Best Steering Wheel Locks for Better Vehicle Security

Best overall
Disklok
  • pro
    Hardened steel construction
  • pro
    Tamperproof lock
  • pro
    3 different sizes
Runner-up
Club brand steering wheel lock
The Club 3000
  • pro
    Coated steel bar
  • pro
    Tamper-resistant lock
  • pro
    Universal fit
Best for budgets
The Club CL303
  • pro
    Tempered steel construction
  • pro
    Self-locking
  • pro
    Universal fit
Best for trucks and SUVs
Club brand red steering wheel lock
The Club 2100
  • pro
    Coated steel bar
  • pro
    Self-locking
  • pro
    Universal fit
Best dual purpose
VaygWay
  • pro
    Hardened steel construction
  • pro
    Emergency window breaker
  • pro
    Universal fit

If you want a lock that's more than just a deterrent and gives you real car theft protection, Disklok is the clear choice.

Most of the steering wheel locks we researched had the same design problems: they could be defeated with a well-placed kick, a sharp hacksaw blade, or an experienced lockpicker. The Disklok was the only car steering wheel lock with a design that withstood these common auto theft techniques.



Compare the best steering wheel locks

Product
Best for
Price
Construction Materials
Lock Type
Learn more

Best overall

Hardened steel

Spinning steering wheel cover

Runner-up

Chromoly steel

Double hook bar

Best for budgets

Chromoly steel

Steering wheel to pedal

Best for trucks and SUVs

Chromoly steel

Single hook bar

Best dual purpose

Hardened steel, aluminum alloy

Single hook bar

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Best steering wheel lock reviews

1. Disklok: Best overall

Best overall
Disklok
$199.98

 *Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

When it's not on your steering wheel, the Disklok looks (and feels) kind of like a Frisbee the Hulk might use, but on your wheel it looks more like an impenetrable steering wheel lock fortress. It weighs about as much as a bowling ball (11 lb.) and it operates like a childproofing doorknob cover.

You lock it in place over the steering wheel, and if you try to turn, the Disklok spins freely, making it impossible to steer. It takes two hands to put it on, but it's easy to lock and doesn't require you to ratchet up the tension for a tight fit like club-style locks.

pro
Pros
pro 3 keys included
pro Tamperproof lock
pro Hardened steel construction
pro Unique design
pro 3 different sizes
con
Cons
con Non-universal sizing
con Bulky construction

Its steel shell has no obvious weak points that say "Cut here!" and its lock is so resistant to picking that even Disklok owners report having to do some key wiggling to get it to unlock (which is actually an intentional safety feature). Its weight and size make it less convenient to carry with you than some of the other locks we studied, but it outperforms the competition when it comes to security

The Disklok isn't without its weaknesses—we saw a guy with a metal grinder cut it off in about three and a half minutes. But in car theft time, that's pretty long, and using power tools would be noisy enough to draw quite a bit of attention.

Because the Disklok is different from most normal bar-style steering wheel locks, it takes longer to figure out, so it's a good deterrent. With manual tools, it would be impossible to remove. Just make sure you select a Disklok device that's the right size for your steering wheel, because if it's too snug it won't work correctly.

2. The Club 3000: Runner-up

Budget pick
Club brand steering wheel lock
The Club 3000
$55.00

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The Club 3000's bright yellow plastic coating makes it easy for a thief to spot, and its double hook design makes it hard for a thief to remove. It was the locking device's twin-hook design that put it in our top three, because the two hooks automatically make it twice as hard for a would-be thief to cut it off your steering wheel.

The reinforced housing around the lock helps protect against drilling, but someone with lockpicking skills can easily pick the wafer lock and remove the device. The lock can also be defeated by sheer force—a hard hit or kick can bend the chromoly steel tubing enough to remove it.

pro
Pros
pro Twin hook design
pro Bright yellow color
pro Universal fit
pro Reinforced lock housing
pro $500 guarantee
con
Cons
con Wafer lock
con Fallible materials

Fortunately, The Club 3000 manufacturers offer a guarantee of $500 toward your insurance deductible if the device fails, but you have to get through quite a bit of red tape before you see the money. Still, with a price tag of around $20, you can get a highly visual theft deterrent without having to spend a lot of cash.

