1992 C4 Corvette

1992 Corvette Overview

Late in 1991, it was decided by General Motors that an all-new generation of Corvette would have to be put on hold until as late as 1998.  While the next generation of Corvette was originally anticipated to arrive in 1995, poor sales prevented General Motors from expending the budgets necessary to develop a new model.   Despite this economic downturn, GM did unveil a new concept car in January, 1992.

Model: 1992 Corvette
Generation: C4 Corvette
Type: 2 Door Coupe, 2 Door Convertible
Available Colors: White, Yellow, Black, Bright Aqua Metallic, Polo Green II Metallic, Black Rose Metallic, Dark Red Metallic, Quasar Blue Metallic, Bright Red
Engine: 350CI, 300 Horsepower, Multi-Port Fuel Injected LT1 V8 Small Block Engine.
VIN: 1G1YY23P6N5100001 – 1G1YY23P6N5119977 (Corvette Coupe & Convertible)
1G1YZ23J6N5800001 – 1G1YZ23J6N5800502 (ZR-1 Corvette)
Transmission: 4-speed automatic (standard), 6 speed manual (optional)
Original Price: $33,635.00 (Coupe), $40,145 (Convertible)
Units Produced: 20,479
Specs: 1992 Corvette Spec List
The Stingray III
The Stingray III at the 1992 North American International Auto Show.

Known only as the Sting Ray III, the car was introduced to the world at the 1992 North American International Auto Show.  The car’s origins reach as far back as 1989, when Chevy 3 studios had begun developing the first treatments of a possible next generation C5 Corvette concept.

Although Chevy 3’s primary focus during that time was the development of an all new F-body Camaro.

John Cafaro, a designer with Chevy 3, felt that he should be given the opportunity to champion the new design.

Charles Jordan, GM’s design chief during that time, completely disagreed, stating early on that he had not been impressed with Chevy 3’s C5 proposals.

Rear View of Sting Ray III

After directing an extensive series of changes to the new Camaro, Jordan informed Cafaro (and the Chevy 3 team) that they needed to improve upon their initial effort or else he would find someone that could.  Shortly thereafter, Jordan invited Advanced Concepts Center (ACC) in Newbury Park, California, and more directly John Schinella, to champion the design of the new C5 Corvette.

The Sting Ray III
The Sting Ray III

In the spring of 1990, Schinella’s prototype made its first appearance.  Painted in a black cherry paint, this concept convertible, nicknamed “the purple car”, was both sweet and sassy.

The car featured both a functional trunk and exposed headlights – both features that had been absent from regular production Corvettes since 1962.   Interestingly, the purple car would, despite the mixed reactions it initially received from critics, would serve as a guidepost for things to come on the eventual C5 Corvette.

The functional trunk feature would re-appear in 1998 on the C5 Convertible and FRC models.  The exposed headlights would be reintroduced a few years later with the introduction of the C6 Corvette in 2005.  Even the transmission, which was mounted in the rear of this prototype, would find its way into future generations of the Chevy Corvette.

DID YOU KNOW: The Corvette Americana Hall of Fame and Americana Museum, created by Dr. Allen Schery, was opened on July 31, 1992, in Cooperstown, New York. The museum included a unique display of 35 Corvettes. Schery’s purpose behind opening the Hall of Fame was to show how the Corvette fit in the American culture and the exhibits included enough Americana to entertain men, women, children, Corvetters and non-Corvetters alike. The exhibits included celebrity collections from James dean, Elvis, the Beatles, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Bruce Springsteen. It also featured an “Indy Room” which featured several pace cars which had been driven at various Indianapolis 500 races.

While there were many within GM, and most especially within Chevy 3’s team of designers, that did not care for the purple car, which had been dubbed “Sting Ray III”, it was a huge hit with the public when it was unveiled in Detroit.  Most people loved its fresh face, but even more loved the prospect of what the Sting Ray III represented financially.  Where it had appeared that GM’s focus was on building prohibitively expensive Corvettes like the ZR-1, early estimates claimed that the Sting Ray III would sell in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, making the car far more affordable to consumers around the globe.

Unfortunately, this never came into fruition and the Sting Ray III disappeared into the annals of history like many prototypes before it.  Interestingly though, in the year that would follow the Sting Ray III, it would ultimately be John Cafaro who would most directly impact the final design of the production C5 Corvette.

1992 LT-1 Engine
Cutaway View of the 1992 LT-1 Engine. (Image courtesy of GM Media.)

Just as GM had showcased the Sting Ray III as one of their concept cars at the 1992 Detroit Auto Show, so too did they showcase a new powertrain for the 1992 Corvette.

In an effort to strike a happy medium between the moderately aggressive L98 and the incredibly powerful LT-5 (found in every ZR-1 Corvette) Chevrolet decided to roll out a standard pushrod small-block engine that would increase horsepower in the Corvette for the 1992 model year.  And increase horsepower it did.  In all, the new LT-1 V-8 small block engine produced a significant boost in power – 50 horsepower to be exact.

Now rated at a hearty 300 horsepower (at 5,000 rpm), with 300 lbs/ft of torque (at 4,000rpm), the LT-1 engines improved performance was the result of a number of improvements and refinements to the existing 5.7-liter V-8.  Amongst these improvements was the introduction of computer-controlled engine timing, a new low-restriction exhaust system that utilized two catalytic converters and oxygen sensors (one for each cylinder bank), a new camshaft profile, a higher compression ratio (10.5:1), free-flow cylinder heads, and a revised multiport fuel-injection system.  Cast iron exhaust manifolds were also introduced, replacing the previously used stainless-steel ones.  This, along with other minor modifications, resulted in the LT-1 engine weighing 21 pounds more than its predecessor. To its credit, however, this engine was capable of providing impressive performance numbers even while operating on low octane gasoline.
The LT-1 engine was also the first powerplant to utilize “reverse flow cooling”, a process in which the engine routed coolant directly to the cylinder heads, rather than sending through the engine block first.

The 1992 SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge season was the third running of the Sports Car Club of America’s World Challenge serie. It was the first not to be sponsored by Escort radar detectors. The series would not receive another corporate sponsor until its acquisition by SpeedVision in 1999. It included a 24 hour race at Mosport Park. It would be the final year with four or more groups until 1996. The season would also mark the end of the endurance racing the series was founded upon, gradually phased out until by 1999 its endurance races were replaced with one hour sprints.

