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Never hold a baby in your arms while riding in a

crash. During a crash a baby will become so heavy you can’t hold it. For example, in a crash at only 25 mph (40 kmlh), a 12-1b. (5.5 kg) baby will suddenly become a 240-1b. (110 kg) force on your arms. The baby would be almost impossible to hold.

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

Child Restraints Be sure the child restraint is designed to be used in a vehicle. If it is, it will have a label saying that it meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Then 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.


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.

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

A child in a rear-facing child restraint can be seriously injured if the passenger’s air bag inflates. This is because the back of a rear-facing child restraint would be very close to the inflating air bag. Do not use a rear-facing child restraint in this vehicle. If a forward-facing child restraint is suitable for your child, always move the passenger seat as far back as it will go.






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. Pull the rest of the lap belt all the way out of the

retractor to set the lock.


Larger Children

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.

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. Children who aren't buckled up can strike other people who are.


Never do this. Here two children are wearing the same belt. The belt can’t properly spread the impact forces. In a crash, the two children can be crushed together and seriously injured. A belt must be used by only one person at a time. &.” 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.



I A CAUTION: I-- I Never do this. Here a child is sitting in a seat that has a lap-shoulder belt, but the shoulder part is behind the child. If the child wears the belt in this way, in a crash the child might slide under the belt. The belt’s force would then be applied right on the child’s abdomen. That could cause serious or fatal injuries.

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 the safety belt reminder light and all your belts, buckles, latch plates, retractors and anchorages are working properly. Look for any other loose or damaged safety belt system parts. If you see anything that might keep a safety belt system from doing its job, have it repaired. Tom or frayed safety 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. Also look for any opened or broken air bag covers, and have them repaired or replaced, (The air bag system does not need regular maintenance.)


Replacing 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 driver’s or 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 a collision. 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. If an air bag inflates, you’ll need to replace air bag system parts. See the part on the air bag system earlier in this section.






e Section 2 Features and Controls



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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. 2-2 2-4 2-5 2-6 2- 14 2-15 2- 16 2-18 2-19 2-20 2-22 2-24 2-26 2-29 2-32 2-33

Keys Door Locks Memory (Option) Remote Function Actuation System Remote Hatch Release Theft Universal Theft-Deterrent System PASS-Key@ New Vehicle “Break-In” Ignition Switch Starting Your Engine Engine Coolant Heater (Canada Only) Automatic Transmission Operation Manual Transmission Operation Parking Brake Shifting Into PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Models Only) Shifting Out of PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission) Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission)

Parking Over Things That Bum Engine Exhaust Running Your Engine While You’re Parked (Automatic Transmission) Limited-Slip Rear Axle Selective Real Time Damping (Option) Windows Tilt Wheel Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever Lamps Interior Lamps Mirrors Storage Compartments Floor Mats (Option) Roof Panel Instrument Panel Instrument Panel Cluster Warning Lights, Gages and Messages Driver Information Center (DIC) DIC Warnings and Messages

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Leaving young children in a vehicle with the ignition key is dangerous for many reasons. A child or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. Don’t leave the keys in a vehicle with young children.

One key ignition, all other

is used for the the doors and locks.

keys, you’ll be able to have new ones made easily using this tag. If your key doesn’t have a tag and you need a new ignition key, go to your Chevrolet dealer for the correct key code. If you ever do get locked out of your vehicle, call the Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Center at 1-800-CHEV-USA. (Canadian customers call 1-800-268-2800).


When a new Corvette is delivered, the dealer gives the first owner-a key and a bar coded tag. Both the key and the tag are attached to a key ring. The heavy paper tag has a code on it that tells your dealer or a qualified locksmith how to make extra keys. Keep the bar-coded tag in a safe place. If you lose your


Your Corvette has a number of features that can help prevent theft. But you can have a lot of 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

A CAUTION: Unlocked doors can be dangerous. Passengers -- especially children -- can easily open the doors and fall out. When a door is locked, the inside handle won’t open it. Outsiders can easily enter through an unlocked door when you slow down or stop your vehicle. This may not be so obvious: You increase the chance of being thrown out of the vehicle in a crash if the doors aren’t locked. Wear safety belts properly, lock your doors, and you will be far better off whenever you drive your vehicle.

There are several ways to lock and unlock your vehicle. From the outside, use your door key or the key fob transmitter.

If your theft-deterrent system is armed, unlock the doors only with the key or the transmitter to avoid setting off the alarm. See “Universal Theft-Deterrent” in the Index.

From the inside: To lock the door, move the lock control on the door forward. To unlock it, move the lock control on the door backward.

Power Door Locks

Memory (Option)

Press the power door unlocMlock switch on either door to lock or unlock both doors at once. Leaving Your Vehicle If you are leaving the vehicle, take your key, open your door and set the locks from inside. Then get out and close the door. Your vehicle has a Remote Function Actuator, or key fob transmitter function that can also lock your vehicle as you walk away from it. See “Remote Function Actuation System” in the Index.

MEMORY can store and recall the vehicle settings for the driver’s seat position, the outside rearview mirror position, comfort control temperature, fan speed and mode settings, radio presets, tone, volume, playback mode (AMEM, tape or CD), last displayed station, compact disc position and audio tape direction.

Remote Function Actuation System Your Corvette has a passive/active Remote Function Actuation (RFA) system that allows you to lock and unlock your doors, unlock your hatch, turn the panic alarm on and off and disarm or arm your theft-deterrent system. When using one of the key fob transmitters supplied with your vehicle, the passive range distance is as much as 30 feet (9 m) away from the vehicle on the driver’s side and 20 feet (6 m) away on the passenger’s side. The active range distance is as much as 100 feet (30 m) away.

