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Our Club meets the first Wednesday of the month at Golden Corral on US 19 N in Spring Hill. We also occasionally alternately meet at Coney Island Drive-In on East Jefferson in Brooksville.

If You own a Corvette And would like to join a Corvette social club, please stop in and join.

Dues Are Still Only $30.00 Per Year.

*For Application click here!*

Directors  

  Joe Tyberghein
  
Rich Stratton
  David Liddell
Rich Michaels 
 Val Stratton
     Jim Kincell    

 Treasurer
David Liddell

Webmaster
Dave Haney

Secretary
Val Stratton (has NCCC window stickers)

                                                                                                   Events Committee
                                                       Barry & Nancy Crowe
                                                       Dave & Judy Haney
                                                       Paul & Lucy Levine
                                                     David & Babette Liddell



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Engine Cleaning
Never clean your engine with any cleaner containing an alkaline. This can cause all aluminum items to turn brown. The paint on the valve cover is a clear coated baked-on powder paint. A good cleaner like Simple Green can be purchased at Wal-Mart, K-Mart or auto parts stores. A direct spray of hot or cold water may cause a lot of engine driveability problems as a result of water entering the electrical connectors. Your valve covers on the LT1 and the air plenum and cam covers on the LT5 can get water spots (acid rain). Treat these components as you would the clear coat on the exterior of your car, but don't wax since the heat may cause surface damage. Refer to page 283 of your owner's manual

Checking Automatic Transmission Oil
When checking the oil in the auto transmission, always check the level after the car has been driven and the engine temperature is at the normal operating temperature of 170 degrees. If the level is between the XXX marks, it is OK. If checked cold, the oil level will check low because oil expands when warm. Refer to pages 244 and 247 of your owner's manual.

ABS Pump Noise
When going from a stop to 4 mph in forward or reverse the first time after the car is started, you will hear the ABS pump cycle indicating a self test. The ABS active light will also come on when the pump cycles. This is normal. The ABS pump assembly is behind the driver in the rear storage area. The pump may cycle when you have a hard brake applied. This is also normal. Refer to page 102 of the owner's manual.

Six-Speed Low Gear Noise
The Corvette may have some low gear noise. This is normal due to the design of the teeth on the gears (for durability reasons). Refer to your video.

Checking Brake Fluid
Brake fluid is hygroscopic, able to draw in moisture like a sponge.  It is no wonder, then, that the brake fluid in the master cylinder is often dark, almost black in appearance.  But does that mean it has to be changed?

Not always.  And while there are test strips to test the moisture content, here is a method that works just as well.  Use your DMM (Digital Multimeter) to test the fluid!  The procedure is easy enough.  Hook up your negative meter lead to the negative battery post, and then insert your positive meter lead into the brake fluid while avoiding contact with the reservoir itself.  Any reading over 0.30 volts is too much, and the fluid should be flushed.  This test is a result of an SAE paper showing a distinct relationship between moisture content and the voltage measured.  It is also a great demo to share with your customer when selling the repair!

 

Copper content is also a measure of the condition of the brake fluid.  Look for a greenish tinge to the fluid color as an indication of excessive copper content, or use a test strip designed for this use.  This, too, is cause for a fluid flush.

 

Brake fluid that has outlived its useful life can lead to more expensive repairs and impact brake system function.  Make a habit of checking your customerís fluid condition as part of your normal vehicle inspection.  Itís good for them and good for your bottom line.


= Under hood

= Various Component Operations


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