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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38,509 miles

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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1998 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #31

Feb 252016

Corvette

  • 41,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving approximately 75 mph, the vehicle lost power. The column lock failure warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the harness kit needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 41,000.

- Morton, IL, USA

problem #30

Jul 062016

Corvette

  • 60,000 miles
I have owned my 1998 Corvette for two years. The pull key and wait 10 seconds and the service steering column lock errors are crippling me enjoyment of the car. I have installed an lmc5 module last year and the problems will not go away. The recall on the service column lock was performed on the car which removed the actual locking mechanism on the steering column. But the car will not move over two miles per hour with the error message and I have found no fixed that help me. What is GM doing about the horrible horrible problem on their most distinguished car model.... ? all instances happen when first stariting the car no matter how long it has sat. Battery is perfect. I very rarely dive the car, but when I do I have this horrible problem and it is getting worse.

- New Castle, PA, USA

problem #29

Jun 222016

Corvette

  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. While attempting to start the vehicle, the steering wheel seized and the steering wheel lock light illuminated. The contact also mentioned that if the vehicle was started and the steering wheel locked, the engine would stall. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 41,000.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #28

Jun 112016

Corvette

  • 29,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that after the vehicle was started and switched into the drive position, it moved forward briefly and stalled as the column lock repair warning light illuminated. The vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred and the vehicle failed to drive. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was previously serviced under NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Lorain, OH, USA

problem #27

Sep 042014

Corvette

  • 36,261 miles
Filed this earlier. Not sure if received. You issued a recall #04V060000 for steering column lock problem. My VIN does not show up, however GM issued bulletin 04006C listing my VIN as having the problem. GM will not honor it because you have not issued a recall on my VIN. I had the problem and had it repaired. Why is my VIN not listed??

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #26

May 202015

Corvette

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. Prior to the contact owning the vehicle, it was repaired according to NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The repair did not correct the failure. The service column lock warning lamp illuminated randomly and the vehicle stalled several times. The steering wheel locked and would not unlock. The contact was unable to drive over 2 mph each time the failure occurred. The vehicle was towed to a certified mechanic who replaced the column lock bypass. The manufacturer was notified of the failures, but provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 110,000.

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #25

Sep 032014

Corvette

  • 36,261 miles

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

The electronic column lock system locked up as I was pulling out of garage. This was a problem under NHTSA recall 04V06000 for 1997-2004 models. GM says my VIN number not involved. After being towed in the dealer made the repairs (removed lock replaced harness as indicated in the recall) and charged me almost $600 because my VIN not listed. How many more vehicles need this done but not recalled?

- Jacksonville, NC, USA

problem #24

Sep 032014

Corvette

  • 36,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving approximately 5 mph, the steering wheel seized and the power steering warning indicator illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnostic testing and the harness kit was replaced. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Jacksonville , NC, USA

problem #23

Apr 302014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 86,263 miles
While driving, the steering wheel suddenly locked and the engine shut off. The car was stuck in the roadway. The car was towed to the local dealer, who said a critical recall was never done. Although I am the original owner, I never received a recall notice from GM. The recall, which I later found to possibly affect 120,000 Corvettes from 1997 to 2004, was performed according to GM instructions. However, the recall only consisted of removing the steering lock pins. The likelihood of fuel system shut off still existed. The dealer said the GM recall was ineffective, GM was aware that the recall was insufficient, and said the entire mechanism needed to be replaced in order to prevent future recurrence. The replacement was then done at my cost. As a licensed professional engineer I believe the inadequate GM recall remediation is a serious safety defect. I was told by the dealer that the defect usually occurs after 60,000 to 80,000 miles. However, most Corvettes are driven well beyond this point. I wrote to GM, but they are not taking this potentially dangerous condition seriously.

- Shirley, NY, USA

problem #22

Jul 092008

Corvette

  • 43,025 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that when attempting a turn, the steering wheel would seize without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 04V060000 (steering) but the failure recurred. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the electronic column lock was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 43,025 and the current mileage was 46,000. Updated 6/17/14

- Adelphia, NJ, USA

problem #21

Jun 092013

Corvette

  • 51,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the steering wheel seized and could not be turned. The vehicle was shut off and restarted but the failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 51,000.

