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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,405 miles

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Jul 272012

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 93,000 miles


I started my 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06, but the steering column locked and would not unlock. A warning light indicated to "remove key and wait 10 seconds" I did this, but it did not allow the steering column to unlock. Per advice from the local Chevy dealership, I disconnected/reconnected the battery, but again the steering lock would not unlock when the car was started. It currently cannot be driven and is stranded in my garage. I am the original owner and understand that recall: 04V060000 was issued for this type of problem. After contacting my local Chevy dealership, they said because the car is ten (10) years old, they may not have to honor the towing and repairs at no cost. Because I have moved several times in the past three (3) years I have not received a recall notice.

- Leeds, AL, USA

problem #24

Apr 102011


  • 37,500 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact noticed that the steering wheel remained stuck and she was unable to move it. The vehicle was previously repaired under recall number: 04V060000 (steering:column locking:anti-theft device). The manufacturer advised the contact that the vehicle was already repaired under the previous recall and offered no additional assistance. No repairs were performed. The approximate failure mileage was 37,500.

- Goldsboro, NC, USA

problem #23

Aug 122009


  • 71,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated the service column lock warning light would sporadically illuminate on the instrument panel followed by the vehicle stalling. The contact was able to restart the vehicle but the failure would consistently recur. The dealer installed a resistor however the failure recurred within a few months. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer and after two weeks, the contact was advised that the dealer was overwhelmed and had not yet inspected the vehicle. The contact inquired with the manufacturer in regards to NHTSA campaign id number: 04V060000 (steering: Column locking: Antitheft device) but was informed that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 71,000 and the current mileage was approximately 73,000.

- Doran, VA, USA

problem #22

Nov 142007

(reported on)

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles


2002 Chevy Corvette with dashboard lights illuminating. Consumer states that the suspension and brake lights illuminated. She also states that the steering column locked engaged and she could not disengage it. The consumer stated all three problems she experienced were related.

- Kenner, LA, USA

problem #21

Oct 152007

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 57,000 miles
My steering locks up on my 2002 Chevrolet Corvette ! GMC refuses to reimburse me on the repairs.

- Maryville, TN, USA

problem #20

Jan 022002

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles
Steering column lock-up on 2 Corvettes ( 97 & 02 ) locked up 3 times on the 2002 Corvette & 1 time on 1997. Both mirrors broke on 97 & had to be replaced. Fuel gauge would go from half to empty & later back to half on 2002 & passenger door would not unlock w / remote & sometimes passenger window would not go down when convertible was put down. Read-out on heater / temp. Gauge & radio display would fade in and out.

- Easton, MD, USA

problem #19

Jan 272006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 8,000 miles


: the contact stated recall letter # 04060000 was received. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the steering wheel could not be removed to perform the required repair. To perform the remedy repair, the dealer manager determined the steering wheel would have to be broken and the cost of new steering wheel would not be covered under the recall. The dealer contacted the manufacturer who agreed with the dealer's decision. The manufacturer was pending for resolution and provided a reference ref# 1-423750902. The vehicle remained at the dealer for more than a week and the contact continues to wait for the manufacturer's resolution. Updated 09/15/06.

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #18

Jul 302006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 27,057 miles
Driving in a parking lot the steering column locked up. The recall for this problem had been completed but the problem was not fixed.

- Abingdon, MD, USA

problem #17

Mar 202006

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 28,500 miles
: the contact stated the steering column intermittently locked while attempting sharp turns at speeds of 35 mph or less. There is a NHTSA recall, #04V060000 concerning the steering. Although the recall repair was performed accordingly, afterwards the problem returned. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and is awaiting inspection of the ongoing steering problem.

- Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #16

Sep 162005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 43,727 miles
Steering wheel interlock problems (again after recall).

- Forest Heights,, MD, USA

problem #15

Sep 032005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 58,000 miles


Steering column lockup on 2002 Corvette with manual transmission. Scenario is as follows: When starting the vehicle the steering column does not release the steering wheel. The steering wheel remains locked in position. This can be extremely hazardous if it occurs at stop sign or stop light after the driver has accidentally killed the vehicle and needs to restart. When it occurs the only course of action is to call a tow service and get the vehicle off the road. GM states that the vehicle is fine. The event does not log an error code so when they plug their computer into the car they find no problems. Its seems over time the steering column will release when restarted. I had waited 30 minutes on one occasion and the column released. For today's incident, after four hours the column would not release. Many Corvette owners have opted to disable the steering column lock "feature" with an aftermarket device. I will be doing the same shortly.

- Manassas, VA, USA

problem #14

Aug 012005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 37,000 miles
Regarding a 2002 C5 Corvette. Steering randomly locks up. The car can only be towed then fixed by a dealer. This can even happen while the car is in motion. Any Corvette only from the year 97 to present can be affected. GM knows this is a problem and will happen to almost every vette owner. This is extremely unsafe and GM is not to doing there job to fix this problem even after 8 year from the original date to which this first occurred. This is unacceptable.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #13

Jul 212005

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Went to drive car and dic informed me that the service column was locked. Had to have the car towed to dealership. Dealership replaced part #26089807 (column lock actuator assembly) to the cost of $425. According to them (newsome automotive, florence S.C.) this part # was not one in the April 04 recal. I find that hard to believe.

- Darlington, SC, USA

problem #12

Sep 072004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 11,300 miles
I had the same column-lock issue that has been widely reported on the C5 Corvette. I received my recall notice for my 2002 manual-transmission vette and had the recall performed. I had had no previous problem with the steering column locking. The dealer told me that they checked the column-lock mechanism and then reprogrammed the computer. However, several weeks later, my steering column locked upon startup.

- Newport Beach, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 202004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 25,000 miles
While backing out of the driveway the steering column became very stiff. Before the vehicle could reach the street the steering column locked up. The wheels could not be turned in any direction. After letting the vehicle set for a while the steering column worked as if nothing ever happened. This problem has occurred twice with this ehicle.

- Arvada, CO, USA

problem #10

Jul 142004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 6,000 miles
Steering column will not unlock.try to move car and fuel shuts off. Problem well documented. Dealer claims VIN# not on recall list however is under warrenty. As this happens randomly the dealer will do nothing unless it is locked when brought in.

- Lancaster, NY, USA

problem #9

Jun 052004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 960 miles
This vehicle has been to the dealership numerous times for the following problems. The steering column system locked up 3 times. The dealership service the traction master, and active handling system several times. This failure has resulted in an accident. There's a recall for the electronic column lock 04V06000 but the VIN number isn't included. Charged system once. The car is currently setting in my garage with all four of the above listed problems.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #8

Jun 082004


  • 24,000 miles
While driving at any speed, the steering column locked. Recall 04V060000) was issued. Dealer refused to honor the recall, stating that the year of the vehicle was not included.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #7

May 042004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
While driving at 40 mph electronic steering wheel locked up the system. Consumer was able to pull the vehicle out of road. Manufacturer's engineering department and dealer's technician didn't find anything wrong with the vehicle.

- Telford, PA, USA

problem #6

Apr 162004

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
The steering wheel locked up when turning towards the right, causing the consumer to lose control of the vehicle. The owner took the vehicle to the dealership to be inspected.

- Bechtelsville, PA, USA

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