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  • 1. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual M In Brief . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Seats and Restraints . . . . . . . . . 3-1 Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4 Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Vehicle Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 Lighting Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 Performance and Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Child Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29 Infotainment System . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Keys, Doors, and Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1 Storage Compartments . . . . . . . . 4-1 Audio Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11 Keys and Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Additional Storage Features . . . 4-2 Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16 Doors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Trademarks and License Vehicle Security. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Instruments and Controls . . . . 5-1 Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24 Exterior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Interior Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Warning Lights, Gauges, and Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 Climate Control Systems . . . . . . 8-1 Roof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 Information Displays . . . . . . . . . . 5-26 Air Vents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-6 Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-35 Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-7 Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . . 5-54 Universal Remote System . . . . 5-62
  • 2. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2012 Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual M Driving and Operating . . . . . . . . 9-1 Bulb Replacement . . . . . . . . . . 10-44 Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Driving Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-2 Electrical System . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-46 Vehicle Identification . . . . . . . . . 12-1 Starting and Operating . . . . . . . 9-18 Wheels and Tires . . . . . . . . . . . 10-54 Vehicle Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12-2 Engine Exhaust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26 Jump Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-78 Automatic Transmission . . . . . . 9-27 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82 Customer Information . . . . . . . 13-1 Manual Transmission . . . . . . . . . 9-32 Appearance Care . . . . . . . . . . . 10-82 Customer Information . . . . . . . . 13-1 Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-35 Reporting Safety Defects . . . . 13-19 Ride Control Systems . . . . . . . . 9-36 Service and Maintenance . . . 11-1 Vehicle Data Recording and Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-45 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 11-1 Privacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13-20 Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-48 Maintenance Schedule . . . . . . . 11-3 Special Application OnStar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-54 OnStar Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-1 Conversions and Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8 Additional Maintenance OnStar Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-2 Add-Ons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-54 OnStar Additional and Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-8 Vehicle Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Recommended Fluids, Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14-5 General Information . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 Lubricants, and Parts . . . . . . 11-12 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i-1 Vehicle Checks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-7 Maintenance Records . . . . . . . 11-15 Headlamp Aiming . . . . . . . . . . . 10-44
  • 3. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Introduction iii This manual describes features that Canadian Vehicle Owners may or may not be on your specific vehicle either because they are Propriétaires Canadiens options that you did not purchase or A French language copy of this due to changes subsequent to the manual can be obtained from your printing of this owner manual. dealer or from: Please refer to the purchase The names, logos, emblems, documentation relating to your On peut obtenir un exemplaire de slogans, vehicle model names, specific vehicle to confirm each of ce guide en français auprès du and vehicle body designs appearing the features found on your vehicle. concessionnaire ou à ladresse in this manual including, but not For vehicles first sold in Canada, suivante: limited to, GM, the GM logo, substitute the name “General CHEVROLET, the CHEVROLET Helm, Incorporated Motors of Canada Limited” for P.O. Box 07130 Emblem, CORVETTE, CORVETTE Chevrolet Motor Division wherever GRAND SPORT, Z06, and ZR1 Detroit, MI 48207 it appears in this manual. are trademarks and/or service 1-800-551-4123 marks of General Motors LLC, its Keep this manual in the vehicle for Numéro de poste 6438 de langue subsidiaries, affiliates, or licensors. quick reference. française www.helminc.com Litho in U.S.A. © Part No. 20905002 B Second Printing 2011 General Motors LLC. All Rights Reserved.
  • 4. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) iv Introduction Using this Manual Symbols { WARNING To quickly locate information about The vehicle has components and the vehicle, use the Index in the These mean there is something labels that use symbols instead of back of the manual. It is an that could hurt you or other text. Symbols are shown along with alphabetical list of what is in the people. the text describing the operation or manual and the page number where information relating to a specific it can be found. component, control, message, Notice: This means there is gauge, or indicator. something that could result in Danger, Warnings, and property or vehicle damage. M : This symbol is shown when Cautions This would not be covered by you need to see your owner manual the vehicles warranty. for additional instructions or Warning messages found on vehicle information. labels and in this manual describe hazards and what to do to avoid or * : This symbol is shown when reduce them. you need to see a service manual for additional instructions or Danger indicates a hazard with a information. high level of risk which will result in serious injury or death. Warning or Caution indicates a A circle with a slash through it is hazard that could result in injury a safety symbol which means or death. “Do Not,” “Do not do this,” or “Do not let this happen.”
  • 5. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Introduction v Vehicle Symbol Chart I : Cruise Control : : Oil Pressure Here are some additional symbols B : Engine Coolant Temperature } : Power that may be found on the vehicle and what they mean. For more O : Exterior Lamps / : Remote Vehicle Start information on the symbol, refer to # : Fog Lamps > : Safety Belt Reminders the Index. . : Fuel Gauge 7 : Tire Pressure Monitor 9 : Airbag Readiness Light + : Fuses d : Traction Control/Active # : Air Conditioning 3 : Headlamp High/Low-Beam Handling System ! : Antilock Brake System (ABS) Changer M: Windshield Washer Fluid % : Audio Steering Wheel Controls ® j: LATCH System Child or OnStar Restraints $ : Brake System Warning Light *: Malfunction Indicator Lamp " : Charging System
  • 6. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) vi Introduction 2 NOTES
  • 7. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) In Brief 1-1 In Brief Interior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exterior Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13 1-14 Performance and Maintenance Traction Control Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . 1-14 System (TCS) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-22 Climate Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15 Tire Pressure Monitor . . . . . . . . 1-22 Instrument Panel Transmission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16 Z06, Z16, and ZR1 Instrument Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2 Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-23 Vehicle Features Engine Oil Life System . . . . . . 1-24 Initial Drive Information Radio(s) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-17 Initial Drive Information . . . . . . . . 1-4 Driving for Better Fuel Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Portable Audio Devices . . . . . . 1-18 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-24 Bluetooth® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-18 Roadside Assistance Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5 Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . 1-19 Trunk Release . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6 Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Cruise Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-19 OnStar® . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-25 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Navigation System . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8 Driver Information Memory Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9 Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-20 Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Passenger Sensing Roof Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-11 Convertible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-21 Mirror Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12 Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
  • 8. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 1-2 In Brief Instrument Panel
  • 9. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) In Brief 1-3 A. Air Vents on page 8‑6. I. Hazard Warning Flashers on Q. Steering Wheel Adjustment on B. Head-Up Display Controls page 6‑4. page 5‑2. (If Equipped). See Head-Up J. Infotainment on page 7‑1. R. Horn on page 5‑4. Display (HUD) on page 5‑31. K. Dual Automatic Climate Control S. Telescopic Steering Column C. Turn and Lane-Change Lever. System on page 8‑1. Control (If Equipped). See Turn and Lane-Change L. Fuel Door Release Button. See Steering Wheel Adjustment Signals on page 6‑4. See Filling the Tank on on page 5‑2. Cruise Control on page 9‑45. page 9‑51. T. Keyless Ignition. See Ignition Fog Lamps on page 6‑5. Hatch/Trunk Release Button. Positions on page 9‑20. Exterior Lamp Controls on See “Hatch/Trunk Lid Release” U. Heated Front Seats on page 3‑8 page 6‑1. under Hatch on page 2‑11. (If Equipped). D. Manual Shift Paddles M. Instrument Panel Illumination V. Shift Lever (Automatic Shown). (If Equipped). See Automatic Control on page 6‑6. See Automatic Transmission on Transmission on page 9‑27. N. Power Folding Top Switch page 9‑27 or Manual (If Equipped). See Convertible Transmission on page 9‑32. E. Driver Information Center (DIC) on page 5‑26. Top on page 2‑24. W. Active Handling System on O. Data Link Connector (DLC) page 9‑38. F. Instrument Cluster on page 5‑9. (Out of View). See Malfunction X. Power Outlets on page 5‑6. G. Windshield Wiper/Washer on Indicator Lamp on page 5‑19. page 5‑4. Y. Selective Ride Control on P. Bluetooth Controls page 9‑43 (If Equipped). H. Driver Information Center (DIC) (If Equipped). See Bluetooth on Buttons. See Driver Information Z. Parking Brake on page 9‑36. page 7‑16. Center (DIC) on page 5‑26. Steering Wheel Controls on page 5‑3 (If Equipped).
  • 10. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 1-4 In Brief Initial Drive Remote Keyless Entry K : Press to unlock the driver door. (RKE) System Press again within five seconds to Information unlock both doors. The RKE transmitter is used to lock This section provides a brief and unlock the doors from up to Q : Press to lock all doors. overview about some of the important features that may or may 30 m (100 ft) away from the vehicle. } : Press and hold for not be on your specific vehicle. approximately one second to open the hatch/trunk. For more detailed information, refer to each of the features which L : Press to sound the horn. can be found later in this owner Press any other button on the manual. RKE transmitter to stop it. See Keys on page 2‑2 and Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 2‑3. Press the button (A) to remove the key. The key can be used to lock and unlock the glove box and to open the hatch/trunk lid if power to the vehicle is lost. See Hatch on page 2‑11 for more information.
