Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Turning left, the steering wheel would not move

asked by on

While slowing down when approaching a junction, I started turning left and the steering wheel would not move. The steering wheel light on the dashboard came on. I turned the engine off and back on so I could move out of traffic. After that it seemed okay. The steering wheel light was the only warning that came on - no error messages. Is it safe to drive my car and can you tell me what caused that to happen?

A: Hello! I strongly suggest to not drive the ...

Hello! I strongly suggest to not drive the vehicle until it is inspected by a technician. It is very dangerous to drive a vehicle which poses the risk of steering wheel lock up.

I suggest to have the vehicle towed to a dealership or if you would like to avoid paying for a tow, consider using a mobile mechanic service such as YourMechanic. They will be able to diagnose the source of your steering wheel issue at your own convenience and fix it accordingly.

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!

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: Accelerating doesn't produce increase in RPM

The throttle opening is controlled by the engine computer and if the computer sees a problem in the system it will limit the throttle opening. You need to have the computer tested to see the codes that can cause this....

Q: Steering wheel locked while going around curve

I would suspect that the steering is electronic and something was not making contact when you were going over the bumps and caused the steering to lock. It could also be a programming issue or a steering sensor issue. Have...

Q: Car stuck in gear, coasted, and quit - 2015 Fiat 500

Hello. For this case, unfortunately the dealer will need to verify the problem so they can fix something. The vehicle has had computer software issues but ones that may not pertain to this car. If you keep a log of...

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.