Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car would not start until i turned the steering wheel

asked by on

Several times the car would not turn over at all unless I manipulate the steering wheel. Mechanic says it would cost a fortune to look at the steering column. any ideas?
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: This sounds like you may have a faulty igni...

This sounds like you may have a faulty ignition switch in the steering column. This is a fairly common issue with many cars.

Inside your steering column where the ignition switch is housed there are many small moving mechanical parts and wires that are manipulated daily as you turn your wheel. Over time, these occasionally will cause wires to break or sometimes create a faulty connection resulting in the intermittent starting issues you describe.

To avoid any unnecessary repairs, I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to diagnose your car’s starting issue and determine the cause for this.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car overheating despite repairs

The first plan of action would be to ensure that proper parts have been installed and that installed correctly, such as the right temperature thermostat. Also that the correct coolant had been used. Another thing that can cause overheating are...

Q: Brake lights not working in a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The first thing to check for is any blown fuses for the brake lights. The brake light switch gets power from the a fuse and then sends power into the brake light fuse and the turn signal module. Power from...

Q: wath mean park sistem off and how to fixed

Hi there: The park assist system is designed to give you an audible warning if it detects an object behind the car. In order for the system to work, you have to have the transmission in reverse. It will only...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...