The primary purpose of this revised cooling process was to allow higher bore temperatures and reduced ring friction, while also providing better cooling at key points.  Additionally, General Motors introduced Mobil 1 synthetic oil as the factory recommended motor oil for all LT-1 engines.  The concept of using synthetic oils in place of conventional motor oils had been pioneered by European automotive manufacturers (including Porsche), and it seemed only logical that as the Corvette’s performance factors continued to evolve, it should follow in the wake of some of the world’s greatest supercars.  As an added benefit, the introduction of synthetic oil eliminated the need for an engine-oil cooler.  For the 1992 model year, an engine oil cooler was no longer even offered as an option.

Beyond the engine, the 1992 Corvettes benefited from a new standard traction-control system called Acceleration Slip Regulation which was developed in conjunction with Germany’s Bosch company.   It used the ABS sensors to detect rear-wheel slip and apply the brakes to the affected wheels and/or throttle back power to maintain traction.  In some instances, it would even cause the brake pedal to push back against the driver’s foot, thereby letting them know that the system was engaged.  During wet and slippery conditions, the ASR was a significant safety feature which allowed the Corvette to be driven notably faster (in less than ideal driving conditions) although it would also result in a significant increase in rear brake pad wear (due specifically to increased braking control).  Whenever a driver wanted to take their Corvette to the track, a dashboard switch could be activated to disable the system.

Also new for 1992 was the addition of standard new directional/asymmetric-tread Goodyear GS-C tires. Their introduction was intended to work in conjunction with the Acceleration Slip Regulation system to regulate road slip and help the LT-1 Corvette hug the road during even the most aggressive driving conditions.

The 1992 ZR-1 Corvette
The 1992 ZR-1 Corvette received additional badges on it’s front fenders.

While mechanically the 1992 Corvette was a major improvement over its predecessors, there were virtually no physical changes between it and any of its other C4 predecessors.

The ZR-1 Corvette received additional badges on its front fenders, and all Corvettes (base coupe, convertible and ZR-1 variants) received twin exhaust outlets that were rectangular in shape.  For 1992, General Motors made the decision to reduce the formerly standard six-way power passenger seat to an extra-cost option.  This decision was short-lived and returned as a standard option in 1993.

The interior was also devoid of any real physical changes, although a number of subtle improvements were made.  For 1992, the digital speedometer was relocated above the fuel gauge.

Additionally, the instrument face plates and buttons were changed from 19901991’s grey-black combination to an all-black color scheme.  Other subtle, but significant, changes were made as well.  An improvement was made to the weather sealing with the introduction of improved weatherstrip seals.

1992 Corvette Interior
The 1992 Corvette Interior. (Note the all back face plates and buttons on the dashboard – they were one of the few cosmetic changes made to the 1992 Corvette.)

 

The introduction of improved insulation to the inside of the doors and the transmission tunnel cut down on road noise.  Lastly, the power delay feature, (which was originally introduced to the Chevy Corvette in 1991, (and which allowed the radio and windows to operate after the ignition was turned off)), was modified so that the passenger door also cut power.

While there had been little doubt that the LT-1 would be well received by the automotive critics, it did come as a surprise to Chevrolet that automotive reviewers would also declare that the LT-1 and its 300 brake horsepower (bhp) made the ZR-1 Corvette, (which only offered consumers an additional 75 horsepower (for nearly double the price of the base LT1 coupe)), somewhat irrelevant.

The numbers spoke for themselves – there was only a half second difference (4.7 seconds versus 5.1 seconds) in the 0-60 times between the ZR-1 and the LT-1 Corvettes.  While the ZR-1 did offer a higher top speed over the standard coupe (179 miles per hour versus 161 miles per hour), few consumers could justify spending an extra $31,683 for a top speed few (if any) would ever reach.  As a result, only 502 ZR-1 Corvettes would be sold in 1992.

Falling sales numbers weren’t isolated to the ZR-1 Corvette alone.  In all, General Motors sold a mere 20,479 Corvettes during the course of its 1992 model year, which resulted in the lowest sales output since 1962.

1,000,000th Corvette
1,000,000th Corvette

During the course of the 1992 production run, the 1-millionth Corvette rolled off the Bowling Green, Kentucky assembly line.  This special Corvette convertible received individually stitched headrests that commemorated this milestone.

To help celebrate this milestone, Zora Duntov and other Chevy officials gave a thumbs-up to the 1-millionth Corvette, which was produced on July 2, 1992 and, like the very first 1953 Corvette, rolled off the assembly line with a white exterior. Interestingly, the 1- millionth Corvette would also be one of the least travelled Corvettes ever. Destined for the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the car would literally travel less than a mile once it drove off the assembly line (as the NCM is literally located directly across the street from the Corvette manufacturing plant – also in Bowling Green, Kentucky.)

See full 1992 C4 Corvette Image Gallery


1992 Corvette Specifications

1992 Corvette Main Specs

MODEL: 1992 Chevrolet Corvette
BODY STYLE: Two-door Coupe/Hatchback, front engine, rear wheel drive
MANUFACTURING LOCATION: Bowling Green, Kentucky
CONSTRUCTION: Fiberglass body, unibody construction with partial, front frame including both steel and stainless steel components.
VEHICLE NUMBERS (VIN): 1G1YY23P6N5100001 THRU 1G1YY23P6N5119977
1G1YZ23J6N5800001 THRU 1G1YZ23J6N5800502 (ZR-1)
VIN SUFFIX: ZAA: 350 CUBIC INCH, 375 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ZAC: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER, AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
ZUB: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER, MANUAL TRANSMISSION
ENGINE BLOCK NUMBER: 10153558: 350 CUBIC INCH, 375 HORSEPOWER
10125327: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER
HEAD NUMBER: 10128374: 350 CUBIC INCH, 300 HORSEPOWER
10174390: 350 CUBIC INCH, 375 HORSEPOWER (RIGHT HAND)
10174389: 350 CUBIC INCH, 375 HORSEPOWER (LEFT HAND)
Note: For Callaway Twin-Turbo, Chevrolet engine coding was replaced as follows: First two digits for year, next three digits for Callaway sequence, last four digits to match the last four digits of the vehicle identification number.