Your vehicle comes standard with two transmitters, and up to three can be matched to your vehicle.

The MEMORY buttons are located on the driver’s side door, above the power mirror buttons. The MEMORY buttons can store and recall the vehicle settings for up to three drivers. Use button “1” to store the vehicle settings for the first driver, button “2” for a second driver or press buttons 1 and 2 simultaneously for a third driver. To store your vehicle settings, press and hold a MEMORY button. The light will glow steady for one second and then flash once when the settings are completed. To recall your settings, press your MEMORY button. The light above the button will flash until the correct vehicle settings are achieved, then glow for three seconds when completed. Your memory settings will also be recalled when you press the active door UNLOCK button on the key fob transmitter. Drivers 1,2 and 3 correspond to the order in which your key fob transmitters were programmed. (See “Fob Training” in the Index). Memory recall will not work if the vehicle is moving, the ignition key is removed or a power seat, mirror or memory switch is being used. Memory recall will be temporarily interrupted during engine crank.

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Check the location. Other vehicles or objects may be blocking the signal. Take a few steps to the left or right, hold the transmitter higher, and try again. Check to make sure that an electronic device such as a cellular phone, lap top computer or garage door opener is not causing interference. Try to resynchronize the transmitter by pressing and holding the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons for seven seconds when standing next to the vehicle. If you’re still having trouble, 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.

Your RFA system operates on a radio frequency subject to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Rules and with Industry Canada. 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. This device complies with RSS-210 of Industry Canada. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. If you ever notice a decrease in the key fob transmitter range, try doing one of the following: 0 Check to determine if battery replacement is

necessary. See the instructions that follow. Check the distance. You may be too far from your vehicle. You may need to stand closer during rainy or snowy weather.


Operation You don’t have to do anything for the RFA to work when the passive feature is ON.

You can turn on the passive feature by moving the transmitter’s slider switch to ON. Now, when you move toward your vehicle with the key fob transmitter, 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.

You can also use the buttons on the transmitter to actively unlock your vehicle. Press UNLOCK once to unlock the driver’s door, or press UNLOCK again within 10 seconds to unlock both doors. The hatch will unlock when the button with the trunk symbol is pressed, as long as the ignition is turned to the OFF position. If you move out of range with the slider switch set to ON, the key fob transmitter will: 0 Lock the doors after five seconds.

Arm the theft-deterrent system.

0 Sound the horn to let you know the doors are locked (if you have set your options to do so). (See “Driver Information Center Controls and Displays” in the Index.)

0 Turn off the interior lamps.

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 attempt to lock the doors, the vehicle will not lock and a chime will sound to remind you that the keys are in the ignition. If the door lock is pressed again, within five seconds the doors will lock and the keys can be locked in the car. If you leave the keys in the ignition and move away with the key fob transmitter, the doors still will not lock. You should notice that the horn doesn’t sound and return to get your keys out of the ignition. 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 key fob transmitter to get them out as long as the passive slide switch is in the ON position. After 15 seconds of no motion, the key fob transmitter shuts down to save the battery. Wait about 30 seconds, then rock the vehicle. The key fob transmitter should “wake up” and unlock the doors. This system can’t guarantee that you will never be locked out of your vehicle. If the battery is low or if the key fob 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.

Panic Alarm Button When you press the special horn button on the key fob transmitter, your vehicle’s horn will sound. This panic alarm button will allow you to attract attention, if needed. If the horn alarm sounds, there are three ways to turn it off:

Push the panic alarm button on the key fob transmitter again. Wait 90 seconds, and the horn will turn off by itself or turn the key to any position in the ignition switch, except OFF.

RFA Settings You can adjust the settings on the system through the Driver Information Center (DIC). You can have just the driver’s or both door locks passively unlock, change the type of alarm used by the theft-deterrent, or have lamps come on when you approach the vehicle. See “Driver Information Center Controls and Displays’’ in the Index.


Turning the Passive System Off You can disable the passive feature by moving the transmitter’s slider switch to OFF. The vehicle will no longer automatically disarm your theft-deterrent system or unlock the doors, however, you will be able to actively control use of the door locks, the hatch release and the panic alarm using the four transmitter buttons. (These buttons also work when the passive feature is on.) Make sure to fully slide the switch to either side when turning the key fob transmitter on and off. You should feel a double click when sliding the switch back and forth. You can also check whether the passive system is on or off by closing the door and moving away from the vehicle with the keys and transmitter. If the doors lock, the passive system is on. If you are workmg around your vehicle and keeping your keys with you, you might want to turn the RFA passive system off. If you don’t, the transmitter will keep locking and unlocking your doors.


Transmitter Range The active range (using one of the four buttons) of the key fob transmitter is approximately 60 to 100 feet (18 to 30 m). The passive range (having the slider switch set to ON) is approximately 10 to 20 feet (3 to 6 m) on the passenger’s side of the vehicle and 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 m) on the driver’s side.

Resynchronizing Your Transmitter Your W A system uses a continually changing code for increased security. Normally, the receiver in your vehicle will keep track of this changing code. If your vehicle does not respond to your transmitter, do the following to determine what’s wrong: 1. Get closer to the vehicle and try pressing a button again. Your battery may be low (If so, see “Battery Replacement” in the Index).

