How to Unlock the Steering Wheel on a Ford

Updated April 17, 2017

Steering wheels on Ford vehicles have anti-theft devices built into the hub that allow the driver to lock the steering wheel in place, thus making it hard for a thief to drive off with the vehicle. While car salesmen seldom explain this often overlooked feature to the new owner, knowing of its existence can save a lot of trouble in the future. The lock in the steering column integrates with the ignition lock cylinder, and the two work hand in hand.

Place the ignition key in the ignition lock tumbler.

Place your right hand on the ignition key and your left hand on the steering wheel.

Turn the ignition key to the run position while rotating the steering wheel to the right, or left, depending on which direction it locked in. You must perform these two motions simultaneously.

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Allen Moore's career includes awards in poetry and creative fiction, published lyrics, fiction books and nonfiction articles as well as a master certification in automotive service from the Ford Motor Company. Moore is a contributing writer for and various other websites, a ghostwriter for Rainbow Writing and has over a dozen works of fiction currently in print.