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1991 Corvette Recalls
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: Honeywell International, Inc. Mfr’s Report Date: Oct 19, 2007 Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 07e088000 Nhtsa Action Number: N/a Component: Equipment Potential Number Of Units Affected: 121680
Certain Honeywell Fram Racing Brand Hp4 And Hp8 Oil Filters That Were Manufactured From May 25, 2006, Through September 14, 2007, And Sold For Use As Replacement Equipment For Vehicles List Above. The Affected Filters Are Marked With A Date Code A61451 Through A72571 Sequentially. The Date Code And Part Number Appear On The Filter Housing. Fram Racing Hp4 And Hp8 Oil Filters Not Bearing A Date Code In This Range Are Not Affected By This Recall. The Gasket Of The Oil Filter Becomes More Pliable Under High Temperatures And Pressures.
This Condition May Cause Inadequate Sealing And Loss Of Engine Oil, Possibly Resulting In A Fire.
Honeywell Will Replace The Affected Oil Filters Free Of Charge. The Recall Began During November 2007. Owners Can Contact Fram Customer Service Toll-free At 1-800-890-2075.
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.
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Mfr’s Report Date: Jan 16, 1990 Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 90v008000 Nhtsa Action Number: N/a Component: Fuel System, Gasoline:delivery:hoses, Lines/piping, And Fittings Potential Number Of Units Affected: 213
Fuel Feed And Return Line Connectors Have Incorrect Line End Flare Configurations.
Line Ends Could Crack Causing A Fuel Leak That Could Result In An Engine Compartment Fire.
Install New Fuel Lines With Correct End Flare Configuration.
System: Fuel Lines. Vehicle Description: Passenger Cars With Lt5 Engines.
Recall 91v143000 Ea90033
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Mfr’s Report Date: Aug 26, 1991 Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 91v143000 Ea90033 Nhtsa Action Number: Ea90033 Component: Seat Belts:front:anchorage Potential Number Of Units Affected: 231833
Under Certain Vehicle Operations And Occupant Usage Conditions, The Safety Belts Can Lockup Or Jam In The Safety Belt Retractor.
If Lockup Occurs, It Is Impossible To Pull Belt Out Of The Retractor. The Occupant Of A Seat With An Unusable Safety Belt Is Subject To Increased Risk Of Injury Or Death In The Event Of A Sudden Stop Or Accident.
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Service Bulletin Number: 020730024a Date Of Bulletin: Aug 01, 2005 Nhtsa Item Number: 634999
Power Train: Automatic Transmission: Lever And Linkage: Column Shift
Diagnosis Of Cracked Or Broken Transmission Case. *tt 2006 And Prior Cars And Light Duty Trucks. *tt
Service Bulletin 020730024a
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Service Bulletin Number: 01697 Date Of Bulletin: Jan 01, 2004 Nhtsa Item Number: 10006297 Component: Equipment:electrical
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: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp. Service Bulletin Number: 010729004 Date Of Bulletin: Jun 01, 2001 Nhtsa Item Number: 622763
Power Train:manual Transmission
Information Regarding Corvette Zf Six Speed Manual Transmission.
Service Bulletin 9313110
Make: Chevrolet Model: Corvette Model Year: 1991 Manufacturer: General Motors Corp Service Bulletin Number: 9313110 Date Of Bulletin: Mar 01, 1993 Nhtsa Item Number: 39547 Component: Visibility:glass, Side/rear
Rear Lift Window Hard To Open/hinge Loose To Glass. *tw
1991 Corvette Common Issues
The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 1991 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 1991 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.
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.
Follow Schedule 2 only if none of the driving conditions specified in Schedule 1 apply.
The 1991 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.
1991 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
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.
Location of, Inspection & Replacement of Oxygen Sensors (Upstream/Downstream), How to Replace the EGR Valve, How to Replace the Smog Pump.
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.
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).