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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-10-2018, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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No start after steering column swap

New to the forum, thanks for the add. I swapped steering columns today in my 07 Cobalt. Electric steering motor went bad and was easier to get a complete column from the junkyard ($50) than deal with individual pieces. Got everything changed over and now it won't turn over. Holding the key in the start position, the theft deterrent light light is illuminated. I'm wondering if it has to do with the chipped key not being original to the car. Any advice would help. Thanks.
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Yes and yes, You will need to change the ignition and theft deterrent module from the original column. Easy job!

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Thanks, ill give it a try.
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3 screws hold the bottom cover the top cover is just snapped in. Practice on the old one first, the plastic is easy to break. Removing the ignition module is one screw and a couple of connectors "Easy-peazy"

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So good news and bad news. I changed the ignition control module and key switch and everything starts and works great. Problem is the new column didn't fix my steering problem. Jack the front wheels up and it turns like a dream, put the tires on the ground and it just doesn't want to steer right, especially at slow speed or when sitting at an idle.
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Did you re-seat the blue-gray connectors on the BCM? Is your intermediate shaft in good shape?

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Yes, reseated the connectors and intermediate shaft was replaced about 5000 miles ago, along with tie rod ends and struts.
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Did you check the 60 amp fuse?

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Yep, all good. Leaning toward rack n pinion assembly now.
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Just a quick update, changed the steering rack and pinion which solved the problem.
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