  • 11. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) In Brief 1-5 Door Locks With the RKE transmitter within Loss of Vehicle Electrical range, grip the door handle Power From the outside, press Q or K on sensor (A). See Remote Keyless the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Entry (RKE) System Operation on If the vehicle has lost battery power, transmitter. page 2‑3. the driver door can be opened manually. From the inside, use the power door lock switch (B). Inside the Vehicle Q: Press to lock the doors. K: Press to unlock the doors. To open a door from the inside, push the door latch button (C). A tone will sound when the button is pushed. See Power Door Locks on page 2‑10. A. Door Handle Sensor B. Power Door Lock Switch C. Door Latch Button Pull the door release handle.
  • 12. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 1-6 In Brief Outside the Vehicle Trunk Release The vehicle must be in P (Park) with an automatic transmission and Neutral with a manual transmission. For manual transmission vehicles, the parking brake must be set when the engine is running for the hatch/trunk release to operate. See Parking Brake on page 9‑36. Then, pull the manual door release handle. Use the key to open the hatch/trunk. See Keys on page 2‑2.
  • 13. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) In Brief 1-7 To release the hatch/trunk: . Push the hatch/trunk release . Use the vehicle key. See Keys button with the keyless entry on page 2‑2. transmitter within range. See For more information, see Hatch on . Press V. Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) page 2‑11. . Press } on the keyless System on page 2‑3. entry transmitter. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑3.
  • 14. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 1-8 In Brief Windows Seat Adjustment Power Lumbar and Side Bolsters Power Seats The power window switches are To adjust a power seat: A. Lumbar Support Control located on each door. . B. Side Bolster Support Control Move the seat forward or Pull up or press down on the front rearward by sliding the control To adjust the support, if equipped: of the switch to raise or lower the forward or rearward. window. . Move control (A) forward or . Raise or lower the front or rear rearward to adjust lumbar For more information, see Power part of the seat cushion by support. Windows on page 2‑18. moving the front or rear of the . Move control (B) up or down to control up or down. adjust the side bolsters. See Power Seat Adjustment on See Lumbar Adjustment on page 3‑2. page 3‑2.
  • 15. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) In Brief 1-9 Reclining Seatbacks Heated Seats Memory Features To recline a manual seatback: 1. Lift the lever on the outboard If available, the buttons are on the On vehicles with the memory side of the seat. center stack. The ignition must be feature, the controls on the driver 2. Move the seatback to the on for this feature to work. door are used to program and recall desired position, and then L: Press to turn on the heated memory settings for the driver seat, release the lever to lock the seat at the high setting. outside mirrors, and the telescopic seatback in place. steering column. Press again to switch to the low 3. Push and pull on the seatback to setting. make sure it is locked. 9: Press to turn the system off. See Reclining Seatbacks on page 3‑3. See Heated Front Seats on page 3‑8.
  • 16. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 1-10 In Brief Storing Memory Positions . On vehicles with a manual To save into memory: transmission, when the vehicle To save into memory: is on, the parking brake must be 1. Recall the desired driving 1. Adjust the driver seat, both set to recall a memory position. position by pressing “1.” outside mirrors, and the Press and release “1” or “2.” 2. Adjust the seat and the telescopic steering column. A single beep sounds and the telescopic steering column 2. Press and hold “1” until memory position is recalled after to the desired exit position. two beeps sound. a brief delay. 3. Press and hold B until 3. Repeat for a second driver If the vehicle is on and the two beeps sound. position using “2.” parking brake is not set, 4. Repeat for a second driver three beeps sound and the position using “2.” To recall: memory position is not recalled. . On vehicles with an automatic To recall, press and release B. See Memory Seats on page 3‑4. The vehicle must be in P (Park) for transmission, press and release “1” or “2.” an automatic transmission or the Easy Exit Driver Seat parking brake must be set for a If the vehicle is in P (Park), a This feature can move the seat manual transmission. A single beep single beep sounds and the rearward and the telescopic steering sounds. The seat and telescopic memory position is recalled after column out of the way to allow extra steering column will move to the a brief delay. room to exit the vehicle. position previously stored for the If the vehicle is not in P (Park), B : Press to save and recall the identified driver. three beeps sound and the easy exit seat position. See Memory Seats on page 3‑4. memory position is not recalled.
  • 17. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) In Brief 1-11 . Lower Anchors and Tethers for Safety Belts Children (LATCH System) (Z06 and ZR1 Models Only) on page 3‑36 or Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH System) (Coupe and Convertible Models Only) on page 3‑35. United States Passenger Sensing System The passenger sensing system will turn off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and seat‐mounted side impact airbag Canada and Mexico Refer to the following sections for under certain conditions. No other important information on how to use airbag is affected by the passenger See Passenger Sensing System on safety belts properly. sensing system. page 3‑22 for important information. . Safety Belts on page 3‑8. The passenger airbag status indicator will be visible in the . How to Wear Safety Belts rearview mirror when the vehicle Properly on page 3‑10. is started. . Lap-Shoulder Belt on page 3‑11.
  • 18. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 1-12 In Brief Mirror Adjustment If the vehicle has the memory Steering Wheel feature, a preferred mirror position Exterior Mirrors can be stored. See Power Seat Adjustment Adjustment on page 3‑2. To fold, pull the mirror toward the vehicle. Push the mirror outward, to return it to the original position. Interior Mirror An automatic dimming rearview mirror will automatically reduce headlamp glare coming from vehicles that are traveling behind you. See Automatic Dimming Rearview The lever is located on the left side Mirror on page 2‑17. of the steering column. To adjust mirrors: To adjust the steering wheel: 1. Press } or | to select a mirror. 1. Pull the lever toward you. 2. Press the control pad to adjust 2. Move the steering wheel up the mirror. or down. 3. Return the switch to the center 3. Release the lever to lock the to deselect the mirror. steering wheel in place. See Power Mirrors on page 2‑16.
  • 19. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) In Brief 1-13 Telescopic Steering Column The telescopic steering column Interior Light Control position can be stored with your To adjust the brightness of the memory settings. See “Memory interior lights, turn and hold the Seat, Mirrors, and Steering Wheel” instrument panel brightness control under Power Seat Adjustment on knob located on the left side of the page 3‑2 for more information. instrument panel. Push the knob in to turn the lights on or off. Interior Lighting For more information on interior Courtesy Lamps lighting, see: When any door or the hatch/trunk lid . Instrument Panel Illumination is opened, the interior lamps will go Control on page 6‑6. on, unless it is bright outside. . Entry/Exit Lighting on page 6‑6. For vehicles with this feature, the The courtesy lamps can also be telescopic steering column control turned on and off by pressing the is located on the right side of the instrument panel brightness knob. steering column. Reading Lamps To adjust the telescopic steering The inside rearview mirror includes column: two reading lamps. The lamps go on 1. Push the switch forward to move when a door is opened. When the the wheel away from you. doors are closed, press the lamp buttons to turn on each lamp. 2. Pull the switch toward you to move the wheel closer to you.
  • 20. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 1-14 In Brief Exterior Lighting AUTO: Sets the exterior lamps to Windshield Wiper/Washer automatic mode. AUTO mode turns the exterior lamps on and off depending on how much light is available outside the vehicle. ; : Turns on the parking lamps together with the sidemarker lamps, taillamps, license plate lamps, and instrument panel lights. The windshield wiper/washer lever Exterior Lamps 5: Turns on the headlamps is located on the right side of the The exterior lamp control is located together with the parking lamps, steering column. to the left of the steering wheel, sidemarker lamps, taillamps, on the multifunction lever. license plate lamps, and instrument 1 : Use for fast wipes. O : Turn the band with this panel lights. 6 : Use for slow wipes. symbol on it to operate the exterior For more information, see: 3 : Use to set a delay between lamps. . wipes. Exterior Lamp Controls on O: Turns off all lamps. page 6‑1. x : Use for a delayed wiping cycle. Turn the intermittent adjust . Turn and Lane-Change Signals band down for a longer delay or up on page 6‑4. for a shorter delay.
  • 21. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) In Brief 1-15 9 : Use to turn off the windshield Climate Controls wipers. With this system, the heating, cooling, and ventilation can be controlled. 8: Use for a for a single wiping cycle. For more wipes, hold the band longer. Windshield Washer: Press and hold the button at the end of the lever to spray washer fluid on the windshield. See Windshield Wiper/Washer on page 5‑4. A. Driver Temperature Control G. Fan Control B. Display H. Air Delivery Mode Control C. Passenger Temperature Control I. Defrost D. AUTO J. Rear Window Defogger E. Air Recirculation See Dual Automatic Climate Control F. Air Conditioning System on page 8‑1.
