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Old 05-20-2010, 06:54 PM   #46
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Thanks Junkman! I did read the whole thing, a few times, I've just been confused by that part. Thanks for clearning that up. The car has a nearly new Optima red top, and the battery tender is coming soon! Thanks again
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Done, did it this morning. Took all of 20 minutes and no more worries! Thanks again
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Done, did it this morning. Took all of 20 minutes and no more worries! Thanks again
So many people don't realize how easy it is to rid themselves of this headache. At least you addressed it BEFORE the lock. It gets a lot more fun after you're locked up.
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Ok before you grill me on the "why did you wait until it was locked up to get the CLB..."

So my 03' Z06 steering column is locked up and won't unlock. I'm currently out of town and the Vette is stuck in the driveway until I get back to work on it. It did leave me high and dry but I was lucky that it happened in the driveway. Had to resort to driving my 86 CJ7 jeep.....

I ordered the CLB from Thunder racing. Will I be able to unlock the column myself or will I have to have it towed to a dealer?? I have read this entire thread and based on what I have read is that I will have to have towed.

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Ok before you grill me on the "why did you wait until it was locked up to get the CLB..."

So my 03' Z06 steering column is locked up and won't unlock. I'm currently out of town and the Vette is stuck in the driveway until I get back to work on it. It did leave me high and dry but I was lucky that it happened in the driveway. Had to resort to driving my 86 CJ7 jeep.....

I ordered the CLB from Thunder racing. Will I be able to unlock the column myself or will I have to have it towed to a dealer?? I have read this entire thread and based on what I have read is that I will have to have towed.

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No Justin, you won't have to have it towed. You can yank the steering wheel aggressively against the locking mechanism and eventually, it will free itself. AT THAT POINT, GET THE CLB HARNESS INSTALLED. You probably won't be able to free it a second time (at least I have not seen anyone be able to do it twice on the same car).

Another thing that you can try is checking the battery cables on your car. If they are not torqued to the correct specs (not to tight or not too loose), and your battery is good, you may be able to start the car successfully and move it. If one of those 3 problems exist (weak battery, over-torqued or under-torqued), you won't be able to do crap but free the steering wheel and install the cable.

The dealer should be your LAST resort unless you can find a World Class Certified Technician like Paul in your area. You do know who Paul is, right?

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No Justin, you won't have to have it towed. You can yank the steering will aggressively against the locking mechanism and eventually, it will free itself. AT THAT POINT, GET THE CLB HARNESS INSTALLED. You probably won't be able to free it a second time (at least I have not seen anyone be able to do it twice on the same car).

Another thing that you can try is checking the battery cables on your car. If they are not torqued to the correct specs (not to tight or not too loose), and your battery is good, you may be able to start the car successfully and move it. If one of those 3 problems exist (weak battery, over-torqued or under-torqued), you won't be able to do crap but free the steering wheel and install the cable.

The dealer should be your LAST resort unless you can find a World Class Certified Technician like Paul in your area. You do know who Paul is, right?
Ok I ordered the CLB and I will work on it when I get back home in a week and a half. I put a new battery in it when it happened, but I will have to check the torque on the terminals.

I'm stuck down in Lower Alabama going thru some training and it will have to wait until I get back. Thanks for the response!

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I've been yanking the hell out of this steering wheel and it will not unlock.... I think I'm screwed!
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I've been yanking the hell out of this steering wheel and it will not unlock.... I think I'm screwed!
Are you banging it against the stops? Also, is this the first time you've tried to free it?
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Are you banging it against the stops? Also, is this the first time you've tried to free it?
It's locked so yeah it only moves a little, but I'm banging it back and forth.

I bought the car used last year so this is the first time I've done this to the car. Not sure if it has ever happened before to this vehicle.
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I've heard that you can only free it once. I don't know if that is true or not but that is what I've heard. I don't understand the logic behind that. It makes no sense to me.
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I've heard that you can only free it once. I don't know if that is true or not but that is what I've heard. I don't understand the logic behind that. It makes no sense to me.
Yeah that is what I've heard too. I'll let you know if I ever get this fixed... And it's my DD.
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Yeah that is what I've heard too. I'll let you know if I ever get this fixed... And it's my DD.


And see, I never asked you why you waited until it was locked up before you decided to fix it!
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It seems that when the battery goes low, is when your problems start. Fifty dollars and no worries about my column locking up. That was one of the best things that I've bought.







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