Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: steering wheel turned to the far right and locked in place while the wheel are straight. and I can't turn the key.

asked by on

my steering wheel is locked into place and It's turned to the far right. I can't turn the ignition key on. The front wheels are in a forward default position. I have tried to turn the wheel right to left while attempting to turn the key. I have also tried turning the wheel right to left without turning the key, nothing seems to work. When i try to push on the brakes to see if I could release the car from park position neither the breaks or the gears seem to move.

My car has 115000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. From the description you have provided, concerning your vehicle’s steering wheel is locked far right and key won’t turn with the front wheels in a forward default position, is somewhat confusing to me. It could be, undo pressure is being applied to the steering wheel lock. You could try, physically moving the left front tire side to side in either direction, to relieve the pressure on the steering wheel lock. It could be, the key you are using has a problem, try another key if available. It could be, the ignition lock cylinder is at fault. I recommend having your vehicle’s can’t turn the key be diagnosed and repaired by a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic.

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!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • steering wheel turned to the far right and locked in place while the wheel are straight. and I can't turn the key.

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: Sudden loss of acceleration when driving

Your car is equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT has sensors to keep if from overheating and dropping to a low fluid level. When the transmission detects an issue, it will go into limp home mode to...

Q: Car overheating.

Hi there. The check engine light on this vehicle can turn on from the engine running too cold and too hot. If the coolant level was low from the beginning then the system should have been pressure tested to identify...

Q: P0420 OBD-II Trouble Code: Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)

Hi there: the P0420 OBD-II Error code indicates that the catalytic converter is not working as efficiently as it is intended. If the voltage of the downstream oxygen sensor decreases, and begins to fluctuate like the upstream oxygen sensor, it...

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...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
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.