  • 22. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 1-16 In Brief Transmission The current gear will be displayed One to Four Shift Light in the Driver Information (DIC), (Manual Transmission) Manual Paddle Shift or the Head-Up Display (HUD), (Automatic Transmission) if the vehicle has either of these features. The Manual Paddle Shift system can be deactivated by moving the shift lever from S (Sport Mode) back to D (Drive), or by holding the up‐shift paddle for more than On vehicles with a manual one second. If the shift lever was in transmission, when this light D (Drive) when the system was comes on, you can only shift activated, the transmission will from 1 (First) to 4 (Fourth) instead return to automatic shifting after of 1 (First) to 2 (Second). 10 seconds of cruising at a steady speed and no manual shifts, For more information about shifting or when the vehicle comes to for the best fuel economy, see a stop. Manual Transmission on page 9‑32. The Manual Paddle Shift system can be used in D (Drive) or The Manual Paddle Shift system S (Sport Mode). The system is will not allow either an up-shift or a activated by pushing the paddle, down-shift, if the vehicle speed is above the steering wheel spokes, too fast or too slow, nor will it to manually up-shift to the next allow a start from 4 (Fourth) or gear, or pulling on the paddle, higher gear. behind the steering wheel spokes to manually down-shift. See Manual Mode on page 9‑29.
  • 23. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) In Brief 1-17 Vehicle Features O / e : Turn to select radio stations. Radio(s) t SEEK u: Press to seek stations. t SCAN u : Press and hold to scan stations. V : Press to change the information that shows on the display while listening to the radio. For more information about these and other radio features, see Infotainment on page 7‑1 and Operation on page 7‑2. Setting Preset Stations Up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and six AM, and if equipped, six XM1, and six XM2) can be programmed. Radio with CD, Six Disc Radio Similar To program presets: 1. Turn the radio on. Top Knob: Press to turn the BAND: Press to switch between system on and off. Turn to increase FM1, FM2, AM, and if equipped, 2. Press BAND to select FM1, or decrease the volume. XM1 and XM2. FM2, AM, XM1, or XM2. 3. Tune in the desired station.
  • 24. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 1-18 In Brief 4. Press AUTO EQ to select the XM satellite radio has a wide See “Using the Auxiliary Input equalization. variety of programming and Jack” under Auxiliary Devices on 5. Press and hold one of the six commercial-free music, coast to page 7‑16. numbered pushbuttons until the coast, and in digital-quality sound. radio beeps once. A fee is required to receive the Bluetooth® 6. Repeat the steps for each XM service. For vehicles with a Bluetooth pushbutton. For more information, refer to: system, it allows users with a Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone to See Operation on page 7‑2. . www.xmradio.com or call make and receive hands-free calls 1-800-929-2100 (U.S.) using the vehicle’s audio system Setting the Clock . www.xmradio.ca or call and controls. To set the clock: 1-877-438-9677 (Canada) The Bluetooth‐enabled cell phone 1. Press and hold H until the See Satellite Radio on page 7‑7. must be paired with the Bluetooth correct hour displays. system before it can be used in the 2. Press and hold M until the Portable Audio Devices vehicle. Not all phones will support correct minute displays. all functions. For more information, This vehicle may have an auxiliary visit www.gm.com/bluetooth. See Clock on page 5‑6. input jack, located on the audio faceplate. External devices such as For more information, see Bluetooth Satellite Radio iPod®, MP3 players, etc. can be on page 7‑16. connected to the auxiliary input jack XM is a satellite radio service based using a 3.5 mm (1/8 in) input jack in the 48 contiguous United States cable. and 10 Canadian provinces.
  • 25. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) In Brief 1-19 Steering Wheel Controls c : Press to reject an incoming Cruise Control call, or to end a call. e+/e −: Press to Increase or decrease volume. w / x : Press to change radio stations or select tracks on a CD. 1 to 6: Press to play stations that are programmed on the radio preset pushbuttons. The cruise controls are located at the end of the multifunction lever. For more information, see Steering Wheel Controls on page 5‑3. 9 : Turns the system off. R : Turns the system on. For vehicles with steering wheel S : Makes the vehicle accelerate controls, some audio controls can or resume a previously set speed. be adjusted at the steering wheel. T : Press the button at the end of bg: Press to turn on and off the the lever to set the speed. vehicle speakers. Press and hold longer than two seconds to interact See Cruise Control on page 9‑45. with the OnStar® or Bluetooth systems.
  • 26. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 1-20 In Brief Navigation System Driver Information 2 : Press to display gauge Center (DIC) information like oil pressure and If the vehicle has a navigation temperature, coolant temperature, system, there is a separate The DIC display is located at the automatic transmission fluid navigation system manual that bottom of the instrument panel temperature (if equipped), battery includes information on the radio, cluster. It shows the status of many voltage, and front/rear tire audio players, and navigation vehicle systems and enables pressures. system. access to the personalization menu. TRIP: Press to display your total The navigation system provides and trip distance driven, the elapsed detailed maps of most major time function, your average speed, freeways and roads. After a and the engine oil life. destination has been set, the system provides turn-by-turn OPTION: Press to choose personal instructions for reaching the options that are available on your destination. In addition, the system vehicle, depending on the options can help locate a variety of points of your vehicle is equipped with, such interest (POIs), such as banks, as door locks, easy entry seats, and airports, restaurants, and more. language. See the navigation system manual RESET: Press, along with the other for more information. buttons, to reset system functions, select personal options, and turn off The DIC buttons are located on the or acknowledge messages on instrument panel to the right of the the DIC. instrument panel cluster. For more information, see Driver .4: Press to display fuel Information Center (DIC) on information such as fuel economy page 5‑26. and range.
  • 27. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) In Brief 1-21 Vehicle Personalization Power Outlets Until you are sure you can remove the roof panel by yourself, have Some vehicle features can be The accessory power outlet can be someone help you. Once removed, programmed by using the DIC used to plug in electrical equipment, the roof panel should always be buttons located to the right of such as a cell phone or MP3 player. stored properly in the rear storage the instrument panel cluster. The accessory power outlet is compartment. The features that can be programmed include: located inside the center console For more information: storage compartment, on the . Units forward left side. . See “Storing the Roof Panel” under Roof Panel on page 2‑19. . Memory Features Remove the cover to access and replace when not in use. . See “Installing the Roof Panel” . Lighting Features under Roof Panel on page 2‑19. . Lock and Unlock Feedback See Power Outlets on page 5‑6. . Door Lock and Unlock Settings Convertible Roof Panel . Language If equipped, the convertible top can On vehicles with a removable roof be lowered and stowed under the . Personalization Name panel, there are three release tonneau cover behind the rear seat. See Vehicle Personalization on latches. Two are located on the front For step-by-step instructions, see page 5‑54. of the roof panel and the other is Convertible Top on page 2‑24. located on the back of the roof panel. See “Removing the Roof Panel” under Roof Panel on page 2‑19.
  • 28. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 1-22 In Brief Performance and in difficult driving conditions. See Active Handling System on If the warning light comes on, stop as soon as possible and inflate the Maintenance page 9‑38. tires to the recommended pressure The vehicle may have shown on the Tire and Loading Traction Control Competitive Driving Mode Information label. See Vehicle Load System (TCS) (except ZR1), Performance Limits on page 9‑14. The warning Traction Management (Z06, ZR1), light will remain on until the tire The traction control system limits pressure is corrected. wheel spin. The system turns on and Launch Control systems automatically every time the vehicle designed to allow increased During cooler conditions, the low tire is started. performance while accelerating pressure warning light may appear and cornering. See Competitive when the vehicle is first started and . To turn off traction control, press Driving Mode on page 9‑39. then turn off. This may be an early and release the Active Handling indicator that the tire pressures are button located on the center Tire Pressure Monitor getting low and the tires need to be console. i illuminates and the inflated to the proper pressure. appropriate DIC message This vehicle may have a Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS). The TPMS does not replace normal displays. See Ride Control monthly tire maintenance. It is the System Messages on page 5‑44. driver’s responsibility to maintain . Press and release the active correct tire pressures. handling button again to turn on See Tire Pressure Monitor System traction control. on page 10‑64. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36. The TPMS warning light alerts you to a significant loss in pressure The vehicle has an Active Handling of one of the vehicles tires. System that helps maintain directional control of the vehicle
  • 29. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) In Brief 1-23 Z06, Z16, and ZR1 Jump Starting the Battery Car Wash Guidelines Features The battery of Z06, ZR1, and Automatic car washes are not manual transmission Z16 (Grand recommended for this vehicle. Checking Engine Oil Sport) coupe models is in the rear Some car washes cause damage to Z06, ZR1, and manual transmission of the vehicle. You do not need to the vehicle, the wheels, and the Z16 (Grand Sport) coupe models access the battery for jump starting. convertible top, if the vehicle is so have a high performance dry sump There are remote positive (+) and equipped. lubrication system. This system negative (−) terminals under the If you drive the vehicle through an operates differently than a hood for this purpose. See Battery automatic car wash that does not standard engine lubrication system. on page 10‑40 and Jump Starting have enough clearance for the See Engine Oil on page 10‑14. on page 10‑78. undercarriage and/or wide rear tires You should check the oil level Brake Noise and wheels, you could damage the only after the engine has been vehicle. Verify with the manager of Under certain weather or operating the car wash that the vehicle will fit thoroughly warmed up and then conditions, occasional brake noise shut off for at least five minutes. before entering the car wash or use might be heard with the vehicles a touchless car wash. See “Washing This ensures that the oil level performance braking system. reading obtained will be accurate. Your Vehicle” under Exterior Care This brake system is designed for on page 10‑82. superior fade resistance and consistent operation using high performance brake pads. Brake noise is normal and does not affect system performance. See Braking on page 9‑4.
