2000 Chevrolet Corvette Owner's Manual

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2000 Chevrolet Corvette
Owner's Manual
Litho in U.S.A.
© Copyright General Motors Corporation 1999
Part Number 10424651 A First Edition
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Table of Contents
Seats and Restraint Systems
Seats and Seat Controls
Air Bag System
Section 1
Safety Belts
Child Restraints
Features and Controls
Keys and Door Locks
Cruise Control
Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
Interior and Exterior Lamps
Hatch/Trunk Lid Release
Automatic Transmission (If Equipped)
Storage Compartments
Manual Transmission (If Equipped)
Convenience Net
Parking Brake
Accessory Power Outlet
Instrument Panel, Warning Lights and Gages
Tilt Wheel
Head-Up Display
Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
Driver Information Center
Windshield Wipers

Table of Contents (cont'd)
Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
Heating and Air Conditioning
Radio/Cassette Player/CD Player
Setting the Radio Clock
Radio Theft-Deterrent Feature
Your Driving and the Road
Defensive Driving
Driving Tips for Various Road Conditions
Section 4
Drunken Driving
Recreational Vehicle Towing
Control of a Vehicle
Loading Your Vehicle
Towing a Trailer
Problems on the Road
Hazard Warning Flashers
Engine Overheating
Jump Starting
Changing a Flat Tire
Towing Your Vehicle
If You're Stuck

Table of Contents (cont'd)
Service and Appearance Care
Section 6
Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
Checking Fluids and Lubricants
Tires and Wheels
GM Oil Life System™
Appearance Care
Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
Electrical System/Fuses and Circuit Breakers
Capacities and Specifications
Bulb Replacement
Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
Maintenance Schedule
Section 7
Scheduled Maintenance
Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
Owner Checks and Services
Maintenance Records
Periodic Maintenance Inspections

Table of Contents (cont'd)
Customer Assistance Information
Section 8
Customer Satisfaction Procedures
Warranty Information (See Warranty Manual)
Customer Assistance Offices
Reporting Safety Defects on page 8-10
Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation
Service Publications
In the Index you will find an alphabetical listing of almost every subject in this manual.
You can use it to quickly find something you want to read.
Please refer to the last page of this manual for your Service Station Guide

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Corvette: The American
Dream Machine
In the early ’50s, 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 cars 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 210-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.

Document Outline
  • 2000 Chevrolet Corvette Owner's Manual
    • 24-hour Roadside Assistance
    • Copyright General Motors Corp. 1999
    • Table of Contents:
      • 1: Seats and Restraints
      • 2: Features and Controls
      • 3: Comfort Controls and Audio
      • 4: Your Driving and the Road
      • 5: Problems on the Road
      • 6: Service and Appearance Care
      • 7: Maintenance Schedule
      • 8: Customer Assistance
    • For Canadian Owners Who Prefer a French Language Manual:
    • Corvette: The American Dream Machine
      • Corvette Assembly Plant
    • How to Use this Manual
    • Safety Warnings and Symbols
    • Vehicle Damage Warnings
      • Vehicle Symbols
    • Model Reference
    • Service Station Guide
  • Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
    • Seats and Seat Controls
      • Manual Seats
      • Power Seat (Option)
      • Sport Seat (Option) Reclining Seatbacks
      • Seatback Latches
    • Safety Belts: They re for Everyone
      • Why Safety Belts Work
    • Here Are Questions Many People Ask
    • About Safety Belts
    • and the Answers
    • How to Wear Safety Belts Properly
      • Adults
    • Driver Position
      • Lap-Shoulder Belt
        • Lap Belt Cinch Feature
    • Safety Belt Use During Pregnancy
    • Passenger Position
    • Air Bag System
      • How the Air Bag System Works
        • Where are the air bags?
        • When should an air bag inflate?
        • What makes an air bag inflate?
        • How does an air bag restrain?
        • What will you see after an air bag inflates?
      • Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
    • Children
      • Smaller Children and Babies
    • Child Restraints
      • Top Strap
      • Securing a Child Restraint in the Passenger Seat Position
    • Larger Children
    • Safety Belt Extender Checking Your Restraint Systems
    • Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
  • Section 2 Features and Controls
    • Keys
    • Door Locks
      • Power Door Locks
      • Inadvertent Lockout Protection
      • Leaving Your Vehicle
    • Memory (Option)
    • Remote Keyless Entry System
      • Operation
        • Panic Alarm Button
        • RKE Settings
      • Matching Transmitter(s) To Your Vehicle
      • Battery Replacement
      • Replacing the Battery in the Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter
      • Resynchronizing Your Transmitter
    • Hatch/Trunk Lid Release
    • Theft
      • Key in the Ignition
      • Parking at Night
      • Parking Lots
    • Theft-Deterrent System
      • Arming the System
      • Testing the Alarm
      • Disarming the System
    • PASS-Key
    • New Vehicle ?Break-In? Front Air Dam
    • Ignition Switch
      • Retained Accessory Power (RAP)
    • Starting Your Engine
      • Automatic Transmission
      • Manual Transmission
      • Starter Interlock Feature
      • Racing or Other Competitive Driving
    • Engine Coolant Heater (If Equipped)
      • To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
    • Automatic Transmission Operation
    • Manual Transmission Operation
      • Speed
      • Shift Speeds (Manual Transmission)
      • One to Four Shift Light (Manual Transmission)
      • Downshifting (Manual Transmission)
    • Parking Brake
    • Shifting Into PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission Only)
      • Leaving Your Vehicle With the Engine Running (Automatic Transmission Only)
      • Torque Lock (Automatic Transmission)
    • Shifting Out of PARK (P) (Automatic Transmission)
    • Parking Your Vehicle (Manual Transmission)
    • Parking Over Things That Burn Engine Exhaust
    • Running Your Engine While You?re Parked (Automatic Transmission)
    • Limited-Slip Rear Axle
    • Selective Real Time Damping (SRTD) (Option)
    • Windows
      • Power Windows
        • Express- Down Windows
    • Horn
    • Tilt Wheel
      • Telescopic Steering Wheel (Option)
    • Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
      • Turn and Lane Change Signals
        • Turn Signal on Chime
      • Headlamps
        • Headlamp Doors
      • Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer
      • Lamps on Reminder
      • Flash-to-Pass Feature
      • Windshield Wipers
      • Windshield Washer Cruise Control
        • Setting Cruise Control
        • Resuming a Set Speed
        • Increasing Speed While Using Cruise Control
        • Reducing Speed While Using Cruise Control
        • Passing Another Vehicle While Using Cruise Control
        • Using Cruise Control on Hills
        • Ending Cruise Control
        • Erasing Speed Memory
    • Exterior Lamps
      • Daytime Running Lamps
      • Fog Lamps (Option) Twilight Sentinel
      • Automatic Lamp
      • Control (Optional, Standard in Canada)
    • Interior Lamps
      • Instrument Panel Brightness Control
        • Parade Mode
      • Courtesy Lamps
      • Exit and Entry Lighting
      • Reading Lamps
      • Inadvertent Load Control
    • Mirrors
      • Inside Day/Night Rearview Mirror
      • Power/Heated Remote Control Mirrors
      • Convex Outside Mirror
    • Storage Compartments
      • Instrument Panel Cupholder
      • Center Console Storage
      • Security Shade (Option)
        • Using the Security Shade
      • Rear Storage Compartments
      • Convenience Net (Option)
    • Ashtray and Cigarette Lighter
    • Sun Visors
      • Visor Vanity Mirrors
      • Lighted Visor Vanity Mirrors (Option)
    • Accessory Power Outlet
    • Floor Mats (Option)
      • How to Remove and Replace the Floor Mats
    • Roof Panel (Option)
      • Removing the Roof Panel
      • Storing the Roof Panel
      • Installing the Roof Panel
    • Convertible Top (Option)
      • Lowering the Convertible Top
      • Raising the Convertible Top
    • The Instrument Panel
    • Your Information System
    • Instrument Panel Cluster
      • Speedometer and Odometer
      • Tachometer
    • Warning Lights, Gages and Messages
      • Safety Belt Reminder Light
      • Air Bag Readiness Light
      • Voltmeter
      • Brake System Warning Light
      • Anti-Lock Brake System Warning Light Traction Control System (TCS) Light
      • Active Handling System Light
      • Engine Coolant Temperature Gage Malfunction Indicator Lamp (Check Engine Light)
        • If the Light Is Flashing
        • If the Light Is On Steady
        • Emissions Inspection and Maintenance Programs
      • Engine Oil Pressure Gage
      • Security Light
      • Check Gages Warning Light
      • Fuel Gage
    • Head-Up Display (Option)
    • Driver Information Center (DIC)
      • DIC Controls and Displays
      • FUEL
      • GAGES
      • TRIP
        • Odometer
