You may find yourself with the steering wheel locked for no apparent explanation as you prepare to take the wheel of your Honda Civic. This occasionally happens, and in most cases it is not very serious. Having said that, be sure to follow the steps we will speak about with you in in an attempt to find the remedy as simply and quickly as possible.
Before solving the question, we will first point out you how the starter mechanism works.

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How the steering wheel of my Honda Civic works

First, the starter switch consists of two components.

  • The cylinder of the lock in which you insert the key to turn it
  • The electronic switch behind it. It will provide the electrical impulse to start your Honda Civic’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 Honda Civic:
  • The switch on your steering wheel was damaged or forced, in most cases because someone tried to steal your car.
  • The switch suddenly failed and no longer works at all.
  • The switch on your Honda Civic shows signs of weakness, there is a small delay between the time the engine starts or you need press the key very hard.
    Check thoroughly your steering wheel with your Honda Civic’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 use a garage, between 20 and 50 € if you change it yourself.
    Now to the facts:

How do I unlock the steering wheel of my Honda Civic?

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 almost certainly been locked since the last time you removed the key from the switch.
To unlock the steering wheel, simply turn the key to the right and you can start the engine of your Honda Civic. Try without forcing, in mechanics, it is never good to force so act smoothly on the steering wheel and the key until you come across the unlocking point.
Move the steering wheel, if your key is locked, move 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 Honda Civic.
Do not move the steering wheel too hard. If you force too hard, you may damage the switch pinions, which will completely block the steering wheel on your Honda Civic. If this still doesn’t work, try to remove the key slightly. 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 consequently be wise to change it quickly.
It is also likely that your switch may be gripped. In the event of a blockage, it may necessitate a little specific anti-seize agent. Send one or two splashes into the slot of your Honda Civic’s switch and then try to insert the key again. Play it gently to apply product all over it.
Also, just check that your key is not damaged or blunt; if the teeth are no longer as they were in the first place, they will no longer be able to move the pinions of the cylinder on your Honda Civic’s steering wheel.
If the problem originates from your key, remember to take your duplicate in order to make another duplicate and thus have two keys that are in working order for your Honda Civic.

Conclusion :

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 maintained. Keep them in good condition by simply cleaning them regularly and also by taking care of them to optimize their life span.

If you want more guides on the Honda Civic, go to our Honda Civic category.