Why Is My Steering Wheel and Brake Pedal Locked Up?

When your steering wheel and brake pedal become locked up, it can be scary. We’re here to help you figure out what’s going on and how to get back in control of your car. It’s easy to assume that a problem with your brakes or steering has something to do with the hardware in your car, but we’ve found that the most common cause is actually a software issue.

If you’re having trouble turning your wheels or braking normally, there are a few things you can try before taking your car into the shop. Open the hood and check for any loose wires near either of the pedals. If there are any visible, disconnect them from their respective motors and see if they start working again.

Try restarting your engine while holding down both pedals at once. If this doesn’t help either then try turning off all other devices that might have been running at the time of the malfunction.

If none of these options work for you then we recommend taking your car into an auto repair shop as soon as possible the sooner they get started fixing it, the better.

What causes this issue?

The steering wheel and brake pedal are locked up because the power steering pump is not working properly. The power steering pump is responsible for pumping fluid through the system to help you steer and brake your car.

If it breaks down, you won’t be able to steer or brake your car. If this happens while you’re driving, it can be dangerous especially if it happens while you’re on the highway or in rush hour traffic.

If you notice that your steering wheel or brake pedal has gotten stiffer than normal when driving, take your car into the shop right away.

How can you fix my steering wheel and brake pedal?

If you find that your steering wheel and brake pedal are locked up, there are a few things you can do to fix the problem. Check for any obstructions in front of your tire. If there is an object in front of your tire, move it and then try to start your car again.

Try unlocking the door with the key. If this does not work, try to unlock the door manually by turning the lock on the door from the inside. If you still cannot unlock the door and start your car, call a tow truck or AAA for assistance.

How do you check to see if your car has power steering or not?

Check to see if your car has power steering or not, you’ll want to first look at the reservoir for the power steering fluid. If it’s empty, top it off with a half-quart of fluid and check again in a few minutes.

If the fluid level hasn’t risen, you might have a leak somewhere in the system that needs to be diagnosed by a professional mechanic. If it has risen, you might still have a leak but one that is not affecting the system’s performance at this time.

Try turning your car off and then trying to pump the wheel manually—it should be very difficult for you to turn it by hand if there’s no power assist available from the engine.

What is a power steering pump?

A power steering pump is a small motor that helps you steer your car. It’s a belt-driven pump that uses engine oil to help you turn the wheels.

The power steering pump is located underneath the vehicle, so it’s important to check this first when you’re having problems with your steering wheel and brake pedal locking up.

If your car starts making loud noises or you notice smoke coming out of your engine compartment, stop driving immediately and get help from a mechanic.

How to unlock a locked steering wheel and brake pedal?

If your steering wheel and brake pedal are locked, the first thing you should do is check the fuse box to make sure that all of the fuses are still in place. If they are, then try turning off your car and restarting it. This may help reset any issues with your keys or ignition system.

If this doesn’t work, then you might have a dead battery. Make sure that you have someone jumpstart your car so that it can be driven to where it needs to go. If none of these solutions work for you, then you will need to call a locksmith or other professional for help with unlocking your steering wheel and a brake pedal.


The steering wheel and brake pedal are the most important parts of your car. They are what you use to control your vehicle and keep it safe. If either of these systems is damaged, you will not be able to use them to their full potential or at all.

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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