2002 Chevrolet Corvette Owner's Manual

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2002 Chevrolet Corvette
Owner’s Manual
Litho in U.S.A.
ECopyright General Motors Corporation 06/22/01
Part Number 10444233 A First Edition
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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.

For its 25th anniversary, the 1978 Corvette paced the 62nd Annual Indianapolis 500 and received a new fastback
roofline with a wide expanse of glass that wrapped around the sides.

The structure of the fifth-generation redesign is
the stiffest ever developed in 44 years of Corvette
production, resulting in unparalleled ride quality and
outstanding handling. Also unique to the new Corvette
is a rear-mounted transmission.
Available as a Coupe for 1997, the new Corvette
offered such standard features as extended-mobility
tires, a BoseR audio system, and a new, latch-operated
In 1984, the fourth generation of America’s favorite
roof designed for easy removal.
sports car anticipated the future with a sleek look and
advanced technology that provided superior handling
With many design cues inspired by the classic models
and performance. Windshield angle was the sheerest of
of the 1960s, the new fifth-generation Corvette is
any domestic vehicle, cornering ability the tightest of
an impressive combination of sleek styling and
any production car. In short, the 1984 redesign enhanced
world-class sports car performance. For 1998, in
the Corvette’s reputation as a leader in the world sports
addition to the Coupe, a convertible was reintroduced.
car market.
The fifth-generation Corvette rollout was completed in
1999 with the introduction of the hardtop model.
After 44 years of production, Corvette only got better.
The fifth-generation Corvette arrived in 1997, featuring
For 2001, all hardtop models became the higher
a completely restyled body and a new, all-aluminum,
performance Z06. The Z06 model featured the
5.7 Liter, 345-horsepower LS1 V8 engine.
performance enhanced LS6 engine, specific suspension
components and exterior/interior differentiation.

Corvette Assembly Plant
The Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green,
Kentucky is one of the most sophisticated and
computerized automobile assembly facilities in
the world. To build your 2002 Corvette, over
1,025 employes teamed up with the 58 high-tech
robots that assist in a variety of processes,
from welding to painting.
The Bowling Green facility is Corvette’s third
home since 1953. Since beginning production in
June of 1981, it has become one of Kentucky’s
most popular tourist attractions.
Corvette Assembly Plant tours are available.
For dates and times, call (270) 745-8228.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
The new National Corvette Museum, located near
the assembly plant, opened its doors in September
of 1994. It is also attracting tourists to the area.
For more information, call 1-800-53-VETTE (83883)
or (270) 781-7973.

How to Use this Manual
Many people read their owner’s manual from beginning
to end when they first receive their new vehicle. If you
do this, it will help you learn about the features and
These mean there is something that could hurt
controls for your vehicle. In this manual, you’ll find
you or other people.
that pictures and words work together to explain
things quickly.
In the caution area, we tell you what the hazard is.
Then we tell you what to do to help avoid or reduce
the hazard. Please read these cautions. If you don’t,
you or others could be hurt.
You will also find a circle
Safety Warnings and Symbols
with a slash through it in
this book. This safety
You will find a number of safety cautions in this book.
symbol means “Don’t,”
We use a box and the word CAUTION to tell you
“Don’t do this” or “Don’t
about things that could hurt you if you were to ignore
let this happen.”
the warning.

Vehicle Damage Warnings
Vehicle Symbols
Also, in this book you will find these notices:
Your vehicle may be equipped with components and
labels that use symbols instead of text. Symbols,
used on your vehicle, are shown along with the text
describing the operation or information relating to a
specific component, control, message, gage or indicator.
These mean there is something that could damage
If you need help figuring out a specific name of a
your vehicle.
component, gage or indicator reference the following
topics in the Index:
In the notice area, we tell you about something that
D “Engine Compartment Overview”
can damage your vehicle. Many times, this damage
D “Instrument Panel”
would not be covered by your warranty, and it could
be costly. But the notice will tell you what to do to help
“Comfort Controls”
avoid the damage.
D “Audio Systems”
When you read other manuals, you might see
Also see “Warning Lights and Gages” in the Index.
CAUTION and NOTICE warnings in different
colors or in different words.
You’ll also see warning labels on your vehicle.
They use the same words, CAUTION or NOTICE.

