1994 COrvette

1994 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 1994 Corvette.  While the intent of this page is to identify the common issues pertaining to the 1994 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.

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1994 Corvette Recalls, Technical Service Bulletins, & Maintenance Schedule

The information contained on this page is for reference only.  The time and mileage intervals for each of the maintenance items included on this page were established by General Motors with the introduction of the 1994 Chevy Corvette.  Please note that the original service intervals may not reflect the standard service intervals used in current automobile engines.

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1994 Corvette Common Issues

The following list of common issues is intended for individual reference only, and may not reflect the specific issues of every 1994 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 1994 Corvette, it is not an all-inclusive list and should be used for reference only.

Mechanical Issues

Engine

The Opti-Spark Ignition System has been known to fail on late model C4 Corvettes (those equipped with PFI V8 engines).

Failure of the Opti-Spark Ignition System may prevent the vehicle from starting.

Failure of the Ignition Lock Cylinder occurs, though infrequently, preventing the vehicle from starting.

The LT1 engine is prone to engine oil leaks, most especially around the front and rear of the intake manifold. The manifold was sealed at the ends with RTV rather than gasket material and tended to leak even straight from the factory. Other common areas to check for oil leaks on the engine include: the timing chain cover, the valve covers, the waterpump drive seal, the oil pan, and the front and rear main bearing seals.

The LT1 engine often exhibits a rough idle at start-up, especially after the car has been sitting for an extended period of time. The most probable cause of the idling issue is fouled injectors. In many instances, adding a fuel stabilizer and/or fuel injection cleaner to the fuel tank helps resolve this issue.

Transmission

A transmission leak may occur from the pump body on 4L60-E transmissions due to the pump bushing walking out of the valve body.

It should be noted the ZF6 transmission is somewhat noisy (particularly in neutral with the clutch out)

The transmission is controlled by an electronic control unit. In some instances, this unit is known to fail, causing erratic transmission shifting problems resulting in drivability issues.
The automatic transmission is known to lock up in second gear.

Radiator

It is quite common for road debris and trash to get sucked up between the radiator and the A/C condensor, thereby blocking air flow and causing the engine to overheat. This area should be inspected and cleaned out at regular intervals.
Check the underside of the radiator for signs of leaking coolant, the side tanks on the factory radiator are constructed of plastic and may be cracked and leaking on a higher mileage car.

Braking System

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

Exterior Issues

Body/Frame Rigidity

Several instances have been reported of body vibration when the removable top is off the vehicle. The vibration becomes excessive during operation at highway speeds. These same vibrations can cause loss of vehicle control/vehicle stability.

Interior Issues

Dashboard

The digital dashboard has a tendency to stop operating on occasion, although it may operate normally on the next start-up. Possible causes for the intermittent issue include bad wiring and aging/damaged dash-illuminating light bulbs.

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.

1994 Corvette