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Steering wheel lock while in park

bogich

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Mar 17, 2019
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Virginia, US
Hey everyone. I wonder, if I'm missing something here or that's the way the car is designed(ease SW fix though).
In my previous vehicles, when I shut the car down, the steering wheel locks or at least there is no steering assist, so before I go out, I can use the wheel as a support going out. Now with my M3, I place the car in park, grab the wheel to pull myself out, but it still turns easily. Is it just me thinking that when the car is in park, the steering wheel should be locked or there is an objective reason, not to be this way?
 

RC2785

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Dec 27, 2018
260
194
Chicago
I'll have to double check but I'm pretty sure my steering wheel locks. Perhaps it will lock after the car turns off and unlocks again when you turn the car back on (step on the brake)
 

SergeyUser

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Feb 11, 2017
441
285
Austin, TX
ICE cars lock when engine is shut off, not when car is in P. There is no on/off in Tesla. So the question is - what most owners would prefer? I assume no lock. I can imagine some scenarios when it could be helpful.
 

bogich

Member
Mar 17, 2019
28
50
Virginia, US
I'll double check, but I'm pretty sure the wheel locks when the car is "off", i.e. before I press the brake pedal, but that does not help my use case - using the wheel as a support while going out of the car. :) BTW, I know this is the least problem one could have with his car, but still, why not if it can be done - just a simple menu option.
 

Big Earl

bnkwupt
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Jul 12, 2017
6,122
11,727
Springfield, VA
There is no steering wheel lock. The reason why the steering wheel turns easily when you get out is because the car is still “on” and the power steering is still active until you lift your butt out of the seat. After you get out, the power steering turns off and the wheel gets very difficult to turn, but does not lock (no physical lock mechanism in the steering column).
 
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Fair Verona

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Sep 1, 2018
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Los Angeles
I've notice sometimes in Park, the steering wheel moves freely, and other times, it's really hard to move (locked). I couldn't work out why it would do it sometimes and not other times. The only reason I noticed was because I was trying to play Pole Position with the steering wheel and sometimes it would hardly move.
 

Big Earl

bnkwupt
Supporting Member
Jul 12, 2017
6,122
11,727
Springfield, VA
I've notice sometimes in Park, the steering wheel moves freely, and other times, it's really hard to move (locked). I couldn't work out why it would do it sometimes and not other times. The only reason I noticed was because I was trying to play Pole Position with the steering wheel and sometimes it would hardly move.

It all depends on whether the car is on or off. On means power steering is active and off means it is not. The rack is so fast (short ratio, only 2 turns lock-to-lock) that it's very hard to turn the wheel when power steering is off.
 

VT_EE

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Apr 22, 2017
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Maryland
Hey everyone. I wonder, if I'm missing something here or that's the way the car is designed(ease SW fix though).
In my previous vehicles, when I shut the car down, the steering wheel locks or at least there is no steering assist, so before I go out, I can use the wheel as a support going out. Now with my M3, I place the car in park, grab the wheel to pull myself out, but it still turns easily. Is it just me thinking that when the car is in park, the steering wheel should be locked or there is an objective reason, not to be this way?
I thought the steering wheel lock was for theft prevention. It would be a fairly useless feature in a Tesla
 

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