        • Trip Odometers
        • Miles Since Last Ignition Feature
        • Elapsed Time
        • Average Speed
        • Engine Oil Life
      • OPTIONS
        • Twilight
        • Lock and Arm
        • Alarm
        • Approach Lights
        • Auto Lock
        • Auto Unlock
        • Easy Entry
        • Languages
        • Blank Page
      • DIC Warnings and Messages
      • Other Messages
    • NOTES
  • Section 3 Comfort Controls and Audio Systems
    • Comfort Controls
      • Manual Comfort Controls
        • Fan Knob
        • Temperature Knob
        • Mode Knob
        • Mode Buttons
      • Automatic Electronic Dual Climate Control System (If Equipped)
        • Digital Display
        • Driver Set Temperature Knob
        • Passenger Temperature Offset
        • Automatic Operation
        • A Typical Cold Weather Example:
        • A Typical Hot Weather Example:
        • Manual Settings
        • Function Buttons
      • Sensors
        • Solar Load Sensor
        • Outside Air Temperature Sensor
        • Inside Temperature Sensor
      • Air Conditioning
      • Heating Defogging and Defrosting
      • Rear Window Defogger
      • Ventilation System
        • Ventilation Tips
    • Audio Systems
      • Setting the Clock
      • AM-FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control
        • Playing the Radio
        • Finding a Station
        • Setting the Tone Adjusting the Speakers
        • Playing a Cassette Tape
        • CD Adapter Kits
      • AM-FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Automatic Tone Control (If Equipped)
        • Playing the Radio
        • Finding a Station
        • Setting the Tone Adjusting the Speakers
        • Playing a Compact Disc
      • Trunk-Mounted CD Changer (If Equipped)
        • Compact Disc Changer Errors
      • Theft-Deterrent Feature
        • Activating the Theft- Deterrent Feature
        • Unlocking the Theft-Deterrent Feature After a Power Loss
        • Disabling the Theft- Deterrent Feature
      • Understanding Radio Reception
        • AM
        • FM Stereo
      • Tips About Your Audio System
      • Care of Your Cassette Tape Player
      • Care of Your Compact Discs
      • Care of Your Compact Disc Player
      • Fixed Mast Antenna
      • Power Antenna Mast Care (If Equipped)
      • Integrated Windshield and Rear Window Antennas (If Equipped)
    • NOTES
  • Section 4 Your Driving and the Road
    • Defensive Driving
    • Drunken Driving
    • Control of a Vehicle Braking
      • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
        • Using Anti- Lock
      • Braking in Emergencies
    • Traction Control System (TCS)
    • Active Handling System (Option)
      • Competitive Driving Mode
    • Steering
      • Power Steering
      • Magnasteer
      • Steering Tips
        • Driving on Curves
      • Steering in Emergencies
    • Off-Road Recovery
    • Passing
    • Loss of Control
      • Skidding
    • Driving at Night
    • Driving in Rain and on Wet Roads
      • Hydroplaning
      • Driving Through Deep Standing Water
      • Driving Through Flowing Water
      • Some Other Rainy Weather Tips
    • City Driving
    • Freeway Driving
    • Before Leaving on a Long Trip
    • Highway Hypnosis Hill and Mountain Roads
    • Winter Driving
      • Driving on Snow or Ice
      • If You re Caught in a Blizzard
    • Recreational Vehicle Towing
    • Loading Your Vehicle
    • Towing a Trailer
  • Section 5 Problems on the Road
    • Hazard Warning Flashers
    • Other Warning Devices
    • Jump Starting
    • Towing Your Vehicle
    • Engine Overheating
      • Overheated Engine Protection Operating Mode
      • If Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
      • If No Steam Is Coming From Your Engine
    • Cooling System
      • How to Add Coolant to the Coolant Surge Tank
    • If a Tire Goes Flat If You re Stuck: In Sand, Mud,
    • Ice or Snow
      • Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
  • Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
    • Service
      • Doing Your Own Service Work
      • Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
    • Fuel
    • Fuels in Foreign Countries Filling Your Tank
    • Filling a Portable Fuel Container Checking Things Under the Hood
      • Hood Release
    • Engine Oil
      • Checking Engine Oil
      • When to Add Engine Oil
      • What Kind of Engine Oil to Use
      • Engine Oil Additives
      • When to Change Engine Oil How to Reset the Change Oil Soon Message
      • What to Do with Used Oil
    • Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
      • Air Cleaner/Filter Replacement
    • Automatic Transmission Fluid
      • How to Check
    • Manual Transmission Fluid
      • When to Check
      • How to Check
      • How to Add Fluid
    • Hydraulic Clutch
      • When to Check and What to Use
      • How to Check and Add Fluid
    • Rear Axle
      • When to Check Lubricant
      • How to Check Lubricant
      • What to Use
    • Engine Coolant
      • What to Use
      • Checking Coolant
        • Adding Coolant
    • Surge Tank Pressure Cap