  • 30. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 1-24 In Brief . Replace the vehicles tires with Engine Oil Life System Driving for Better Fuel the same TPC Spec number The engine oil life system calculates Economy molded into the tires sidewall engine oil life based on vehicle use Driving habits can affect fuel near the size. and displays a DIC message when mileage. Here are some driving tips . Follow recommended scheduled it is necessary to change the engine to get the best fuel economy maintenance. oil and filter. The oil life system possible. should be reset to 100% only Premium Fuel following an oil change. . Avoid fast starts and accelerate smoothly. This vehicles engine was designed Resetting the Oil Life System to use premium unleaded gasoline. . Brake gradually and avoid See Recommended Fuel on 1. Press the TRIP button so the abrupt stops. page 9‑48. OIL LIFE percentage is displayed. . Avoid idling the engine for long periods of time. Battery 2. Press RESET and hold for two seconds. OIL LIFE . When road and weather This vehicle has a maintenance free REMAINING 100% will appear. conditions are appropriate, battery. See Battery on page 10‑40 use cruise control, if equipped. and Jump Starting on page 10‑78. See Engine Oil Life System on page 10‑19. . Always follow posted speed For Z06, ZR1, and manual limits or drive more slowly when transmission Z16 (Grand Sport) conditions require. coupe models the battery is . Keep vehicle tires properly located in the rear hatch/trunk inflated. area. Access to the battery is not necessary to jump start the . Combine several trips into a vehicle. There are positive (+) and single trip. negative (−) terminals in the engine compartment.
  • 31. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) In Brief 1-25 Roadside Assistance Online Owner Center OnStar® (U.S. and Canada) Program If equipped, this vehicle has a The Online Owner Center is a comprehensive, in-vehicle system U.S.: 1-800-243-8872 complimentary service that includes that can connect to a live Advisor TTY Users (U.S.): 1-888-889-2438 online service reminders, vehicle for Emergency, Security, Navigation, maintenance tips, online owner Connection, and Diagnostic Canada: 1-800-268-6800 manual, special privileges, Services. See OnStar Overview on Mexico: 01-800-466-0800 and more. page 14‑1 for more information. As the owner of a new Chevrolet, Sign up today at: you are automatically enrolled in the U.S.: chevrolet.com (click on Roadside Assistance program. “Owners,” then “Manage My See Roadside Assistance Program Chevrolet/Owners Login”) (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑8 Canada: chevroletowner.ca or Roadside Assistance Program (Mexico) on page 13‑10. Roadside Assistance and OnStar (U.S. and Canada) If you have an active OnStar subscription, press the Q button and the current GPS location will be sent to an OnStar advisor who will assess your problem, contact Roadside Assistance, and relay your exact location to get the help you need.
  • 32. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 1-26 In Brief 2 NOTES
  • 33. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-1 Keys, Doors, and Doors Hatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11 Interior Mirrors Automatic Dimming Rearview Windows Vehicle Security Mirror . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Vehicle Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14 Windows Anti-theft Alarm System . . . . . . 2-14 Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Keys and Locks Immobilizer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15 Power Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18 Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Immobilizer Operation . . . . . . . 2-15 Sun Visors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Exterior Mirrors Roof Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Convex Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Roof Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19 System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3 Power Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16 Convertible Top . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-24 Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8 Folding Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Power Door Locks . . . . . . . . . . . 2-10 Heated Mirrors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17 Automatic Door Locks . . . . . . . 2-10 Automatic Dimming Mirror . . . 2-17 Lockout Protection . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
  • 34. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 2-2 Keys, Doors, and Windows Keys and Locks the hatch/trunk lid if power to the vehicle is lost. See Hatch on page 2‑11 for more information. Keys { WARNING Leaving children in a vehicle with the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitter is dangerous for many reasons; children or others could be badly injured or even killed. They could operate the power windows or other controls or even make the vehicle move. The windows will function with the RKE transmitter in the vehicle Press the button (A) near the bottom and they could be seriously of the RKE transmitter to remove injured or killed if caught in the the key. Never pull the key out path of a closing window. Do not without pressing the button. leave the RKE transmitter in a This vehicle has a keyless access vehicle with children. system with pushbutton start. See Ignition Positions on page 9‑20 for information on starting the The key located inside the RKE vehicle. transmitter can be used to lock and unlock the glove box and to open
  • 35. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-3 Notice: If you ever lose your Remote Keyless Entry Remote Keyless Entry transmitter(s) and/or key, it could be difficult to get into your (RKE) System (RKE) System Operation vehicle. You may even have to See Radio Frequency Statement on The Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) damage your vehicle to get in. page 13‑21 for information transmitter functions work up to Be sure you have a spare regarding Part 15 of the Federal 30 m (100 ft) away from the vehicle. transmitter and/or key. Communications Commission (FCC) There are other conditions that If locked out of the vehicle, contact rules and Industry Canada can affect the performance of the Roadside Assistance. See Roadside Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. transmitter. See Remote Keyless Assistance Program (U.S. and If there is a decrease in the RKE Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑3. Canada) on page 13‑8 or Roadside operating range: The vehicle comes with Assistance Program (Mexico) on . Check the distance. two transmitters. Each transmitter page 13‑10. The transmitter may be too will have a number on top of it, With an active OnStar subscription, far from the vehicle. “1” or “2.” These numbers an OnStar Advisor may remotely correspond to the driver of . Check the location. Other unlock the vehicle. See OnStar the vehicle. For example, the vehicles or objects may be Overview on page 14‑1. memory seat position for driver 1 blocking the signal. will be recalled when using the . Check the transmitters battery. transmitter labeled “1,” if enabled See “Battery Replacement” later through the DIC. See Memory in this section. Seats on page 3‑4 and Vehicle . If the transmitter is still not Personalization on page 5‑54 for working correctly, see your more information. dealer or a qualified technician for service.
  • 36. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 2-4 Keys, Doors, and Windows Keyless Unlocking plate to open the trunk if the K (Unlock): Press once to unlock Press the door handle sensor to RKE transmitter is within range. only the driver door. Press K twice unlock and open the doors if the See Hatch on page 2‑11 for within five seconds to unlock both RKE transmitter is within range. additional information. doors. The interior lamps may See Door Locks on page 2‑8 and come on. “Passive Door Unlock” under Vehicle Personalization on Pressing K also recalls the memory page 5‑54 for additional information. settings. See Memory Seats on page 3‑4 for more information. Keyless Locking } (Hatch/Trunk): Press and The doors lock after several hold for about one second to unlock seconds if all doors are closed and the hatch/trunk. If the engine is at least one RKE transmitter has running, the shift lever must be been removed from the interior of in P (Park) for an automatic the vehicle. To customize whether transmission. For a manual the doors automatically lock when transmission, the shift lever must exiting the vehicle, see “Passive be in N (Neutral) with the parking Door Locking” under Vehicle This vehicle comes with two brake set. Personalization on page 5‑54 for transmitters. additional information. L (Panic): Press to sound the Q (Lock): Press once to lock the horn. Press any other button on the Keyless Trunk Opening doors. When Q is pressed twice, RKE transmitter to stop it. Press the hatch/trunk release the lights flash and the horn sounds button located on the rear of the to confirm locking. hatch/trunk lid above the license
  • 37. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-5 Programming Transmitters to 3. Insert the vehicle key into the 8. A beep sounds when the Vehicle key cylinder located above the programming is complete. license plate. The DIC displays READY FOR Only RKE transmitters programmed #3 or 4, or MAXIMUM NUMBER to this vehicle will work. If a 4. Open the hatch/trunk. OF FOBS LEARNED. transmitter is lost or stolen, a 5. Turn the key five times within replacement can be purchased and five seconds. 9. To program additional programmed through your dealer. transmitters, repeat Step 7. The vehicle can be reprogrammed 6. The DIC displays READY FOR Press Acc. on the ignition switch so that lost or stolen transmitters FOB #2, 3 or 4. if programming is complete. no longer work. Each vehicle can 10. Press K on each newly have up to four transmitters programmed transmitter to programmed to it. complete the process. Programming with a Recognized Transmitter A new transmitter can be programmed to the vehicle when there is one recognized transmitter. For vehicles sold in Canada, two recognized transmitters are required to program a new transmitter. 1. The vehicle must be off. 7. Place the new transmitter in 2. Both the recognized and new the glove box transmitter pocket transmitters must be with you. with the buttons facing the passenger side.
