How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

steering wheel

How Do You Unlock a Steering Wheel?

Have you ever returned to your car from running errands around San Diego and struggled with a steering wheel lock? While this may seem like a stressful event, don’t worry because the service experts at Kearny Mesa Kia are here to help answer the question, “how do you unlock a steering wheel?” Read this guide and follow the instructions to get back on El Cajon roads as soon as possible!

How to Unlock a Steering Wheel: Five Simple Steps

If you’re wondering how to deal with a steering wheel lock, we’ve provided five different ways to accomplish this task. Check them out, below:

  • Try to turn both the key and the steering wheel at the same time: Even if you’ve already tried this method, rocking the wheel back and forth can gradually loosen the ignition. However, you’ll want to be gentle. The last thing you want to do is break your key off in the ignition.
  • Try your spare key: As you drive throughout La Mesa, your key’s teeth can get worn over time. Trying a different key may just do the trick.
  • Clean out the insides of the ignition: When trying to unlock your steering wheel, cleaning out the insides of your ignition might work. You can do this by sliding the key in and out of the ignition several times. If that doesn’t work, you can spray canned air into the ignition.
  • Spray some lubricant into the ignition: WD-40 is probably the most popular spray lubricant, and it can work well. You could also try electronics spray cleaner.
  • Install a new ignition cylinder: This should be a last resort seeing as it’s the most difficult way to unlock a steering wheel. We highly recommend bringing your vehicle to our service center located in the Chula Vista-area to have our experts take care of it.

If none of these methods work, schedule a service appointment at Kearny Mesa Kia where our experts can help remedy the issue.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

Now that you know how to unlock your steering wheel, how do you go about locking your steering wheel? All you have to do is turn the wheel all the way to either side before shutting off the car.

Kearny Mesa Kia: Your Service Experts

If you found this article helpful, check out more of our service tips and tricks where we answer frequently asked questions such as “how often do I change my cabin air filter?” and “what does an alternator do?” Also, be sure to browse our service specials to keep your car maintenance budget-friendly. If you have any additional questions, just give us a call at 844-824-9675 today!

More from Kearny Mesa Kia

  • Explore the 2022 Kia Stinger Interior

      The 2022 Kia Stinger interior features have been updated with the new model year. The updated Kia logo is at the forefront of the hood, sleek and modern, and underneath you’ll find the new 300 horsepower engine to propel you through El Cajon. Explore the Kia Stinger interior dimensions and features with the detailed description…

  • 2022 Kia Seltos Configurations

      If you are in search of a compact SUV with bold good looks and an affordable starting price, look no further than the Kia Seltos. With five 2022 Kia Seltos configurations to choose from, it is easy to find a new Seltos that is perfectly tailored to your needs. Not sure which of the…

  • 2022 Kia Telluride Interior

      If you’re in the market for a new SUV, it’s worth checking out the new 2022 Kia Telluride. The Telluride is one of the most impressive vehicles in its class and includes all the latest technology, safety features, and convenience features you’ve come to expect for your El Cajon commute. By far the most impressive…

Saved Vehicles

SAVED VEHICLES

You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:

Save

Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us

844-824-9673

Call Now

7303 Clairemont Mesa Blvd • San Diego, CA 92111

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 8:30am-8pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-5pm

Open Today! Parts: 7am-5pm

Kearny Mesa Kia 32.831858, -117.161401.