Steering Wheel Locked!

The steering wheel on my 1996 pickup truck has locked. I’ve tried forcing it to one side or the other but it will not unlock. What is the solution to this? This happened once before - why does it do this? Thanks for any help.


You have a solenoid-activated steering lock built into your steering column. Its static state with the key in the position for removal is locked. The problem may be in the locking mechanism, the solenoid, or even the key cylinder. I could be wrong but I believe the solenoid circuit runs through the cylinder contacts.

Whatever, the fix will involve disassembling the steering column. Should you decide to attempt this yourself, get a manual and closely follow the directions for deactivating the airbag. The airbag can be dangerous.