This is a review of the Stoplock Original steering wheel lock, a lock that appears to be cheaply priced. Does this means it lacks in quality? Read on for more details.
The Stoplock Original steering wheel lock is a simply designed visual deterrent that has a number of good key stats such as having 10,000 key combinations and a 5 year guarantee.
This steering wheel lock is made of a stainless steel with a plastic coating, not as vibrant as the Stoplock Professional as only part of the handle is yellow however there is a flashing LED light to help provide extra visual deterrent. The flashing LED does run on two small flat watch batteries that will need changing every couple of months.
The Stoplock Original was tried on both my Fiat Panda and my partners Peugot 307cc. For both cars it fits very tightly and I would believe this would be difficult to fit on certain car models steering wheels. I tracked down the Stoplock fitting guide which I have added above as a pdf. Because of it’s design it needs to be slid in through the gap of the steering wheel and then clasped on to the opposite side of the wheel. You need both the space around your wheel to get it in, for it to extend out and then also for the bend and the locking mechanism to line up with the diameter of your steering wheel. If you aren’t sure whether this will fit, check the PDF fitting guide for your cars make and model.
To fit the Stoplock Original requires you to firstly open the lock with the key provided then slide the arm into the lower right gap of the steering wheel and then attach the clamp around the top left of the wheel rim. Once you close the clamp the steering wheel lock is functioning. Be careful if you have a leather or fabric steering wheel it may be worth wrapping the steering wheel rim where the clamp is to be fixed with a cloth before locking to reduce scratches. A microfibre towel or small cloth will help with wear and tear for this if you are using it frequently.
It is also worth thinking about where you will keep this device and whether you have space in your car, as you are best stowing in the boot or if not carrying passengers in the back foot wells as it will only just fit under some cars seats. It fit underneath the Fiat Pandas seats but not the Peugeot 307. If you are looking for something that isn’t too heavy and can be easily added and removed, then maybe this or the Stoplock Pro aren’t for you. If you want more of a visual deterrent then the two Stoplocks are the best choice as they are the biggest and also brightest of the security devices and will be able to seen more clearly from outside your car.
Pros & Cons
- Good value for money
- Acts as a good visual deterrent
- Includes a flashing warning LED
- The lock has over 10,000 key combinations
- 5 year guarantee
- Strong and sturdy
- Available on amazon prime for next day delivery
- Only fits certain car models (See pdf)
- Careful fitting on leather/soft material steering wheel as may scratch
- A little cumbersome
- Can be easy to accidently beep the horn when fitting
- Batteries required for the flashing LED which will only last a few months
Conclusion & where to buy
This is a very reasonably priced steering wheel lock, simple design and clamp mechanism, perfect if looking at getting a quick and easy, cheap lock as a deterrent for your car. Just make sure it will fit your car prior to purchasing.
Stoplock 'Original' Car Steering Wheel Lock W/Keys HG 134-59 - Anti-Theft Security Device - Vehicle Crime Prevention Deterrent
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