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Offline Solar

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Had This Happen Once
« on: April 12, 2011, 05:55:36 AM »
Chevy Recalls Cruze After A Steering Wheel Falls Off
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Imagine turning your car’s steering wheel, or giving it a gentle tug, and having it break away from the steering column. Now you’re speeding along holding the suddenly useless wheel.
It sounds like a vision from a cartoon, or every driver’s nightmare. And it happened to at least one driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact car last month, and General Motors Corp. is recalling 2,100 of the cars as a result.
http://blogs.wsj.com/drivers-seat/2011/04/10/chevy-recalls-cruze-after-a-steering-wheel-falls-off/?mod=google_news_blog


I actually had this happen, I was getting on I-5 and traffic was still light back then in the late 70s.
I pushed my El Camino up to about 75 and entered the flow, five lanes and I took the center on a mile long sweeping turn.
As I hit my lane, I leaned over to roll up the window, and thats when it happened, I was rolling along leaning against the passenger door with a steering wheel in my hand.
I sat up and with a brief memory of a Laurel and Hardy movie, I started hitting the brakes, but every time I pushed, the car pulled right and closer to the wall, which is where it was already headed.

Realizing I only had about 3 seconds to do something I looked around the car, for something, anything.
Being young and never really putting tools back finally paid off, under the seat on the passenger side, I found a pair of Vice grips, I grabbed that little nut where the steering wheel used to be and breathed a sigh of relief.

Drove it like that for a week until I could find a new column.
The wheel broke off because the steering wheel I used came from a wrecked Vega, and apparently had severe metal fatigue, the friend that gave it to me said he got it from someone else that had also been in a wreck, just like he had.

Glad I wasn't next in that cursed line. :o
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Re: Had This Happen Once
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2017, 08:22:10 AM »
Bumped... to make a symbolic companion-post to today's Trump-edict to GM's Chevy Cruze Hatchback Division in Mexico...  You're going to start paying a 35% tax to America unless you bring the plant back to the US...

And don't listen to GM's petty whine about 'only a small number of hatchbacks are shipped back into the US from Mexico'.   If they had a number, they'd say the number.  Period.

Sol, your experience mirrors GM's...  They reached-away for something, but the steering-wheel broke.  And they suddenly began steering left and left and left (as viewed by an onlooker in its path), heading straight for a wall.

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Re: Had This Happen Once
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2017, 08:51:15 AM »
Bumped... to make a symbolic companion-post to today's Trump-edict to GM's Chevy Cruze Hatchback Division in Mexico...  You're going to start paying a 35% tax to America unless you bring the plant back to the US...

And don't listen to GM's petty whine about 'only a small number of hatchbacks are shipped back into the US from Mexico'.   If they had a number, they'd say the number.  Period.

Sol, your experience mirrors GM's...  They reached-away for something, but the steering-wheel broke.  And they suddenly began steering left and left and left (as viewed by an onlooker in its path), heading straight for a wall.
Oooh, got a link? This I have no issue with. GM wants all the benefits of claiming American Auto mfg, while making cars in other countries.
My approach would be incentives, but I think Trump wants to send a message first and I'm willing to see how his approach works because GM gets a shitload of subsidies as it is.
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