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Chevrolet Corvette Service Steering Column Lock Message Due to Anti-Theft System Fault

Chevrolet Corvette Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Average Mileage: 71,664 mi (44,500 mi - 130,000 mi)


The service steering column lock message may be displayed, the engine may start and stall when put into gear. Our technicians tell us that this fault is related to the anti-theft system and the steering column lock system must be repaired as necessary. Certain models were recalled for this issue. For more information on this recall please click here»

  • Visitor, , 50,500 mi

    I had the same steering column lock message. A member of our Corvette club told me to buy a bypass switch. I purchased and installed the bypass switch from Corvettes of Houston ($50), problem solved. The only recourse with this fix is the steering column will not lock, hence no anti-theft posture.

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  • Visitor, , 71,320 mi

    Haaa...i dont know where to start. Bought this baby in 2010 security lite was blinking when i took test drive. Got home some days later tooling around stoped at chevy dealer got ph#to order service manuels amd was the smartest thing i every done.
    1st job was learning to do the 30min learn procdure to get it started that was about 4 months after purchase. Those books have saved me a whole service colum lock and security issues are the only probs this baby has...its worth it.. I sure would like to by pass those 2

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  • Visitor, , 62,000 mi

    Steering wheel is locked and won't unlock and code on the dash is reading pull key out and wait ten seconds. I had it towed to the dealer got a diagnosis they said it needs a new actuator and harness but I'm finding out there are bypasses and wondering if that will work before I by this other stuff

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  •  Rookie

    When starting off in 1st gear engine stalls out. Dealer replaced Column Locl Assembly Kit and Remote Reciever Assembly at a cost of $634. Two months later the same problem happened again. Dealer now says
    the whole Steering column needs replacing at a cost of $625. My bet is that this also is a guess at what the problem is and I will have to have it towed again for them to take another guess at the problem all at my expense.

    Scott Stone
    Martinsville, Va.

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  • Visitor, , 130,000 mi

    had steering column lock on me 3 times in the past 11 years ...the cost to repair it ranged from 600.00 to750.00 dollars

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