With few exceptions, most everyone is concerned with the possibility of someone stealing their vehicle. In addition to built-in alarms, many drivers like to install a steering wheel lock after they park. Some wheel locks work by attaching to the steering wheel with an overhang making it difficult if not impossible to operate the vehicle. Some create barriers to turning the wheel using the dashboard or by attaching to one of the pedals. Most are not meant to be theft-deterrents on their own, but rather to discourage a potential thief from even trying.
A wide array of steering wheel locks are available, ranging from the simple and inexpensive to high-end, heavy-duty systems. Be cognizant of your needs and buy wisely.
The Club is essentially the name in steering wheel locks, and the 3000 Twin Hooks provides the best balance of features, quality and price. Its chromoly steel construction is resistant to most common forms of attack and the lock housing has been reinforced to further frustrate potential thieves. The Club Twin Hooks 3000 is a universal fit unit, meaning it’ll be good for most but not every vehicle so double check your measurements.
This FLK Tech unit takes a different approach than the typical lock bar, opting to lock onto the top of the steering wheel with a bar jutting out over the dashboard which severely limits the steering wheel’s range of motion. Its small size and simplicity also mean it’s a great value, typically running just under $20. Downsides are the “universal fit” not working for every steering wheel size or shape and the plastic piece that attaches to the wheel. It’s prone to cracking and breakage.
If you’re looking for a full-on deterrent, it’s hard to imagine a more intimidating steering wheel lock than the Disklok. Made of hardened steel, the Disklok weighs up to 11 pounds and covers the entire steering wheel in a manner that just screams “Do not bother.” A clever touch: Even if someone does try to take off with it, the Disklok will spin freely around the wheel rather than turn it. The Disklok comes in three sizes so it isn’t going to fit every steering wheel. With such heavy-duty construction, it isn’t going to fit every budget, either.
Keys get lost and lock cylinders provide a weak point for thieves to drill and dismantle. The Kaycentop gets around this problem by using a combination lock rather than a key to set in place. Its simple design and near-universal fit, as well as its solid construction, make the Kaycentop Heavy Duty a great option.
Tevlaphee’s steering wheel lock is a heavy-duty take on the classic bar-and-hook style built from steel and aluminium. A nice feature is the pointed end of the bar that can be used as a window-breaker in case of emergency. The manufacturer also advertises it as a “self-protection” device, though we’ve found no testimonials to its effectiveness in that regard. Look out for issues with the provided keys, as some consumers have reported. Also, the bar can get hot enough in the sun to leave marks on leather-wrapped wheels.