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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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»

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Average mileage: 77,962 (17,230–159,000)
8 model years affected: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, more2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
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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.
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.
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
Went to start my car when the steering lock warning light came on and it won't stay running, haven't had a chance to fix it.
It has not been fixed. Learned to turn off the car, remove key from ignition, jerk the wheel side to side forcibly, then retry key ignition start. Works most of the time.
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
I have a 2003 chevy avalamche and my antitheft is preventing me to styart my truck. first the key wouldnt turn any such way but would come out and open the doors . so I got a new ignition put in and it almost starts it turns over lights come on b ut not radio. had it towed to my house I own this vehicle and have no faab for new or old key . I need my truck to start asap please and have little money. what do i do
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