A locked steering wheel on your automobile is an alarming problem, especially when you're in the middle of driving. While it's not as common, it is a serious issue that can put you in grave danger. No matter what the cause may be, it's essential to know that you need to take safety precautions if it happens to you. Whenever you catch any vehicle problem mid-drive, your first instinct is to pull over to a safe location for a closer look and/or to call for assistance.
Causes of Steering Wheel Lock-Ups (While Diving)
Sharp, Frequent Turns
If you often take turns quickly and abruptly, this may provoke your car's transmission and engine to break down, locking your steering wheel. If this were the case, it usually fixes itself shortly after, so try not to panic. Moving forward, you should practice safer handling, such as taking your turns slowly to avoid this from happening.
Power Steering Failure
Your power steering is what enables you to turn your car in multiple directions. If the power steering quits working, you should still be able to turn the wheel enough to pull over to the side of the road. You should know that power steering failure is often linked to engine damage so that you could be looking at multiple repairs.
Steering Column Failure
The steering column is a fixed, tube-like piece uniting the steering wheel at the top end and the steering box at the bottom. It is responsible for transferring movement from the steering wheel to the front wheels of your vehicle. While this is a rare occurrence, your steering column can malfunction from usage over time. You'll need a professional mechanic to fix the problem.
If you are experiencing this problem, please reach out for help immediately! Your safety is our first priority at Eric's Automotive. For all your auto repair needs, please call or visit our shop today!