1992 Corvette Pricing & Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
14,604
$33,635.00
1YY67
Base Corvette Convertible
5,875
$40,145.00
AC1
Power Passenger Seat
10,565
$475.00
AC3
Power Driver Seat
752
$555.00
AQ9
Sport Seats, leather
7,973
$1,100.00
AQ9
Sport Seats, White Leather
709
$1,180.00
AR9
Base Seats, leather
16,179
$305.00
AR9
Base Seats, White Leather
19,378
$305.00
CC2
Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible)
915
$1,995.00
C2L
Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe)
3,739
$950.00
24S
Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe)
6,424
$650.00
64S
Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe)
3,005
$650.00
C68
Electronic Air Conditioning Control
18,460
$205.00
FX3
Selective Ride and Handling, electronic
5,840
$1,695.00
G92
Performance Axle Ratio
2,283
$50.00
MN6
6-Speed Manual Transmission
5,487
$0.00
NN5
California Emission Requirements
3,092
$100.00
UJ6
Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator
3,416
$325.00
UU8
Stereo System, Delco-Bose
3,241
$823.00
U1F
Stereo System With CD, Delco-Bose
15,199
$1,219.00
V56
Luggage Rack (convertible)
845
$140.00
Z07
Adjustable Suspension Package (coupe)
738
$2,045.00
ZR1
Special Performance Package  (coupe)
502
$31,683.00

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Exterior & Interior Colors

Color Options

CODE   EXTERIOR TOTAL SOFT TOP INTERIOR COLORS
10
White
4,101
Blue, Beige, Black,
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, Red, White
35
Yellow
678
 White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, White
41
Black
3,209
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, Red, White
43
Bright Aqua Metallic
1,953
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, White
45
Polo Green II Metallic
1,995
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Blue, White
73
Black Rose Metallic
1,886
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, White
75
Dark Red Metallic
1,148
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, White
80
Quasar Blue  Metallic
1,043
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, White
81
Bright Red
4,466
Beige, Black, White
Black, Light Beige, Light Grey, Red, White

Exterior Colors

1992 Corvette Colors

Interior Colors

1992 Corvette Colors Interior

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Powertrain Specifications

Engine (Coupe/Convertible)

Engine: LT1 5.7 OHV 350 V-8. Multi-Port Fuel Injection
Cylinders: V8
Block Material:
Cast Iron Alloy
Displacement: 5.7 Litre/350 Cubic Inches
Bore & Stroke: 4.00 x 3.48 inches
Valvetrain: OHV, 2 valves per cyl.
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
Cylinder Block Deck Height: 9.025 Inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Horsepower: 300 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Torque: 330 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Multi-Port Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity: 20.0 Gallons
Oil Capacity: 4.0 Quarts (Without Filter)
Total Dressed Engine Weight (Dry): 585.7lbs
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto Transmission (Standard), 6 Speed Manual Transmission (Optional)
Standard Axle Ratio: 2.59:1 (Automatic), 3.45:1 (Manual)

Engine (ZR-1)

Engine: LT5 5.7 OHV 350 V-8. Multi-Port Fuel Injection (COUPE)
Cylinders: V8
Block Material:
Aluminum*
Displacement: 5.7 Litre/350 Cubic Inches
Bore & Stroke: 3.90 x 3.66 inches
Valvetrain: Double Overhead Cam
Cylinder Head Material: Aluminum
Cylinder Block Deck Height: 9.025 Inches
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Horsepower: 375 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Torque: 370 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Fuel Delivery: Tuned-Port Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity: 20.0 Gallons
Oil Capacity: 9.6 Quarts (Without Filter)
Total Dressed Engine Weight (Dry): 596.0 lbs
Transmission: 4 Speed Auto Transmission (Standard), 6 Speed Manual Transmission (Optional)
Standard Axle Ratio: 2.59:1 (Automatic), 3.33:1 (Manual)

*The engine crankcase, cylinder case, cylinder heads is aluminum with cast-in nodular cast iron bearing inserts.

Transmission

6 SPEED MANUAL GEAR RATIOS  4 SPEED AUTOMATIC GEAR RATIOS
1st GEAR: 2.68:1 1st GEAR: 3.06:1
2nd GEAR: 1.80:1 2nd GEAR: 1.63:1
3rd GEAR: 1.31:1 3rd GEAR: 1.00:1
4th GEAR: 1.00:1 4th GEAR: 0.70:1
5th GEAR: 1.33:1 (0.89 OD) REVERSE: 2.29:1
6th GEAR: 0.50:1
REVERSE: 2.50:1

1992 Corvette Wheels, Suspension & Brakes

Suspension (Coupe/Convertible)

Front Suspension Independent, unequal length upper and lower A-arms, transverse fiberglass leaf spring, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar.
Rear Suspension Independent, upper and lower trailing arms, lateral arms, tie rods, halfshafts, transverse fiberglass leaf springs, tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar.

Suspension (ZR-1)

Front Suspension Single fiberglass composite monoleaf transverse spring with unequal-length aluminum control arms and stabilizer bar.
Rear Suspension Fully independent five-link system with transverse fiberglass single-leaf springs, aluminum upper/lower trailing links and strut-rod tie-rod assembly.

Wheels & Tires (Coupe/Convertible)

Front Tires Goodyear Eagle ZR, P275/40ZR-17
Rear Tires Goodyear Eagle ZR, P275/40ZR-17
Front Wheels 17 x 9.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Alloy
Front Wheels 17 x 9.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Alloy

Wheels & Tires (ZR-1)

Front Tires Goodyear Eagle ZR, P275/40ZR-17
Rear Tires Goodyear Eagle ZR, P315/35ZR-17 ZR-1
Front Wheels 17 x 9.5 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Alloy
Front Wheels 17 x 11 Inches, 5 Bolt Cast Alloy

Brakes (Coupe/Convertible)

Type ABS Power-Assist Vented Brakes
Front Brakes 12.0 Inches
Rear Brakes 12.0 Inches

Brakes (Coupe/Convertible)

Type ABS Power-Assist Vented Brakes
Front Brakes 13.0 Inches (13.0 Inches – RPO Z51)
Rear Brakes 13.0 Inches (13.0 Inches – RPO Z51)

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Coupe Dimensions

1992 Corvette Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions
Model LT1 Coupe LT1 Convertible ZR-1 Coupe
Wheelbase 96.2 Inches 96.2 Inches 96.2 Inches
Overall Length 178.5 Inches 178.5 Inches 178.5 Inches
Total Body Width 70.7 Inches 70.7 Inches 73.1 Inches
Overall Height 46.3 Inches 47.3 Inches 46.3 Inches
Front Track Width 57.7 Inches 57.7 Inches 56.7 Inches
Rear Track Width 59.1 Inches 59.1 Inches 60.6 Inches

Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions
Model LT1 Coupe LT1 Convertible ZR-1 Coupe
Headroom 36.4 Inches 36.5 Inches 36.4 Inches
Shoulder Room 54.1 Inches 54.1 Inches 54.0 Inches
Hip Room 49.3 Inches 49.3 Inches 49.3 Inches
Leg Room 42.6 Inches 42.6 Inches 42.6 Inches

Capacities

Capacities
Model LT1 Coupe LT1 Convertible ZR-1 Coupe
Passenger Capacity 2 – Driver & Passenger 2 – Driver & Passenger 2 – Driver & Passenger
Curb Weight – Automatic (LBS) 3,223 3,263 N/A
Curb Weight – Manual (LBS) 3,223 3,263 3,465
Cargo Volume (CU.FT) 17.9 Cubic Feet 17.9 Cubic Feet 12.6 Cubic Feet
Fuel Capacity (GALLONS/LITERS) 20.0/76.0 20.0/76.0 20.0/76.0
Engine Oil Capacity (QTS./LITERS) 4.5 4.5 9.6
Coolant Capacity (QTS./LITERS) 14.6 14.6 16.7
Coefficient of Drag 0.33 N/A N/A
Weight Dist. Front/Rear (%) 51.5/48.5 N/A N/A

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Performance Results

Model:
LT1 Coupe
LT1 Conv
ZR-1 Coupe
Callaway
0-30 MPH:
1.9 Seconds
1.9 Seconds
2.1 Seconds
N/A
0-60 MPH:
5.6 Seconds
5.6 Seconds
4.9 Seconds
N/A
0-100 MPH:
12.6 Seconds
12.6 Seconds
10.3 Seconds
N/A
QUARTER MILE:
13.9 Seconds
13.9 Seconds
12.9 Seconds
N/A
TOP SPEED (MPH):
157
157
179
192

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN)

VIN Range 1G1YY23P6N5100001 – 1G1YY23P6N5119977 (Corvette Coupe & Convertible)
1G1YZ23J6N5800001 – 1G1YZ23J6N5800502 (ZR-1 Corvette)
1 (First Digit) 1 – United States
G (Second Digit) Manufacturer.  G – General Motors
1 (Third Digit) Manufacturer Division. 1 – Chevrolet
YY/YZ(ZR-1) Make of Car. YY – Corvette  Coupe/Convertible.  YZ – ZR-1 Corvette (Coupe Only)
2/3 (Sixth Digit) 2 – Two Door Hatchback Coupe, 3 – Two Door Convertible
3 (Seventh Digit) Type of Restraint System.  3 – Passive Restraint System.
P/J(ZR-1) (Eighth Digit) Type of Engine. P – LT1: 5.7 Liter, 350CI Engine with Tuned-Port Injection. J – LT5: 5.7 Liter, 350CI, 32 Valve Engine with Tuned-Port Injection
6 (Ninth Digit) Check Digit.
N (Tenth Digit) The Model Year. J – 1992
5 (Eleventh Digit) Location of the Assembly Plant. 5 – Bowling Green, Kentucky
1XXXXX (Twelfth thru Seventeenth Digits) Production Sequence Numbers.

The last six digits begin at 100001 and run thru 119977, accounting for each of the 19,977 Corvette Coupes/Convertibles built in 1992. Additionally, the last six digits of the ZR-1 VIN begin at 800001 and run thru 800502, accounting for each of the 502 ZR-1 Corvette Coupes built in 1992. Each Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is unique to an individual car.

For all 1992 Corvettes, the Vehicle Identification Number was stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Check Digit is used to calculate the characters in the serial number and gives it a single digit code that can be used to verify the serial number is legitimate. (Note: The Check digit number varies depending on each specific VIN number.)


1992 Corvette Factory Options

CODE: DESCRIPTION: QUANTITY: RETAIL PRICE:
1YY07
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
14,604
$33,635.00
1YY67
Base Corvette Convertible
5,875
$40,145.00
AC1
Power Passenger Seat
10,565
$475.00
AC3
Power Driver Seat
752
$555.00
AQ9
Sport Seats, leather
7,973
$1,100.00
AQ9
Sport Seats, White Leather
709
$1,180.00
AR9
Base Seats, leather
16,179
$305.00
AR9
Base Seats, White Leather
19,378
$305.00
CC2
Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible)
915
$1,995.00
C2L
Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe)
3,739
$950.00
24S
Removable Roof Panel, blue tint (coupe)
6,424
$650.00
64S
Removable Roof Panel, bronze tint (coupe)
3,005
$650.00
C68
Electronic Air Conditioning Control
18,460
$205.00
FX3
Selective Ride and Handling, electronic
5,840
$1,695.00
G92
Performance Axle Ratio
2,283
$50.00
MN6
6-Speed Manual Transmission
5,487
$0.00
NN5
California Emission Requirements
3,092
$100.00
UJ6
Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator
3,416
$325.00
UU8
Stereo System, Delco-Bose
3,241
$823.00
U1F
Stereo System With CD, Delco-Bose
15,199
$1,219.00
V56
Luggage Rack (convertible)
845
$140.00
Z07
Adjustable Suspension Package (coupe)
738
$2,045.00
ZR1
Special Performance Package  (coupe)
502
$31,683.00

Base Corvette Sport Coupe (1YY07)

  • The base price of the 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, removable body-color roof panel, and black cloth seats were included in the base price.
  • The base engine for the 1992 Corvette was the LT1, a new generation small block. In 1992 Corvettes, the engine developed 300 horsepower (net) at 5,000 rpms. The engine torque was rated at 330 lbs. -ft at 4,000 rpm. Redline was 5,700 rpm, 700 higher than the L98 it replaced. GM introduced an automatic fuel cutoff at 5,850 rpms.
  • At 452 pounds, the 1992 LT1 outweighed the 1991 L98 base engine by 21 pounds, due in part to the replacement of stainless steel exhaust manifolds with cast iron.
  • Exterior appearance of the 1992 Corvette was virtually changed from the 1991 Corvette.
  • For the ZR-1 Corvette, “ZR-1” emblems were added above the side fender vents. Two rectangular exhaust outlets were used on both the ZR-1 and base models.
  • Traction control was standard for all 1992 Corvettes. Called Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), it was created by Bosch and developed by Corvette engineers. It engaged with the ignition, but could be turned off by an instrument panel switch. ASR used engine spark retard, throttle close down, and brake intervention to limit wheel spin when accelerating. When on and active, a slight accelerator pedal pushback could be felt.

