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n The -1995 Corvette Owner’s Manual

This section explains how to start and operate your Corvette.

This section tells you how to adjust the ventilation and comfort controls and how to operate your sound system.

This section tells you how to use your seats and safety belts properly. It also explains the “SIR’ (Air Bag) System.

Seats and Restraint Systems .............................................................. FeaturesandControls .................................................................. Comfort Controls and Audio Systems ..................................................... YourDrivingandtheRoad .............................................................. ProblemsontheRoad .................................................................. ServiceandAppearanceCare ............................................................ Maintenanceschedule .................................................................. Customer Assistance Information ........................................................

This section tells you what to do if you have a problem while driving, such as a flat tire or engine overheating, etc.

Here you’ll find helpful information and tips about the road and how to drive under different conditions.

This section tells you when to perform vehicle maintenance and what fluids and lubricants to use.

Here the manual tells you how to keep your Corvette running properly and looking good.

This section tells you how to contact Chevrolet for assistance and how to get service publications. It also gives you information on “Reporting Safety Defects” on page 8-4.

Index .................................................................................

Here’s an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual. You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.






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CORVETTE: THE AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE In the early OS, it was only a designer’s dream. Today the Corvette stands alone as America’s dream car -- a testament to its unmistakable charisma and the excitement it inspires. Unique styling, powerful performance and an undeniable panache have made Corvette one of the most celebrated sports car in the world. In 1953, Corvette produced 300 new lightweight fiberglass roadsters. A handful went to project engineers General Motors managers, and a select group of movie stars and celebrities. With a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, Blue Flame six-cylinder engine, and gleaming Polo White exterior, the Corvette began its drive into the heart of America. Designers freshened up the ’Vette in 1956 by adding a removable hardtop and the famous Corvette “coves.” The sculptured body enhanced its sporty look, and a standard 2 1 0-horsepower Chevy V8 engine solidified Corvette’s reputation as a production race car.


In 1963, Corvette hit the road with an eye-catching new look -- the Sting Ray coupe. An instant success, the now-classic Sting Ray featured concealed headlamps and a unique split rear window. The split window would only be offered in 1963, making this model among the most prized Corvettes ever built.

Restyled inside and out for 1968, this 'Vette sported a lean and hungry shape, creating a sense of motion even when standing still. And for the first time, Corvette offered removable roof panels.


For its 25th anniversary, the 1978 Corvette received a new fastback roofline with a wide expanse of glass that wrapped around the sides.

Emblems front and rear identified the '78 Vette as a Silver Anniversary model.

In 1984, the fourth generation of America’s favorite sports car anticipated the future with a sleek look and advanced technology that provided superior handling and performance. Windshield angle was the sheerest of any domestic vehicle, cornering ability the tightest of any production car. In short, the 1984 redesign enhanced the Corvette’s reputation as a leader in the world sports car market.


The Bowling Green facility is Corvette’s third home since 1953. Since beginning production in June of 198 1, it has become one of Kentucky’s most popular tourist attractions. Corvette Assembly Plant tours are conducted Monday through Friday. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. For more information call, (502) 745-8228.

CORVETTE ASSEMBLY PLANT With 42 years of experience and technology under its belt, Corvette only gets better. From the 32-valve7 16 fuel injector, twin double-overhead cam V8 engine in the ZR-1 Special Performance Coupe to state-of-the-art refinements standard on all Corvettes, today’s Corvette is a premier driving machine. The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky is one of the most sophisticated and computerized automobile assembly facilities in the world. To build your 1995 Corvette, over 1,200 employes teamed up with the 70 high-tech robots that assist in a variety of processes, from welding to painting.


How to Use This Manual Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning to end when they first receive their new vehicle. This will help you learn about the features and controls for your vehicle. In this’ manual, you’ll find that pictures and words work together to explain things quickly. Safety Warnings and Symbols You will find a number of safety cautions in this book. We use a box with gray background and the word CAUTION to tell you about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore the warning.

You will also find a circle with a slash through it in this book.

This safety symbol means “Don’t,’’ “Don’t do this,” or “Don’t let this happen.”

In the gray caution area, we tell you what the hazard is. Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t, you or others could be hurt.


Vehicle Damage Warnings Also, in this book you will find these notices:


These mean there is something that

could damage your vehicle.

In the notice area, we tell you about something that can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage would not be covered by your warranty, and it could be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help avoid the damage. When you read other manuals, you might see CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different colors or in different words. You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle. They use yellow for cautions, blue for notices and the words CAUTION or NOTICE.


Vehicle Symbols These are some of the symbols you may find on your vehicle.

These symbols are important for you and your passengers whenever your vehicle is driven:


For example, these symbols are used on an original battery:














These symbols have to do with your lights:

These symbols are on some of your controls:


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These symbols are used on warning and indicator lights:









Here are some other symbols you may see:

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n e Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems

Here you’ll find information about the seats in your Corvette and how to use your safety belts properly. You can also learn about some things you should not do with air bags and safety belts. Seats and Seat Controls This section tells you about the seats -- how to adjust them, and also about reclining front seatbacks, seatback latches and the folding rear seatback. Manual Front Seat

Move the lever under the front of the seat to unlock it. Slide the seat to where you want it. Then release the lever and try to move the seat with your body, to make sure the seat is locked into place.


Power Seat (Option)

SEAT i Sport Seat (Option)




Different parts of this control move different parts of your seat. If you move the whole control, the whole seat will move. The back of the control will move the back of the seat, and the front of the control will move the front of the seat. If you have the Sport Seat, you must move the switch next to the lumbar controls to DR (driver) or PS (passenger) before adjusting your seat. Move the control forward or back to move the seat forward or back. Move the control toward the center of the vehicle to raise the seat and away from the center of the vehicle to lower it. 1-2

These switches let you change the shape of your seat. There are three lumbar supports for the upper, middle and lower back. There’s also a side bolster that adjusts the sides of the seat around you to give you more lateral support. First move the selector switch to DR (driver) or PS (passenger). Then move the shaping switches until your seat is comfortable. For lumbar support, move each switch left to inflate or right to deflate.

Seatback Latches

Both seatbacks fold forward to give you access to the rear area. To fold a seatback forward, lift this latch and push the seatback forward. When you return the seatback to its original position, make sure the seatback is locked.


Reclining Front Seatbacks

To adjust the seatback, push the lever back and move the seatback to where you want it. Release the lever to lock the seatback in place.

But don’t have a seatback reclined if your vehicle is moving.

Safety Belts: They’re for Everyone This part of the manual tells you how to use safety belts properly. It also tells you some things you should not do with safety belts. And it explains the Supplemental Inflatable Restraint, or “air bag” system.

