Ten Tips On A Corvette Budget

Ever wondered if there was a way of fixing basic problems without visiting Corvette specialists?

Spending time tending to the mechanical needs of your car can be one of the most endearing parts of owning a Corvette. The brand is essentially a gold mine for people who enjoy personalizing their driving experience. Sometimes all you need is not to change the Corvette, but to maintain it. Or you want to perform some basic upgrades to make it faster.

Corvette Specialists


Whichever it is, there are some things that you may only uncover once you take the vehicle to Corvette specialists. Well, no more. We’ve compiled some of the most common tips that you can hear in Corvette repair shops. After all, the best way of fixing something is to prevent it.

#1 Squealing Brakes

A persistent squeak in a Corvette’s brakes can often leave owners scratching their heads in defeat. But the solution to this problem can actually be a lot simpler. Before you seek out your local Corvette repair shop, consider having some brake cleaner on you.


Take out the pads and then wipe off dust and dirt with the brake cleaner. Apply a brush of disc-brake anti-squeal solution to the back of the pads. Leave them to dry for 30 minutes, replace the anti-squeal shims, and prepare to not have to deal with squeals again for around two years.

#2 Holley Leaks

Vintage Corvette owners may have encountered the problems that come with the Holley carbs most of them the factory equipped with. Sometimes, the bowl screw on the carb can start leaking and, usually, the culprit is a torn gasket.

All it takes to fix the problem is to grab your nearest common roofing nail. Make good use of the nail’s rubber washer and get rid of the leak. Give your friendly local neighbor Corvette specialists a break.

#3 Battery Tips

You can avoid a bunch of battery-related nuisances if you just keep in mind a few basic pieces of knowledge. If you keep your Corvette (mostly) for exhibition purposes and you don’t frequently take it out for a ride, disconnect the battery.


If you want to leave it hooked up instead, you can still avoid drainage by charging the battery once in three or four weeks. For the best of results, seek out regulated trickle chargers. They’re specifically designed for these instances. We recommend the Noco Genius trickle charger…winter’s coming!

#4 Endless Vibrations

If vibrations continue to bother you even after you’ve restored the front end, you might be dealing with a much simpler problem. Luckily, it’s costless to treat it and doesn’t require to check in with any Corvette specialists.

C5 Wheels


You might be dealing with pebbles stuck in the tires. Give a thorough inspection to your treads and pluck out any small pebbles you may find. While you’re at it, take care of your Corvette’s balance by cleansing the wheels of dirt or grime.

#5 V-8 Installations

You can definitely do the “dirty work” and install engines yourself, but if you don’t do it correctly, you will be forced to dial up your Corvette mechanic regardless. For V-8 engines, you can avoid issues by paying attention to the installation of the rod.

You will notice that the crank pin (the big end) of the rod ends in a radius on one side, while the other pin doesn’t. Make sure that the side with the radius is always facing the crank fillet. For first time experiences, learn the details of the process next to Corvette specialists who can keep you informed.


Here is a great video from The Engine Factory on how to install a brand new muscle car motor (crate motor as it is sometimes called) into your vintage Corvette.

#6 Fuel Disappearances

Owners of vintage Corvettes have to deal with the negative of their cars not being equipped with electrical fuel pumps. Because of this, gas evaporates whenever you don’t drive your car for certain amounts of time. Next time you take it out of the garage with the purpose of taking it for a ride, you will be forced to crank the engine.

To fix the problem, you will need a funnel with a 3/8-inch inner diameter. Simply place it over the float-bowl vent tube and then pour in gas into the bowl. Don’t go overboard with the amount. If you did all of this right and there are no further issues, the Corvette engine should fire immediately.


#7 Drum Brakes

A number of pre-1965 Corvette models are equipped with drum brakes. The good thing is that it’s really not difficult to tend to their maintenance, but there are a few quips worth noting. That is, if you want to avoid any needless problems that you’ll have to deal with later.

Clean the contact points of the wheel backing plates with a little bit of Scotch-Brite next time you decide to replace the shoes. Gear up the same contact points with some white grease. Be extra careful when you get to this step.  Accidentally drooping white grease all over the shoes won’t have great results.

#8 Coolant Residue

One jolly day, you may notice that there is a brown, foamy residue drooping over the coolant of your Corvette. This is a firsthand sign of a cracked cylinder head. If you check the matter out and have your suspicions confirmed, this is one of the instances when driving up to one of your Corvette specialists is recommended.

Corvette Radiator


Cracked cylinder heads can cause overheating. Visit a radiator shop and check the pressure of your radiator. However, in many of the cases, the fault lies within a faulty radiator cap.

#9 Air Pressure

If you don’t know your numbers that well, you may be tempted to make a primordial mistake. The sidewall of your Corvette’s tire doesn’t tell you the precise air pressure level of your car. Rather, it tells you what the maximum level can be.

In order to keep your Corvette sound and happy, make sure to always follow Chevrolet’s recommendations.

#10 Oil Changing

Last but not least, how can you make the job of changing oils a little less… messier? All it takes is one little hack to save you from having to toss one more oiled up shirt into the washing machine.

C5 Corvette Z06

Break the filter loose with a filter wrench and then slide a plastic bag over it. Press against the bag against the engine block and unscrew the filter with your free hand. All the excess oily slop will be dumped inside of the plastic bag instead.


You don’t need to drive to your nearby Corvette specialists for every little issue. You can solve a good chunk of your car’s common problems just by knowing how easy it is to do it. Sometimes an annoying issue can boil down to something as little as a pebble (literally). Good Luck and please share this with a friend!




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