How do you unlock the steering wheel on a Toyota Rav4?

How can I unlock the steering wheel on a Toyota Rav4? My parents are gone for the weekend. It’s the first time since I got my license that they’re letting me drive their Toyota. I don’t want to make them nervous by asking, but the steering wheel is locked!

Congrats on getting the car to yourself! Thankfully, unlocking the steering wheel is very simple. All you have to do is:
  • Insert your key into the ignition
  • Start the engine
  • Turn the wheel to the right
  • The wheel should unlock
If this does not work, turn the wheel to the left and repeat until it unlocks.
To avoid this happening again, don’t move the steering wheel after you’ve taken the key from the ignition. The steering wheel locks as an anti-theft feature, so only move the wheel if you’d like it engaged.
Since you’re driving your parents’ Rav4, they likely have you listed on their car insurance policy, which is probably costing them a pretty penny. Help your parents save on their car insurance with the Jerry app.
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Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Nov 10, 2021

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