About Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Corvette, also known as Vette, has been produced since 1953 as a sports car by General Motors' Chevrolet Division. When the first Chevrolet Corvette introduced in the 1953 model yea, it was originally designed as a show car for the New York Auto Show. Chevrolet Corvette's lifespan has sprawled seven generations; among these generations, Corvette has received awards from Automobile Magazine, Sports Car International, Hot Rod, Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Society of Automotive Engineers, U.S. News & World Report and Edmunds.com; at the same time, it has won North American Car of the Year award.
The sixth-generation Chevrolet Corvette (C6; 2005-2013) was introduced for the 2005 to 2013 model year. Production trim levels included the Z06, ZR1, Grand Sport and 427 Convertible as well as C6.R and 1LZ, 2LZ, 3LZ were also available. And as a 2-door coupe and convertible, Chevrolet Corvette was powered by 6.0 L, 6.2 L and 7.0 L V8 engines attached to 4-speed and 6-speed automatic transmissions and 6-speed manual transmission. Then for the 2014 model year, Chevrolet introduced its seventh-generation Corvette (C7; 2014-present) in the third quarter of 2013. Still as coupe and convertible, Chevrolet Corvette gets power from either 6.2 L V8 engine or 6.2 L supercharged V8 engine mated to 7-speed manual, 6-speed and 8-speed automatic transmissions.
Chevrolet Corvette Common Problems & Maintenance Tips
What fascinates people in a sports car like Chevrolet Corvette is definitely the high performance and smooth running. However, just like anything in the world, it would wear and tear as time passes by. In order to maintain it in a good shape, you should know something about it for example how to diagnose common problems on it:
First, strange fuel odor. According to the data from car repair statistics site CarComplaints.com, this is the top complaint from Chevrolet Corvette owners. They described that they can smell burnt odor and oil odor in the compartment. Moreover, excessive vibration and noises from the engine would impair their operation. At the same time, inability to start a vehicle is also a trouble. Once Check Engine Light is activated, Corvette crankshaft, Corvette engine mount, Corvette oil pan. Exhaust manifold and engine mount would also impact engine performance, so you can have a check at them as well.
Second, problems on transmission and suspension systems. Based on Chevrolet Corvette drivers' description as difficulty shifting gears as well as wrong gear reading, we can assume that automatic transmission shifter may have something wrong. As for suspension failure, Corvette drivers have said that vehicle handling became sluggish, at the meanwhile, clunking or squealing noises would distract them a lot while driving. Normally speaking, front cross-member, sway bar bushing and trailing arm are very easy to wear in a vehicle's suspension system, so you might as well inspect these parts first.
It should take extra efforts to keeping your Chevrolet Corvette at the prime condition, which means you should maintain it regularly. Seat belt is for protecting passengers against sudden and emergent movement, it should get replaced after every accident, and so is drive belt. And your Corvette emblem also should get maintained to be shining to remind people of the signal. Wiper blade is responsible for offering better driving visibility by swaying back and forth to clean or clear off debris on the windshield, but it is usually made of soft rubber and could last as long as the Corvette could and frequent replacement is essential for it.
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