  • 38. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 2-6 Keys, Doors, and Windows Programming without a 1. The vehicle must be off. 5. Turn the key five times within Recognized Transmitter five seconds. This procedure requires three 6. The DIC message displays 10-minute cycles to complete the OFF-ACCESSORY TO programming process. United LEARN. States owners are permitted to 7. Press Acc. on the ignition program a new transmitter to switch. their vehicle when a recognized transmitter is not available. 8. The DIC reads WAIT The Canadian immobilizer 10 MINUTES and counts standard requires that Canadian down to zero. owners see their dealer for 9. The DIC displays programming new transmitters OFF-ACCESSORY TO when two recognized transmitters LEARN again. are not available. 2. Place the new transmitter in 10. Press Acc. on the ignition the glove box transmitter pocket switch. with the buttons facing the passenger side. 11. Steps 8, 9, and 10 will be repeated two more times. 3. Insert the vehicle key into the key cylinder located above the 12. A beep sounds and the DIC license plate. reads READY FOR FOB #1. All previously known 4. Open the hatch/trunk. transmitter programming has been erased.
  • 39. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-7 13. A beep sounds once Starting the Vehicle with a programming in complete. Low Transmitter Battery The DIC displays READY FOR FOB #2. If the transmitter battery is weak, the DIC may display NO FOBS To program additional DETECTED when trying to start the transmitters, take transmitter 1 vehicle. To start the vehicle, place out of the transmitter pocket the transmitter in the glove box and place transmitter 2 in the transmitter pocket with the buttons pocket. Up to four transmitters facing the passenger side. Then, can be programmed. The DIC with the vehicle in P (Park) for an then displays MAXIMUM automatic transmission, press the NUMBER OF FOBS LEARNED brake pedal and /. If the vehicle and exits the 1. Separate the transmitter with a has a manual transmission, press flat, thin object inserted into the programming mode. the clutch and /. Replace the slot on the side or back of the Press Acc. on the ignition transmitter battery as soon as transmitter. switch to complete the process. possible. Change the transmitter 2. Remove the old battery. Do not 14. Press Acc. on the ignition battery if the DIC displays FOB use a metal object. switch if programming is BATTERY LOW. complete. 3. Insert the new battery, positive Battery Replacement side facing down. Replace with a 15. Press K on each newly Notice: When replacing the CR2032 or equivalent battery. programmed transmitter to battery, do not touch any of the complete the process. 4. Reassemble the transmitter. circuitry on the transmitter. Static from your body could damage the transmitter.
  • 40. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 2-8 Keys, Doors, and Windows Door Locks WARNING (Continued) { WARNING . Young children who get into unlocked vehicles may be Unlocked doors can be unable to get out. A child can dangerous. be overcome by extreme heat . Passengers — especially and can suffer permanent children — can easily open injuries or even death from the doors and fall out of a heat stroke. Always lock moving vehicle. When a door your vehicle whenever you is locked it will not open. leave it. You increase the chance of A. Door Handle Sensor being thrown out of the . Outsiders can easily enter vehicle in a crash if the doors through an unlocked door B. Power Door Lock Switch are not locked. So, wear when you slow down or stop your vehicle. Locking your C. Door Latch Button safety belts properly and lock the doors whenever you doors can help prevent this With the RKE transmitter within drive. from happening. range, grip the door handle (Continued) sensor (A). See Remote Keyless From the outside, press Q or " on Entry (RKE) System Operation on the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) page 2‑3. When the passenger door transmitter. is opened first, the driver door will also unlock. From the inside, use the power door lock switch (B). See Power Door Locks on page 2‑10.
  • 41. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-9 To open a door from the inside, push the door latch button (C). A tone will sound when the button is pushed. If the vehicle has lost battery power, the driver door can be opened manually. . From outside the vehicle, use Then, pull the manual door the key to open the hatch/trunk. release handle. See Keys on page 2‑2. . From inside the vehicle, pull the door release handle.
  • 42. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 2-10 Keys, Doors, and Windows Power Door Locks Q (Lock): Press to lock the doors. Automatic Door Unlock When pressed, a beep sounds. The vehicle is programmed so If the door is closed when pressed, that when the shift lever is the indicator light comes on for a moved into P (Park) for automatic few seconds, then turns off. If the transmission vehicles or when door is open when pressed, the the ignition is turned off or is in indicator light stays on. Retained Accessory Power (RAP) for manual transmission vehicles, Automatic Door Locks both doors will unlock. The vehicle is programmed so that With the vehicle stopped and the when the doors are closed, the engine running, door unlocking ignition is on, and the shift lever is can be programmed through the moved out of P (Park) for automatic Driver Information Center (DIC). There is an indicator light on the transmissions, or when vehicle This allows the driver to rear of the door near the window. speed becomes faster than 13 km/h choose various unlock settings. For programming information, K (Unlock): Press to unlock the (8 mph) for manual transmissions, see Vehicle Personalization on doors. both doors will lock. page 5‑54. When pressed, a beep sounds. Use the power door unlock switch If the door is closed, the indicator to unlock the door when the light flashes twice. If the door is vehicle is not in P (Park). When the open, the indicator light flashes. door is closed again, the doors will lock either when your foot is removed from the brake or the vehicle speed becomes faster than 13 km/h (8 mph).
  • 43. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-11 Lockout Protection Doors WARNING (Continued) Your vehicle can be programmed to sound the horn three times and Hatch If the vehicle must be driven with unlock the driver door when both the liftgate, or trunk/hatch open: doors are closed and there is a keyless access transmitter inside { WARNING . Close all of the windows. the vehicle. When the driver door is Exhaust gases can enter the . Fully open the air outlets on opened, a reminder chime will vehicle if it is driven with the or under the instrument sound continuously. The vehicle will liftgate, trunk/hatch open, or with panel. remain locked only when at least any objects that pass through the . Adjust the Climate Control one transmitter has been removed seal between the body and the System to a setting that from the vehicle and both doors are trunk/hatch or liftgate. Engine brings in only outside air and closed. See Vehicle Personalization exhaust contains carbon set the fan speed to the on page 5‑54. monoxide (CO) which cannot be highest setting. See “Climate seen or smelled. It can cause Control Systems” in the unconsciousness and even death. Index. (Continued) . If the vehicle is equipped with a power liftgate, disable the power liftgate function. For more information about carbon monoxide, see Engine Exhaust on page 9‑26.
  • 44. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 2-12 Keys, Doors, and Windows Hatch/Trunk Release . Press } on the keyless entry transmitter. See Remote The vehicle must be in P (Park) with Keyless Entry (RKE) System on an automatic transmission and page 2‑3. Neutral with a manual transmission. For manual transmission vehicles, the parking brake must be set when the engine is running for the hatch/trunk release to operate. See Parking Brake on page 9‑36. To release the hatch/trunk: . Use the vehicle key. See Keys on page 2‑2. . Push the hatch/trunk release button with the RKE transmitter within range. See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) System on page 2‑3. . Press V.
  • 45. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-13 Hatch/Trunk Closing (Coupe) Emergency Trunk Release The emergency trunk release Handle (Coupe) handle is only intended to aid a Notice: Closing the hatch/trunk person trapped in a latched trunk, forcefully or from the sides can enabling them to open the trunk cause damage to the glass, the from the inside. defogger or the weather stripping. Be sure objects will fit in the There is a glow-in-the-dark hatch/trunk area before closing emergency trunk release handle the hatch/trunk. When closing the located on the rear wall of the trunk hatch/trunk, gently pull down below the latch. This handle will from the center. glow following exposure to light. Pull the release handle down to Notice: Do not store heavy or open the trunk from the inside. sharp objects in the rear storage compartments located in the hatch/trunk area. The objects could damage the underbody. Notice: Do not use the Pull down from the center of the emergency trunk release handle hatch/trunk, closing it with light as a tie-down or anchor point force until the power latch feature when securing items in the trunk activates. The hatch/trunk will as it could damage the handle. close the rest of the way and latch automatically.