A few crashes are mild, and some crashes can be so serious that even buckled up a person wouldn’t survive. But most crashes are in between. In many of them, people who buckle up can survive and sometimes walk away. Without belts they could have been badly hurt or killed. After more than 25 years of safety belts in vehicles, the facts are clear. In most crashes buckling up does matter ... a lot! Why Safety Belts Work When you ride in or on anything, you go as fast as it goes.

Your vehicle has a light that comes on as a reminder to buckle up. (See “Safety Belt Reminder Light” in the Index.) In many states and Canadian provinces, the law says to wear safety belts. Here’s why: They work. You never know if you’ll be in a crash. If you do have a crash, you don’t know if it will be a bad one.




. . .

Take the simplest vehicle. Suppose it's just a seat on wheels.

Put someone on it.


Get it up to speed. Then stop the vehicle. The rider doesn’t stop.

The person keeps going until stopped by something. In a real vehicle, it could be the windshield ,..

or the instrument panel . . .

or the safety belts! With safety belts, you slow down as the vehicle does. You get more time to stop. You stop over more distance, and your strongest bones take the forces. That’s why safety belts make such good sense.


Here Are Questions Many People Ask About Safety Belts -- and the Answers @ Won’t I be trapped in the vehicle after an

accident if I’m wearing a safety belt?

A: You could be -- whether you’re wearing a safety belt or not. But you can unbuckle a safety belt, even if you’re upside down. And your chance of being conscious during and after an accident, so you can unbuckle and get out, is much greater if you are belted.

@ Why don’t they just put in air bags so people

won’t have to wear safety belts?

A: Air bags are in many vehicles today and will be in

more of them in the future. But they are supplemental systems only; so they work with safety belts -- not instead of them. Every air bag system ever offered for sale has required the use of safety belts. ,Even if you’re in a vehicle that has air bags, you still have to buckle up to get the most protection. That’s true not only in frontal collisions, but especially in side and other collisions.

QC If I’m a good driver, and I never drive far from

home, why should I wear safety belts?

A: You may be an excellent driver, but if you’re in an accident -- even one that isn’t your fault -- you and your passenger can be hurt. Being a good driver doesn’t protect you from things beyond your control, such as bad drivers. Most accidents occur within 25 miles (40 km) of home. And the greatest number of serious injuries and deaths OCCUT at speeds of less than 40 mph (65 km/h). Safety belts are for everyone.

How to Wear Safety Belts Properly Adults This part is only for people of adult size. Be aware that there are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for smaller children and babies. If a child will be riding in your Corvette, see the part of this manual called “Children.” Follow those rules for everyone’s protection. First, you’ll want to know which restraint systems your vehicle has. We’ll start with the driver position.


Driver Position This part describes the driver’s restraint system. Lap-Shoulder Belt The driver has a lap-shoulder belt. Here’s how to wear it properly. 1. Close and lock the door. 2. Adjust the seat (to see how, see “Seats” in the Index)

so you can sit up straight.

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3. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you.

Don’t let it get twisted.

4. Push the latch plate into the buckle until it clicks.

Pull up on the latch plate to make sure it is secure. If the belt isn’t long enough, see “Safety Belt Extender” at the end of this section. Make sure the release button on the buckle is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.


Lap Belt Cinch Feature If you do not want the lap belt to move freely, push the “cinch” button. To loosen the belt, unbuckle it, let it retract, and buckle up again.

The lap part of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the thighs. In a crash, this applies force to the strong pelvic bones. And you’d be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force at your abdom’en. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries. The shoulder belt should go over the shoulder and across the chest. These parts of the body are best able to take belt restraining forces. The safety belt locks if there’s a sudden stop or crash. 1-12

What’s wrong with this?

A: The shoulder belt is too loose. It won’t give nearly

as much protection this way.


@ What’s wrong with this?

A: The belt is buckled in the wrong place.


What’s wrong with this?

A: The shoulder belt is worn under the arm. It should

be worn over the shoulder at all times.


@ What's wrong with this?

A: The belt is twisted across the body.


To unlatch the belt, just push the button on the buckle. The belt should go back out of the way.

Air Bag System This part explains the air bag system. Your Corvette has two air bags -- one air bag for the driver and another air bag for the passenger. Here are the most important things to know about the air bag system:

Before you close the door, be sure the belt is out of the way. If you slam the door on it, you can damage both the belt and your vehicle.


There is an air bag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows AIR BAG . The system checks the air bag’s electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See “Air Bag Readiness Light” in the Index for more information. How the Air Bag System Works


Where is the air bag? The driver's air bag is in the middle of the steering wheel. The passenger's air bag is in the instrument panel on the passenger's side.


When should an air bag inflate? The air bag is designed to inflate in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal crashes. The air bag will inflate only if the impact speed is above the system’s designed “threshold level.” If your vehicle goes straight into a wall that doesn’t move or deform, the threshold level is about 9 to 15 mph (14 to 24 km/h). The threshold level can vary, however, with specific vehicle design, so that it can be somewhat above or below this range. If your vehicle strikes something that will move or deform, such as a parked car, the threshold level will be higher. The air bag is not designed to inflate in rollovers, side impacts, or rear impacts, because inflation would not help the occupant. It is possible that in a crash only one of the two air bags in your Corvette will deploy. This is rare, but can happen in a crash just severe enough to make an air bag inflate. In any particular crash, no one can say whether an air bag should have inflated simply because of the damage to a vehicle or because of what the repair costs were. Inflation is determined by the angle of the impact and the vehicle’s deceleration. Vehicle damage is only one indication of this.

What makes an air bag inflate? In a frontal or near-frontal impact of sufficient severity, the air bag sensing system detects that the vehicle is suddenly stopping as a result of a crash. The sensing system triggers a chemical reaction of the sodium azide sealed in the inflator. The reaction produces nitrogen gas, which inflates the air bag. The inflator, air bag, and related hardware are all part of the air bag modules packed inside the steering wheel and in the instrument panel in front of the passenger. How does an air bag restrain? In moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions, even belted occupants can contact the steering wheel or the instrument panel. The air bag supplements the protection provided by safety belts. Air bags distribute the force of the impact more evenly over the occupant’s upper body, stopping the occupant more gradually. But air bags would not help you in many types of collisions, including rollovers and rear and side impacts, primarily because an occupant’s motion is not toward the air bag. Air bags should never be regarded as anything more than a supplement to safety belts, and then only in moderate to severe frontal or near-frontal collisions.


