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.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car would not start until i turned the steering wheel

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: Cylinder lock turns, but nothing happens

The ignition key cylinder turns a mechanism in the steering column normally. If this mechanism breaks, then the ignition key cylinder will not turn the ignition switch. The steering column covers will need to be removed to find the broken...

Q: TPMS Service light

Hello. Thank you for writing in. The vehicle is having issues recognizing the tires that were switched. These monitoring systems can be sensitive to changes and the smallest of damages. Chances are they just need to be reset. A technician...

Q: Why does my ac turn off due to high engine temperature on my 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Hi there. If the engine is getting hot then the computer will turn off the a/c system to protect the engine. This can be caused by an issue within the cooling system or possibly a bad sensor. The system would...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...