2. While standing close to your vehicle, press the

LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on your transmitter at the same time and hold for seven seconds. This will attempt to resynchronize the security code in your RFA key fob transmitter.

3. When resynchronization is achieved, the horn

will chirp.

Loss of synchronization will occur after transmitter battery replacement or disconnection of the vehicle’s battery. If attempts to resynchronize your transmitter to the vehicle are not successful, you may need to match the transmitter to the vehicle.

Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle Each key fob 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, any remaining transmitters must also be matched. Once your dealer has coded the new transmitter, the lost transmitter will not unlock your vehicle. Each vehicle can have only three transmitters matched to it. To match transmitters to your vehicle: 1. Turn the ignition key to the ON position. 2. Clear any warning messages on the Driver Information Center (DIC) by pressing the RESET button.

3. Press the OPTIONS button on the DIC several times until the blank page is displayed, then press and hold the RESET button for two seconds.

4. When the message FOB TRAINING is displayed, push the RESET button once. The message HOLD LK + UNLK 1ST FOB will be displayed.


5. Press and hold the LOCK and UNLOCK buttons on

the transmitter simultaneously for 15 seconds.

6. When a transmitter is learned, the DIC will display FOB LEARNED and then prompt you to learn the next transmitter.

7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for each additional transmitter. 8. Remove the key from the ignition. The programming mode will shut off if 0 You don’t program any transmitters for two minutes.

You take the key out of the ignition.

0 You have programmed three transmitters.

Battery Replacement Under normal use, the battery in your key fob transmitter should last about 18 months. You can tell the battery is 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 battery.


When replacing the battery, use care not to touch any of the circuitry. Static from your body transferred to these surfaces may damage the transmitter.


Replacing Your Battery

1. Insert a coin into the slot on the back of the

transmitter and gently pry apart the front and back.

2. Gently pull the battery out of the transmitter. 3. Put the new battery in the transmitter, positive (+) side up. Use a battery, type CR2450, or equivalent.

4. Reassemble the transmitter in the order shown.

Make sure to put it together in the correct order so water won’t get in.

5. Resynchronize the transmitter. (See

“Resynchronizing Your Transmitter” under Remote Function Actuation System earlier in this section.)

6. Test the transmitter.


Remote Hatch Release

Press the’ button with the trunk symbol on it, at the left side of the steering column on the instrument panel, to release the hatch from inside your vehicle. The key fob transmitter will also release the hatch. See “Remote Function Actuation System” in the Index.

If you don’t have battery power, use the manual release cables to open the hatch. To access the cables, reach through the slots in the bottom of the latch trim covers and pull the cable for each latch to release the hatch.


It ca-- 3e dangerous to drive with the hatch open because carbon monoxide (CO) gas can come into your vehicle. You can’t see or smell CO. It can cause unconsciousness and even death. If you must drive with the hatch open or if electrical wiring or other cable connections must pass through the seal between the body and the hatch: 0 Make sure all windows are shut.

Turn the fan on your heating or cooling system to its highest speed with the setting on BI-LEVEL or VENT. That will force outside air into your vehicle. See “Comfort Controls” in the Index.

0 If you have air outlets on or under the

instrument panel, open them all the way.

See “Engine Exhaust” in the Index.


If you put things in the hatch 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.

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 leave 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. 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 key? Do not leave valuables in your vehicle, since there would be no place to secure them.

Universal Theft-Deterrent System


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.

To arm the system, do the following: 1. Press the LOCK button on the key fob transmitter, as

mentioned earlier, OR

2. Walk out of range with the passive switch on, OR 3. Open the door. (The SECURITY light should flash.) Lock the door with the power door lock switch. The SECURITY light will stop flashing and stay on. Close all the doors. The SECURITY light should go off.

Now, if a door or the hatch is opened without the key or the key fob transmitter system, the alarm will go off. Your horn will sound for two 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, the manual door lock, or if you power lock (from the inside) 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 key fob transmitter to unlock a door. Unlocking a door any other way will set off the alarm. If you do set off the alarm, there are four ways to stop it: 0 Unlock any door with your key. 0 Put the key in the ignition.

Press the UNLOCK button on the key fob transmitter.

0 Walk into range with the passive switch on.

4. 5.

Testing the Alarm 1. 2. 3.

Make sure the rear hatch is latched. Lower a window on the door. Manually arm the system with the power door lock switch. Close the doors and wait 15 seconds. Reach through the open window and press the power unlock button. Now open the door. The alarm should sound. Turn off the alarm.

6. If the alarm is inoperative, check to see if the horn works. If not, check the horn fuse. See “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index. If the horn works, but the alarm doesn’t go off, see your dealer.



Your vehicle is equipped 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 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 Center at 1 -800-CHEV-USA (1-800-243-8872). In Canada, call 1-800-268-6800.

New Vehicle “Break-In”


Your modern Corvette doesn’t need an elaborate “break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run if you follow these guidelines: 0 Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or 0 Don’t drive at any one speed -- fast or less for the first 500 miles (805 km). slow -- for the first 500 miles (805 km). Don’t make full-throttle starts. 0 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.


OFF: The only position from which you can remove the key. Removing the key locks your steering wheel, ignition and automatic transmission. If you have an automatic transmission, the ignition switch can’t be turned to OFF unless the shift lever is in PARK (P). ACC: The position in which you can operate your electrical power accessories. With the key in this position, the automatic transmission and steering column will unlock. ON: The position to which the switch returns after you start the engine and release the switch. The switch stays in the ON position when the engine is running. But even when the engine is not running, you can use ON to operate your electrical power accessories and to display some instrument panel messages and telltales.