Base Corvette Convertible (1YY67)

  • The base price of the 1992 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible without optional equipment.
  • A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, 4-speed automatic transmission, removable body-color roof panel, and black cloth seats were included in the base price.
  • The base engine for the 1992 Corvette was the LT1, a new generation small block. In 1992 Corvettes, the engine developed 300 horsepower (net) at 5,000 rpms. The engine torque was rated at 330 lbs. -ft at 4,000 rpm. Redline was 5,700 rpm, 700 higher than the L98 it replaced. GM introduced an automatic fuel cutoff at 5,850 rpms.
  • At 452 pounds, the 1992 LT1 outweighed the 1991 L98 base engine by 21 pounds, due in part to the replacement of stainless steel exhaust manifolds with cast iron.
  • Exterior appearance of the 1992 Corvette was virtually changed from the 1991 Corvette.
  • Traction control was standard for all 1992 Corvettes. Called Acceleration Slip Regulation (ASR), it was created by Bosch and developed by Corvette engineers. It engaged with the ignition, but could be turned off by an instrument panel switch. ASR used engine spark retard, throttle close down, and brake intervention to limit wheel spin when accelerating. When on and active, a slight accelerator pedal pushback could be felt.

Power Passenger Seat (AC1)

  • Optional, six-way, adjustable passenger seat.
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package.

Power Driver Seat (AC3)

  • Optional, six-way, adjustable driver seat.
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package

Base Seats, Leather (AR9)

  • Leather cover option for the standard, base driver and passenger seats.
  • For a small, additional cost, these same seats could be purchased in a white leather finish.

Sports Seat, Leather (AQ9)

  • Special sport seats that featured inflatable lumbar support and power-adjusted side bolsters
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package.
  • For a small, additional cost, these same seats could be purchased in a white leather finish.

Auxiliary Hardtop (convertible) (CC2)

  • An optional, removable hardtop.

Dual Removable Roof Panels (coupe) (C2L)

  • Included both a tinted, transparent glass top and a painted top.

Removable Roof Panels, blue tint (coupe) (24S)

  • Blue tinted removable glass top.

Removable Roof Panels, bronze tint (coupe) (64S)

  • Bronze tinted removable glass top.

Electronic Air Conditioning Control (C68)

  • Air conditioning system electronic control unit.

Selective Ride & Handling, Electronic (FX3)

  • Electronically controlled suspension with manual ride selection.
  • FX3 provided three variations of suspension control regulated by a console switch.
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package.

Performance Axle Ratio (G92)

  • Optional performance axle ratio of 3.07:1 or 3.33:1.
  • Was only offered when the Corvette was ordered with an automatic transmission.
  • The actual “Performance Axle Ratio” varied from year to year. The G92 Option was available when ordering either the Corvette or the Camaro throughout the 1980’s and early ’90’s.

Engine Oil Cooler (KC4)

  • Internal cooler used to cool internal components of the automobile’s internal combustion engine.

6-Speed Manual Transmission (MN6)

  • An optional, no-cost, 6-speed manual transmission.
  • The six-speed manual transmission was designed jointly by ZF (Zahnradfabrik Friedrichshafen) and Chevrolet and was initially built by ZF in Germany.
  • A computer-aided gear selection feature bypassed second and third gears (and locked out fifth and sixth) for improved fuel economy when a series of low performance criteria were met.

California Emission Requirements (NN5)

  • Revised emission/exhaust components to meet California Emission standards

Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicator (UJ6)

  • Low tire/air pressure monitoring and warning system.
  • Sensors strapped to each side of the inside of each wheel sent a radio signal to a instrument-panel receiver if pressure in any tire dropped below a preset limit.
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package.

Stereo System, Delco-Bose (UU8)

  • 200 watt Delco Bose AM/FM stereo radio with cassette.
  • A power delay feature was added to all models which permitted the stereo system and power windows to operate after the ignition was switched to “off” or “lock”. Power was cut after the driver’s door was opened or after 15 minutes, whichever came first.
  • The AM band for radios was expanded to receive more frequencies.

Stereo System with CD, Delco-Bose (U1F)

  • 200 watt Delco Bose AM/FM stereo radio with compact disc player.
  • This option was included as part of the ZR1 package.
  • To discourage theft, the CD player required an electronic security code input after battery disconnect.
  • A power delay feature was added to all models which permitted the stereo system and power windows to operate after the ignition was switched to “off” or “lock”. Power was cut after the driver’s door was opened or after 15 minutes, whichever came first.

Luggage Rack (convertible) (V56)

  • Optional luggage rack that was mounted to the rear decklid of the Corvette convertible.

Adjustable Suspension Package (coupe) (Z07)

  • Heavy Duty Suspension with Ride Control Selection.
  • This option included RPO FX3, heavy-duty suspension and heavy-duty brakes. Available with both automatic and manual transmissions.
  • Intended for aggressive driving or competition, the Z07 option was limited to coupes.

Special Performance Package (coupe) (ZR1)

  • Extensive performance upgrades to the base model Corvette.
  • The ZR1 option included unique bodywork (doors, rear quarters, rocker panels, rear fascia, and rear upper panel.)
  • ZR1 optioned Corvettes were fitted with special Goodyear Z-rated P315/35ZR17 tires that were mated to 11-inch wide rear rims.
  • The ZR1 option included a number of other RPO’s (normally listed separately) including: Power Passenger Seats (AC1), Power Driver Seats (AC3), Sports Seats, Leather (AQ9), Electronic Air Conditioning Control (C68), Selective Ride and Handling, electronic ( FX3), Stereo System with CD, Delco Bose (U1F), and Low Tire Pressure Warning Indicators (UJ6) and a specially laminated “solar” windshield were included. Additionally, the six-speed manual transmission (MN6) was required.
  • NOTE: During the model year, RPO AC1 was deleted from the ZR1 package and the price was reduced by $305.00.
  • The ZR1 was also fitted with a special LT5 engine (that was unique and limited to the ZR1 coupe.) The LT5 engine was designed with the same V-8 configuration and 4.4 inch bore spacing as the standard L98 engine, but was otherwise an all new Chevrolet/Lotus design with four overhead camshafts and 32 valves..
  • Despite extensive use of aluminum, the complexity of the LT5 engine caused it to weigh just under 40 pounds more than the base model iron-block engine.
  • Despite its similar appearance to the 1992 L98 Corvette, the ZR-1 still received unique doors and rear body panels to accept the 11-inch wide rear wheels. The high mount center stop lamp for the 1992 ZR-1s continued to be roof mounted.
  • The LT5 Engine produced 375 horsepower but still managed to avoid the EPA’s gas guzzler tax.
  • The LT5 Engines were assembled by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and were then shipped to the Corvette plant in Bowling Green Kentucky for ZR1 Corvette assembly.
  • Chevrolet service departments returned LT5 engines to Mercury Marine for certain repairs. Customers were given the choice of a replacement engine or return of their original engine, if repairable.
  • RPO K05 (Engine Block Heater) was not available when the ZR1 option was ordered.
  • The ZR1 option was only available in the coupe bodystyle.

