turning it in the ignition while you slowly attempt to move the wheel back and forth. This can help to realign the steering wheel components so you can turn your car on and get on your way.
  • Use a Different Key: If the key you've been using for years suddenly isn't working, you can turn to a Naperville area dealership like Honda City to look into getting a new one made. A key can deteriorate over time with frequent use, meaning it's possible that your key is no longer able to engage your vehicle's tumblers. A dealership can make a new key using the serial number of your vehicle, rather than just making an exact copy of an already worn out key.
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Need More Help? Turn to Honda City

If you've tried all of the suggestions above on how to unlock a steering wheel, and you aren't having any luck, our service center near Chicago is here to provide additional assistance. Give us a call at 888-456-1214, and a member of our service team can walk you through the process of unlocking your steering wheel. If you need any other service tips or help like how to fix a car dent or scratch, our factory-trained technicians have lots of experience to share with you. You can even learn how to connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, how to make a winter emergency kit, how often to change a cabin air filter, or warranty on a Honda battery. Be sure to check back for more service advice in the future. Contact us with any inquiries.