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Crashes / Fires:
3 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,034 miles

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette steering problems

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2005 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #51

Dec 052016


  • 111,000 miles


Steering column lock is defective can lock while driving this is a know issue on 2005 Corvettes GM is refusing to fix it they are claiming my care was not part of the recall but is suffering the same issue as other vehicles that were recalled this is a known issue on my vehicle.

- Inverness, FL, USA

problem #50

Jul 202007


  • 34,000 miles
Service active traction system lights up and the brakes activate (one or both front wheels lock up) at low speeds while braking and turning at the same time. Very dangerous when traffic has to go around you and you are stranded

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #49

Mar 142016


  • 75,000 miles
While driving through a parking lot at roughly 10mph, my car jammed on the front left, then both front brakes, bringing me to a sudden stop. Active handling was showing in the driver information cluster just like when your car loses traction for any reason... I thought this was very odd as it wasn't raining, no sand or fluids were present on the road in front of me, and I was barely touching the gas pedal. I then checked to see if I had run something over or if anything was jammed in the wheels/brakes.... nothing visible. I get back in, reverse just fine, but as soon as I shift back to first and attempt forward motion boom it jams the brakes on again. I then re-clutched, tried again with a little more gas, thinking maybe I do have something stuck under the car.... nope, it still brings me to a stop immediately. At this point, I was freaked out....(needless to say) I held the active handling (traction control) button down until the system was fully disabled, after doing this I was able to drive the car back to work. I then found out about the recall and called the dealer. They told me that this recall for active handling had been completed in 2010. I asked them to please verify this as I had a headlight recall to do anyways and scheduled an appointment. Long story short... the service adviser told me that the previous repair had failed and that it needed to be done again. He then tells me that they do not have to fix my car because they already repaired it back in 2010 and that it would be up to me to cover the cost. After trying for over a week to convince them to do the right thing, I gave up and paid them for the repair. Im very worried that this will also not hold up. If this repair failed in the past, who is to say that it wont happen again, and this time it could cause a crash, even death. Please help, someone has to hold these people accountable.

- Fort Walton Beach, FL, USA

problem #48

Feb 042016


  • 88,500 miles


Power steering hose leak, had dealer remove, replace. I was covered under warranty purchase, also tail lights and headlights inoperable, had dealer perform safety inspection. Items corrected. Recent purchase Jan. 2016 used.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #47

Jan 172016


  • 65,000 miles
I was driving my car in a business section of town, I stopped at a stop light and made a right hand turn on red as the car straighten out I accelerated and the right front wheel locked up causing me to loose control hitting the curb and almost got rear ended. A message on my information display said service traction control. I put the car in park and turned off ignition then restarted message was gone and the brakes released. Thank goodness no one was injured. I'm afraid to drive this car.

- Marion, IL, USA

problem #46

Sep 212015


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated while driving 5 mph, the wheels seized, the brakes applied independently, and the vehicle failed to accelerate. During the failure, the service active handling system warning indicator illuminated. The failure had occurred approximately 3 times. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the movement of the steering column caused a signal interruption within the column and a part in steering column needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering). The failure mileage was approximately 73,000.

- Groveland, FL, USA

problem #45

Sep 282015


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact inspected underneath the vehicle and observed that the power steering fluid leaked onto the ground. The vehicle was taken an independent mechanic where the power steering hose was replaced. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign: 05V455000 (steering). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Forsyth, GA, USA

problem #44

Oct 232013


  • 87,400 miles
Service active handling came on as I touched the brakes. Car pulled to the right. Trying to stay out of the right lane I applied the brakes harder the car jerked to the right. Seems the harder brakes were applied the harder to the right it pulled.

- Bowling Green, KY, USA

problem #43

Jul 142015


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving at 60 mph, the service active handling system light illuminated and the contact heard a loud noise as the vehicle started pulling to the left. The contact applied the brakes and coasted over to the side of the road. The contact was able to restart the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Porterville, CA, USA

problem #42

Jul 122015

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 42,100 miles
I was nearly involved in 2 accidents in the past week and I no longer feel safe driving my car. I have a 2005 Chevy Corvette which has very low mileage on it (~42,000) for how old it is. The problem I am experiencing exactly matches a recall listed for 2005 Chevy Corvettes however because my VIN number does not list that recall Chevy refuses to honor it. This recall: below are brief summaries of the near accidents that occurred: 1. I was switching lanes in the city and the car locked the steering wheel, applied the breaks, did does not let me accelerate such that I was stuck in the middle of two lane and a car in the lane I was trying to change into nearly hit me and had to swerve around me. 2. I pulled out of the grocery store parking lot and the car did the same thing (locked the steering wheel /applied the breaks/reduced throttle). Oncoming traffic turning onto the street once again nearly hit me as I could not accelerate or move the car without restarting it. This has also happened a few times to me while in the parking lot. The message, "service active handling system" appears on the dashboard when this happens. I would like to go on record stating that this is a problem in case future problem causes an accident.