- Scotia, NY, USA

problem #20

Dec 062006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the vehicle was been previously serviced under NHTSA campaign id number 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device). The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer December 2012 due to steering failures and the steering column harness was replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 22,500.... updated 02/27/13

- Tequesta, FL, USA

problem #19

Oct 292011

Corvette

  • 89,000 miles
My steering lock would not disengage under any condition. Car would drive but would not steer.

- Hawthorne, CA, USA

problem #18

Oct 252010

Corvette

  • 47,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the steering wheel would seize while driving various speeds. The dealer diagnosed that the steering column motor would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 47,500 and the current mileage was 49,000.

- Ashley, OH, USA

problem #17

Jul 242011

Corvette

  • 88,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. NHTSA recall campaign id number: 04V060000 (steering: Column locking: Anti-theft device) repair was performed on the vehicle and it failed after 30,000 miles. The contact stated the repair consisted of putting a K-harness in place to emulate the locking mechanism so that the steering would not lock. The repair failed and the manufacturer will not repair the vehicle again. The failure and current mileage was 88,000.

- Honolulu, HI, USA

problem #16

May 092011

Corvette

  • 28,500 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the steering wheel would lock abnormally and without warning. The failure would occur mostly when in reverse or first starting the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the contact was awaiting diagnosis. The manufacturer was then contacted but advised that the vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign id number: 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device) and that they were no longer liable for the failure. The vehicle would have to be repaired at the contact's expense. The failure mileage was 28,000 and the current mileage was 28,500.

- Highland Park, IL, USA

problem #15

Aug 012009

Corvette

  • 38,000 miles
I have experienced for the 2nd time a problem with the steering column lock system. I had previously had my car towed (2008) after attempting to back out of a parking space and the steering wheel locked in place and I could not turn at all. The problem was suppose to be corrected after notifying the dealership of a service bulletin that spoke directly to this problem. The remedy was disabling the steering column lock by removing the lock plate. I have again experienced this problem! however, this time, the column no longer locks, since the column lock plate was removed, but when you try to accelerate the fuel cuts off. My son towed the car to a local dealership for me last week and informed them of the problem. They say they can correct it for $915, stating they have to replace a motor in the steering column, and that it is not related to the previous problem at all. Sounds like pure bull to me! I have read that others have experienced this problem as many as 5 times, and have been told that it is not covered because of the year of the car. I have under 40K miles on this car, and have not put more than 10K on the vehicle since the problem was initially repaired. It is a defect that they need to correct at their cost and hopefully permanently this time. Please help!!!!

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #14

Sep 172008

Corvette

  • 54,678 miles
When starting my 1998 Corvette (indy edition) car after it was parked, the steering column lock was engaged and I could not turn the steering wheel. No matter what I tried or how long I waited (12 hours) the steering column lock remained locked.

- Los Gatos, CA, USA

problem #13

Sep 042008

Corvette

  • 39,000 miles
My 1998 Chevrolet Corvette convertible has less than 40,000 miles on it. General Motors issued a recall for a "steering column lock defect." This recall is very wide spread over many model years of Corvettes. This is a serious safety and road hazard. I have just experienced the 5th incident in less than 40,000 miles and the 3rd time within 13,000 miles. When the steering column lock warning appears, it kills the motor. What if this happens while I am driving" it has been repaired under recall 4 times by our local dealership jerry chambers Chevrolet in bellingham, wa. On September 4, 2008 for the 5th time, the steering column locked and the motor died. Now the same dealership said the car is too old and GM will not stand behind the recall. They have offered to fix it at my cost without warranty or guarantee that this will finally fix the recall "steering column lock". I need to understand my consumer rights under the recall. In my opinion, this is a recall that has not been fixed even if the car has 40,000 miles on it and is 10 years old, it is a well known recall. Are there other agencies I should be contacting? do you have any understanding how a class action lawsuit is initiated" katie zowada

- Ferndale, WA, USA

problem #12

May 092000

Corvette

  • 33,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving 20 mph, the steering column locked up while making a right turn. She stopped vehicle, got out and had vehicle towed to the dealership. The dealer took out a plate that caused the steering wheel to lock to remedy the issue. Again in 2002, the same issue occurred in 2002 and most recently in 2008. The dealer in 2002 put an ecl relay harness to remedy the issue. The dealer also stated that they repaired the issue according to recall 04V060000. The failure mileage was 33,000 and current mileage was 50,000.

- Perryopolis, PA, USA

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