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Average Mileage:
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1997 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

steering problem

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1997 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #48

Jul 122002

Corvette

  • miles

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

On various occasions, the steering wheel locked up after starting the car. A computer read out says, service column lock, and prior to that, the read out says, pull key, wait ten seconds. This happened in a parking lot and at home in the garage. I took it to the Chevrolet dealer in our area (corona) and they had no idea what I was talking about and they couldn't get it to lock up. I read and heard from a fellow Corvette owner that there might be a recall in the future on this problem. I thought I would get my complaint in. Fortunately, it hasn't occurred while driving but it does concern me. Nlm ref. In EA02-031

- Corona, CA, USA

problem #47

Sep 112002

Corvette

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Consumer states that while driving at 5mph on a flat surface and with no warning the steering column locked up causing the consumer to have an accident. Dealer notified. Mr the consumer is concerned that the steering column could lock up again while driving at highway speeds. Ref. In EA02-031

- Farmington Hill, MI, USA

problem #46

Sep 022002

Corvette

  • miles
While driving steering wheel will lock up and consumer wouldnot be able to control vehicle. Consumer has had parts replaced several times at $600 miles a part, but remedy did not work. Ref. In EA02-031

- Panema City, FL, USA

problem #45

Aug 022002

Corvette

  • miles

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

No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #44

Sep 052002

Corvette

  • miles
This was indeed a frightening incident. The steering wheel is locked with no way to release it! ref. In EA02-031

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #43

Aug 262002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column locks and won't unlock unless taken back to dealer for service, vehicle will only drive on a straight line. Ref. In EA02-031

- Ellibott, MD, USA

problem #42

Aug 122002

Corvette

  • miles

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

While backing up vehicle steering column locked and vehicle continued to roll. Consumer feels this is very dangerous. Ref. In EA02-031

- Portmurray, NJ, USA

problem #41

Aug 052002

Corvette

  • miles
The steering wheel locked while driving the car !! I beleive that this manufacturer defect may have caused a crash, injury to my wife or other motorists. GM does not want to fix the problem, this car is very low mileage and I believe that this is a manufacturer probelm and a nation wide recall shoudl occur to assure that no one gets their steering wheel locked while driving their vehicle. Ref. In EA02-031

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #40

Aug 022002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column will lock up after vehicle has been parked for a while. Vehicle is still able to be driven. Contacted dealer. Ref. In EA02-031

- Fredrick, MD, USA

problem #39

Aug 022002

Corvette

  • miles
After returning home and parked vehicle consumer tried turn ignition and steering column locked. Dealer notified. Ref. In EA02-031

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #38

Jul 232002

Corvette

  • miles

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

There was a GM recall for 98-2000. Though 97 an other later year model have the same problem. The part was replaced in June 2001 and Chevrolet dealership won't even guarantee or are cautious about GM's defect in my car. I have not paid because I am seeking fairness and they don't want to do anything to the car. GM's defect in their Corvettes has happened to many. Quote the dealership it will be $384 or if you want to take it and deal with it somewhere else. Please respond promptly. I know an issue was sent out to 98-2000 but the same parts have been used on 97 and some 2001 manual models it is very unfair.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #37

Jul 302002

(reported on)

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column locks while driving, unable steer vehicle. Contacted dealer. Replaced part; however, problem reoccurred.

- Hermosse Beach, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 242002

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While backing up engine stalled and steering column locked. Vehicle at dealership at this time. Ref. In EA02-031

- Pflugerville, TX, USA

problem #35

Jul 222002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column locked while driving at 25mph. Ref. In EA02-031

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #34

Jul 242002

(reported on)

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and without any indication, the steering wheel locked up. Consumer towed vehicle to dealer.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #33

Jun 242002

Corvette

  • miles
No summary listed for abov evehicle.

- Maceo, KY, USA

problem #32

Jul 082002

Corvette

  • miles
Car was parked with no incedent when vehicle was started later that day the steering column lock would not disengage and has been locked since. Ref. In EA02-031

- North Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #31

Jun 282002

Corvette

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Steering column locked up twice while parking, vehicle has not been examined by dealer. Ref. In EA02-031

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #30

Jul 072002

Corvette

  • miles
Steering column would not unlock and car was totally undrivable. Had to be picked up and towed to a dealership. A recall is in place for this exact problem on certain 1998 and 1999 models. There should also either be a recall on 1997 models with the problem, or at the very least, it should be handled as a recalled vehicle would be at no cost when the problem arises. Ref. In EA02-031

- Troy, MI, USA

problem #29

Jul 012000

Corvette

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At first start steering column locked up. Vehicle had to be towed to dealer. This happened again in February 2002, and on June 25, 2002. Please add further information. Ref. In EA02-031

- Raleigh, NC, USA

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