How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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It’s not uncommon for Queens drivers to enter their vehicle and try to turn the key, only to be met with the resistance of a locked steering wheel. Believe it or not, many drivers have difficulties getting the wheel to unlock. It’s crucial that you know how to unlock a steering wheel; otherwise, the key won’t turn over and start your car. Don’t worry – a locked steering wheel is an accident 90% of the time. Find out what goes into unlocking a Volkswagen steering wheel below. If you need assistance from our service department or require a part to fix your issue, ordering online is quick and easy. 



Unlocking a Volkswagen Steering Wheel: A Simple Guide 

Use these simple instructions to learn how to unlock your steering wheel:

  • Pull the wheel down in the same direction you did when the wheel was originally locked. 
  • Not sure which direction to pull? Try both — the wheel will move when you pull in the right direction. 
  • While holding your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key into the ignition and start the engine. 
  • If the wheel doesn’t unlock and/or the engine doesn’t start, turn the wheel in the other direction and repeat the above step. 
  • Your steering wheel should now be unlocked! 

Unlocking a Volkswagen Steering Wheel: Simple Tips to Remember

Keep these additional tips in mind for unlocking a Volkswagen steering wheel without damaging your vehicle: 

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: Don’t try and force anything if it doesn’t turn or move naturally. You could damage your vehicle to the point of needing significant repair. 
  • Try a Different Key: If the key doesn’t turn, the problem could be that you’re using the wrong key. Try different keys and see if they work to unlock the steering wheel. 

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

Locking your steering wheel is mandatory in certain situations, especially if you’re in an area that’s prone to break-ins and other property crimes. Locking your wheel provides an extra layer of security and makes it challenging for a would-be car thief to start your car. Learn how to lock your steering wheel intentionally using these simple steps: 

  • Turn off your car and take the keys out of the ignition. 
  • Turn the steering wheel one way or another until you hear a click.
  • Your steering wheel will lock until you return, unlock the steering wheel, and start your car. 

Learn More With Bay Ridge Volkswagen

You can always count on our service tips and tricks to get you out of a jam. However, there are times when you need an additional hand. If you can’t seem to rectify a problematic situation regarding your vehicle, contact our service center or schedule an appointment using our website. We’ll get you in, out, and back on the road in no time! 

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