What To Do When Car's Steering Wheel Locks - Chevrolet Suspension Service Research in Beaverton, OR

It's not an overstatement to say that steering is one of the most important things in a car--so a steering wheel that has locked up is more than just a minor inconvenience. However, not all locked steering wheels have the same cause. Keep reading to see which description matches the issues you've been having.

3. The Steering Wheel Seems Locked, But Can Be Moved With Effort

If the steering wheel suddenly becomes a lot more difficult to turn, especially at low speeds or at a stop, it may not be that the wheel is locked. Rather, there could be a problem with the power steering system. Power steering makes it easier to steer by requiring you to use less force when you turn the wheel. The change in the amount of force you need can make it seem as though the wheel won't turn at all.

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There are several things that could go wrong with the power steering system. The power steering pump can sometimes get stuck or jammed if debris finds its way in. Or, the power steering system could spring a leak, leading to a loss in vital power steering fluid. Whatever the problem with the power steering, it's a good idea to get it taken care of. You might get bigger biceps while you drive, but the lack of precision and extra exertion means you won't be able to respond to danger as quickly.

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2. The Steering Wheel Locks As Soon As You Turn On Your Car

The good news is that this problem tends to be easily remedied. For your safety, the steering wheel has a lock that activates if someone moves the wheel when there's no key in the ignition. This makes the vehicle harder to steal. However, if you've moved the wheel before turning on the car, the lock may still be in place.

If this is the case, gently try to move the wheel while you're turning the key. Jiggling it may also work, but the key is to make sure that there's pressure on the steering wheel while the ignition key is being turned.

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1. The Steering Wheel Locks While You Drive

This is a terrifying experience--but it's fortunately not very common. If it does happen, it's probably due to a failure in the suspension or steering rack or column. If this happens, keep trying to turn the wheel while slowly and safely braking. Be sure to put on your hazard lights and get away from traffic as soon as possible.

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