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.
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.
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.
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.
The anti-lock braking system fails unexpectedly during normal driving conditions resulting in loss of vehicle control.
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.
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.
I HAVE A 94 CONVERTRIBLE THAT LEAKS EVERYTIME IT RAINS. SOMEONE TOLD ME TO CLEAN OUT THE TUBES THAT CLOG NEAR THE VENTS(OUTSIDE). aNY IDEAS?
I’ve been in the car biz all my life. Starting off at a Chevy dealer in 1972. The owner ordered only white Vette’s because the body work from GM was so bad. All the problems I’ve ever experienced from leak concerns were from clogged drainage. Big problem with sunroof and moonroof cars, but when it comes to ragtops there are no drainage areas. (NONE). If it’s in the front, Look at the windshield (Most possibly rust). If it’s in the back, Check out the gaskets. Good luck. I live in Illinois. If I can help, I will. Whatever you do, DON’T start caulking things. P.S. Congrats on driving your vette in the rain. I’m not sure if my wipers work…. HA HA. Good luck.
my 94 corvette cut off after driving 25 t0 30 miles and after waiting 20 minutes it starts and it does the same thing again. A trip from chesapeke, VA to Henderson, NC it stoped 6 times and repeated the same procedure each time. Is there a cutoff relay, value, near the fuel intake or what is the problem.