What will you see after an air bag inflates? After the air bag inflates, it quickly deflates. This occurs so quickly that some people may not even realize the air bag inflated. Some components of the air bag module in the steering wheel hub for the driver’s air bag, or the instrument panel for the passenger’s bag, will be hot for a short time, but the part of the bag that comes into contact with you will not be hot to the touch. There will be some smoke and dust coming from vents in the deflated air bags. Air bag inflation will not prevent the driver from seeing or from being able to steer the vehicle, nor will it stop people from leaving the vehicle.

In many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag, windshields are broken by vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the passenger air bag.

The air bags are designed to inflate only once. After they inflate, you’ll need some new parts for your air bag system. If you don’t get them, the air bag system won’t be there to help protect you in another crash. A new system will include air bag modules and possibly other parts. The service manual for your vehicle covers the need to replace other parts. Your vehicle is equipped with a diagnostic module, which records information about the air bag system. The module records information about the readiness of the system, when the sensors are activated and driver’s safety belt usage at deployment. Let only qualified technicians work on your air bag system. Improper service can mean that your air bag system won’t work properly. See your dealer for service.


NOTICE: If you damage the cover for the driver’s or the passenger’s air bag, they may not work properly. You may have to replace the air bag module in the steering wheel or both the air bag module and the instrument panel for the passenger’s air bag. Do not open or break the air bag covers.

Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Corvette Air bags affect how your Corvette should be serviced. There are parts of the air bag system in several places around your vehicle. You don’t want the system to inflate while someone is working on your vehicle. Your Chevrolet dealer and the 1995 Corvette Service Manual have information about servicing your vehicle and the air bag system. To purchase a service manual, see “Service Publications” in the Index. The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.


Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy Safety belts work for everyone, including pregnant women. Like all occupants, they are more likely to be seriously injured if they don’t wear safety belts. A pregnant woman should wear a lap-shoulder belt, and the lap portion should be worn as low as possible throughout the pregnancy.

The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety belt is worn properly, it’s more likely that the fetus won’t be hurt in a crash. For pregnant women, as for anyone, the key to making safety belts effective is wearing them properly. Passenger Position The passenger’s safety belt works the same way as the driver’s safety belt. See “Driver Position,” earlier in this section. Children Everyone in a vehicle needs protection! That includes infants and all children smaller than adult size. In fact, the law in every state in the United States and in every Canadian province says children up to some age must be restrained while in a vehicle.


Smaller Children and Babies


Child Restraints Be sure to follow the instructions for the restraint. You may find these instructions on the restraint itself or in a booklet, or both. These restraints use the belt system in your vehicle, but the child also has to be secured within the restraint to help reduce the chance of personal injury. The instructions that come with the child restraint will show you how to do that. The child restraint must be secured properly in the passenger seat. Keep in mind that an unsecured child restraint can move around in a collision or sudden stop and injure people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any child restraint in your vehicle -- even when no child is in it. Top Strap Some child restraints have a top strap. Don’t use a restraint like that in your vehicle because the top strap anchor cannot be installed properly. You shouldn’t use this type of child restraint without anchoring the top strap.


Securing a Child Restraint in the Passenger Seat Position

Your vehicle has a passenger air bag. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in this vehicle. Here’s why:




You’ll be using the lap-shoulder belt. See the earlier part about the top strap if the child restraint has one. 1.

Because your vehicle has a passenger air bag, always move the seat as far back as it will go before securing a forward-facing child restraint. (See “Seats” in the Index.) Put the restraint on the seat. Follow the instructions for the child restraint. Secure the child in the child restraint as the instructions say. Pick up the latch plate, and run the lap and shoulder portions of the vehicle’s safety belt through or around the restraint. The child restraint instructions will show you how. If the shoulder belt goes in front of the child’s face or neck, put it-behind the child restraint.

5. Buckle the belt.

Make sure the release button is positioned so you would be able to unbuckle the safety belt quickly if you ever had to.

6. Push the “cinch” button. See “Lap Belt Cinch Feature”

in the Index, where we describe the cinch feature. 7. To tighten the belt, feed the lap belt back into the

retractor while you push down on the child restraint.

8. Push and pull the child restraint in different

directions to be sure it is secure.

To remove the child restraint, just unbuckle the vehicle’s safety belt and let it go back all the way. The safety belt will move freely again and be ready to work for an adult or larger child passenger.


Larger Children

. . .

Children who have outgrown child restraints should wear the vehicle’s safety belts.

Children who aren’t buckled up can be thrown out in a crash.

0 Children who aren’t buckled up can strike other

people who are.

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Q: What if a child is wearing a lap-shoulder belt, but the child is so small that the shoulder belt is very close to the child’s face or neck?

A: Move the child toward the center of the vehicle, but be sure that the shoulder belt still is on the child’s shoulder, so that in a crash the child’s upper body would have the restraint that belts provide.

The lap portion of the belt should be worn low and snug on the hips, just touching the child’s thighs. This applies belt force to the child’s pelvic bones in a crash.


Safety Belt Extender If the vehicle’s safety belt will fasten around you, you should use it. But if a safety belt isn’t long enough to fasten, your dealer will order you an extender. It’s free. When you go in to order it, take the heaviest coat you will wear, so the extender will be long enough for you. The extender will be just for you, and just for the seat in your vehicle that you choose. Don’t let someone else use it, and use it only for the seat it is made to fit. To wear it, just attach it to the regular safety belt.

Checking Your Restraint Systems Now and then, make sure all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors, anchorages and reminder systems are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged restraint system parts. If you see anything that might keep a restraint system from doing its job, have it repaired. Tom or frayed belts may not protect you in a crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. If a belt is torn or frayed, get a new one right away.


Replacing Seat and Restraint System Parts After a Crash If you’ve had a crash, do you need new belts? After a very minor collision, nothing may be necessary. But if the belts were stretched, as they would be if worn during a more severe crash, then you need new belts. If you ever see a label on the passenger’s safety belt that says to replace the belt, be sure to do so. Then the new belt will be there to help protect you in an accident. You would see this label on the belt near the latch plate.

If belts are cut or damaged, replace them. Collision damage also may mean you will need to have safety belt or seat parts repaired or replaced. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the belt wasn’t being used at the time of the collision.





Section 2 Features and Controls

Here you can learn about the many standard and optional features on your Corvette, and information on starting, shifting and braking. Also explained are the instrument panel and the warning systems that tell you if everything is working properly -- and what to do if you have a problem. Keys


The square ignition keys are for the ignition only, and the oval door keys are for the doors and all other locks.

If you have a ZR- 1 , your vehicle has an engine power switch, which uses a third key.

When a new Corvette is delivered, the dealer removes the plugs from the keys, and gives them to the first owner. However, the ignition key may not have a plug. If the ignition key doesn’t have a plug, there will be a bar-coded key tag instead. Each plug or tag has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the plugs in a safe place. If you lose your keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using these plugs. If your ignition keys don’t have plugs, go to your Chevrolet dealer for the correct key code if you need a new ignition key.