Notes:

  • The 1-millionth Corvette, a white convertible, was built on July 2, 1992.
  • Instrument face panels were changed to all-black, replacing the 1990-1991’s grey-black.
  • The digital speedometer was relocated above the fuel gauge. Gauge graphics were refined for better legibility.
  • Corvette’s new LT1 engine utilized reverse flow cooling, the first such application at Chevrolet. Rather than route coolant from the water pump through the block to the heads, the LT1 routed coolant to the heads first. This permitted higher bore temperatures and reduced ring friction, and helped cooling around the valve seats and spark plug bosses.
  • Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil was factory fill for the LT1 and Chevrolet recommended its continued use by owners. An engine oil cooler was no longer available, proven unnecessary when synthetic oil was used.
  • New Goodyear GS-C tires were introduced as standard equipment on all 1992 Corvettes and were exclusive to Corvettes worldwide for 1992. The GS-C tread design was directional and asymmetrical.
  • Improvements in weather sealing were achieved with improved weatherstrip seals. Road noise reduction came from additional insulation in the doors and improved insulation in the transmission tunnel.
  • RPO K05 engine block heater was available with base engines and intended for Canada export only. In 1992, 368 were sold at $20.00.

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Recalls

Recall 06e043000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: Honeywell International, Inc.
Mfr’s Report Date: May 19, 2006
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 06e043000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Fuel System, Gasoline
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 88303

Summary

Certain Replacement Fuel Filters, Fram Brand Name P/n G3727, With Date Codes X52911 Through X60801 Sequentially Or X600141 And A Mexico Country Or Origin Marking On The Fuel Filter Housing Manufactured From October 18, 2005, Through March 21, 2006, Sold For Use On The Vehicles Listed Above And On Certain School Buses. (To See The School Bus Engine Sizes, Click On “Document Search” And Then “Bus Applications”). The Connector On The Fuel Filter Was Not Manufactured To Honeywell’s Specification. As A Result, The O-ring May Not Seat Correctly On The Fuel Line.

Consequence

This Condition May Cause An Inadequate Seal At The Connection, Potentially Leading To A Fuel Leak. In The Presence Of An Ignition Source, A Fire Could Occur.

Remedy

Honeywell Will Notify Owners And Replace The Fuel Filters Free Of Charge. The Recall Began On October 18, 2006. Owners May Contact Fram Customer Service At 1-800-890-2075 (Option 1).

Notes

This Recall Only Pertains To Aftermarket Fram Fuel Filters And Has No Relation To Any Original Equipment Installed On The Vehicles Listed. Customers May Contact The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline At 1-888-327-4236 (Tty: 1-800-424-9153); Or Go To Http://www.safercar.gov.

Recall 92V160000

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Mfr’s Report Date: Oct 23, 1992
Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 92v160000
Nhtsa Action Number: N/a
Component: Steering:hydraulic Power Assist:hose, Piping, And Connections
Potential Number Of Units Affected: 5152

Summary

The Power Steering Gear Inlet Hose On These Vehicles Can Fracture, Causing Power Steering Fluid To Spray From Hose Into The Engine Compartment.

Consequence

The Power Steering Fluid Is Flammable And Could Cause an Underhood Fire If Exposed To A Source Of Ignition.

Remedy

Replace The Power Steering Gear Inlet Hose With An Improved Design.

Notes

System: Steering.vehicle Description: Passenger Cars With Lt1 Engines.


1992 Corvette Service Bulletins

Service Bulletin 020730024a

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 020730024a
Date Of Bulletin: Aug 01, 2005
Nhtsa Item Number: 634999

Component

Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift

Summary

Diagnosis Of Cracked Or Broken Transmission Case. *tt 2006 And Prior Cars And Light Duty Trucks. *tt

Service Bulletin 01697

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 01697
Date Of Bulletin: Jan 01, 2004
Nhtsa Item Number: 10006297
Component: Equipment:electrical

Summary

No Serial Data Communications Using The Tech 1 With A 1986 Or Newer Camaro, Firebird Or Corvette With A 5.0 Or 5.7 Litre Engine. Sit Bulletin 1450640. *tt

Service Bulletin 010729004

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp.
Service Bulletin Number: 010729004
Date Of Bulletin: Jun 01, 2001
Nhtsa Item Number: 622763

Component

Power Train:manual Transmission

Summary

Information Regarding Corvette Zf Six Speed Manual Transmission.

Service Bulletin 9313110

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Corvette
Model Year: 1992
Manufacturer: General Motors Corp
Service Bulletin Number: 9313110
Date Of Bulletin: Mar 01, 1993
Nhtsa Item Number: 39547
Component: Visibility:glass, Side/rear

Summary

Rear Lift Window Hard To Open/hinge Loose To Glass. *tw


1992 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 1992 Corvette. This information comes from a variety of sources including the NHTSA Defects Reports pages. While the intent of this page is to identify the common issues pertaining to the 1992 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.

Mechanical Issues

Engine

The engine may accelerate at anytime without warning, regardless of whether the car is gear or in reverse.

The air control valve has been identified as a possible cause of this issue.

An occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the Opti-Spark Ignition System. Failure of the Opti-Spark Ignition System applies to (PFI V8 engines) only. Failure of the Opti-Spark Ignition System may prevent the vehicle from starting.

Braking System

The anti-lock braking system fails unexpectedly during normal driving conditions resulting in loss of vehicle control.

Shock Absorber & Suspension

A periodic problem is the failure of the Shock Absorber Actuator. Failure of the Shock Absorber Actuator applies to vehicles equipped with Selective Ride Control only.

Heating & Air Conditioning

An occasional problem on this vehicle is failure of the Automatic Temperature Control. This vehicle was originally charged with R-12 refrigerant which is no longer being manufactured. The refrigerant is still available, but it is very expensive ($25.00-$50.00 per pound, 2-5 pounds per vehicle). Conversion to the new R-134A refrigerant is also a viable, and more cost effective, option.