Ignition Switch

With the key in the ignition switch, you can turn the switch to four positions.


START Starts the engine. When the engine starts, release the key. The ignition switch will return to ON for normal driving. When the engine is not running, ACC and ON 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 or ACC and the key is in the ignition.


Removing the key from the ignition switch will lock the steering column and result in a loss of ability to steer the vehicle. This could cause a collision. If you need to turn the engine off while the vehicle is moving, turn the key to ACC.


If your key seems stuck in OFF and you can’t turn it, be sure you are using the correct key; if so, is it 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.

Retained Accessory Power (RAP) With RAP, your power windows and the audio system will continue to work for up to 15 minutes after the ignition key is turned to OFT and neither door is opened. If a door is opened, the audio system and power windows will shut off.


Starting Your 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.


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 (N). 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.

Starting Your 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 engine 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.

For your convenience and to avoid damage to your starter, your vehicle is equipped with a starter interlock feature. This feature will not allow you to crank the engine when the vehicle is already running.


Engine Coolant Heater (Canada Only) The engine coolant heater is located on the driver’s side of the engine under the manifold. The electrical cord is attached to the generator bracket assembly, between the generator and the windshield washer fluid tank.

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


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 “Adding Oil” under “Engine” in the Index.


In very cold weather, 0 O F (- 18 O 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.

4. Before starting the engine, be sure to unplug and store the cord as it was before to keep it away fiom 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 outside temperature, 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.

To Use the Coolant Heater 1. Turn off the engine. 2. Open the hood and unwrap the electrical cord. With

headlamps closed, route the cord in the opening between the left-hand headlamp door and the fender panel. Do not pinch the cord when closing the hood. 3. Plug it into a normal, grounded 110-volt AC outlet.


Plugging the cord into an ungrounded outlet could cause an electrical shock. Also, the wrong kind of extension cord could overheat and cause a fire. You could be seriously injured. Plug the cord into a properly grounded three-prong 110-volt AC outlet. If the cord won’t reach, use a heavy-duty three-prong extension cord rated for at least 15 amps.


Automatic Transmission Operation

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.

It is dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Don’t leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle won’t move, even when you’re on fairly level ground, always set your parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P). See “Shifting Into PARK (P)” in the Index.

Be sure 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 ON position. 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.

(If you do not apply the brake after 15 seconds once the ignition is turned on, you will receive a PRESS BRAKE! BEFORE SHIFT message in the Driver Information Center.) See “Shifting Out of PARK (P)” in the Index. REVERSE (R): Use this gear to back up.


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. 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.

Shifting out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while your engine is “racing” (running at high speed) is dangerous. Unless your foot is firmly on the brake pedal, your vehicle could move very rapidly. You could lose control and hit people or objects. Don’t shift out of PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N) while your engine is racing.


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


AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0): This position is for normal driving. THIRD (3): This position is also used for normal driving, however, it offers more power and lower fuel economy than AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (@). Here are some times you might choose THIRD (3) instead of AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE (0): 0 When driving on hilly, winding roads. 0 When going down a steep hill. 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.


If your rear wheels can’t rotate, don’t try to drive. This might happen if you were stuck in very deep sand or mud or were up against a solid 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.

Manual Transmission Operation 6-Speed

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

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 (l), 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(3),FOURTH(4),FIFTH(5)AND SIXTH (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. Your six-speed manual transmission has a feature that allows you to safely shift into REVERSE (R) while the vehicle is rolling (at less than 5 mph (8 km/h)). You will be locked out if you try to shift into REVERSE (R) while your vehicle is moving faster than 5 mph (8 km/h). If you have turned your ignition off and wish to park your car in REVERSE (R), you will have to move the shift lever quickly to the right, and immediately forward into gear.



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

Manual Transmission Recommended

Shift Speeds in mph (km/h)


Acceleration Shift Speed 3 t o 4 2 t o 3

4 t o 5

5 t o 6

1 t o 2



15 (24)

25 (40)

40 (64)

45 (72)

50 (80)

If your engine speed drops below 900 rpm, 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.


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. Shift directly into the next appropriate gear.

One to Four Light (Manual Transmission) When this light comes on, you can only shift from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) instead of FIRST (1) to SECOND (2). You must complete the shift into FOURTH (4) to deactivate this feature. This helps you get the best possible fuel economy.



After shifting to FOURTH (4), you may downshift to a lower gear if you prefer.



Do not try to force the shift lever into SECOND (2) or THIRD (3) when the ONE TO FOUR light comes on. Do not try to re-engage FIRST (1) after starting to shift into FOURTH (4). You will damage your transmission. Shift only from FIRST (1) to FOURTH (4) when the light comes on.

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

120°F (49"C), and

0 You are going 15 to 19 mph (24 to 31 km/h) and

You are at 21 percent throttle or less.

Downshifting (Manual Transmission) Do not downshift into the gear shown below at a speed greater than shown in the table: FIRST (1) .................... 50 mph (80 km/h) SECOND (2) ................ 74 mph (119 km/h) THIRD (3) ................. 101 mph (163 km/h) FOURTH (4) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130 mph (209 km/h) [ 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, driveshaft or transmission.


Parking Brake

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 gearshift lever toward FOURTH (4) and THIRD (3). 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).


If you skip more than one gear when you downshift, you could lose control of your vehicle. And you could injure yourself or others. Don’t shift from SIXTH (6) to THIRD (3), FIFTH (5) to SECOND (2) or FOURTH (4) to FIRST (1).