NOTICE: Your Corvette has a number of features that can help prevent theft. But you can have a lot trouble getting into your vehicle if you ever lock your keys inside. You may even have to damage your vehicle to get in. So be sure you have extra keys.



Door Locks

From the outside, use your door key or the passive keyless entry transmitter.

There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle:

If your theft-deterrent system is armed, unlock the doors only with the key or the transmitter to avoid setting off the alarm. Refer to “Universal Theft Deterrent” in the Index. To lock the door from the inside, move the lock control on the door back. To unlock control

it, move the lock on the door forward.


Power Door Locks

Push the power door lock switch on either door back to lock or forward to unlock both doors at once.

Passive Keyless Entry System Your Corvette’s Passive Keyless Entry System (PKE) allows you to lock and unlock your doors, unlock your trunk, or disarm or arm your theft-deterrent system from 3 to 7 feet (1 l/2 to 2 meters) away when using the key chain transmitter supplied with your vehicle.

Your Corvette was shipped with one PKE transmitter, but up to three can be matched to your vehicle.

Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle, take your keys, open your door and set the locks from inside. Then get out and close the door. Your vehicle has a theft-deterrent system. See ‘‘Universal Theft Deterrent” in the Index.

See “Matching Transmitters to Your Vehicle’’ later in this section.


Your Passive Keyless Entry system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. Should interference to this system occur, try this: Check to determine if battery replacement is necessary. See the instructions on battery replacement. Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. This product has a maximum range. Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. See your Chevrolet dealer or a qualified technician for service.

Changes or modifications to this system by other than an authorized service facility could void authorization to use this equipment.

Operation You don’t have to do anything for PKE to work when the passive feature is on. Just walk toward your vehicle with the PKE transmitter, and the system will automatically disarm your theft-deterrent system and unlock the doors. If it’s dark enough outside, your interior lamps will come on. If you move out of range, the PKE system will: 1. Lock the doors after five seconds. 2. Arm the theft-deterrent system. 3. Sound the horn to let you know the doors are locked. 4. Turn off the interior lamps. You can also use the buttons on the transmitter. Press DOOR to open the passenger’s door or HATCH to open the hatch. The HATCH button will only work when the ignition is off. The system has a feature that makes it difficult for you to lock your keys in your vehicle. If you leave your keys in the ignition and lock the doors, the system will unlock the doors as soon as they are closed. If you leave the keys in the ignition and move away with the transmitter, the doors still will not lock. You should notice that the horn doesn’t sound and return to get your keys.

The system will allow you to lock your keys in the vehicle if you didn’t leave them in the ignition. You should, however, be able to use the transmitter to get them out. After 26 seconds of no motion, the transmitter shuts down to save the battery. Wait about 30 seconds, then rock the vehicle. The transmitter should “wake up” and unlock the doors. This system can’t guarantee that you’ll never be locked out of your vehicle. If the battery is low or if the transmitter is in a place where the signal can’t get to the antenna, it won’t unlock the doors. Always remember to take your keys with you. PKE Settings You can use the system for both doors or just the driver’s door, or you can turn the system off. To change door settings: 1. Put the ignition key in the ignition, but don’t turn it


2. Press DOOR on the transmitter until the door locks

cycle (about two seconds).

To turn the system off: 1. Take the ignition key out of the ignition. 2. Press DOOR on the transmitter until the door locks

cycle (about two seconds).

To turn the system back on, just repeat the steps. To check that the system is off, turn on the ignition. The PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY light on the Driver Information Center should not come on. If the light does come on for a second or two, then the PKE system is still on. You can also check whether the system is on or off by closing the door and walking away with the keys and transmitter. If the doors lock, the system is on. If you are working around your vehicle and keeping your keys with you, you might want to turn the PKE system off. If you don’t, the transmitter will keep locking and unlocking your doors.



Transmitter Range The transmitter range depends on your vehicle and where you are standing. The coupk (A) has an antenna in the driver's door and one in the rear area. The convertible (B) has one antenna in each door. The antennas do not require any maintenance. Range also depends on how you hold the transmitter. For best performance, when you come near your vehicle, hold the transmitter straight up and down, so the keys hang down. If the range seems to be decreasing, check the battery in the transmitter. Range will decrease if the battery is low. It will also decrease if more than one transmitter is in the area. Don't put the transmitter in a metal container because the transmitter won't work. Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle Each key chain transmitter is coded to prevent another transmitter from unlocking your vehicle. If a transmitter is lost or stolen, a replacement can be purchased through your dealer. Remember to bring any remaining transmitters with you when you go to your dealer. When the dealer matches the replacement transmitter to your vehicle, the remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once the new transmitter is coded, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle.




(1 V Z - 2m)

5'- 7'

(1 '12 - 2m)


You can match a transmitter to as many different vehicles as you own, provided they are equipped with exactly the same model system. (General Motors offers several different models of these systems on their vehicles.) Each vehicle can have only three transmitters matched to it. To match transmitters to your vehicle: 1. Move all transmitters out of range. 2. Turn the ignition key on. 3. h s h TRIP OD0 on the Driver Information Center


4. Within five seconds, press and hold FUEL INFO

until the PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY light comes on.

5. Turn the ignition off, but leave the key in the

ignition. The PASSIVE KEYLESS ENTRY light should begin to flash to show the system is in programming mode.

6. Bring one transmitter into range. The light will stop flashing and stay on to show that the code is stored.

7. Move the transmitter out of range. The light should

start flashing again.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 with each additional transmitter. The programming mode will shut off if

You don’t program any transmitters for two minutes. You take the key out of the ignition or turn the ignition on. You have programmed three transmitters.

Battery Replacement Under normal use, the batteries in your key chain transmitter should last about 18 months. You can tell the batteries are weak if the transmitter won’t work at the normal range in any location. If you have to get close to your vehicle before the transmitter works, it’s probably time to change the batteries.


To replace your battery:

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Insert a screwdriver in the slot on the back of the transmitter and gently pry apart the front and back. Gently pry the battery out of the transmitter using the screwdriver. Put the new battery in the transmitter, positive (+) side up. Use a Duracell@ battery, type DL2450, or equivalent. Put the two halves back together. Make sure the halves are together tightly so water won’t get in. Test the transmitter.

Press the switch in your center console to unlock the hatch from inside your vehicle. If you have an automatic transmission, your shift lever must be in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) to use the switch. If you have a manual transmission, you must set the parking brake before you can use the switch when the vehicle is running. If you have a manual transmission and the vehicle is not running, you may use the switch in any gear.


