Q: Q: Steering wheel is locked up and key won't turn.

asked by on

Parked my car the parking lot and I came back and my keys won't turn and my steering wheel is locked up car is in neutral and I'm pressing the clutch as well , also clutch feels a little stiffer than usual

My car has 198000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hi there. Try turning the steering wheel back and forth while trying to turn the key in the ignition. There is a steering wheel lock inside the steering column that could be bent or broken if the ignition switch will not turn when the steering wheel is turned. Also, for you clutch pedal all of a sudden being hard, there could be an issue with the return spring on the slave cylinder. The spring could be binding up with something making the pedal a little stiffer then normal. If you need further assistance with your ignition switch not turning or the transmission pedal is harder than normal, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Steering wheel is locked up and key won't turn.

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: Door unlock doesn't always work

The passenger door locks are controlled by the body computer on the Highlander. In this case either the wiring to the passenger door lock motors is compromised, the signal to unlock the doors is lost before it gets to the...

Q: Car vibrating upon initial startup

Hi there. This vibration on a cold start can be due to low compression. The seal better stops the rough idling when the car warms up and the parts expand. Also there may be an issue with a possible vacuum...

Q: 05 ram 4x4 Vibration in the floor during acceleration, and a vibration in​ steering at cruising speed that goes away when letting off the gas.

Hi there. This sounds like the tires on the front are out of balance and the ball joints are worn and need replaced. A out of balance wheel will cause the vehicle to vibrate and may change location to the...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.