  • 46. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 2-14 Keys, Doors, and Windows Vehicle Security Arming the System The theft-deterrent system does not arm if the driver door is locked with This vehicle has theft-deterrent To arm the system, press Q on the the power door lock switch after the features; however, they do not make RKE transmitter, or open the door doors are closed. it impossible to steal. and lock the door with the power door lock switch. The security light If the RKE transmitter is removed should flash. Remove the RKE from the vehicle while a passenger Anti-theft Alarm System is in it, have them lock the doors transmitter from inside the vehicle This vehicle has a theft-deterrent and close the door. The security after they are closed. The alarm will alarm system. light stops flashing and stays on. not arm, so the passenger will not After 30 seconds, the light should set it off. turn off. Testing the Alarm The vehicle can be programmed to To test the system use the following automatically lock the doors and procedure. arm the theft-deterrent system when you exit the vehicle. See Vehicle 1. Make sure the trunk lid/hatch is The security light flashes if a door is Personalization on page 5‑54. latched. open and locked with the power 2. Lower the window on the door lock switch. If a door or the hatch/trunk is opened without using the RKE driver door. If this light stays on while the engine transmitter, the alarm goes off. 3. Manually arm the system. is running, the vehicle needs The horn sounds for two minutes, service. 4. Close the doors and wait then goes off to save battery power. The vehicle will not start without a 30 seconds. RKE transmitter present.
  • 47. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-15 5. Reach through the open window Immobilizer The system has one or more RKE and manually pull the release transmitters that are matched to an lever on the floor. See Radio Frequency Statement on immobilizer control unit in the page 13‑21 for information vehicle. Only a correctly matched 6. Press the unlock button on the regarding Part 15 of the Federal transmitter to turn off the alarm. RKE transmitter starts the vehicle. Communications Commission (FCC) The vehicle may not start if the RKE If the alarm does not sound, check rules and Industry Canada transmitter is damaged. to see if the horn works. The horn Standards RSS-GEN/210/220/310. fuse may be blown. See Fuses and If the engine does not start and the Circuit Breakers on page 10‑47. Immobilizer Operation security light comes on, there may If the horn works, but the alarm be a problem with the immobilizer The vehicle has a passive system. Press the START button does not go off, see your dealer. theft-deterrent system. again. Disarming the System The system is automatically armed If the vehicle does not start and Press the unlock button on the RKE when the ignition is turned off. the RKE transmitter appears to transmitter or squeeze the door The immobilization system is be undamaged, try another handle sensor while the transmitter disarmed when the ignition is turned RKE transmitter. Or, place the is near the vehicle to unlock a door. to OFF/ACCESSORY or START and transmitter in the transmitter pocket. Unlocking a door any other way sets a valid transmitter is found in the See “NO FOBS DETECTED” off the alarm. If the alarm sounds, vehicle. under Key and Lock Messages on press the unlock button on the RKE page 5‑42 for additional information. transmitter to disarm it. You do not have to manually arm or Check the fuse. See Fuses and disarm the system. Circuit Breakers on page 10‑47. Do not leave the key or device that disarms or deactivates the The security light comes on if there theft-deterrent system in the vehicle. is a problem with arming or disarming the theft-deterrent system.
  • 48. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 2-16 Keys, Doors, and Windows If the engine still does not start with Exterior Mirrors Power Mirrors the other transmitter, the vehicle needs service. If the engine does start, the first transmitter may be Convex Mirrors faulty. See your dealer or have a new RKE transmitter programmed { WARNING to the vehicle. A convex mirror can make things, The immobilizer system can like other vehicles, look farther learn new or replacement RKE away than they really are. If you transmitters. Up to four RKE cut too sharply into the right lane, transmitters can be programmed for the vehicle. To program you could hit a vehicle on the additional transmitters, see right. Check the inside mirror or “Matching transmitter(s) to Your glance over your shoulder before Vehicle” under Remote Keyless changing lanes. To adjust the mirrors: Entry (RKE) System Operation on page 2‑3. The passenger side mirror is convex 1. Press } or | to select a mirror. Do not leave the key or device shaped. A convex mirrors surface is 2. Press the control pad to adjust that disarms or deactivates the curved so more can be seen from the mirror. theft-deterrent system in the the driver seat. vehicle. 3. Return the switch to the center to deselect the mirror. If the vehicle has the memory feature, a preferred mirror position can be stored. See Memory Seats on page 3‑4.
  • 49. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-17 Folding Mirrors Interior Mirrors T (Indicator Light): This light turns on when the automatic dimming To fold, pull the mirror toward the Automatic Dimming feature is active. vehicle. Push the mirror outward to return it to the original position. Rearview Mirror Map Lamps An automatic dimming inside If the mirror has map lamps, they Heated Mirrors are located at the bottom of the rearview mirror will automatically For vehicles with heated mirrors: change to reduce glare from mirror. To manually turn the lamps headlamps behind you. A time delay on or off, press the button next to 1 (Rear Window Defogger): each lamp. Press to heat the mirrors. feature prevents rapid changing from the day to night positions while See “Rear Window Defogger” under Cleaning the Mirror driving under lights and through Dual Automatic Climate Control traffic. Do not spray glass cleaner directly System on page 8‑1 for more ® on the mirror. Use a soft towel information. If the vehicle has OnStar , there are dampened with water. additional control buttons located at the bottom of the mirror. See OnStar Automatic Dimming Overview on page 14‑1. Mirror P (On/Off): The automatic If the vehicle has this feature, the dimming feature is activated when driver side outside mirror adjusts for the vehicle is started. Press and the glare of headlamps behind you. hold this button for up to This feature is controlled by the six seconds to turn this feature on on and off setting on the inside or off. rearview mirror.
  • 50. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 2-18 Keys, Doors, and Windows Windows Power Windows { WARNING Leaving children, helpless adults, or pets in a vehicle with the windows closed is dangerous. They can be overcome by the extreme heat and suffer permanent injuries or even death from heat stroke. Never leave a child, a helpless adult, or a pet alone in a vehicle, especially with the windows closed in warm or hot weather. Pull up or press down on the front of the switch to raise or lower the window. Retained Accessory Power (RAP) allows you to use the power windows when the ignition is off. For more information, see Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑24.
  • 51. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-19 Express-Down Window Power Window Initialize Roof Press the front of the switch to the After a power reconnect such as second position to activate the battery replacement, the window Roof Panel express-down feature. To stop the indexing feature and the power window as it is lowering, press the convertible top (if equipped) will On vehicles with a removable roof switch again. not function until the system is panel, follow the procedures when initialized. removing or installing it. Window Indexing Once power is restored: Removing the Roof Panel This feature automatically lowers the window a small amount when 1. Close the doors. the door is opened. When the door 2. Raise the window and hold the { WARNING is closed, the window will raise to its switch up for three seconds after Do not try to remove a roof panel full up position. If either window the window is closed. while the vehicle is moving. does not index properly, it could be Trying to remove the roof panel due to loss of power. Before 3. Release the switch, then hold the switch up again for while the vehicle is moving could returning to the dealer for service, three seconds and release. cause an accident. The panel perform the power window initialize procedure. could fall into the vehicle and Sun Visors cause you to lose control, or it could fly off and strike another Pull the visor toward you, or move it vehicle. You or others could be to the side to help reduce glare. injured. Remove the roof panel To use the lighted mirror, lift the only when the vehicle is parked. cover.
  • 52. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 2-20 Keys, Doors, and Windows Until you are sure you can remove 5. Lower the windows. the panel alone, have someone There are two release latches on help you. the front of the roof panel and Notice: If you drop or rest a roof one rear release latch on the panel on its edges, the roof panel, back of the roof panel. paint and/or weatherstripping may be damaged. Always place the roof panel in the stowage receivers after removing it from the vehicle. 1. Park on a level surface and set the parking brake. Shift an automatic transmission into The driver side handle moves P (Park). Shift a manual toward the driver door. The transmission into N (Neutral). passenger side handle moves toward the passenger door. 2. Make sure the ignition is off. 3. Lower both sun visors. 4. Open the rear hatch and remove 6. To unlock the release latches on any items that may interfere with the front of the roof panel, grasp proper storage of the roof panel. each handle and pull it outward.
