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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #80

Apr 102003

(reported on)

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When the driver attempted to put the vehicle into reverse it stalled. This incident repeated approximately five times at which time the consumer noticed a message on the driver information center stating something about a locked steering wheel. The consumer turned the vehicle off and waited about fifteen minutes, afterwhich the vehicle started and operated as normal ref. In EA02-031

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #79

Oct 152002

Corvette

  • miles
Not able to move steering wheel. Mr ref. In EA02-031

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #78

Sep 252002

(reported on)

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While backing vehicle up and turning, the steering column locked. The vehicle had to be towed to the dealership which then told him that the failure was due to a steering actuator.

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #77

Jul 012001

Corvette

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Consumer states that the steering column will lock up and cause the steering wheel not to turn, and is very concerned about what damage a locked steering could cause himself and others in a physical /property damage. Consumer also feel he should be compensated with reimbursement for the reoccuring problem. Ref. In EA02-031

- Gainesville, FL, USA

problem #76

Aug 162002

Corvette

  • miles
While driving at any speed and with no warning steering wheel will lock up, and consumer will lose control of vehicle. It could have caused consumer to have an accident. Dealer notified. Ref. In EA02-031

- Gainesville, VA, USA

problem #75

Sep 132002

Corvette

  • miles
Car reported "steering column locked" (which it was). This car has an electronic lock, not physically connected to the ignition key. Lock engaged and would not disengage after starting car. Had to tow car to dealer. Tow truck driver cited another example with same car model in which lock engaged while vehicle was in motion on street., and narrowly missed an accident. This is a dangerous situation, and is apparently quite common in this model Corvette. Nlm ref. In EA02-031

- West Linn, OR, USA

problem #74

Aug 012002

Corvette

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering column locked twice since 1999. Last time (08/2002) was while car was in reverse and backing up. Had to pay around $450 to have corrected. GM said there had not been any other complaints re: This problem; but I just read an article in automotive news titled "feds examine vette streering". ref. In EA02-031

- Cordova, TN, USA

problem #73

Sep 052002

Corvette

  • miles
Comsumer states while pulling out of her drive way the steering wheel locked up. Ref. In EA02-031

- Archdale, NC, USA

problem #72

Aug 222002

Corvette

  • miles
Failure of the steering lock column during initial start-up. Ref. In EA02-031

- Windsor, CT, USA

problem #71

Aug 162002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering wheel locked after starting vehicle and was able to shift to drive with steering wheel locked. I am concerned with the steering wheel locking while driving the vehicle and causing an accident. Ref. In EA02-031

- Greenville, NC, USA

problem #70

Aug 182002

Corvette

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Steering column has locked-up "frozen" on me three times. Ref. In EA02-031

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #69

Aug 132002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering wheel column locked up, unable to steer. Contacted dealer. Ref. In EA02-031

- Stanford, TX, USA

problem #68

Aug 122002

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Steering wheel locked up upon startup, the dealer installed harness kit and relay. Ref. In EA02-031

- Quincey, IL, USA

problem #67

Aug 022002

Corvette

  • miles
On 08/02/02 I was backing my vehicle out of a parking space when the steering wheel locked up and would not unlock. The vehicle had to be towed to a dealership to be repaired. The dealership, terry cullen Chevrolet in morrow ga, stated that this a common problem with the Corvette. I contacted Chevrolet and they refused to admit that there is a probelm with this part even though there was a recall for this problem in 1997 and apparently on some 98 models. Ref. In EA02-031

- Rex, GA, USA

problem #66

Jul 282002

Corvette

  • miles
While driving at 5 mph in reverse steering wheel locked up, and consumer could not control vehicle. Contacted dealer. Ref. In EA02-031

- Englewood, OH, USA

problem #65

Jul 242002

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving steering wheel locked up. Contacted dealer. As a result of steering locking up motor was defective.*akconsumer states there is a recall regarding this defect, but this vehicle does not fall under the parameters of the recall. Ref. In EA02-031

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #64

Jul 192002

Corvette

  • miles
Vehicle was parked. After starting the steering wheel would not turn. Dashbord message stated "remove key wait ten seconds." I did and restarted the vehicle but the steering wheel would not turn. Dashboard message stated "service steering column." After repeated attempts of stopping, starting vehicle and trying to turn the wheel it remained locked. I called aaa for a tow truck - while waiting for it to arrive I continued to try to unlock the wheel. After around twenty minutes of trying it finally unlocked. I cancelled the tow truck and drove to the dealer. If I had known the steering wheel could lock again while I was driving, as I determined by subsequent internet research, I would not have driven to the dealer. My out of pocket cost for the dealer's replacement of the steering column lock was $100 because I have an extended warranty. This is a serious safety concern and should be the subject of a recall. Ref. In EA02-031

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #63

Jul 022002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column remains locked after car is started. The following message appears: "service column lock". the column lock does not disengage. The car is being towed to the dealership. Ref. In EA02-031

- Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

problem #62

Jun 052002

Corvette

  • miles
My steering column locked up while the vehicle was moving causing a total loss of steering. The front of the car was slightly damaged because of this. It is a known problem by GM affecting many vehicles outside of their so called pool of VIN. #'s. it is a matter of time before innocent people are harmed by this if it has not happened already. Ref. In EA02-031

- St. Bernard, LA, USA

problem #61

May 102002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column locked up while backing out of driveway. Ref. In EA02-031

- Sugar Land, TX, USA

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