- Pacifica, CA, USA

problem #41

May 022015


  • 16,000 miles


I got in my vehicle, tried starting it and received a message on my dash screen that said, service column lock, thought I had a low battery, I removed the battery had it checked and was told that my battery was in good condition. After doing a bit of research I found out that I'm not the only one who has that problem, there is a large community of Corvette owners that have the same issue, we all ask the same question, why does GM not want to do a recall to correct the problem?

- Upper Marlboro, MD, USA

problem #40

Mar 282015


  • 66,249 miles
I purchased my 2005 Corvette C6 convertible used last year. The service active handling light and message comes up often when I drive the car. The code goes away if I turn the car on and off. If I hit a bump in the road the service active handling comes on again. I have not noticed any handling issues. I read the Corvette forum and a thread sent me to this site. Is there a recall that GM should have fixed on my Corvette" if yes, will the recall hold up considering the age of the vehicle" please advise how I should proceed. Thanks, [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Saldida, CO, USA

problem #39

Jul 222014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Turned the steering wheel completely. "service stability control" message appeared. Brakes applied automatically and pulled hard to the right. I could not steer. Turned car off the middle of the street. Car was "normal" until the steering wheel get turned completely. Scared it will happen at highway speeds.

- Minot , ND, USA

problem #38

Jan 072015


  • 85,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 5 mph, the vehicle shook and veered to the left. In addition, the service active handling system warning light illuminated. The vehicle was previously repaired under NHTSA campaign number: 14V251000 (electrical system, exterior lighting) and the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering). The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000. Djr

- Livermore, CA, USA

problem #37

May 092012


  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. While driving approximately 30 mph, the service active handling system warning light illuminated and the vehicle veered to the right. The failure recurred on several occasions. The contact stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering). The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

problem #36

Nov 102014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 71,580 miles
Accelerated quickly to 35 mph and when I reached the end of the block I attempted to slow and make a right hand turn. At that time I got a warning to check the charging system and noticed I had no power steering. Managed to muscle the wheel to complete the turn (had it been my wife there is no way she would have been able to turn the wheel) and continue slowly down the street to my driveway where I again muscled the car into the driveway. Discovered that the motor was running but the serpentine belt was not moving. Thus no alternator, power steering etc. I had my independent mechanic check it out, discovered that the bolt that holds the harmonic balancer pulley on the crank shaft stripped and the crank shaft was turning and not moving the pulley. He called the dealership to inquire about the parts and they said they have plenty in stock. He thought this was surprising and that it was not a special order part. The service manager told him that they have had a number of similar incidents. Both my mechanic and I think this should qualify for some type of recall if it is happening with frequency. Obviously some kind of design flaw and/or material flaw, plus they didn't key the pulley so if the bolt strips you would not loose the power steering, etc. If this had happened at high speed or during the action of turning I believe a serious accident and/or injury could have occurred. Cost of the parts and repair were $2300.

- Northridge, CA, USA

problem #35

Oct 062014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • miles
Low beam head lights are not working properly. Telescopic steering column is also recalled.

- Diamond Bar, CA, USA

problem #34

Jun 282014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
I was making a right turn into my neighborhood at approx. 20 mph when right front brake locked up and vehicle swerved to the right. Vehicle would lock up every time I tried to go therefore I had to cut ignition off and restart. This has occurred now three times and each time the brakes locked up and vehicle swerved to the right each time and would not go! I was traveling at a low rate of speed on each occurrence and was making a right turn on each occurrence. We took the car to youman's chevolet in macon, ga after the first incident and the charges to investigate the problem were going to be so outlandish that we did not pursue. They did not even consider checking to see if there could be a recall on this problem or any other problems we have gone to them with during the last seven years. At that point, we went to a car repair place that we use frequently on all of our vehicles and have a good relationship with. They ran a diagnostic test on the car to check for an error code on the computer but nothing showed up. The technician said that it has not done this enough times to register the problem yet. Since that time, we generally drive with the traction system off when driving in town as it is somewhat scary when the situation occurs. This has not happened to date when the traction system is off and has also not happened when traveling at a higher rate of speed.

- Macon, GA, USA

problem #33

Apr 022013


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated that the service active handling system warning lamp illuminated as the vehicle decelerated independently. Also, the contact mentioned that the passenger side air bag warning lamp illuminated intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician performed the repairs for NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering). The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 55,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

- Washington , DC, USA

problem #32

Apr 122014

Corvette 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Chevrolet Corvette. The contact stated his VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 10V172000 (steering); however, the "service active handling system" warning indicator will appear intermittently on the contacts instrument panel. The contact took his vehicle to a local mechanic for diagnostic testing and the mechanic stated there was a recall regarding the failure. Both the dealer and manufacturer informed the contact that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000. The current mileage was 50,000. Updated 05/28/14 updated 06/2/2014

- Tucson, AZ, USA

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