If you have a coupe, this switch is on the rear of the driver’s door. It works with the door open and the transmission in any gear. Push it down to release the

The PKE transmitter will also release the hatch. See “Passive Keyless Entry System” in the Index.

If you don’t have battery power, use the manual release cable to open the hatch. The cable is near the security shade handle, between the carpet and the shade.


Theft Vehicle theft is big business, especially in some cities. Although your Corvette has a number of theft deterrent features, we know that nothing we put on it can make it impossible to steal. However, there are ways you can help. Key in the Ignition If you walk away from your vehicle with the keys inside, it’s an easy target for joy riders or professional thieves -- so don’t do it. When you park your Corvette and open the driver’s door, you’ll hear a tone reminding you to remove your key from the ignition and take it with you. Always do this. Your steering wheel will be locked, and so will your ignition. If you have an automatic transmission, taking your key out also locks your transmission. And remember to lock the doors.

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If you put things in the hatchback area, be sure they won’t break the glass when you close it. Never slam the hatch down. You could break the glass or damage the defogger grid. When you close the hatch, make sure you pull down from the center, not the sides. If you pull the hatch down from the side too often, the weatherstrip can be damaged.

Parking at Night Park in a lighted spot, close all windows and lock your vehicle. Remember to keep your valuables out of sight. Put them in a storage area, or take them with you. Parking Lots If you park in a lot where someone will be watching your vehicle, it’s best to lock it up and take your keys. But what if you have to leave your ignition key? What if you have to leave something valuable in your vehicle? Put your valuables in a storage area, like your rear storage compartment or center console. Lock the rear storage compartment and center console.

0 Lock all the doors except the driver’s.

Then take the door key with you.

Universal Theft Deterrent

Your Corvette has a theft deterrent alarm system. With this system, the SECURITY light will flash as you open the door (if your ignition is off). This light reminds you to arm the theft deterrent system.

Here’s how to do it: 1. Open the door. 2. Lock the door with the power door lock switch or

Passive Keyless Entry system. The SECURITY light will come on.

3. Close all the doors. The SECURITY light should go


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Now, if a door or the hatch is opened without the key or Passive Keyless Entry system, the alarm will go off. Your horn will sound for three minutes, then it will go off to save battery power. And, your vehicle won’t start. The theft deterrent system won’t arm if you lock the doors with a key or manual door lock, or if you lock the vehicle after the doors are closed. If your passenger stays in the vehicle when you leave with the keys, have the passenger lock the vehicle after the doors are closed. This way the alarm won’t arm, and your passenger won’t set it off. Always use your key or the Passive Keyless Entry system to unlock a door. Unlocking a door any other way will set off the alarm. If you do set off the alarm accidentally, there are three ways to stop it:

Unlock any door with your key. Put the ignition key in the ignition. Use the Passive Keyless Entry system.

How to Test the Alarm 1. Make sure the rear hatch is latched. 2. Lower a window. 3. Arm the system. 4. Close the doors and wait five seconds. 5. Reach through the open window and unlock the door

from inside. The alarm should sound.

6. Turn off the alarm. If the alarm doesn’t go off, check to see if the horn works. If not, check the horn fuse. See “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index. If the horn does work,

. but the alarm doesn’t go off, see your dealer.



Your vehicle is equi ped with the PASS-Key (Personalized Automotive Security System) theft-deterrent system. PASS-Key is a passive theft-deterrent system.

It works when you insert or remove the key from the ignition. PASS-Key uses a resistor pellet in the ignition key that matches a decoder in your vehicle. When the PASS-Key system senses that someone is using the wrong key, it shuts down the vehicle’s starter and fuel systems. For about three minutes, the starter

won’t work and fuel won’t go to the engine. If someone tries to start your vehicle again or uses another key during this time, the shutdown period will start over again. This discourages someone from randomly trying different keys with different resistor pellets in an attempt to make a match. The ignition key must be clean and dry before it’s inserted in the ignition or the engine may not start. If the SECURITY light comes on, the key may be dirty or wet. If this happens and the starter won’t work, turn the ignition off. Clean and dry the key, wait three minutes and try again. If the starter still won’t work, wait three minutes and try the other ignition key. At this time, you may also want to check the fuses (see “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index). If the starter won’t work with the other key, your vehicle needs service. If your vehicle does start, the first ignition key may be faulty. See your Chevrolet dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key.


However, if you accidentally use a key that has a damaged or missing resistor pellet, you will see no SECURITY light. You don’t have to wait three minutes before trying the proper key. If the resistor pellet is damaged or missing, the starter won’t work. Use the other ignition key, and see your Chevrolet dealer or a locksmith who can service the PASS-Key@ to have a new key made. If the SECURITY light comes on while driving, have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. If you lose or damage a PASS-Key@ ignition key, see your Chevrolet dealer or a locksmith who can service PASS-Key? In an emergency, call the Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Program at 1 -800-CHEV-USA (1-800-243-8872).

New Vehicle “Break-In”

NOTICE: Your modern Corvette doesn’t need an elaborate “break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines:

Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or Don’t drive at any one speed -- fast or less for the first 500 miles (804 km). slow -- for the first 500 miles (804 km). Don’t make full-throttle starts. Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles (322 km) or so. During this time your new brake linings aren’t yet broken in. Hard stops with new linings can mean premature wear and earlier replacement. Follow this “breaking-in” guideline every time you get new brake linings.


Ignition Switch

With the ignition key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to five positions: ACC (A): Position in which you can operate your electrical power accessories. Press in the ignition switch as you turn the top of it toward you. LOCK (B): The only position in which you can remove the key. This locks your steering wheel, ignition and automatic transmission.

If you have an automatic transmission, the ignition switch can’t be turned to LOCK unless the shift lever is in the PARK (P) position. OFF (C): Unlocks the steering wheel, ignition and automatic transmission, but does not send electrical power to any accessories. Use this position if your vehicle. must be pushed or towed. RUN (D): Position to which the switch returns after you start your engine and release the switch. The switch stays in the RUN position when the engine is running. But even when the engine is not running, you can use RUN to operate your electrical power accessories and to display some instrument panel warning and indicator lights. START (E): Starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to RUN for normal driving. When the engine is not running, ACC and RUN allow you to operate your electrical accessories, such as the radio. A warning tone will sound if you open the driver’s door when the ignition is in OFF, LOCK or ACC and the key is in the ignition.

Key Release Button

If you have a manual transmission, your ignition lock has a key release button. You must press the button before you can take your key out of the ignition lock.

NOTICE: If your key seems stuck in LOCK and you can’t turn it, be sure it is all the way in. If it is, then turn the steering wheel left and right while you turn the key hard. But turn the key only with your hand. Using a tool to force it could break the key or the ignition switch. If none of this works, then your vehicle needs service.


