When I went away to university I had a very old, yet reliable, 1 litre Corsa. However, some lovely thieves decided to break in and steal my CD player by pulling the door back. I managed to push the door back in but it was weakened by the attack. As a poor student, I couldn't replace the door but my parents "treated" me to a disklok to prevent the car being stolen.
*Price and availability*
The disklok is priced around £60.00. You can purchase the disklok from the Disklok website or major car part stores such as Halfords. Tesco currently have them for £69.97 so it is worth shopping around.
When my parents bought mine a few years ago now, they were £80.00, it seemed very expensive but for the peace of mind it offered it was worth it. The reason why the Diskloks have gone down in price is because the risk of your vehicle being stolen has been significantly reduced. This is due to an advance in technology in the field of car manufacturing. It is now very difficult to steal your car without the keys, hence the increase in burglaries where they steal the keys to take the car.
The device comes in three colours: polished chrome, titanium silver or yellow and three sizes depending on your steering wheel size:
39 - 41.5 cm
41.5 - 44cm.
The device is made from reinforced steel and for this reason it is very heavy. I had the small one and it weighed 3.8kg. It is designed to encase your steering wheel and the best way of describing it would be to say that it is like a steel case that wraps around the steering wheel with an arm sticking out the side.
You open the device down the middle and the two halves are connected by a pivot. You open the device enough so you can put it around the steering wheel and then close the two halves together. There is an arm at the top of the wheel with a lock which you need to set before leaving the vehicle. The lock works with a key and two are supplied with the disklok device.
The device is very heavy and it was such a pain fastening it on and taking it off. It does only take about thirty seconds to do, but my problem was what I did with it after I had removed it! If I put it on the backseat it took a whole seat up and often fell off banging and crashing around.
Nevertheless the sturdiness of the device is an attribute to its success and it has won many awards. It conforms to Thatcham insurance approval (category 3) and is Sold Secure approved. The best feature is that it spins on the wheel when under attack making it impossible to gain any leverage to force the vehicle's own steering lock
After replacing my vehicle with a newer model and eight years down the line I still have my Disklok. Although I don't use it daily, I do sometimes put it on if I leave my car in an undesirable area. The large "yellow" in your face design hopefully acts as a deterrent.
If you are prepared to put up with the weight of it then this is an extremely reliable product. It comes with a three year guarantee but I've had mine for nearly three times this and it is as good as new despite a little peeling paint.
Having forked out quite a lot of money for my last car I didn't want to take any chances that someone was going to pinch it. There were various types of steering wheel locks I could have gone for but after hearing stories of thieves simply cutting through the steering wheel to slide off standard locks I decided that I needed something sturdier.
Disklok seemed to be the best option as it is the only lock that covers the entire steering wheel and is Thatcham approved. Unfortunately it is also quite expensive: I bought mine for £60 five years ago but nowadays they tend to be on sale for £75 - £90. The device is solid metal and is available in either bright yellow or silver. It is also very heavy and bulky - in my case I owned a two seater car and found it a bit of a pain to store when not using it. Without getting out of the car and opening the boot, the only place in the car was the passengers footwell but this then stopped the passenger having anywhere to put their feet! On the other hand if it was not built this way then I am sure that it would be a lot easier for a thief to take off. You only need to spend a couple of minutes on the Disklok website to see all the accreditations before you understand just how effective this lock is. Maybe a determined thief with enough time on their hands could get the lock off but Disklok say this will take them a minimum of five minutes. In any case, hop when any potential thief sees the lock in place they will hopefully be sufficiently deterred to go and find an easier target.
Attaching the disklok is tricky at first but does become easier and quicker with practice. There is a hinge on the outer rim of the lock which allows it to split open into two halves. You then place the lock over the steering wheel, close the halves together, pull the lever down and lock it. When you get to this point you will then wonder how you are going to get your key out....until you work out that you have to turn the key a couple of turns the other way before it will release. Once in place, if someone does try to drive off in your car they will find that the disklok will turn but the steering wheel won't. Also they will not be able to turn it very far before their legs get in the way of the lever.
