You could find yourself with the steering wheel locked for no apparent reason as you prepare to take the wheel of your Jaguar XE. This sometimes happens, and in most situations it is not very serious. Nonetheless, be sure to follow the steps we will discuss with you in order to find the option as simply and quickly as possible.
Before solving the question, we will first remind you how the starter mechanism works.
How the steering wheel of my Jaguar XE works
First, the starter switch is made up of two components.
- The cylinder of the lock in which you insert the key to turn it
- The electronic switch behind it. It gives the electrical impulse to start your Jaguar XE’s engine as soon as you turn the key.
When should it be changed?
Three cases may justify the need to change the switch on your Jaguar XE:
- The switch on your steering wheel was damaged or forced, in most cases because someone tried to steal your car.
- The switch instantly failed and no longer functions at all.
- The switch on your Jaguar XE shows signs of weakness, there is a small delay between the time the engine starts or you have to press the key very hard.
Check thoroughly your steering wheel with your Jaguar XE’s manual to see if the switch is made of one piece or if the two elements (lock cylinder and switch) are distinct. Indeed, it is possible to exchange only the out-of-service element, which is more economical. You will have to spend about a hundred euros if you use a garage, between 20 and 50 € if you change it yourself.
Now to the points:
How do I unlock the steering wheel of my Jaguar XE?
On a car, locking the steering wheel when stationary is a basic safety feature against theft. The steering wheel can only be unlocked by inserting the matching key into the vehicle.
Insert the key into the switch. Your steering wheel has most likely been locked since the last time you removed the key from the switch.
To unlock the steering wheel, only turn the key to the right and you can start the engine of your Jaguar XE. Try without forcing, in mechanics, it is never good to force so act carefully on the steering wheel and the key until you come across the unlocking point.
Move the steering wheel, if your key is locked, turn the steering wheel in the direction it wants to move and your key will then simply turn. Be careful, you must be more or less coordinated when you turn the steering wheel and the key of your Jaguar XE.
Do not shake the steering wheel too hard. If you force too hard, you may damage the switch pinions, which will definitely block the steering wheel on your Jaguar XE. If this still doesn’t work, try to remove the key slightly. The idea is to find a position that would allow it to turn. Try one or two millimetres less depressed.
If you can start, your key is worn out. It would consequently be wise to change it quickly.
It is also likely that your switch may be gripped. In the event of a blockage, it may require a little specific anti-seize agent. Send one or two splashes into the slot of your Jaguar XE’s switch and then try to insert the key again. Play it gently to use product all over it.
Also, simply check that your key is not damaged or blunt; if the teeth are no longer as they were in the beginning, they will no longer have the capacity to move the pinions of the cylinder on your Jaguar XE’s steering wheel.
If the problem comes from your key, remember to take your duplicate in order to make another copy and thus have two keys that are in working order for your Jaguar XE.
Conclusion on my Jaguar XE :
As you have read earlier, the main causes for a steering wheel lock are a damaged key or a jammed cylinder. In automotive mechanics, the majority of breakdowns or malfunctions are due to parts that are poorly or not taken care of. Keep them in good condition by simply cleaning them regularly and also by taking care of them to maximize their life span.If you need more guides on the Jaguar XE, go to our Jaguar XE category.