How To Remove A Steering Wheel Lock

Many hands have been needed to accomplish the task of removing a wheel lock. We may call on the helpful alt-farther in the parking lot who has with him a tube of trig and pliers, or we might resort to using a power drill and an unholy quantity of persistence. None of these methods is practical, but they sure are fun!

A Guide to Removing a Steering Wheel Lock

The steering wheel lock should be de-activated before trying to remove it. To do this, the car must be off and the key can’t be in the ignition. The steering wheel must also be detached from the column by using a screwdriver or a pry bar. There are various tools that can help to take the extended bolts out of place, which make it easy to remove the locking device.

Knowing Your Options

When you find yourself locked out of your vehicle, there are not many options. You may consider moving it to a place where someone can help you or waiting for the tow truck because finding your car key is no easy task. These are both viable options that keep passengers safe in case of an emergency. However, when this happens, you should talk to your local DMV and be aware of the different laws in place for every state.

Tools You Will Need

To remove a steering wheel lock, you will need a carpenter’s bolt with an offset head. The carpenter’s bolt can be approximately 22 mm in diameter and is 3 inches long, which should give you enough room to use the socket wrench or handle it by other means. If in case the theft deterrent strip cannot be removed, add a second bolt into the bike lock and twist the pressure against the stripped threads.

Why You Should Remove the Lock

Believe it or not, there are too many people out there that don’t know the dangers of having a steering wheel lock on their vehicle. The consequences can cause injury to the driver and passengers when they can’t steer to avoid crashes. The best way to prevent this, is to remove your steering wheel lock and make sure you don’t park in high traffic areas where a thief might be parked.

How To Remove The Lock

There are a few ways you need to know when the steering wheel lock on your vehicle becomes stuck. If you have to turn the steering wheel when you don’t want it to, it’s usually one of these two parts that is causing the problem. If the rear of the locking mechanism is facing towards you, push it towards the engine so that it can be removed easily. If push a key into the front locking mechanism and rotate it (clockwise or counter-clockwise) until removed.

What Happens if You Fail to Remove the Lock properly

The steering wheel lock is a safety feature typically found on cars with manual transmissions. When the car begins to shift, it makes a different noise. If the driver doesn’t remove their hands from the steering wheel when this happens, an alarm goes off and it sounds in their ears. Typically, most people figure out these alarms and just push a button to make them stop sounding. Recently though, many thieves have taken to stealing these alarms while they can. The problem with these thieves is that they either disable the alarm by over-coming it with brute force or cut the wire of the audible lock button located near the shifter. These options not only fail but also put themselves at risk when escaping from the vehicle.

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