If you find yourself in this predicament there are a few things you can check before calling a tow truck or a locksmith. The first thing you should do is check the steering wheel itself. If it feels loose or wobbly it may just be that the steering wheel is not locked. Many times people think their steering wheel is locked when it is not. If the steering wheel is not locked try turning the key again.
If the steering wheel is locked the next thing you want to check is the ignition. Many times the problem is simply that the ignition is not turned on all the way. This can happen if the key is not turned far enough or if the key is turned too far. If the key will not turn at all it is likely that the ignition switch is defective and will need to be replaced.
If the ignition is on and the steering wheel is locked the next thing to check is the gear shift. In most cars the gear shift must be in the “Park” position in order for the car to start. If the gear shift is not in the “Park” position the car will not start. If the gear shift is in the “Park” position and the car still does not start the problem is likely with the starter or the battery.
The starter is a small motor that turns the engine over when you turn the key. If the starter is not working the car will not start. The battery provides power to the starter. If the battery is dead the car will not start.
If you have checked all of these things and the car still does not start it is time to call a tow truck or a locksmith.
What could cause my steering wheel to be locked and my car not to start?
Answer: There could be a problem with the steering column ignition switch or anti-theft system.