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    Steering wheel and door lock after stalling?

    So I stalled my car today and the steering wheel locked in place and my door wouldn't unlock either. I tried starting the engine and it wouldn't start for about 5 min. Any ideas on what happened?

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    Steering wheel and door lock after stalling?

    No, because I can't picture what you're saying. The engine cannot start with a locked steering wheel since the key won't turn.
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    Here's what happened:
    1. Car stalled
    2. Couldn't start car
    3. Tried to get out my door but it was locked even when it was in the "unlocked" poisition.
    4. Friend started pushing the car, but told him to stop because my steering wheel was locked.
    5. Waited a few minutes and tried again, car finally turned on.
    6. Posted this thread.
    7. Drank my cherry lime-aid.

    It's a 2005 WRX with about 65k miles btw.

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    Here's an easy solution: don't stall.

    I don't think the door not opening is linked to the stall. It wouldn't make any sense. There's still a mechanical lock, it's just operated electronically, so unless you locked the door and the switch didn't work, it should still open. Look for something wrong with the door latching mechanism.

    As for steering wheel being locked, unless the key is in the locked position, it shouldn't have done that. Are you sure you had the key in the right position after trying to start it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anub1s View Post
    Here's an easy solution: don't stall.

    I don't think the door not opening is linked to the stall. It wouldn't make any sense. There's still a mechanical lock, it's just operated electronically, so unless you locked the door and the switch didn't work, it should still open. Look for something wrong with the door latching mechanism.

    As for steering wheel being locked, unless the key is in the locked position, it shouldn't have done that. Are you sure you had the key in the right position after trying to start it?
    I knew someone was going to say that. Its going to happen a few times, I only recently learned how to drive standard. But I might not have had the key in the right position, I was freaking out because I was holding a few cars up haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WantWasabi View Post
    I knew someone was going to say that. Its going to happen a few times, I only recently learned how to drive standard. But I might not have had the key in the right position, I was freaking out because I was holding a few cars up haha.
    It's easy to freak out and forget what you're doing in the heat of the moment. Next time, take a couple deep breaths, think about what you need to do and stop worrying about those behind you. They'll be able to get around you soon enough, better that everyone is safe than on time.
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    Steering wheel and door lock after stalling?

    I think anxiety may have had at least something to do with it. I can't explain the key and door, I don't think I understand how that could happen. Anyway, all's well that ends well.
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    My mom constantly mistakes "locked" for "unlocked". I think its because the direction for locked/unlocked is reversed compared to most other cars.
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    This may be a stupid question, but did you try unlocking the steering wheel? (turning the key and wiggling the steering wheel back and forth is my preferred method)
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    Quote Originally Posted by UEDan View Post
    My mom constantly mistakes "locked" for "unlocked". I think its because the direction for locked/unlocked is reversed compared to most other cars.
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    YES! my boyfriend and i have been together for almost 2 years at this point and he STILL struggles to unlock the doors. he always gives me the "but its reversed..." excuse.

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    Car probably didn't start because you may not have pressed the clutch in (all the way) enough to trigger the clutch-in start button.

    As for the door... I think that was you.
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