Delayed Accessory Bus (DAB) With DAB your power windows and the audio system will continue to work up to 15 minutes after the ignition key is turned to OFF and neither door is opened. If a door is opened, the audio system and power windows will shut off. Starting Your Engine Engines start differently. The 8th digit of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) shows the code letter or number for your engine. You will find the VIN at the top left of your instrument panel. (See “Vehicle Identification Number” in the Index.) Follow the proper steps to start the engine. Automatic transmission: Move your shift lever to PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). Your engine won’t start in any other position -- that’s a safety feature. To restart when you’re already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only.

NOTICE: Don’t try to shift to PARK (P) if your Corvette is moving. If you do, you could damage the transmission. Shift to PARK (P) only when your vehicle is stopped.

Manual transmission: The gear selector should be in neutral. Hold the clutch pedal to the floor and start the engine. Your vehicle won’t start if the clutch pedal is not all the way down -- that’s a safety feature. To start your 5.7 Liter LT5 engine: 1. Without pushing the accelerator pedal, turn your

ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm.

NOTICE: Holding your key in START for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery to be drained much sooner. And the excessive heat can damage your starter motor.

2. If it doesn’t start within 3 seconds, push the

accelerator pedal about one-third of the way down, while you hold the ignition key in START. When the engine starts, let go of the key and let up on the accelerator pedal. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery.

When starting your engine in very cold weather (below 0°F or -18”C), do this: 1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the

ignition key to START and hold it there. After two seconds, push the accelerator pedal down just a little. When the engine starts, let go of the key. Use the accelerator pedal to maintain engine speed, if you have to, until your engine has run for a while.

2. If your engine still won’t start (or starts but then

stops), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in START for about three seconds. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine.

NOTICE: Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the fuel injection system operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you don’t, your engine might not perform properly. If you ever have to have your vehicle towed, see the part of this manual that tells how to do it without damaging your vehicle. See “Towing Your Vehicle” in the Index.


To start your 5.7 Liter LTl engine: 1. Without pushing the accelerator pedal, turn the

ignition key to START. When the engine starts, let go of the key. The idle speed will go down as your engine gets warm.


Holding your key in START for longer than 15 seconds at a time will cause your battery to be drained much sooner. And the excessive heat can damage your starter motor.

2. If it doesn’t start within 10 seconds, push the

accelerator pedal all the way to the floor, while you hold the ignition key in START. When the engine starts, let go of the key and let up on the accelerator pedal. Wait about 15 seconds between each try to help avoid draining your battery.

When starting your engine in very cold weather (below 0°F or -18”C), do this: 1. With your foot off the accelerator pedal, turn the ignition key to START and hold it there. When the engine starts, let go of the key. Use the accelerator


pedal to maintain engine speed, if you have to, until your engine has run for a while.

2. If your engine still won’t start (or starts but then

stops), it could be flooded with too much gasoline. Try pushing your accelerator pedal all the way to the floor and holding it there as you hold the key in START for about three seconds. If the vehicle starts briefly but then stops again, do the same thing, but this time keep the pedal down for five or six seconds. This clears the extra gasoline from the engine.


Your engine is designed to work with the electronics in your vehicle. If you add electrical parts or accessories, you could change the way the fuel injection system operates. Before adding electrical equipment, check with your dealer. If you don’t, your engine might not perform properly. If you ever have to have your vehicle towed, see the part of this manual that tells how to do it without damaging your vehicle. See “Towing Your Vehicle” in the Index.

Engine Power Switch (ZR-1)

The LT5 engine in your ZR-1 has two sets of intake runners and fuel injectors. The primary set can be run alone for normal engine power, or both sets can be used for full engine power.

Full power gives you extra power for highway touring and off-road sports use and reserve power for passing. With normal power, you’ll notice less engine and exhaust noise.

To change the power setting, put your engine power key into the switch. Turn the key to the setting you want and let go. The key will return to the center position. Your ZR-1 is able to run at full power under the following conditions: 0 The engine coolant and oil temperatures are greater

than 68°F (20°C) but less than 302°F (150°C). System voltage is greater than ten volts. The SERVICE ENGINE SOON light is not on.

You can switch the setting at engine speeds up to 4,000 rpm. When you select the FULL setting, a light near the switch will come on. It should go out when you change back to the NORMAL setting. When you turn the ignition off, the setting will go back to normal power.


Racing or Other Competitive Driving See your Warranty Book before using your Corvette for racing or other competitive driving.

Driving Through Deep Standing Water

NOTICE: If you use your Corvette for racing or other competitive driving, your engine may use more oil than it would with normal use. Low oil levels can damage the engine. Be sure to check the oil level often during racing or other competitive driving and keep the level at or near the upper mark on the engine oil dipstick. You may need to add oil. See “Engine Oil” in the Index.

NOTICE: If you drive too quickly through deep puddles or standing water, water can come in through your engine’s air intake and badly damage your engine. Never drive through water that is slightly lower than the underbody of your vehicle. If you can’t avoid deep puddles or standing water, drive through them very slowly.


Engine Coolant Heater (Canada Only)

To use the coolant heater: 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. 3. Plug it into a normal, grounded 1 10-volt outlet.

In very cold weather, 0°F (- 18 "C) or colder, the engine coolant heater can help. You'll get easier starting and better fuel economy during engine warm-up. Usually, the coolant heater should be plugged in a minimum of four hours prior to starting your vehicle.


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After you’ve used the coolant heater, be sure to store the cord as it was before to keep it away from moving engine parts. If you don’t, it could be damaged.

How long should you keep the coolant heater plugged in? The answer depends on the weather, the kind of oil you have, and some other things. Instead of trying to list everything here, we ask that you contact your Chevrolet dealer in the area where you’ll be parking your vehicle. The dealer can give you the best advice for that particular area.

There are several different positions for your shift lever. PARK (P): This locks your rear wheels. It’s the best position to use when you start your engine because your vehicle can’t move easily.


If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever -- push the shift lever all the way into PARK (P) and release the shift lever button as you maintain brake application. Then press the shift lever button and move the shift lever into the gear you wish. See “Shifting Out of PARK (P)” in the Index. REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up.

NOTICE: Shifting to REVERSE (R) while your vehicle is moving forward could damage your transmission. Shift to REVERSE (R) only after your vehicle is stopped.

To rock your vehicle back and forth to get out of snow, ice or sand without damaging your transmission, see “Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow” in the Index.


Ensure the shift lever is fully in PARK (P) range before starting the engine. Your Corvette has a brake-transmission shift interlock. You have to fully apply your regular brakes before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition key is in the RUN position.

AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0): This position is for normal driving. If you need more power for passing, and you’re:

Going less than about 35 mph (56 km/h), push your accelerator pedal about halfway down. Going about 35 mph (56 km/h) or more, push the accelerator all the way down.

You’ll shift down to the next gear and have more power. DRIVE 0): This is like AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (@), but you never go into overdrive. Here are some times you might choose DFUVE (D) instead of AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0): 0 When driving on hilly, winding roads 0 When going down a steep hill

NEUTRAL (N): In this position, your engine doesn’t connect with the wheels. To restart when you’re already moving, use NEUTRAL (N) only. Also, use NEUTRAL (N) when your vehicle is being towed.


Damage to your transmission caused by shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) with the engine racing isn’t covered by your warranty.


SECOND (2): This position gives you more power but lower fuel economy. You can use SECOND (2) on hills. It can help control your speed as you go down steep mountain roads, but then you would also want to use your brakes off and on.

FIRST (1): This position gives you even more power (but lower fuel economy) than SECOND (2). You can use it on very steep hills, or in deep snow or mud. If the selector lever is put in FIRST (l), the transmission won’t shift into first gear until the vehicle is going slowly enough.

NOTICE: If your rear wheels can’t rotate, don’t try to drive. This might happen if you were stuck in a solid very deep sand or mud or were up against object. You could damage your transmission. Also, if you stop when going uphill, don’t hold your vehicle there with only the accelerator pedal. This could overheat and damage the transmission. Use your brakes or shift into PARK (P) to hold your vehicle in position on a hill.

Maximum engine speed is limited to protect driveline components from improper operation.


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This is your shift pattern. Here’s how to operate your transmission:

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FIRST (1): Press the clutch pedal and shift into FIRST (1). Then slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal. You can shift into FIRST (1) when you’re going less than 40 mph (64 km/h). If you’ve come to a complete stop and it’s hard to shift into FIRST (1), put the shift lever in NEUTRAL (N) and let up on the clutch. Press the clutch pedal back down. Then shift into FIRST (1).


SECOND (2): Press the clutch pedal as you let up on the accelerator pedal and shift into SECOND (2). Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal. THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH (3,4,5 and 6 ): Shift into THIRD (3), FOURTH (4), FIFTH (5) and SIXTH (6) the same way you do for SECOND (2). Slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal. TO STOP: Let up on the accelerator pedal and press the brake pedal. Just before the vehicle stops, press the clutch pedal and the brake pedal, and shift to NEUTRAL (N). NEUTRAL (N): Use this position when you start or idle your engine. Your shift lever is in NEUTRAL (N) when it is centered in the shift pattern, not in any other gear. REVERSE (R): To back up, press down the clutch pedal and shift into REVERSE (R). Just apply pressure to get the lever past FIFTH (5) and SIXTH (6) into REVERSE (R). Let up on the clutch pedal slowly while pressing the accelerator pedal.

Shift Speeds (Manual Transmission) This chart shows when to shift to the next higher gear for best fuel economy.

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15 (24)

25 (40)

40 (64)

45 (72)

50 (80)

If your speed drops below 20 mph (30 kmk), or if the engine is not running smoothly, you should downshift to the next lower gear. You may have to downshift two or more gears to keep the engine running smoothly or for good performance. NOTICE: When you are shifting gears, don’t move the gear shift lever around needlessly. This can damage parts of the transmission and may require costly repair. Just shift directly into the next appropriate gear.

One to Four Light (Manual Transmission)

When this amber light comes on, you can only shift from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) instead of FIRST (1) to SECOND (2). This helps you get the best possible fuel economy.

This light will come on when: 0 The engine coolant temperature is higher than 120°F


0 You are going 15-19 mph (24-29 km/h), and 0 You are at 13% throttle or less.


Downshifting (Manual Transmission) When you downshift, don’t skip more than one gear. For example, you can shift from SIXTH (6) to FIFTH (5) or from SIXTH (6) to FOURTH (4). But don’t shift from SIXTH (6) to THIRD (3). Be careful not to drive faster than the speeds shown for each gear:

1st . . . . . . 2nd . . . . . . . . . 3rd . . 4th . .

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. . 40 mph (64 km/h) . . 60 mph (97 km/h) . . 80 mph (129 km/h) . . 105 mph ( 1 6 9 M )

NOTICE: If you skip more than one gear when you downshift, or if you race the engine when you downshift, you can damage the clutch or transmission.

The six-speed transmission has a spring that centers the shift lever near THIRD (3) and FOURTH (4). This spring helps you know which gear you are in when you are shifting. Be careful when shifting from FIRST (1) to SECOND (2) or downshifting from SIXTH (6) to FIFTH (5). The springs will try to pull the gear shift lever toward THIRD (3) and FOURTH (4). Make sure you move the lever into SECOND (2) or FIFTH (5). If you let the lever move in the direction of the pulling, you may end up shifting from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) or from SIXTH (6) to THIRD (3).

Selective Ride Control (Option)



This knob is on the center console. Turn it to select the ride control of your choice: TOUR: Use for city and highway driving. Provides a smooth, soft ride. SPORT: Use where road conditions or personal preference demand more control. Provides more “feel,” or response to the road conditions. PERF: Use for performance driving. Provides a tight, firm ride and precise response to road conditions.

TOUR and SPORT will provide a similar ride at low speeds around town, and both settings will increase control and firmness at higher speeds. SPORT, however, will adjust more at higher speeds than TOUR will. PERF will provide much more control and a firmer ride at all speeds. You can select a setting at any time. Based on your speed, the system automatically adjusts to provide the best ride and handling. Select a new setting whenever driving conditions change. The amber SERVICE RIDE CONTROL light monitors the system. Refer to “Service Ride Control Light” in the Index. Limited-Slip Rear Axle Your rear axle can give you additional traction on snow, mud, ice, sand or gravel. It works like a standard axle most of the time, but when one of the rear wheels has no traction and the other does, the limited-slip feature will allow the wheel with traction to move the vehicle.


Parking Brake

To set the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake lever up, then move it back down. This sets your parking brake, even though the lever is down. If the ignition is on, the parking brake indicator light will come on.


To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake lever up until you can push in the release button. Hold the release button in as you move the brake lever all the way down.

NOTICE: Driving with the parking brake on can 'cause your rear brakes to overheat. You may have to replace them, and you could also damage other parts of your vehicle.

Shifting Into PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Models Only)

1. Hold the brake pedal down with your right foot and

set the parking brake.

2. Move the shift lever into the PARK (P) position by holding in the button on the lever and pushing the lever all the way toward the front of your vehicle.