On the whole this is a very well made device and I highly recommend it. Sure you can criticise it for being heavy and bulky but if it was not made that way then it would not be as effective at protecting your car.
I'm always paranoid about where I park my car now. After having a car stolen before and 1 broken into I thought a steering lock would be a wise purchase. I did a bit of research and decided on the Disklok due to its very positive reviews and reputation.
It has many advantages over other locks on the market; one being it covers the whole steering wheel making removal very difficult. It has an anti drill lock and the Disklok moves around the wheel making use of the steering wheel almost impossible under attack.
Fitting can be tricky at first but soon becomes easier after a few times. You fit it by pulling the 2 disks apart, then gently slide the 2 disks together again covering the steering wheel, rest the bar down, push the spring inwards and then press the lock button.
I've heard many people complain about the weight of the Disklok. Personally I don't see this as a bad thing as the heavier it is the harder it will be to break. There is a video on the Disklok website showing ex professional car thieves attempting to remove it with various tools and having great difficulty. Very reassuring!
Mine came with a handy storage bag, which has velcro strips on the back preventing it from moving around in the boot. I usually keep mine behind the passenger seat.
At the time I paid £55 for mine and if you shop around you will get it for the same or maybe less. You can buy it in yellow, silver or chrome. I personally went for the silver one.
I always have that little bit of extra reassurance knowing the Disklok is fitted when I leave my car. I would highly recommend one.
I love this lock.
I've read that some don't care for the yellow color, but I've learned to really like it. And the visibility forces thieves to go looking elsewhere. The bright yellow also helps me to find my car in a parking lot. And it has just plain grown on me. (In the beginning I was ambivalent because I'm into color-matching. But because I respect its ability to protect my car, when I look at it now, I see "quality, elegance," and "class." And others don't tell me it's ugly. They say "That's cool. Where can I get one?")
In the heat of the summer, some of the velcro pieces that keep it from scratching the steering wheel melted off (becoming loose), so I recommend keeping an eye on it when you first use it during hot weather. Then you can reattach (using super glue) the velcro pieces that melt off. My doing this one time solved this problem.
I definitely recommend buying this lock. But you should also report it to your car insurance, even though they don't, as yet, recognize it for discounts in America. If enough of us get them, perhaps they'll take them seriously. I understand it's currently under review.
At first, it is weighty and awkward to use, but I quickly got used to it, and it's well worth it. The key is also easy to use.
If I had the extra money with which to buy a car alarm, I would still choose the disklok over an alarm. An alarm can be ignored or disarmed. But the disklok is extremely hard to remove. I watched a video stream over the Internet of two men using all kinds of very loud power tools in attempt to remove one. They accomplished it after 5 or 6 minutes (I forget the exact time it took). Thieves aren't going to want to bother doing this.
You can buy this from "disklok (USA)" in San Gabriel, California 1-888-434-7556. Kelvin, who helped me, was super nice. You can also order it online at www.disklok.com.