    • Power Steering Fluid
      • When to Check Power Steering Fluid
      • How to Check Power Steering Fluid What to Use
    • Windshield Washer Fluid
      • What to Use
      • Adding Washer Fluid
    • Brakes
      • Brake Fluid
        • Checking Brake Fluid
        • What to Add
      • Brake Wear
      • Brake Pedal Travel
      • Brake Adjustment
      • Replacing Brake System Parts
    • Battery
      • Vehicle Storage
    • Bulb Replacement
      • Halogen Bulbs
      • Headlamps
      • Rear Turn Signal and Taillamps
      • Back-Up Lamps
    • Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement
    • Tires
      • Extended Mobility Tires
      • Inflation -- Tire Pressure
        • When to Check
        • How to Check
      • Tire Rotation
        • When It s Time for New Tires
      • Buying New Tires
      • Uniform Tire Quality Grading
        • Treadwear
        • Traction
        • AA, A, B, C
        • Temperature
        • A, B, C
      • Wheel Alignment and Tire Balance
      • Wheel Replacement
        • Used Replacement Wheels
        • Using the Wheel Lock Key
      • Tire Chains
    • Lifting Your Corvette
      • Lifting From the Front
      • Lifting From the Rear
    • Appearance Care
    • Cleaning the Inside of Your Vehicle
      • Cleaning of Fabric/Carpet
      • Cleaning Coated Moldings
      • Cleaning Leather
      • Cleaning the Top of the Instrument Panel
      • Cleaning Interior Plastic Components
      • Cleaning the Security Shade and Convenience Net
    • Care of Safety Belts
    • Cleaning Glass Surfaces
    • Cleaning the Outside of the Windshield and Wiper Blades
    • Weatherstrips
    • Cleaning a Removable Roof Panel
    • Cleaning the Outside of Your Vehicle
      • Washing Your Vehicle
      • Cleaning Exterior Lamps/Lenses
      • Finish Care
    • Cleaning Your Convertible Top
    • Cleaning Aluminum Wheels Cleaning Tires
    • Finish Damage
    • Magnesium Wheel Finish
    • Underbody Maintenance
    • Fiberglass Springs
    • Chemical Paint Spotting
    • GM Vehicle Care/Appearance Materials
    • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
      • Engine Identification
    • Service Parts Identification Label
    • Electrical System
      • Add-On Electrical Equipment
      • Accessory Power Plug
      • Headlamps
      • Windshield Wipers
      • Power Windows and Other Power Options
      • Fuses and Circuit Breakers
        • Instrument Panel Fuse Block
        • Engine Compartment Fuse Block
    • Replacement Bulbs
    • Capacities and Specifications
      • Engine Specifications
    • Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
      • Vehicle Dimensions
      • Engine Power Curves Engine Accessory Drive Belt Routing
  • Section 7 Maintenance Schedule
    • Introduction
      • Your Vehicle and the Environment
      • Maintenance Requirements
      • How This Section is Organized
    • Part A: Scheduled Maintenance Services
      • Using Your Maintenance Schedule
    • Scheduled Maintenance
      • Footnotes
    • Scheduled Maintenance
      • Engine Oil Scheduled Maintenance
    • Scheduled Maintenance
    • Part B: Owner Checks and Services
      • At Each Fuel Fill
        • Engine Oil Level Check
        • Engine Coolant Level Check
        • Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check
      • At Least Once a Month
        • Tire Inflation Check
        • Cassette Deck Service
        • Power Antenna Service
      • At Least Twice a Year
        • Restraint System Check
        • Wiper Blade Check
        • Weatherstrip Lubrication
        • Manual Transmission Check
        • Automatic Transmission Inspection
      • At Least Once a Year
        • Key Lock Cylinders Service
        • Body Lubrication Service
        • Starter Switch Check Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Control System Check
        • Ignition Automatic Transmission Lock Check
        • Parking Brake and Automatic Transmission PARK (P) Mechanism Check
        • Underbody Flushing Service
    • Part C: Periodic Maintenance Inspections
      • Steering and Suspension Inspection
      • Tire and Wheel Inspection
      • Exhaust System Inspection
      • Engine Cooling System Inspection
      • Rear Axle Service
      • Brake System Inspection
    • Part D: Recommended Fluids and Lubricants
    • Part E: Maintenance Record
  • Section 8 Customer Assistance Information
    • Customer Satisfaction Procedure
    • Customer Assistance for Text Telephone (TTY) Users
    • Customer Assistance Offices
      • United States
      • Canada
      • All Overseas Locations
      • Caribbean Numbers
    • GM Mobility Program for Persons with Disabilities
    • Chevrolet Roadside Assistance Program
      • Canadian Roadside Assistance
    • Courtesy Transportation
      • Plan Ahead When Possible
      • Transportation Options
        • Shuttle Service
        • Public Transportation or Fuel Reimbursement
        • Courtesy Rental Vehicle
      • Additional Program Information
    • Warranty Information
    • REPORTING SAFETY DEFECTS TO GENERAL MOTORS Ordering Owner Publications in Canada
    • NOTES