I pulled into a parking place just fine. Went to leave and the wheel would not turn. Called dealer and was told I locked it and just to keep working it to free it. Finally managed to maneuver it out of parking space and got to dealer. Without explanation of what is wrong, was told entire steering column must be replaced. Elantra is 2yrs old with 27,000 miles. Any explanations of what went wrong?
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Re: steering wheel lock
Without actually inspecting it myself, no. I cannot explain why the service department at the dealership didn't (couldn't) give you an explanation. Guess work is not something I like to do, however, since they told you the entire column needs replacing, my BEST guess is that the column was defective from the factory/ manufacturer... simply got past the quality control folks.
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Is your steering wheel turned tight.Sometimes if you park and leave your wheels turned a little bit it pulls on the lock on the steering wheel sometimes.You have to try and move your steering wheel when its off and see if its real hard to move.try pulling the steering wheel off the lock and turn the key.also I think u meant the brain.
see this steps and fix it. God bless you If the key won't turn in the ignition, it could be for a couple of
Often this happens when the steering is locked by the ignition
lock with the front wheels turned aside (e.g. when parking on a hill) or
when one of the front wheels is pushed against something (e.g. curb
In this case, try turning the steering wheel left and right while
gently jiggling the ignition key - this might help to release the
Another possibility is that there is a problem with the ignition
lock or the key itself. This happens; the key and the lock mechanism
wear over time.
Try to use a spare key. If nothing works, your local dealer is the
best place to call.
Yes, actually there are three inverted torx screws that's behind the steering wheel lock plate. It is kind of a complex job, I wouldn't just recommend that the average person attack this job, however if you are up for it, I can send you the procedure.
Try rotating the steering wheel in both directions while applying rotational force on the key.
I have had this problem on a F150 where the person pulled in their driveway and proceeded to turn the car off but turned the wheel while the powersteering was still on, when the engine stopped the steering wheel rotated and locked from the force of the truck.
Try and turn the wheel from side to side while turning the key as it may be jammed on the locking pin... If that's a no go then you must remove the steering wheel and signal switch to access the screw that holds the cylinder in place. If you must remove the wheel go to a parts store and buy a lock plate installer to remove the circlip that holds the lock plate compressed.
They do stick from time to time, check the key is not bent. also adjust the hieight of the steering wheel. if you have parked it with the wheels turned in or out then you need to return it to the position faceing the way the wheels do. it can feel very stiff but have a go should do it, careful with the key. if you can get someone to help then do.
Could be a couple of things, the pin that locks the steering wheel could be failing to activate.
Try one thing, with vehicle parked, key off, take the steering wheel and rotate it back and forth a bit to see if the wheel locks at that point. I have seen some vehicles require that. (Manufacturer would not call this a problem if it does lock up after rotating the steering wheel.) May have to turn the wheel as much as 1/8 to 1/4 of a turn. (OK, 1/4 a turn is a bit much, but hard to gauge how much rotation you are doing.)