3. The CL303: Best for budgets

Best for small vehicles

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The CL303 works a little differently than the other Club products on our list. One hook loops around your steering wheel while the other hooks onto a clutch, gas, or brake pedal. Once you get the steering wheel locked, turning the wheel or pressing the pedal just tightens the lock.

It's a unique design that might thwart a thief, but it's not as easy to attach as a steering wheel locking device, and it doesn't fit larger vehicles. If you do go with this design, make sure to attach it with your steering wheel in the lowest position. Also, keep some graphite on hand to lubricate the locking mechanism as the lock can stick and the key won't turn.

pro
Pros
pro Brake and steering wheel lock
pro Universal fit
pro Tempered steel
pro Lightweight
con
Cons
con Fallible materials

4. The Club 2100: Best for trucks and SUVs

Best for trucks and SUVs
Club brand red steering wheel lock
The Club 2100
$62.99

 *Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

If you drive a larger vehicle and yellow isn't your color, you may want to try the red Club 2100 on for size. Just like its Club cousins, the 2100 uses hooks on either end and a steel ratcheting system to lock on to your steering wheel. The clubbed end extends out to prevent a would-be thief from turning the wheel.

pro
Pros
pro Coated steel bar
pro Universal fit
pro $1,800 guarantee
pro High visibility
con
Cons
con Mail-in guarantee
con Fallible materials

A determined thief can hacksaw through the chrome-covered ratcheting column in the center or drill through the lock to remove it, but The Club is still a good visual deterrent. We like the universal fit this device offers and the $1,800 deductible reimbursement guarantee from the manufacturer. Unfortunately, the guarantee is good only up to a year and all the paperwork has to be done via snail mail.

5. VaygWay: Best dual purpose steering wheel lock

Best dual purpose
VaygWay
$37.95

 *Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

We like that this VaygWay steering wheel lock is designed with a pointed end that can be used as a safety hammer to break glass in case of an emergency. The unique lock and keys on this device are another plus: the lock is difficult to saw through and the keys have a wavy pattern to them that makes them hard to duplicate.

pro
Pros
pro Doubles as safety hammer
pro Adjustable locking fork
con
Cons
con Doesn't fit large vehicles
con Fallible materials

The insides of the hooks have a foam grip to prevent the lock from sliding. Even if a car thief cut the steering wheel, it would still be hard to slide the lock off. Keep in mind that this lock isn't as large as some of the others on our list, so it may not work with trucks and SUVs.

Final word

The Disklok's all-encompassing design is unlike any other steering wheel lock on the market. And while it's not entirely foolproof, there's no way to yank it off with brute force or hand tools. Your car won't be a convenient target with Disklok.

Steering wheel locks FAQs

Most cars with power steering have a device called an ignition lock cylinder that locks the steering wheel in place unless your keys are in the ignition. An experienced car thief will know how to remove the ignition lock assembly (even without a key) and unlock the steering wheel, so an additional steering wheel lock is still a good idea.

We recommend keeping the key to your lock on a different key ring than the one holding the keys to your car. That way, if your car keys get stolen, the thief might be able to turn your ignition switch, but they won't be able to unlock your steering wheel to drive away.

If possible, keep your lock in a dry place when you're not using it so it won't rust. If you want to store it under your seat or on the floor of your car, wrapping it in a small towel or keeping it in a case will protect it from moisture. If the master lock starts sticking, use graphite rather than a liquid lubricant, since liquid oil-based lubricants can attract dirt and debris and gum up the lock even more over time.

How we reviewed the best steering wheel locks

To find the best steering wheel locks on the market, we looked for steel construction and tamper-resistant locks. We also considered universal fit and insurance guarantees. 

We also read online reviews from real users to find out how these locks stood up against real car thieves.

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Kasey Tross
Written by
Kasey Tross
Kasey is a trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and a freelance writer with expertise in emergency preparedness and security. As the mother of four kids, including two teens, Kasey knows the safety concerns parents face as they raise tech-savvy kids in a connected world, and she loves to research the latest security options for her own family and for SafeWise readers.

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