How do I unlock my Toyota Rav4 steering wheel?

How do I manually unlock my Toyota Rav4 steering wheel? I was running late for class, so I quickly parked my car and scrambled to collect my things. After class, I discovered my steering wheel was locked. How did this happen and how can I unlock it?

It seems that when you were rushing to park your car and gather your belongings, you likely moved the steering wheel, causing it to lock. Steering wheels often lock as an anti-theft measure. But don’t worry, unlocking the steering wheel of your Toyota Rav4 is a simple fix!
To manually unlock a steering wheel:
  • Carefully turn the wheel in the same direction it was when it locked. If you don’t know which direction that was, try both ways. The wheel will slightly move when pulled in the right direction.
  • Continue to hold the steering wheel in the right direction and insert your car key into the ignition. Wiggle the steering wheel back and forth while turning your key to start the engine. You should feel the wheel unlock once you start the car.
If the wheel doesn’t unlock, try to turn the wheel in the other direction and start the car. You should be all set!
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Phoebe Mah
Answered on Nov 11, 2021

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