You could find yourself with the steering wheel locked for no apparent explanation as you prepare to take the wheel of your Chevrolet Cruze. This occasionally happens, and in most cases it is not very serious. Nonetheless, be sure to follow the steps we will speak about with you in order to find the solution as simply and quickly as possible.
Before solving the question, we will first point out you how the starter mechanism works.
How the steering wheel of my Chevrolet Cruze works
First, the starter switch is made up of two components.
- The cylinder of the lock in which you insert the key to turn it
- The electronic switch behind it. It gives the electrical impulse to start your Chevrolet Cruze’s engine as soon as you turn the key.
When should it be changed?
Three cases may explain the need to change the switch on your Chevrolet Cruze:
- The switch on your steering wheel was damaged or forced, generally because someone tried to steal your car.
- The switch instantly failed and no longer works at all.
- The switch on your Chevrolet Cruze shows signs of weakness, there is a little delay between the time the engine starts or you have to press the key very hard.
Check carefully your steering wheel with your Chevrolet Cruze’s manual to see if the switch is made of one piece or if the two elements (lock cylinder and switch) are separate. Indeed, it is possible to replace only the out-of-service element, which is more economical. You will likely need to spend about a hundred euros if you work with a garage, between 20 and 50 € if you change it yourself.
Now to the points:
How do I unlock the steering wheel of my Chevrolet Cruze?
On a car, locking the steering wheel when stationary is a safety feature against theft. The steering wheel can only be unlocked by inserting the corresponding key into the vehicle.
Insert the key into the switch. Your steering wheel has most likely been locked since the last time you removed the key from the switch.
To unlock the steering wheel, only turn the key to the right and you can start the engine of your Chevrolet Cruze. Try without forcing, in mechanics, it is never good to force so act gently on the steering wheel and the key until you come across the unlocking point.
Move the steering wheel, if your key is locked, turn the steering wheel in the direction it wants to move and your key will then simply turn. Be careful, you must be more or less synchronized when you turn the steering wheel and the key of your Chevrolet Cruze.
Do not shake the steering wheel too hard. If you force too hard, you may ruin the switch pinions, which will permanently block the steering wheel on your Chevrolet Cruze. If this still doesn’t work, try to remove the key just a little. The plan is to find a position that would facilitate it to turn. Try one or two millimetres less depressed.
If you can start, your key is worn out. It would therefore be wise to change it quickly.
It is also possible that your switch may be seized. In the event of a blockage, it may require a little specific anti-seize agent. Send one or two splashes into the slot of your Chevrolet Cruze’s switch and then try to insert the key again. Play it gently to use product all over it.
Also, simply check that your key is not damaged or blunt; if the teeth are no longer as they were originally, they will no longer have the capacity to move the pinions of the cylinder on your Chevrolet Cruze’s steering wheel.
If the problem originates from your key, remember to take your duplicate in order to make another copy and thus have two keys that are in working order for your Chevrolet Cruze.
As you have read earlier, the main reasons for a steering wheel lock are a damaged key or a jammed cylinder. In automotive mechanics, the majority of breakdowns or malfunctions are due to parts that are poorly or not taken care of. Keep them in good condition by simply cleaning them regularly and also by taking care of them to maximize their life span.If you wish more guides on the Chevrolet Cruze, go to our Chevrolet Cruze category.