How to Unlock a Steering Wheel

Audi Steering Wheel  

Do you want to know how to unlock a steering wheel? Audi North Austin is at your service and always happy to help. Explore these helpful tips for how to unlock a steering wheel so you can get back onto Austin streets in no time! Remember, from unlocking an Audi steering wheel to oil changes or new tires, we are your best Audi resource! 

Five Simple Steps to Unlock Your Steering Wheel

Keep in mind that if you've locked up your Audi steering wheel, you may have to try more than one of these approaches to unlock it. Don't worry if none of these methods work for you; the experienced service technicians at Audi North Austin are available to serve Austin drivers. First, try these steps, so you don't have to ask us, "How do you unlock a steering wheel?"

  • Turn the key while simultaneously trying to turn your steering wheel. Apply varying amounts of pressure to the key while it is in the ignition, and at the same time try to move the steering wheel back and forth. Even when locked, your Audi steering wheel should turn a little. Keep trying until the steering wheel finally unlocks. Do NOT force the key or the steering wheel by applying too much pressure, or you could break off the key or damage your steering mechanism. 
  • Try a different key. If you have more than one key to your vehicle, try them all. Your usual key might be worn out or damaged, which could cause it not to work correctly.
  • Try to clean out any dirt in the ignition. Slide the key in and out of the ignition to clear any dirt or debris that could be interfering with the ignition connection and keep your key from turning. If that doesn't work, take the key out of the ignition and spray some puffs of compressed air (available from most electronics and office supply shops) into the ignition slot.
  • Lubricate the keyhole. You can lubricate the keyhole by using an electronics cleaner or a lubricant, such as WD-40. Be careful not to spray too much of it. Just use one or two short squirts. 
  • Replace the ignition cylinder. If none of the other procedures are successful, the last resort may be to replace the ignition cylinder. Thankfully, Audi North Austin can take care of the service for you promptly. You can even make a service appointment online.

How to Lock Your Steering Wheel

Are you wondering why you would ever want to know how to lock your Audi steering wheel? Knowing how to lock your steering wheel is smart if you park your Audi somewhere and leave it overnight or for a more extended period. If a thief were to break into your car, they wouldn't be able to drive it off if your Audi steering wheel is locked. All you need to do is to turn the wheel all the way in either direction before you turn off your car. And don't worry; If you've locked your steering wheel on purpose, unlocking it again is as simple as turning on your vehicle and turning the wheel a little.

Bring Your Vehicle to Audi North Austin for Service

Now that you won't ever need to ask again, "How do you unlock a steering wheel?" if you have any other questions about your Audi, don't hesitate to ask our service center. Find out for yourself why our customers keep recommending us to their friends and family year after year. Review our service specials, and then contact us today.