About Chevrolet Corvette
Often referred to as America's only true sports car, Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette or Chevy Corvette, has been produced by an American multinational corporation General Motors Company's automobile Chevrolet Division since 1953. As one of the world's best known and longest-running nameplates, Corvette has won awards from automobile publications as well as organizations such as the Society of Automotive Engineers. For example, Automobile Magazine selected Corvette as its Automobile of the Year, Car and Driver Magazine selected it Best all-around car and put it on its annual Ten Best List sixteen times and so on. Now, Corvette is in its seventh generation.
The sixth-generation C6 Chevrolet Corvette was produced from 2005 to 2013 and it is the first with exposed headlamps since the 1962 model. It came in with several production variants such as Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport and 427 Convertible as well as racing variants including C6.R, an American Le Mans Series GT1 championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Pro winner. Available in coupe and convertible, Corvette was powered by engines ranging from 6.0 L V8 rated at 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque to 7.0 L V8. The C7 Corvette was introduced for the 2014 model year and marked the return of the Stingray name. Base Stingray, Stingray Z51 or Z06 were trim levels but the Stingray, Z51 and Grand Sport are split into 1LT, 2LT and 3LT sub-trims and Z06 comes in 1LZ, 2LZ and 3LZ sub-trims. Now, C7 Corvette gets power from a 6.2 L V8 producing 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque and a 6.2 L Supercharged V8. Both engines send power through 7-speed manual, 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Chevrolet Corvette Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
Boasting impressive combination of strong performance, a comfortable ride, eye-catching style, affordability and relatively good fuel economy, Chevy Corvette is known as a decent sports car. But still, a wise Corvette owner would be careful about these common problems on it:
First, strong fuel odor is what Chevrolet Corvette drivers meet first during driving, which actually is the signal to warn them of engine failure. Lucky for you, apart from the fuel odor, there are also some equally simple symptoms in Corvette to help you diagnose and solve engine problem as early as possible. If you could hear some strange noises from engine, such as squealing or whining; if you could see smoke coming from the engine, oil puddles under the car, and leaking coolant on the ground; if you notice a decrease in gas mileage or engine performance, and the Check Engine Light is activated, then you have to inspect the Corvette crankshaft, exhaust manifold, drive belt, engine mount, oil pan, rod bearing, spark plug, cooling hose and air filter thoroughly immediately!
Second, transmission and suspension failures often appear together on Chevrolet Corvette and they often have similar symptoms. For example, both of them could result in clunking or rattling sounds underneath the vehicle. The difference lies in the suspension failure could also lead to excessive and uneven tire wear, intense vibration, swerving or nose diving when braking and poor handling, which could be attributed to Corvette front cross-member, sway bar bushing, trailing arm, leaf spring, sway bar kit, shock absorber, and sway bar link. While the transmission failure is often caused by Corvette automatic transmission shifter, shift cable and automatic transmission filter.
A best-shaped Chevrolet Corvette also counts on meticulous routine maintenance. There are always some parts that could not last as long as the vehicle could because of all kinds of reasons, performing routine maintenance on them is the key to keep the Corvette stay at prime condition. Seat belt is often made of resilient nylon and used to protect occupants in sudden movement, it needs routine maintenance. Other parts such as electrical parts ABS control module, window regulator, A/C switch, crankshaft sensor as well as emblem, windshield wiper, wiper blade, horn and cabin air filter should also be included at the routine maintenance list.
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