3. Move the ignition key to LOCK. 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can

walk away from your vehicle with the ignition key in your hand, your vehicle is in PARK (P).


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Torque Lock (Automatic Transmission) If you are parking on a hill and you don’t shift your transmission into PARK (P) properly, the weight of the vehicle may put too much force on the parking pawl in the transmission. You may find it difficult to pull the shift lever out of PARK (P). This is called “torque lock.” To prevent torque lock, set the parking brake and then shift into PARK (P) properly before you leave the


driver’s seat. To find out how, see “Shifting Into PARK (P)” in the Index. When you are ready to drive, move the shift lever out of PARK (P) before you release the parking brake. If “torque lock” does occur, you may need to have another vehicle push yours a little uphill to take some ( the pressure from the transmission, so you can pull the shift lever out of PARK (P). Shifting Out of PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission) Your Corvette has a brake-transmission shift interlock. You have to fully apply your regular brake before you can shift from PARK (P) when the ignition is in the RUN position. See “Automatic Transmission” in the Index. If you cannot shift out of PARK (P), ease pressure on the shift lever -- push the shift lever all the way into PARK (P) and release the shift lever button as you maintain brake application. Then press the shift lever button and move the shift lever into the gear you wish.

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If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still can’t shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1. Turn the key to OFF, 2. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4. 3. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). 4. Start the vehicle and then shift to the drive gear you


5. Have the vehicle fixed as soon as you can. Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission) Before you get out of your vehicle, put your manual transmission in REVERSE (R) and firmly apply the parking brake.


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Follow the proper steps to be sure your vehicle won’t move. See “Shifting Into PARK (P)” in the Index.

With power windows, switches on the door control each window when the ignition is on or when DAB is present. (See “Delayed Accessory Bus” in the Index.) The switch for the driver’s window has an Express Down feature. Press the switch for at least one third of a second, and the window will lower completely. To stop Express Down, press the switch again. You can also open this window any amount by quickly pressing and releasing the switch.



Tilt Wheel

To sound the horn, press either horn symbol on your steering wheel.

A tilt steering wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel before you drive. You can also raise it to the highest level to give your legs more room when you exit and enter the vehicle. To tilt the wheel, hold the steering wheel and pull the lever toward you. Move the steering wheel to a comfortable level, then release the lever to lock the wheel in place.


The Turn SignaVHeadlamp Beam Lever

Tbrn Signal and Lane Change Indicator The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two downward (for left) positions. These positions allow you to signal a tum or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the lever all the way up or down. When the turn is finished, the lever will return automatically. A chime will remind you if you leave your turn signal on for more than one mile (1.6 km) of driving.

The lever on the left side of the steering column includes your: 0 Thm Signal and Lane Change Indicator 0 Headlamp HighPLow Beam 0 Windshield Wipers 0 Windsheld Washer 0 Cruise Control


If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an accident. If the green arrows don’t go on at all when you signal a turn, check the fuse (see “Fuses” in the Index) and for burned-out bulbs. Headlamp HighLow Beam

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To change the headlamps from low beam to high or high to low, pull the turn signal lever all the way toward you. Then release it. When the high beams are on, this blue light on the instrument panel also will be on.

A green arrow on the instrument panel will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change. To signal a lane change, just raise or lower the lever until the green arrow starts to flash. Hold it there until you complete your lane change. The lever will return by itself when you release it. As you signal a turn or a lane change, if the arrows don’t flash but just stay on, a signal bulb may be’burned out and other drivers won’t see your turn signal.


Windshield Wipers

You control the windshield wipers by turning the band with the wiper symbol on it.

For a single wiping cycle, turn the band to MIST. Hold it there until the wipers start, then let go. The wipers will stop after one cycle. If you want more cycles, hold the band on MIST longer.

You can set the wiper speed for a long or short delay between wipes. This can be very useful in light rain or snow. Turn the band to choose the delay time. The closer to LO, the shorter the delay. For steady wiping at low speed, turn the band away from you to the LO position. For high speed wiping, turn the band further, to HI. To stop the wipers, move the band to OFF. Be sure to clear ice and snow from the wiper blades before using them. If they’re frozen to the windshield, carefully loosen or thaw them. If your blades do become damaged, get new blades or blade inserts. Heavy snow or ice can overload your wipers. A circuit breaker will stop them until the motor cools. Clear away snow or ice to prevent an overload.


Windshield Washer

At the top of the turn signal lever there’s a paddle with the word PUSH on it. To spray washer fluid on the

The wipers will clear the window and stop or return to the previous setting. If you hold the paddle for more than a second, the washer will spray until you release the paddle.


When using concentrated washer fluid, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for adding water. Don’t mix water with ready-to-use washer fluid. Water can cause the solution to freeze and damage your washer fluid tank and other parts of the washer system. Also, water doesn’t clean as well as washer fluid. Fill your washer fluid tank only 3/4 full when it’s very cold. This allows for expansion, which could damage the tank if .. it is completely full. Don’t use radiator antifreeze in your windshield washer. It can damage your washer system and paint.


Cruise Control

With cruise control, you can maintain a speed of about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more without keeping your foot on the accelerator. This can really help on long trips. Cruise control does not work at speeds below about 25 mph (40 km/h).

When you apply your brakes or push the clutch pedal the cruise control shuts off.

If your vehicle is in cruise control when the ASR system begins to limit wheel spin, the cruise control will automatically disengage. (See "ASR System'' in the Index.) When road conditions allow you to safely use it again, you may turn the cruise control back on.


To Resume a Set Speed Suppose you set your cruise control at a desired speed and then you apply the brake or clutch pedal. This, of course, shuts off the cruise control. But you don’t need to reset it.

Once you’re going about 25 mph (40 km/h) or more, you can move the cruise control switch to IUA (Resume/Accelerate) for about half a second.

You’ll go right back up to your chosen speed and stay there.

To Set Cruise Control 1. Turn the cruise control on.

2. Get up to the speed you want.

3. Push in the set button at the end of the lever and release it.

4. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. 2-44

To Increase Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to go to a higher speed. Here’s the first:

Use the accelerator pedal to get to the higher speed. Push the button at the end of the lever, then release the button and the accelerator pedal. You’ll now cruise at the higher speed.

Here’s the second way to go to a higher speed:

Move the cruise switch to R/A. Hold it there until you get up to the speed you want, and then release the switch. To increase your speed in very small amounts, move the switch to R/A for less than half a second and then release it. Each time you do this, your vehicle will go about 1 mph (1.6 km/h) faster.

To Reduce Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to reduce your speed while using cruise control:

Push in the button at the end of the lever until you reach the lower speed you want, then release it. 0 To slow down in very small amounts, push the