To set the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Pull the parking brake lever. This sets your parking brake. If the ignition is on, the brake system warning light will come on.

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


It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. If you have left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle won’t move, even when you’re on fairly level ground, use the steps that follow.

To release the parking brake, hold the brake pedal down. Hold the release button in as you move the brake lever all the way down.


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. Make sure the brake warning light is not on before driving.

Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running (Automatic Transmission Models Only)

It can be dangerous to leave your vehicle with the engine running. Your vehicle could move suddenly if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. And, if you leave the vehicle with the engine running, it could overheat and even catch fire. You or others could be injured. Don’t leave your vehicle with the engine running unless you have to.

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. Turn the ignition key to OFF. 4. Remove the key and take it with you. If you can

remove the key from your ignition, your vehicle is in PARK (P).

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 of the pressure from the parking pawl in 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 ON position. See “Automatic Transmission Operation” in the Index. As a prompt, you will see a message in the Driver Information Center (DIC) that will say PRESS BRAKE BEFORE SHIFT within 15 seconds unless the brake is pressed. 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.


Parking Over Things That Burn

If you ever hold the brake pedal down but still can’t shift out of PARK (P), try this: 1. 2. 3. 4.

Turn the key to the ACC position. Apply and hold the brake until the end of Step 4. Shift to NEUTRAL (N). Start the engine and then shift to the drive gear you want. Have your vehicle inspected by your dealer as soon as possible.


Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission) Before you get out of your vehicle, 1: ,ut your manual transmission in REVERSE (R) and firmly apply the parking brake.

Things that can burn could touch hot exhaust parts under your vehicle and ignite. Don’t park over papers, leaves, dry grass or other things that can burn.


Engine Exhaust

Running Your Engine While You’re Parked (Automatic Transmission) It’s better not to park with the engine running. But if you ever Pn- to, hern ?re SOT? thingr tn know.

Engine exhaust can kill. It contains the gas carbon monoxide (CO), which you can’t see or smell. It can cause unconsciousness and death. You might have exhaust coming in if: 0 Your exhaust system sounds strange

or different. Your vehicle gets rusty underneath.

0 Your vehicle was damaged in a collision. 0 Your vehicle was damaged when driving over high points on the road or over road debris.

0 Repairs weren’t done correctly. 0 Your vehicle or exhaust system had

been modified improperly.

If you ever suspect exhaust is coming into your vehicle: 0 Drive it only with all the windows down to

blow out any CO; and

0 Have your vehicle fixed immediately.

Idling the engine with the climate control system off could allow dangerous exhaust into your vehicle (see the earlier Caution under “Engine Exhaust”). Also, idling in a closed-in place can let deadly carbon monoxide (CO) into your vehicle even if this can happen is a garage. Exhaust -- with the fan switch is at the highest setting. One place CO -- can come in easily. NEVER park in a garage with the engine running. Another closed-in place can be a blizzard. (See “Blizzard” in the Index.)


It can be dangerous to get out of your vehicle if the shift lever is not fully in PARK (P) with the parking brake firmly set. Your vehicle can roll. Don’t leave your vehicle when the engine is running unless you have to. If you’ve left the engine running, the vehicle can move suddenly. You or others could be injured. To be sure your vehicle won’t move, even when you’re on fairly level ground, always set your parking brake and move the shift lever to PARK (P).

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

Limited-Slip Rear Axle Your limited-slip 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, this feature will allow the wheel with traction to move the vehicle. Selective Real Time Damping (Option) You may have a ride control system on your Corvette called Selective Real Time Damping (SRTD). The system provides the following performance benefits:

Reduced impact harshness

0 Improved road isolation

Improved high-speed stability Improved handling response

This knob is on the center console. Turn it to select the suspension characteristic of your choice. TOUR: Use for normal 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. You can select a setting at any time. Based on road conditions, steering wheel angle and your vehicle speed, the system automatically adjusts to provide the best ride and handling. Select a new setting whenever driving conditions change. There are three Driver Information Center messages that are displayed when a malfunction occurs with the Selective Real Time Damping system. Refer to “DIC Warnings and Messages’’ in the Index.


Windows Power Windows

Express-Down Window Both the driver’s and passenger’s window switches have an express-down feature. Press AUTO for about one second, and the window will lower completely. To stop express-down, press the switch again. You can also open this window any amount by pressing and releasing the switch. Horn To sound the horn, press either horn symbol on your steering wheel.

With power windows, switches on the door control each window when the ignition is on or when RAP is present. (See “Retained Accessory Power” in the Index.)


Tilt Wheel

Turn SignaVMultifunction Lever

A tilt wheel allows you to adjust the steering wheel. 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 into place.

The multifunction lever on the left side of the steering column includes: 0 Turn Signal and Lane Change Control 0 Headlamp HighLow-Beam Changer 0 Cruise Control 0 Headlamps Switch 0 Flash-to-Pass


’lhrn and Lane Change Signals The turn signal has two upward (for right) and two downward (for left) positions. These positions allow you to signal a turn or a lane change. To signal a turn, move the multifunction 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 3/4 of a mile (1.2 km) of driving. A green arrow on the instrument cluster will flash in the direction of the turn or lane change.

To signal a lane change, just raise or lower the lever until the 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 flash faster than normal, a signal bulb may be burned out. If a bulb is burned out, replace it to help avoid an accident. If the arrows don’t go on at all when you signal a turn, check the fuses and check for burned-out bulbs. (See “Fuses and Circuit Breakers” in the Index.)