Electrical Issues

Electronic Control Unit (ECU)

The electronic control unit (ECU) is prone to failure which cause low idle or stall conditions. Failure of the ECU can also prevent the Corvette from starting.

Exterior Issues

Windshield Wiper System

The windshield wipers periodically skip across the windshield, which causes them to get out of sync with each other. Additionally, the wiper assembly is prone to lock up during normal usage and requires replacement of entire assembly.

Interior Issues

Passive Restraint System

During activation in an impact situation, the airbags either failed to deploy completely, or they partially deployed without fully inflating.

Seat Belts & Safety Restraints

In some instances, the shoulder harness of the driver’s seat belt has failed to restrain driver during crash condition, causing driver to sustain injury against steering wheel/dashboard.

Driver & Passenger Seats

The power seats wiring is known to arc and cause the seats/floor carpeting to catch fire.

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedule

Schedule 1

Follow Schedule 1 if your car is mainly operated under one or more of the following conditions:.

  • When most trips are less than 4 miles (6 kilometers)
  • When most trips are less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) when outside temperatures are below freezing.
  • When the engine is at low speed most of the time (as in stop-and-go traffic).
  • When operating in dusty areas.
1992 Corvette Maintenance Schedule
1992 Corvette Maintenance Schedule

Schedule 2

Follow Schedule 2 only if none of the driving conditions specified in Schedule 1 apply

1992 Corvette Maintenance Schedule
1992 Corvette Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Information

The 1992 Corvette has an Engine Oil Life Monitor. This monitor will show drivers when to change their oil – usually between 3,000 miles (5,000 km) and 7,500 miles (12,500 km) since the last oil change.  Under severe conditions the indicator may come on before 3,000 miles (5,000 km).  Never drive your vehicle more than 7,500 miles (12,500 km) or 12 months whichever occurs first, without an oil change.

The system won’t detect dust in the oil.  If you drive in a dusty area be sure to change your oil every 3,000 miles (5,000 km) or sooner if the CHANGE OIL light comes on.  Remember to reset the Oil Life Monitor when the oil has been changed.  See “GM Oil Life System” (at the bottom of this page) for more information on resetting the system.

Explanation of Scheduled Maintenance Services:

Engine Oil and Filter Change: Use only API Service SG Energy Conserving II oils of the proper viscosity.*  The engine requires a special oil meeting GM Standard GM4718M.  Oils meeting this Standard may be identified as synthetic, and should also be identified as API Service SG.  However, not all Synthetic API Service SG oils will meet this GM Standard.  You should look for and use only an oil that meets GM Standard GM4718M.

Chassis Lubrication: Lubricate the transmission shift linkage, parking brake cable guides, underbody contact points and linkage. Lubricate the front suspension.

Engine Accessory Drive Belt Inspection: Inspect the belts for cracks, fraying, wear and proper tension.  Replace as needed.

Cooling System Service: Drain, flush and refill the system with new or approved recycled coolant conforming to GM Specification 1825M.  Keep coolant at the proper mixture as specified.  This provides proper freeze protection, corrosion inhibitor level and engine operating temperature.

Inspect hoses and replace if they are cracked, swollen or deteriorated.  Tighten screw-type hose clamps. Clean the outside of the radiator and air conditioning condenser.  Wash the pressure cap and neck.

To help ensure proper operation, we recommend a pressure test of both the cooling system and the pressure cap.

Transmission Service: For manual transmissions, the fluid doesn’t require changing.

For automatic transmissions, change both the fluid and filter every 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) if the vehicle is mainly driven under one or more of these conditions: heavy city traffic where the outside temperature regularly reaches 90°F (32°C) or higher, in hilly or mountainous terrain. Uses such as found in taxi, police or delivery service.  If you do not use your vehicle under any of these conditions, change the fluid and filter at 100,000 miles (166,000 kilometers).

Spark Plug Replacement: Replace spark plugs with the proper type.

Spark Plug Wire Inspection: Inspect for burns, cracks or other damage.  Check the boot fit at the coils and at the spark plugs.  Replace the wires as needed.

Air Cleaner Filter Replacement: Replace every 30,000 miles (50,000 kilometers) or more often under dusty conditions.  Ask your local dealership for proper intervals based on individual driving conditions.

Fuel Tank, Cap and Line Inspection: Inspect the fuel tank, cap, and lines (including fuel rails and injection assembly) for damage and leaks.

Inspect fuel cap gasket for an even filler neck imprint or any damage.  Replace parts as needed.  Periodic replacement of the fuel filter is not required.

Owner Inspection & Service Items

At Each Fuel Fill

It is important for you or a service station attendant to perform these underhood checks at each fuel fill.

Engine Oil Level Check: Check the engine oil level and add the proper oil if necessary. If you have a ZR-1 you should check your engine oil when the engine is cold.

Engine Coolant Level Check: Check the engine coolant level and add the proper coolant mixture if necessary.

Windshield Washer Fluid Level Check: Check the windshield washer fluid level in the windshield washer tank and add the proper fluid if necessary.

At Least Once a Month

Tire Inflation Check: Make sure tires are inflated to the correct pressures specified on the Tire-Loading Information Label located on the rear edge of the driver door.

At Least Once A Year

Key Lock Cylinder Service: Lubricate the key lock cylinders.

Body Lubrication Service: Lubricate all body door hinges. Also lubricate all hinges and latches, including those for the hood, rear compartment, console door and any folding seat hardware.  More frequent lubrication may be required when exposed to a corrosive environment.

Starter Switch Check: CAUTION: When you are doing this check, the vehicle could move suddenly.  If it does, you or others could be injured. Before you start, be sure you have enough room around the vehicle.
Firmly apply the parking brake and the regular brake.  (NOTE: Do not use the accelerator pedal, and be ready to turn off the engine immediately  if it starts.)

On automatic transmission vehicles, try to start the engine in each gear. The starter should work only in PARK (P) or NEUTRAL (N). If the starter works in any other position, your vehicle needs service.
On manual transmission vehicles, put the shift lever in NEUTRAL (N), push the clutch down halfway and try to start the engine. The starter should work only when the clutch is pushed down all the way to the floor.  If the starter works when the clutch isn’t pushed all the way down, your vehicle needs service.

Steering Column Lock Check: While parked, and with the parking brake set, try to turn the ignition key to OFF in each shift lever position.

