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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,584 miles

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012012


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while reversing at low speeds moving, the steering wheel seized and the engine stalled causing the contact to crash into a trailer. The front passenger suffered injuries to the right arm. The driver's seat moved out of position and caused the contact to hit the steering wheel. The vehicle was towed to a specialized mechanic, who performed a diagnostic and located the failure at the ignition switch. Additionally, the driver's seat rail mounting was fractured to due to defective metal. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Fernandina Beach , FL, USA

problem #1

Sep 122003

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 45,168 miles
2001 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, parked at golf course, started car to leave and realized the steering wheel was locked. The dash display read "service steering column." The car sat at the golf course a couple days while I checked with mechanics, friends, internet and NHTSA (my son works for you). I discovered this is a frequent problem with Corvettes from 1997 and up (C5 body style). I tried all the "tricks" I was told by several people including shaking the steering wheel hard left to right with the key out of the ignition and in the ignition, plus using the key instead of the remote control to unlock the door. Nothing worked. I had it towed to a Chevrolet dealer. They had it several days and commented they could not unlock it with their special tool. They fixed it in the end by installing GM part number 26050960 which is the steering wheel lock assembly/theft deterrent actuator. The repair bill of $392 ($171 for the part) stated the steering wheel lock had an open circuit causing it not to release. They jump started vehicle & verified concern, removed and replaced the steering lock assembly/theft deterrent actuator. This car has 45000 miles on it, is a manual transmission.

- Towanda, PA, USA

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