One thing everyone dreads is car trouble. So most smart car owners are always on the lookout for signs their cars may need servicing. A Corvette is a very sensitive, high-powered, expensive automobile. So Corvette owners tend be even more vigilant. The average car owner may wait for a flashing check engine light, a rising temperature gauge, smoke under the hood, excessive exhaust smoke, a balky transmission, leaks, noises while driving, or a shaking, racing, or chugging engine to take their vehicle to be serviced. A Corvette owner should take action long before that.
Maintaining Your Vette
If your Corvette feels like it’s not running normally, you should have it looked at.
Plus you must adhere to the maintenance schedule outlined in the Corvette Intelligent Owner’s Manual. If you do so, your Corvette will perform well, be safe and dependable, and last a lifetime. To keep getting peak performance, your Corvette should be serviced every 10,000 miles until it reaches 100,000 miles. Its next scheduled service check is when it gets to 150,000 miles. Sticking to this schedule will keep your Corvette in tip top shape.
Other Times For Service Checks
If you want your Corvette to perform at its best, you must pay attention to it every day. You should take time to look under the hood when you stop to fill the tank with fuel. You should also perform regular engine oil level, engine coolant level, tire inflation, and even windshield washer fluid checks. These checks should be performed once a month at least. Plus you should have your automatic transmission inspected two or more times a year. Even the restraint system and wiper blades should be inspected periodically.
Check And Service Other Systems
Even though your Corvette may be running perfectly, all the car’s systems should be checked and serviced from time to time. That includes key lock cylinders, body lubrication, starter switch, Brake-Transmission Shift Interlock, and the ignition automatic transmission lock. You should also make some time to give your Corvette an underbody flushing service. These steps help to stop problems from developing.
Periodic Maintenance Inspections
The systems in your Corvette need to be inspected regularly as well. They include your steering and suspension, tires and wheels, and the exhaust system. You must also have your radiator and heater hose, rear axle, and brake system inspected and serviced. Plus it’s essential to use the manufacturer recommended fluids and lubricants when it comes to engine oil, coolant, and the rear axle, hydraulic brake, hydraulic clutch, power steering, and transmission system.
Checking the Corvette’s engine oil life monitor and changing the oil and filter every 3,000 miles or so is essential. Keeping the correct engine oil level is also vital. So is replacing the air cleaner filter. Corvette owners should also have the fuel tank, lines, cap, and cap gasket inspected for damage or leaks and repaired or replaced as needed. So to the hood latch assembly, release pawl, pivots, and spring anchor, the hood and door hinges and weather strip. All work should be done by a GM dealer or a qualified technician using genuine GM parts and noted in your maintenance manual.
When should your Corvette be checked and taken in for service? At regularly scheduled intervals. This will prevent problems before they start.