Q: Does this vehicle have a steering wheel lock

asked by on

Wife's truck was hit diagonally in an accident. Steering wheel always locked when key removed. Told insurance company "steering wheel doesn't lock any more". Insurance company said it never did. How can I prove to insurance company it did have lock?

My car has 224000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Yes, you are recalling correctly. I have never worked on a car, at least a modern car that did not have a steering wheel lock. I would have your car repaired by a shop or a local YourMechanic technician and have them take lot’s of pictures showing what is broken. Since you are attempting to include this in an existing claim, it would be best if you left the car apart giving the insurance company an opportunity to send someone out to inspect the car themselves. I know this can be an inconvenience, but it is the only sound way to deal with a dispute with an insurance company.

Rest assured, you are correct. You could have the repair done and send them the bill, but this leaves things open to more dispute. Maybe you can call an attorney. I believe there are laws that will support you in this.

One of our mobile technicians can assist you by an inspection of your steering system. Steering columns are one of the more difficult repairs that require some specialized tools. Not to mention they maybe able to help you out with the insurance company.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 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. Does this vehicle have a steering wheel lock

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: The steering wheel jerks to both sides

Hello. The front end needs to be checked first for any loose parts. Any worn out joints or bushings will cause this. If those are all fine, then the problem is usually in the rack and pinion and it will...

Q: Back end bounces jolts

Hello, I will be happy to assist you. I don't think it's a problem with the Magnetic Ride Control because an issue with one of those systems would likely cause a Check Engine Light or service light. However, the rear...

Q: steering column has collapsed

If the column is damaged then it cannot be repaired if the collapse center rod is damaged. It is designed so that it will not push the steering column into you in the event of an accident. I would suggest...

Related articles

P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.