The headlamp band controls these lamps:

on your parking lamps.


Headlamp Doors

You can open the doors manually using the knob next to the headlamp assembly. Turn the knob to the left until the doors are open. The headlamp doors should be open when driving in icy or snowy conditions to prevent the doors from freezing closed and when washing the vehicle to help clean the headlamps.


Be careful when raising the hood if the headlamps are up. Damage can occur if the hood comes in contact with the headlamp doors.

Lamps On Reminder If you turn the ignition off and leave the headlamps or parking lamps on and open the door, you will hear a chime.

The headlamp doors are designed to open when you turn the headlamps on, and close when you turn the headlamps and parking lamps off. The headlamp doors will stay open if the headlamps are on and then the headlamp switch is turned back to the parking lamps setting.


Headlamp HigWLow Beam Changer

Windshield Wipers

To change the headlamps from low beam to high or high to low, push the turn signal lever all the way forward. When the high beams are on, this light on the instrument panel also will be on. To change the headlamps from high to low, pull the lever rearward.

Flash-To-Pass Momentarily pull the turn signal lever toward you. The high-beam indicator will flash to indicate to the other driver that you intend to pass. If the low-beam headlamps are off and you have the optional fog lamps on, the fog lamps will flash.

You can control the windshield wipers by moving the lever with the wiper symbol on it. This lever is located on the right side of your steering column. For a single wiping cycle, push the lever down 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 lever 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. Push the lever up to INT (intermittent), then turn the band, located on the lever, to adjust the delay time. Rotate the band up for a shorter delay, down for a longer delay. The wiper speed can only be adjusted when the lever is in the INT position, not in HI or LO. For steady wiping at low speed, move the lever up to the LO position. For steady high-speed wiping, move the lever up further, to HI. To stop the wipers, move the lever down 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 The lever on the right side of your steering column also controls your windshield washer. At the end of the lever there is a push button. To spray washer fluid on the windshield, push the button and hold it. The washer will spray until you release the button. The wipers will continue to clear the window for about six seconds after the button is released and then stop or return to your preset speed.


In freezing weather, don’t use your washer until the windshield is warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the windshield, blocking your vision.

If the fluid in the windshield washer fluid reservoir is low, the message LOW WASHER FLUID will appear on the Driver Information Center display. It will take 60 seconds after the bottle is refilled for this message to turn off. For information on the correct washer fluid mixture to use, see “Windshield Washer Fluid” and “Recommended Fluids and Lubricants’’ in the Index.

Cruise Control

60 mph (97 km/h). When you apply your brakes or push the clutch pedal, the cruise control disengages. The DIC will show CRUISE DISENGAGED. See “DIC Warnings and Messages” in the Index.

With cruise control, you can maintain a speed of about 25 mph (40 kmh) 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 using cruise control, the accelerator pedal will return to its fully-released position and will not move while cruise control is engaged. The DIC will display the cruise set speed in a digital number. For example, the DIC will say CRUISE SET

0 Cruise control can be dangerous where you

can’t drive safely at a steady speed. So, don’t use your cruise control on winding roads or in heavy traffic.

0 Cruise control can be dangerous on

slippery roads. On such roads, fast changes in tire traction can cause needless wheel spinning, and you could lose control. Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads.

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


Setting Cruise Control

If you leave your cruise control switch on when you’re not using cruise, you might hit a button and go into cruise when you don’t want to. You could be startled and even lose control. Keep the cruise control switch off until you want to use it.

1. Move the cruise control switch to ON. 2. Get up to the speed you want.


3. Push the CRUISE SET button at the end of the lever and release it. The cruise set speed will be displayed by the Driver Information Center (DIC).

4. Take your foot off the accelerator pedal. The pedal

will return to an “idle” position.

Resuming 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, disengages 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 FUA (Resume/Accelerate) for about half a second. The DIC will display the cruise set speed. You’ll go right back up to your chosen speed and stay there.

Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control There are two ways to go to a higher speed: 1. Use the accelerator pedal to get to the higher speed. The speed will not begin to increase until sufficient pedal travel is achieved. Push the button at the end of ihe lever, then release the button and the accelerator pedal. You’ll now cruise at the higher speed. The DIC will display the cruise set speed. Move the cruise switch to FUA. Hold it there until you get up to the speed you want, then release the switch. To increase your speed in very small amounts, move the switch to R/A for less than half a second, then release it. Each time you do this, your vehicle will go about 1 mph (1.6 kmk) faster. The DIC will display the cruise set speed.



Reducing 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. The DIC will display the cruise set speed. To slow down in very small amounts, push the button for less than half a second. Each time you do this, you’ll go 1 mph (1.6 km/h) slower. The DIC will display the cruise set speed.

Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control Use the accelerator pedal to increase your speed. When you take your foot off the pedal, your vehicle will slow down to the cruise control speed you set earlier.

Using Cruise Control on Hills How well your cruise control will work on hills depends upon your speed, load and the steepness of the hills. When going downhill, you may have to brake or shift to a lower gear to keep your speed down. Of course, applying the brake takes you out of cruise control. Many drivers find this to be too much trouble and don’t use cruise control on steep hills.

Getting Out of Cruise Control There are two ways to turn off the cruise control:

Step lightly on the brake pedal or push the clutch pedal, if you have a manual transmission vehicle; or Move the cruise switch to OFF. The DIC will display the message “CRUISE DISENGAGED.’’

