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165 Commerce Dr, Fairfield, CT, 06825

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Phone Numbers:Sales Hours:
  • Mon - Thu9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Service Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SunClosed
Parts Hours:
  • Mon - Fri7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • SunClosed

Tips on How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

If your key won’t turn and your wheel seems to be stuck in place, you’ll need to learn how to unlock a steering wheel before you get back on the road. The process is fairly simple, but you should work carefully; if you try to force it, you may damage your steering systems or your ignition switch. All you really need to do is turn the wheel in the right direction at the same time as you turn the key.

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

It’s impossible to unlock a steering wheel with brute force. Instead, take these steps:

  1. Try to turn the wheel in both directions. One direction will offer a little bit more give than the other.
  2. Turn the wheel in whichever direction allows for the most movement, and insert the key into the ignition.
  3. Turn the key while you hold the wheel; successfully starting your engine should unlock the steering wheel immediately!


Unlocking a Steering Wheel: Tips to Keep in Mind

If the steps we laid out above don’t help you unlock your steering wheel, you’re bound to feel a little frustration. Although you can jiggle the wheel or the key a little bit, you definitely don’t want to force anything. Damaging parts of your steering mechanism will turn a minor issue into a significant repair, and no one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in Westport or Norwalk.

If you’re still having trouble, it might be smart to try a different key! A well-worn key may not be able to engage the car’s tumblers, leaving you unable to unlock your steering wheel. If you think you need a new key for your vehicle, contact our parts department and let us sort things out.


How to Lock Your Steering Wheel Intentionally

If you’re looking for tips on how to unlock a steering wheel, there’s a good chance that you locked your steering wheel by mistake. However, there are good reasons to lock your steering wheel intentionally! Here’s how it works:

  • Turn off your vehicle and remove the key from the ignition.
  • Turn the steering wheel in whichever direction you prefer.
  • When you hear a click, your steering wheel should be locked in place!

Since your steering wheel can’t be unlocked without a working key, locking it up intentionally can provide an extra measure of security in the event that someone tries to break into your vehicle while you’re parking in Fairfield or Weston.


Learn More with Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield!

If you still can’t seem to unlock your steering wheel, call roadside assistance or give our service experts a call at Call service Phone Number(877) 557-5299. We’d be happy to help you get back on the road in short order.


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