Document Outline
  • 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Owner's Manual
    • Copyright General Motors Corp 2001
    • 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
  • Section 1 Seats and Restraint Systems
    • Seats and Seat Controls
      • Manual Seats
      • Power Seats (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?
      • Air Bag Off Switch
      • Servicing Your Air Bag-Equipped Vehicle
    • Children
      • Infants and Young Children
    • Restraint Systems for Children
      • Top Strap
      • Securing a Child Restraint in the Passenger Seat Position
    • Older Children
    • Safety Belt Extender
    • Checking Your Restraint Systems
    • Replacing Restraint System Parts After a Crash
  • Section 2 Features and Controls
    • Windows
      • Power Windows
        • Express- Down Windows
    • Keys
    • Door Locks
      • Power Door Locks
      • Inadvertent Lockout Protection
      • Leaving Your Vehicle
    • Memory (Option)
    • Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System
      • Operation
        • Panic Alarm Button
        • RKE Settings
      • Matching Transmitter(s) to Your Vehicle
      • Battery Replacement
      • Replacing the Battery in the Remote Keyless Entry Transmitter
    • Hatch/Trunk
      • Hatch/Trunk Lid Release
      • Trunk Release Handle (Except Coupe)
    • 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 (Canada Only)
      • To Use the Engine Coolant Heater
    • Automatic Transmission Operation
    • Manual Transmission Operation
      • 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 Models Only)
    • Parking Over Things That Burn
    • Engine Exhaust
    • Running Your Engine While You're Parked (Automatic Transmission)
    • Limited-Slip Rear Axle
    • Selective Real Time Damping (Option)
    • Horn
    • Tilt Wheel
      • Telescopic Steering Column (If Equipped)
    • Turn Signal/Multifunction Lever
      • Turn and Lane-Change Signals
        • Turn Signal on Chime
      • 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
      • Headlamps Doors
      • Daytime Running Lamps
      • Fog Lamps( If Equipped)
        • Twilight Sentinel Automatic Lamp Control (Optional in United States, 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
      • Electrochromic Day/Night Inside Rearview Mirror with Map Lamps (Option)
        • Driver' s Outside Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror (If Equipped)
      • Power/Heated Remote Control Mirrors
      • Convex Outside Mirror
    • Storage Compartments
      • Glove Box
      • 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
      • Lighted Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Accessory Power Outlet
    • Floor Mats
      • How to Remove and Replace the Floor Mats
    • Roof Panel (If Equipped)
      • 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
      • Air Bag Off 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
    • Driver Information Center (DIC)
      • DIC Controls and Displays
      • 1 FUEL
      • 2 GAGES
      • 3 TRIP
        • Odometer
        • Trip Odometers
        • Miles Since Last Ignition Feature
        • Elapsed Time
        • Average Speed
        • Engine Oil Life
      • 4 OPTIONS
        • Twilight (Optional in United States, Standard in Canada)
        • Lock and Arm
        • Alarm
        • Approach Lights
        • Auto Lock
        • Auto Unlock
        • Easy Entry
        • Languages
        • Blank Page
      • DIC Warnings and Messages
      • Other Messages
    • Head-Up Display (HUD) (If Equipped)
  • 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 (Option)
        • 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 (If Equipped)
        • Playing the Radio
        • Finding a Station
        • Setting Preset Stations
        • Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble)
        • Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade)
        • Playing a Cassette Tape
        • Cassette Tape Messages
        • CD Adapter Kits
      • AM-FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Automatic Tone Control
        • Playing the Radio
        • Finding a Station
        • Setting Preset Stations
        • Setting the Tone (Bass/Treble)
        • Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade)
        • Playing a Compact Disc
        • Compact Disc Messages
      • Trunk-Mounted CD Changer (Option)
        • Operating the Trunk-Mounted CD Changer with the AM- FM Stereo with Cassette Tape Player and Automatic Tone Control
        • Operating the Trunk-Mounted CD Changer with the AM- FM Stereo with Compact Disc Player and Automatic Tone Control
        • Compact Disc Messages
      • 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 (Z06)
      • Power Antenna Mast Care (Convertible)
      • Integrated Windshield and Rear Window Antennas (Coupe)
  • Section 4 Your Driving and the Road
    • Defensive Driving
    • Drunken Driving
    • Control of a Vehicle
    • Braking
      • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
        • Using Anti- Lock
      • Braking in Emergencies
    • Traction Control System (TCS)
    • Active Handling System
      • Competitive Driving Mode
    • Steering
      • Power Steering
        • Magnetic Speed Variable Assist Steering
      • 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
    • Tire Inflator Kit (Z06 Models Only)
      • Tire Sealant
      • Air Compressor
      • Tire Inflator Kit Storage
        • To Stow the Tire Inflator Kit:
    • If You' re Stuck: In Sand, Mud, Ice or Snow
  • Section 6 Service and Appearance Care
    • Service
      • Doing Your Own Service Work
      • Adding Equipment to the Outside of Your Vehicle
    • Fuel
      • Gasoline Octane
      • Gasoline Specifications
      • California Fuel
      • Additives
    • Fuels in Foreign Countries
    • Filling Your Tank
    • Filling a Portable Fuel Container
    • Checking Things Under the Hood
      • Hood Release
      • Engine Compartment Overview
    • 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 (GM Oil Life System)
      • How to Reset the Change Oil Soon Message
      • What to Do with Used Oil
    • Engine Air Cleaner/Filter
      • Engine 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 (Except ZO6 Models)
      • Inflation -- Tire Pressure
        • When to Check
        • How to Check
      • Tire Pressure Monitor (Except Z06)
      • 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
    • Underbody Maintenance
    • Titanium Exhaust System (Z06 Model)
    • 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
    • Air Conditioning Refrigerant Capacity
    • Normal Maintenance Replacement Parts
      • Engine Accessory Drive Belt Routing
    • Rocking Your Vehicle To Get It Out
  • 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
      • Fuel 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
      • Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Islands/ Countries (Except Puerto Rico and U. S. Virgin Islands)
    • 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
      • Service Manuals
      • Service Bulletins
      • Owner's Information
      • Current and Past Model Order Forms