Erasing Speed Memory When you turn off the cruise control or the ignition, your cruise control set speed memory is erased. Exterior Lamps Daytime Running Lamps Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can make it easier for others to see the front of your vehicle during the day. DRL can be helpful in many different driving conditions, but they can be especially helpful in the short periods after dawn and before sunset. The DRL system will make your front turn signal come on when: 0 the ignition is on,


the headlamp switch is off and the parking brake is released.


When the DRL are on, only your front turn signal lamps will be on. The taillamps, sidemarker and other lamps will not be on. When you turn on your headlamps, your front turn signal lamps (DRL) will go out. The other lamps that come on with your headlamps will also come on. On vehicles built for Canada, when it’s dark enough outside, your front turn signal lamps will automatically go out and your headlamps will come on. The other lamps that come on with your headlamps will also come on. When it’s bright enough outside, the headlamps will go off, and your front turn signal lamps (DRL) will come ,on. Also on Canadian vehicles, there is a light sensor in the defroster grille, at the base of the windshield and the instrument panel. This sensor makes the DRL work automatically, so be sure it isn’t covered. As with any vehicle, you should turn on the regular headlamp system when you need it.

Fog Lamps (Option)

Use your fog lamps for better vision in foggy or misty conditions. Your parking lamps or low-beam headlamps must be on or your fog lamps won’t work. To turn the fog lamps on, push the button located on the instrument panel to the left of the steering column. A light on the button will come on when the fog lamps are on. Push the button again to turn the fog lamps off.


Interior Lamps Instrument Panel Brightness Control

This button controls the brightness of your instrument panel lights when your headlamps or parking lamps are on.

Push and release the button and it will pop out. Turn the button clockwise (to the right) to brighten the lights or counter clockwise (to the left) to dim them.

The instrument panel brightness knob has an added feature called Parade Mode to assist you in seeing certain instrument panel controls if your headlamps are on in the daylight. Just before turning the courtesy lamps on by turning the button all the way to the right, the radio, DIC display and heating and air conditioning controls will come on at their maximum brightness.. This will occur only with the parklamps or headlamps on. Courtesy Lamps When any door or the hatch is opened, the interior lamps will go on (unless it’s bright outside). The lamps will stay on for about 30 seconds or until you turn on the ignition. You can also turn on the courtesy lamps by turning the interior brightness control button all the way to the right. Be sure not to have this knob turned all the way down with the lights on during the day. Your DIC may not be visible.


Reading Lamps

Your inside rearview mirror includes two reading lamps. The lamps will go on when a door is opened. When the doors are closed and the ignition is on, each lamp can be turned on individually by moving the switch (each lamp has its own switch) to ON. There is also an interior console flood lamp located underneath the rearview mirror which comes on with the headlamps or parking lamps.

Inadvertent Load Control If the underhood lamp, vanity mirror lamps, reading lamps, console or glove box lamps are accidentally left on, the power load will time out after 15 minutes. To reset it, all of the above lamps must be turned off or the key must be in the ON position. Mirrors Inside Daymight Rearview Mirror An inside rearview mirror is attached above your windshield. The mirror has pivots so that you can adjust it. You can adjust the mirror for day or night driving. Pull the tab for night driving to reduce glare. Push the tab for daytime driving.


Power Remote Control Mirrors

The electric mirror control is on the driver’s door. To adjust either mirror, press the LT (left) or RT (right) switch to select the mirror, then press the arrows to adjust the direction of the mirror. The selected mirror will stay on for 20 seconds after the last adjustment. An indicator light will come on above the mirror that you select. Your preferred mirror position can be stored if you have the memory option. See “Memory” in the Index.

Convex Outside Mirror Your passenger’s side mirror is convex. A convex mirror’s surface is curved so you can see more from

the driver’s seat. A CAUTION:

A convex mirror can make things (like other vehicles) look farther away than they really are. If you cut too sharply into the right lane, you could hit a vehicle on your right. Check your inside mirror or glance over your shoulder before changing lanes.

Storage Compartments Instrument Panel Cupholder The cupholder is located on the center console. To open it, place your thumb on the left side of the lid and raise the right side with your index finger.

Center Console

Security Shade (Option) The security shade can provide hidden storage in the rear area of your vehicle. The shade is also helpful in blocking the glare from the removeable roof when it is stored in the rear compartment.

Using the Security Shade

To use this storage area, pull up the lid on the driver’s side front edge of the console and swing it to the passenger’s side. You can use the key to lock and unlock the console. Don’t leave the key in the lock, or it could be damaged when the driver sits down. The fuel fill door release and accessory outlet are located inside the console.



Hook the elastic loops on the front corners (A) of the shade to the T-nuts located on the front corners of the rear hatch frame. Hook the elastic loops on the rear corners (B) of the shade to the hooks recessed inside the rear hatch frame, near the rear corners.


Rear Storage

There are three rear storage compartments in the floor of the rear hatch area.


To access the center storage compartment, pull up on the two latches to release the carpet lid. Remove the carpet lid. There are two other storage compartments, one on each side of the center compartment. Each of these compartments has one latch which operates the same as the two on the center carpet lid.


If your Corvette has a compact disc player, it is stored in the center rear storage compartment. To help avoid damage to the compact disc player, do not store items such as liquids or sharp objects that could puncture or cut the compact disc player or wiring.

Convenience Net (Option) Your vehicle may have a convenience net. You will see it on the back wall of the rear area of the vehicle. Put small loads, like grocery bags, in the net. It can help keep them from falling over during sharp turns or quick starts and stops. The net is not for larger, heavier loads. You can unhook the net and place it in one of the rear storage pockets when you are not using it. A vinyl storage bag has also been provided.