With an automatic transmission, the key should turn to LOCK only when the shift lever is in PARK (P). With a manual transmission, the key should turn to LOCK only when the shift lever is in REVERSE (R). On all vehicles, the key should come out only in LOCK.

Parking Brake and Automatic Transmission PARK (P) Mechanism Check: CAUTION: When you are doing this check, your vehicle could begin to move. You or others could be injured and property could be damaged. Make sure there is room in front of your vehicle in case it begins to roll. Be ready to apply the regular brake at once should the vehicle begin to move.

Park on a fairly steep hill, with the vehicle facing downhill.  Keeping your foot on the regular brake, set the parking brake.

To check the parking brake’s holding ability: With the engine running and transmission in NEUTRAL (N), slowly remove foot pressure from the regular brake pedal. Do this until the vehicle is held by the parking brake only.

To check the PARK (P) mechanism’s holding ability: With the engine running, shift to PARK (P). Then release the parking brake followed by the regular brake.

Underbody Flushing Service: At least every spring, use plain water to flush any corrosive materials from the underbody. Take care to clean thoroughly any areas where mud and other debris can collect.

Dealership Inspection & Service Items

At Least Twice A Year

Steering and Suspension Inspection: Inspect the front and rear suspension and steering system for damaged, loose or missing parts, signs of wear or lack of lubrication. Inspect the power steering lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc.

Tire and Wheel Inspection: Inspect the tires for uneven wear or damage. If there is irregular or premature wear, check the wheel alignment.  Inspect for damaged wheels.

Exhaust System Inspection: Inspect the complete exhaust system. Inspect the body near the exhaust system. Look for broken, damaged, missing or out-of-position parts as well as open seams, holes, loose connections or other conditions which could cause a heat build-up in the floor pan or could let exhaust fumes into the vehicle.

Rear Axle Service: Check the gear lubricant level in the rear axle and add if needed.  A fluid loss may indicate a problem. Check the axle and repair it if needed.

Brake System Inspection: Inspect the complete system. Inspect brake lines and hoses for proper hook-up, binding, leaks, cracks, chafing, etc. Inspect disc brake pads for wear and rotors for surface condition. Inspect other brake parts, including calipers, parking brake, etc.  You may need to have your brakes inspected more often if your driving habits or conditions result in frequent braking.

NOTE: A low brake fluid level can indicate worn disc brake pads which may need to be serviced.  Also if the brake light stays on or comes on, something may be wrong with the brake system.  If your anti-lock brake system warning light stays on, come on or flashes, something may be wrong with the anti-lock braking system.

GM Oil Life System: Your vehicle has a computer that lets you know when to change your engine oil. This is not based on mileage, but on engine revolutions and engine operating temperature. When the computer has calculated that the oil needs changing, the GM Oil Life System will indicate that a change is necessary.

The mileage between oil changes will vary depending on how you drive your vehicle — usually between 3,000 miles (5 000 km) and 10,000 miles (16 000 km) since your last oil and filter change. Under severe conditions, the system may come on before 3,000 miles (5 000 km). Never drive your vehicle more than 10,000 miles (16 000 km) or 12 months (whichever occurs first) without an oil change. Use engine oil meeting the GM Standard GM4718M.

The system won’t detect dust in the oil. So, if you drive in a dusty area, be sure to change your oil and filter every 3,000 miles (5 000 km) or sooner if the CHANGE OIL SOON message appears. Remember to reset the system whenever the oil is changed.

How to Reset the Change Oil Soon Message
To reset the CHANGE OIL SOON message after an oil change, do the following:
1. Turn the ignition to ON and with the engine off.
2. Press the TRIP button so the OIL LIFE percentage is displayed.
3. Press RESET and hold for two seconds. OIL LIFE REMAIN 100% will appear.

1992 Corvette

1992 Corvette DIY Service Guide

Battery & Charging

Inspection & Replacement of Battery, Factory Battery Specifications, Replacement of Alternator/Generator

Belts & Hoses

How to Replace Drive Belt(s), Inspection & Replacement of Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses

Braking

Inspection & Replacement of Brake Pads, Inspection & Replacement of Front/Rear Brake Rotors, How to Replace Brake Calipers, How to Bleed Brakes, Inspection & Replacement of Master Cylinder

Heating & Cooling

Inspection & Replacement of Radiator, How to Replace the Heater Core, Inspection & Replacement of Upper/Lower Radiator Hoses, How to Flush the Cooling System, How to Replace the Water Pump, How to Replace a Thermostat.

Emissions

Location of, Inspection & Replacement of Oxygen Sensors (Upstream/Downstream), How to Replace the EGR Valve, How to Replace the Smog Pump.

Filters/PCV Valves

Location & Replacement of the Following Filters: Oil Filter, Fuel Filter, Transmission Filter, PCV Valve.

Ignition & Tune Up

How to Replace the Ignition Coil, How to Replace the Ignition Switch, Inspection & Replacement of Sparkplug Wires, Inspection & Replacement of Cap & Rotor, How to Replace Sparkplugs, Engine Firing Order, Engine Timing.

Relays & Sensors

Location & Replacement of: Mass Air Flow Sensor, Oil Pressure Sensor, Engine Temperature Sensor, Ambient Air Temperature Sensor, Fuel Pressure Sensor, Oxygen Sensors (Upstream/Downstream).

Suspension & Steering

Inspection & Replacement of Upper/Lower Ball Joints, How to Replace Control Arm Bushings, How to Replace the Power Steering Pump, Inspection & Replacement of Front Shocks/Struts, Inspection & Replacement of Rear Shocks/Struts, How to Replace Inner & Outer Tie Rod Ends.

Starter/External Engine

How to Replace the Starter Motor, How to Replace the Starter Solenoid, How to Replace the Drive Belt Tensioner, How to Replace the Idler Pulley, Location of, Inspection & Replacement of Engine (Motor) Mounts, How to Replace the Oil Pan Gasket, How to Replace the Oil Pump.

Transmission & Clutches

How to Change the Transmission Filter (Automatic Transmission), How to Replace a Clutch (Manual Transmission).

Source Material:

  1. The Pocket Book of the Corvette: The Definitive Guide to the All American Sports Car – Copyright 2003, Barnes & Noble
  2. CORVETTE: Sports Car Superstar – Copyright 2005, PIL – Publications International, Ltd.
  3. Corvette Black Book – Copyright 2009, Michael Bruce Associates, Inc.
  4. The Complete Book of Corvette, Every Model Since 1953 – Copyright 2005, Mike Mueller – MBI Publishing

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