There are many different types of car security products on the market. Most new cars come with alarms and immobilisers, at the very least usually an immobiliser. Some steering locks are styled like a bar that fits through and across the steering wheel. Most car thiefs will come prepared, these types can be easily removed by cutting out a section of the steering wheel with a hacksaw. At the end of the day people will always say if they want your car they'll take it. What we've got to do is make it hard form them. This little baby is the best steering lock on the market in my humble opinion. It completely covers the steering wheel so that it is impossible to cut out a section to remove it like others. It is virtually unremovable without the key as the lock is resistant to drilling. It claims to be able to with stand a professional assault for around 15 mins, which most thieves wouldn't waste there time for. The best thing about this lock is it is highly visble and that in itself will put off most thieves. I drive a little hot hatch and while I make sure that nothing is available to steal from the car such as the radio or valuables, I am always confident my car will be where I left it, with this device. Touch wood, my car has never been broken into in the 3 years I've had this device. They come in two colours, silver and yellow though I prefer the highly visible yellow version. They cost what seems quite a lot at first but they are worth every penny, it's only a one off, as you can keep it for every car you own if you look acter it. (They do come in different sizes for different wheels though so check the box for your size) My only problems with them are they are very big and are hard to store anywhere handy. The best place for it is really in the boot when not in use but that gets a bit awkward so I usually put mine under the passenger seat, it just about fits. They are quite heavy espcially if
you are an elderly person. My mam struggles sometimes to lift hers from the floor of the car before putting it on. Sadly the weight is a direct result of the level of security this product provides. Another problem is sometimes it's tricky to get the key to open the lock when removing the disk. Sometimes I've spent about 30-40secs trying to get the key to fit. It probably looks like I'm the thief! Having said that, if it can be hard with the key, it must be nigh on impossible to pick the lock. I know 5 other people who own this product and the all think they are the best type of steering lock. Mine came with 3 keys which is enough for most people. Excellent, confidence inspiring product.
Website -------- http://www.disklok.com What it is? ----------- It is a steering wheel security device. How much is it? --------------- I purchased mine at Halfords for 80 pounds. I haven't found it on the internet and this seemed strange - anyone any ideas where to look? Why is it so special ---------------------- 1. It is the only selling steering wheel device which covers the entire steering wheel. 2. It is Thatcham approved 3. They reckon it takes over 5 minutes to break it. What I think ------------- I think its great, normally they come in a very bright yellow, just like the single bar crook locks however mine is in a stylish silver and matches my car. Maybe this detracts from the deterrent feature a little but as it covers the entire steering wheel I don't find it a problem. It is heavy and sometimes a little difficult to maneuver, particularly if the two halves come open before I want them to. Once you've mastered the weight of it, it is easy to apply and only takes me about 10 seconds to put on and maybe 15 to take off. I feel the best security feature is the deterrant, it is very secure and the casual thief will not be able to break it open. Also it protects your cars internal steering wheel lock (which you can enable just by turning the wheel after you've removed your ignition key.) from being forced as it will spin happily around. The website lists some impressive facts such as all the tests that they've done on it. And whilst some of the test do get through it takes a very long while. Any security device can be broken into by the most determined and professional car thief, but I'd like to think that my car is well protected from the casual car thief. With all that in mind it is just a shame that my insurance company didn't want to give me a discount for using it :( Overall -------- It is a lot
of money to shell out, but I think it is worth it and it will last a very long while.
Let me get straight to the point about this one. If you have a nice car and you want to keep it then your going to need one of these. It might look stupid stuck on your car when your not there but this is a very serious steering wheel lock. I have a nice car and I don’t want some little git, running off with it and ruining it. Let's not forget the purpose of this device. Its to protect your investment and it does that as a very visual deterrent. I purchased my Disklok about 5 years ago soon after I bought a Renault 19 16v because I got sick of getting up in the middle of the night to reset my car alarm. So, I bought the Disklok and I have not once since had to get up to reset the alarm. The Disklok works by completely covering the steering wheel but at the same time not allowing the thief to use the lock as leverage. The Disklok fits over and not onto the steering wheel. If you push it the Disklok moves and the steering wheel doesn’t. Okay, its not all a bed of roses. It does have fault’s, the biggest is that it’s a real pain to put on. Others include, it has a tendency to scratch the steering wheel if you don’t put it on with care, also, space, it’s a big item and doesn’t store easily. These however are things you learn to live with. The putting on gets easier with practice, the scratching of the steering wheel is avoided by putting the storage bag over the steering wheel first, and the storage you learn to live with it sat on the back seats. At the end of the day the main thing this device is there for is to stop the opportunist car thief nicking your pride and joy. My Disklok is now in its third car and I still use it every night even though my car is securely locked inside my garden. In my opinion it’s a superb device well worth the money. © copyright 2001, Mike Porter.