Ashtray and Cigarette Lighter The ashtray is located on the instrument panel, next to the lighter. To use the ashtray, lift up on the bottom of the door.


Don’t put papers and other things that burn into your ashtray. If you do, cigarettes or other smoking materials could set them on fire, causing damage.


Loose objects (such as paper clips) can lodge behind and beneath the ashtray lid and prevent movement of the lid. Avoid putting small loose objects near the ashtray.


To use the lighter, push it in all the way and let go. When it’s ready, it will pop back by itself.

Visor Vanity Mirror


Don’t hold a cigarette lighter in with your hand while it is heating. If you do, it won’t be able to back away from the heating element when it’s ready. That can make it overheat, damaging the lighter and the heating element.

Sun Visors To block out glare, you can swing down the visors. You can also swing them to the side.

Pull down the sun visor and lift the cover to expose the vanity mirror. When the cover is lifted, the lights will come on automatically, even if the ignition is off. Accessory Outlet This outlet is located inside the center console, on the forward left side. Remove the tethered cap to use the outlet. The outlet can be used to connect electrical equipment such as a cellular phone or CB radio.


Floor Mats (Option) Your vehicle’s floor mats are specially designed to remain in position under your feet and out of reach of the accelerator pedal. The driver’s side floor mat is held in place by two locator hooks and the passenger side is held in place by one. Be sure that the driver’s side floor mat is properly placed on the floor so that it does not block the movement of the accelerator pedal.

Be sure to follow the installation instructions included with the equipment. Replace the cap when the outlet is not in use.


When using the accessory outlet:

The maximum load of any electrical equipment should not exceed 15 amps. Be sure to turn off any electrical equipment when not in use. Leaving electrical equipment on for extended periods can drain your battery.

We recommend that you see a qualified technician or your dealer for the proper installation of your equipment.


How to Remove and Replace the Floor Mats Roof Panel

To remove the floor mats, pull up on the rear of the mat to disconnect from the locator hooks.

To reinstall the floor mats, line up the openings in the floor mat over the locator hooks and push down into place. For proper cleaning instructions of the carpeted floor mats, see “Fabric Protection” in the Index.

Removing the Roof Panel

Don’t try to remove the roof panel while the vehicle is moving. Trying to remove the roof panel while the vehicle is moving could cause an accident. The panel could fall into the vehicle and cause you to lose control, or it could fly off and strike another vehicle. You or others could be injured. Remove the roof panel only when the vehicle is parked.

Until you are sure you can remove the panel alone, have someone help you.


To avoid damage to the roof panel, paint and weatherstripping do not drop or rest it on its edges. Place the roof panel in the egg-shaped stowage receivers after removing it from the vehicle.


2. Open the rear liftgate and remove any items that may interfere with proper storage of the roof panel. Also install the two egg-shaped stowage receivers into the floor of the rear storage compartment. Secure both receivers into their proper positions by turning them to the left.


3. Lower the windows and open the doors.

There are two latches on the front of the roof panel near each door (A), and one rear latch (B).


4. To unlock the front of the roof panel, pull down each

of the front handles. Grasp the handles with your fingers and pull each toward you. Complete a 180" rotation toward the center of the vehicle. Then push up on each of the handles.


5. To unlock the rear of the roof panel, press the latch release button with your thumb and pull down the latch lever with your fingers.

6. After releasing the latches, return the sun visors to

the forward position.

'. Stand on one side of the vehicle and, if necessary, have your helper stand on the other side. Together, carefully lift the front edge of the panel up and forward, and out of the vehicle opening.

8. When the panel is loosened from the vehicle, one person should grasp the roof panel as close to the center of the car as possible and lift away the panel.


Storing the Roof Panel


If the roof panel is not stored properly, it could be thrown about the vehicle in a crash or sudden maneuver. People in the vehicle could be injured. Whenever you store the roof panel in the vehicle, always be sure that it is stored securely in the rear area using the storage pins.


To avoid damage to the roof panel, paint and weatherstripping, do not drop or rest it on its edges. Place the roof panel in the egg-shaped stowage receivers after removing it from the vehicle.

1. Turn the roof panel so that the rear edge of the

panel is facing the storage area. The locating pins (at the rear of the panel) should point toward the egg-shaped stowage receivers on the floor of the center compartment.

2. Push the panel forward until the pins bottom out in

the receivers.


3. There are two spring-loaded storage pins on the rear wall of the storage compartment (A). These storage pins go into the slots on each side of the roof panel (B).

4. Gently lower the roof panel onto the carpet ledge.

Then, pull each release rearward and upward to place the storage pins into the holes of the roof panel.

5. Gently lift and lower the roof panel to be sure it is

locked into place.






Check to be sure that the front handles and rear latch on the ceiling are in their opened positions before attempting to install the roof panel. If the roof panel is stored in the rear area, grasp it with your right hand at the middle edge near the seatbacks, and with your left hand at the middle of the edge closest to you. Reverse the steps described previously under “Storing the Roof Panel.” Remove the roof panel from the storage compartment. In most cases, it is easier to install the removable roof with two people rather than one. Place the roof panel over the vehicle.

Installing the Roof Panel

An improperly attached roof panel may fall into or fly off the vehicle. You or others could be injured. After installing the roof panel, always check that it is firmly attached by pushing up on the underside of the panel. Check now and then to be sure the roof panel is firmly in place.