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Learn How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

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If your vehicle has been unused in Delray Beach for a while or if you grab onto your steering wheel while exiting your vehicle in Delray Beach, you can lock it into place accidentally. While annoying, learning how to unlock a steering wheel isn’t hard and won’t take a long time. Find out how to unlock your steering wheel with the HGreg Nissan Delray service team and learn how to lock it intentionally for added security when you leave your car parked in Boca Raton.

How to Unlock Your Steering Wheel

If you’ve accidentally locked your steering wheel in Greenacres, there’s no cause for alarm. Learn how to unlock a steering wheel with the steps below:

  • Place your hands on the wheel and pull it towards the same direction you did when the wheel originally locked.
  • If you’re unsure which direction to pull, try both. The wheel will be able to move a bit more when pulled in the right direction.
  • As you hold your steering wheel in the right direction, insert your key and start the engine.
  • If the engine doesn’t start and/or the wheel doesn’t wheel doesn’t unlock, turn the wheel in the opposite direction and repeat the process again.
  • When the engine turns over, your steering wheel will release from it’s locked position.

What to Keep in Mind When Unlocking a Steering Wheel

Although the steering wheel is stiff and may be difficult to move while it’s locked, don’t be too rough while handing it. You don’t want to cause unnecessary damage to your Nissan steering column. Read below for useful tips if you’re having trouble unlocking your steering wheel.

  • Avoid Using Brute Force: No matter how much you push and pull, brute force will not unlock your steering wheel, you may end up hurting yourself or damaging your Nissan in the process. Follow the steps above while applying gentle, but purposeful pressure to your steering wheel.
  • Try a Different Key: If your key won’t turn in your ignition after several attempts, it could be the key itself. First, ensure you’re using the right key for your ignition, if you are using the proper key it may be too worn down to engage the tumblers in the ignition switch. Use your spare ignition key if you suspect this is the problem, then come by HGreg Nissan Delray to have a new key cut for your vehicle.
  • Contact Your Local Nissan Dealer: If you’ve tried everything you can to unlock your steering wheel and it still won’t budge, contact your local Nissan service center to discuss your problem with a certified technician. They will help you diagnose the problem or get your vehicle to a service center while securing you a Nissan rental.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

Locking your steering wheel when you run errands in Boyton Beach or if you’re on a road trip out of town can provide some extra security and peace of mind while you’re away from your Nissan. To lock your steering wheel intentionally, follow these quick steps:

  • Park and turn off your Nissan, then take the keys out of the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel to the left or right until you hear it click.
  • Your steering wheel will remain locked until you return to your vehicle and follow the steps above to unlock it with your ignition key.

Learn More with HGreg Nissan Delray!

When it’s time to have your Nissan brought in for maintenance, count on the certified team at HGreg Nissan Delray! Our factory-trained technicians will have your Nissan inspected, repaired, and back on the road in no time! Schedule a service appointment today and browse our service specials for additional savings on your next visit!

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