  • 53. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-21 9. When the roof panel is loosened 1. Turn the roof panel so that the from the vehicle, one person front edge of the panel is facing should grasp the roof panel as the storage area. close to the center as possible and lift it away from the vehicle. Storing the Roof Panel { WARNING If a roof panel is not stored properly, it could be thrown about the vehicle in a crash or sudden 7. To unlock the rear of the roof maneuver. People in the vehicle panels rear release latch, press could be injured. Whenever you the back of the release store a roof panel in the vehicle, handle (B). Then press the always be sure that it is stored button on the front of the release 2. Insert the roof panel so that the securely in the proper location. handle (A). outside front edges line up Pull down the latch lever. between the receiver covers. Notice: If you drop or rest a roof Push forward on the roof panel 8. Stand on one side of the vehicle, panel on its edges, the roof panel, until it stops. and if necessary, have someone paint and/or weatherstripping stand on the other side. may be damaged. Always place Together, carefully lift the front the roof panel in the stowage edge of the roof panel up and receivers after removing it from forward. the vehicle.
  • 54. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 2-22 Keys, Doors, and Windows Installing the Roof Panel In most cases, it makes it easier if two people install the roof panel. { WARNING 1. Park on a level surface and set the parking brake. Shift an An improperly attached roof panel automatic transmission into may fall into or fly off the vehicle. P (Park). Shift a manual You or others could be injured. transmission into N (Neutral). After installing the roof panel, 2. Check that the front release always check that it is firmly latches and the rear release attached by pushing up on the latch on the vehicles roof underside of the panel. Check opening are in their opened now and then to be sure the roof positions before attempting to 3. Gently place the roof panel panel is firmly in place. install the roof panel. down so that the back pins on the roof panel drop into the 3. To remove the roof panel from Notice: If you drop or rest a roof the rear storage area of the receivers in the back of the panel on its edges, the roof panel, vehicle, pull up on the rear edge storage area. paint and/or weatherstripping and remove it from the Press down firmly to seat the pins in may be damaged. Always place storage area. the receivers. the roof panel in the stowage receivers after removing it from 4. Carefully place the roof panel the vehicle. over the top of the vehicle. 5. Position the rear edge of the roof panel to the weatherstrip on the back of the roof opening.
  • 55. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-23 Then align and fit the pins at the 7. Push up on the handle of the Special care is necessary when rear of the roof panel inside the rear roof release handle to latch cleaning, removing, and/or storing openings in the rear overhead its hook in the closed position. the roof panel. weatherstrip. Gently lower the 8. Push and pull the roof panel up . Flush with water to remove dust front edge of the roof panel to and down and side to side to and dirt, then dry the panel. the front of the roof opening. ensure the roof panel is securely . Clean a transparent roof panel installed. with GM Glass Cleaner. Leave Removable Roof Panel the cleaner on the panel for one minute, then wipe the panel Notice: If you use a glass with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not treatment and/or conditioner that use glass cleaner on a painted contains ethyl sulfate on the roof roof panel. panel, you could damage the panel. The repairs would not be . Do not use abrasive cleaning covered by your warranty. Only materials on either type of panel. use a GM-approved glass cleaner If water drops are frequently allowed on the roof panel. to dry on the roof panel, impurities in the water will adhere to the top. These impurities may etch or mar 6. Turn the front release handles the finish. When the panel gets wet, inward so that they latch to the dry it off. closed position.
  • 56. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 2-24 Keys, Doors, and Windows Convertible Top The parts of the manual convertible Notice: Leaving the convertible top that are used when lowering and top down and exposing the After a power reconnect such as raising it are: interior of the vehicle to outdoor battery replacement, the power conditions may cause damage. windows need to be initialized Always close the convertible top for the convertible top to work. if leaving the vehicle outdoors. See “Power Window Initialize” in Power Windows on page 2‑18. Notice: Lowering the convertible top when there are objects in the Manual Operation storage area could damage it or For care and cleaning of the break the glass rear window. convertible top, see “Cleaning the Always verify that no objects are Convertible Top” in this section. in the storage area before High pressure car washes may lowering the convertible top. cause water to enter the vehicle. Notice: Lowering the convertible If the vehicle has this feature, the top if it is damp, wet, or dirty following procedures explain the can cause stains, mildew, and A. Front Edge of the proper operation of the manual damage to the inside of the Convertible Top convertible top. vehicle. Dry off the convertible B. Rear Edge of the top before lowering it. Convertible Top C. Tonneau Cover
  • 57. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-25 Notice: If you lower the Lowering the Manual convertible top on the vehicle Convertible Top in cold weather (0°C (32°F) or 1. Park on a level surface. lower), you may damage Shift an automatic transmission convertible top components. into P (Park) and set the Do not lower the top in cold parking brake. Shift a manual weather. transmission into Neutral and set Notice: If you raise or lower the the parking brake. convertible top while the vehicle 2. Make sure the ignition is off. is in motion, you could damage the top or the top mechanism. 3. Make sure the trunk is closed. The repairs would not be covered by the warranty. Always put an 5. Lift upward on the front edge (A) automatic transmission in of the convertible top to remove P (Park) or a manual transmission it from the windshield frame. in Neutral before raising or Then lift upward on the rear lowering the convertible top. edge (B) of the convertible top so it is vertical to the tonneau cover (C). The front edge (A) and rear edge (B) should be straight up. 4. Release the convertible top front 6. The convertible top front latch latch, located above the inside must be turned and closed after rearview mirror, by pulling and the top has been pushed up. turning it clockwise. Failure to close the latch may prevent the tonneau cover from completely closing.
  • 58. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 2-26 Keys, Doors, and Windows If battery power has not been Notice: If you lower the lost, continue to Step 9. convertible top into the storage If battery power has been lost, compartment and the rear edge of the tonneau cover (C) can be the top is not in the full-down opened using the manual position, you could damage the release cable. top. Always verify that the rear edge of the convertible top is in the full-down position before lowering the top into the storage compartment. 8. Pull the cable to release the tonneau cover, continue with 7. Tilt the driver seatback forward Step 9. and press the tonneau cover release button located on the underside of the tonneau cover (C) behind the driver seat. The tonneau cover manual After pressing the release release cable is located button, the driver and passenger underneath the carpeting behind door glass will retract to the the passenger seat head full-down position. Then raise restraint, on the underside the tonneau cover (C). forward edge of the tonneau If the tonneau cover does not cover. To access the cable, lift release and three chimes are and pull back the carpeting. heard, check to make sure the trunk lid is closed. Also, the tonneau cover will not release if the vehicle alarm is armed.
  • 59. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-27 Raising the Manual Convertible Top 1. Park on a level surface. Shift an automatic transmission into P (Park) and set the parking brake. Shift a manual transmission into Neutral and set the parking brake. 2. Lower both windows. 3. Make sure the ignition is off. 9. Push forward on the front 10. Then move the convertible top edge (A) of the convertible top to rearward to its fully stored allow the rear edge (B) of the position. convertible top to be moved to 11. After the convertible top is its full-down position. stored, apply one even push on the center of the front edge (A) of the convertible top to ensure that the convertible top is fully retracted. 12. Close the tonneau cover (B) by pressing down on it with a swift, firm motion. 4. Tilt the driver seat forward and press the tonneau cover release button.
  • 60. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 2-28 Keys, Doors, and Windows After pressing the release button, the driver and passenger door glass will retract to the full-down position. If battery power has been lost, see Step 7 under “Lowering the Manual Convertible Top” in this section. After pressing the release button, the driver and passenger door glass should retract to the full-down position, if they have not already been lowered. 5. Lift the tonneau cover. 6. Pull the convertible top up by 7. Lift the rear edge (B) of the firmly gripping the front edge (A) convertible top to its full-up near the center and applying a position by first raising the front brisk upward and forward motion edge (A). to get the top in the full-up 8. Close the tonneau cover (C) by position. pushing it down with a swift, firm motion. 9. Lower the rear edge (B) of the convertible top by first slightly pushing the front edge (A) of the convertible top forward.
  • 61. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-29 10. Push the front edge (A) of the Power Operation Notice: Lowering the convertible convertible top down from the top if it is damp, wet, or dirty For care and cleaning of the outside of the vehicle, or pull can cause stains, mildew, and convertible top see “Cleaning the the front edge (A) of the damage to the inside of the Convertible Top” in this section. convertible top down from the vehicle. Dry off the convertible High pressure car washes may center pull-down handle top before lowering it. cause water to enter the vehicle. located in the inside of the Notice: If you lower the vehicle. To operate the convertible top use convertible top on the vehicle the following steps. 11. Pull the convertible top front in cold weather (0°C (32°F) or latch down and turn it Notice: Leaving the convertible lower), you may damage counterclockwise to lock the top down and exposing the convertible top components. convertible top. interior of the vehicle to outdoor Do not lower the top in cold conditions may cause damage. weather. Always close the convertible top Notice: If you raise or lower the if leaving the vehicle outdoors. convertible top while the vehicle Notice: Lowering the convertible is in motion, you could damage top when there are objects in the the top or the top mechanism. storage area could damage it or The repairs would not be covered break the glass rear window. by the warranty. Always put an Always verify that no objects automatic transmission in are in the storage area before P (Park) or a manual transmission lowering the convertible top. in Neutral before raising or lowering the convertible top.
  • 62. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 2-30 Keys, Doors, and Windows Lowering the Power by pulling and turning it The convertible top will lower into Convertible Top clockwise. Push upward on the the rear of the vehicle. A chime will 1. Park on a level surface. front edge. The windows will sound when the convertible top has Start the engine. Shift an automatically lower. lowered completely. If the radio is automatic transmission into 4. Return the convertible top front on, the sound may be muted for a P (Park) and set the parking latch to the closed position. brief time due to a new audio brake. Shift a manual system equalization being loaded. transmission into Neutral, and If the convertible top is operated set the parking brake. multiple times, the engine should be 2. Make sure the trunk is closed, running to prevent drain on the the rear trunk partition in the rear vehicles battery. Under certain storage area is in the fastened conditions, the Driver Information upright position, and no objects Center (DIC) may display a are forward of the divider. message regarding the convertible See “Rear Trunk Partition” under top. See Convertible Top Messages Rear Storage on page 4‑1. on page 5‑37 for more information. 5. Push and hold ª on the convertible top switch. 3. Release the convertible top front latch, located above the inside rearview mirror,
  • 63. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-31 Raising the Power Convertible Top If the radio is on, the sound may be Notice: If you raise or lower the muted for a brief time due to a new convertible top while the vehicle audio system equalization being is in motion, you could damage loaded. the top or the top mechanism. If the vehicle has lost power, the The repairs would not be covered convertible top can still be raised by by the warranty. Always put an releasing pressure on the hydraulic automatic transmission in pump, located under the passenger P (Park) or a manual transmission side of the tonneau cover, using the in Neutral before raising or following steps. The carpet liner on lowering the convertible top. the passenger side must be pulled 1. Park on a level surface. Start the back to access the hydraulic pump. engine. Shift an automatic 3. Push and hold « on the Never attempt to open or close the transmission into P (Park) and convertible top switch. The convertible top manually without set the parking brake. Shift a convertible top will raise and the releasing pressure first. manual transmission into Neutral windows will lower if they were Manual operation of the convertible and set the parking brake. in the raised position. A chime top cannot be attempted for 2. Make sure the trunk lid is closed, will sound when the convertible five minutes after the last time the the rear trunk partition in the rear top is raised completely. convertible top switch was pressed storage area is in the fastened 4. After the convertible top is if the convertible top was not upright position, and no objects completely raised, release the opened completely and the tonneau are forward of the divider. convertible top switch. cover latched or closed completely See “Rear Trunk Partition” under with the front latch locked in place 5. Pull the convertible top front Rear Storage on page 4‑1. at the time the convertible top latch down and turn it switch was released. counterclockwise to lock the convertible top.
  • 64. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 2-32 Keys, Doors, and Windows 2. Pull back the carpet liner on 5. Then follow the steps under the passenger side to access raising the manual convertible the hydraulic pump. top. See “Manual Operation” or “Power Operation” in this section. When power is restored to the vehicle, the hydraulic bolt must be tightened, by turning it clockwise. The convertible top switch can 1. Open the tonneau cover by then be used to lower or raise the pulling the manual release convertible top. cable. If the convertible top is operated The tonneau cover manual multiple times, the engine should be release cable is located behind running to prevent drain on the the passenger seat head 3. Locate the pressure release vehicles battery. Under certain restraint, on the underside bolt on the front side of the conditions, the Driver Information forward edge of the tonneau hydraulic pump. Center (DIC) may display a cover. message regarding the convertible 4. Use the wrench, located in Be careful when opening the the center console, and turn top. See Convertible Top Messages tonneau cover by hand. If the the pressure release bolt on page 5‑37 for more information. tonneau cover is opened counterclockwise one revolution, If the battery has been quickly, damage can occur to to relieve pressure to the disconnected, the power windows the hinging mechanism, which hydraulic pump. This will allow must be initialized for the power can prevent proper operation of the manual raising of the convertible top to operate. See the convertible top. convertible top. Power Windows on page 2‑18 for more information.
  • 65. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Keys, Doors, and Windows 2-33 Cleaning the Convertible Top To protect the convertible top: The convertible top should be . After washing the vehicle, make cleaned often. However, high sure the convertible top is pressure car washes may cause completely dry before lowering it. water to enter the vehicle. . Do not get any cleaner on the When hand washing the convertible vehicles painted finish; it could top, do it in partial shade. Use a leave streaks. mild soap, lukewarm water, and a soft sponge. A chamois or cloth may leave lint on the top, and a brush can chafe the threads in the top fabric. Do not use detergents, harsh cleaners, solvents, or bleaching agents. Wet the entire vehicle and wash the top evenly to avoid spots or rings. Let the soap remain on the fabric for a few minutes. When the top is really dirty, use a mild foam-type cleaner. Thoroughly rinse the entire vehicle, then let the top dry in direct sunlight.
  • 66. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 2-34 Keys, Doors, and Windows 2 NOTES
  • 67. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Seats and Restraints 3-1 Seats and Safety System Check . . . . . . . . 3-14 Safety Belt Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Child Restraints Older Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29 Restraints Replacing Safety Belt System Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-14 Infants and Young Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-31 Child Restraint Systems . . . . . 3-33 Airbag System Lower Anchors and Tethers Head Restraints Airbag System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-15 Head Restraints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 for Children (LATCH System) Where Are the Airbags? . . . . . 3-17 (Coupe and Convertible Front Seats When Should an Airbag Models Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-35 Power Seat Adjustment . . . . . . . 3-2 Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-18 Lower Anchors and Tethers Lumbar Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 What Makes an Airbag for Children (LATCH System) Reclining Seatbacks . . . . . . . . . . 3-3 Inflate? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-19 (Z06 and ZR1 Memory Seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4 How Does an Airbag Models Only) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-36 Seatback Latches . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7 Restrain? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 Replacing LATCH System Heated Front Seats . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 What Will You See after an Parts After a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-39 Airbag Inflates? . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20 Securing Child Restraints . . . . 3-40 Safety Belts Passenger Sensing Safety Belts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8 System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22 How to Wear Safety Belts Servicing the Airbag-Equipped Properly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10 Vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26 Lap-Shoulder Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11 Adding Equipment to the Safety Belt Use During Airbag-Equipped Vehicle . . . 3-27 Pregnancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Airbag System Check . . . . . . . . 3-28 Safety Belt Extender . . . . . . . . . 3-13 Replacing Airbag System Parts after a Crash . . . . . . . . . 3-28
  • 68. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 3-2 Seats and Restraints Head Restraints Front Seats Lumbar Adjustment The vehicles front seats have head Power Lumbar and Side restraints in the outboard seating Power Seat Adjustment Bolsters positions that cannot be adjusted. The front seat outboard head restraints are not designed to be removed. To adjust a power seat: A. Lumbar Support Control . Move the seat forward or B. Side Bolster Support Control rearward by sliding the control forward or rearward. To adjust the support, if equipped: . Raise or lower the front or rear . Move control (A) forward or part of the seat cushion by rearward to adjust lumbar moving the front or rear of the support. control up or down. . Move control (B) up or down to adjust the side bolsters.
  • 69. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Seats and Restraints 3-3 Reclining Seatbacks To return the seatback to the upright position: { WARNING 1. Lift the lever fully without applying pressure to the You can lose control of the seatback, and the seatback will vehicle if you try to adjust a return to the upright position. manual driver seat while the 2. Push and pull on the seatback to vehicle is moving. The sudden make sure it is locked. movement could startle and confuse you, or make you push a pedal when you do not want to. Adjust the driver seat only when the vehicle is not moving. To recline the seatback: 1. Lift the lever. 2. Move the seatback to the { WARNING desired position, and then release the lever to lock the If either seatback is not locked, it seatback in place. could move forward in a sudden 3. Push and pull on the seatback to stop or crash. That could cause make sure it is locked. injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they are locked.
  • 70. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 3-4 Seats and Restraints Memory Seats { WARNING Sitting in a reclined position when the vehicle is in motion can be dangerous. Even when buckled up, the safety belts cannot do their job. The shoulder belt will not be against your body. Instead, it will be in front of you. In a crash, you could go into it, receiving neck or other injuries. Do not have a seatback reclined if The lap belt could go up over the vehicle is moving. your abdomen. The belt forces On vehicles with the memory would be there, not at your pelvic feature, the controls on the driver bones. This could cause serious door are used to program and recall internal injuries. memory settings for the driver seat, outside mirrors, and the telescopic For proper protection when the steering column, if equipped. vehicle is in motion, have the seatback upright. Then sit well The numbers on the back of the back in the seat and wear the Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) transmitters correspond to the safety belt properly. numbers on the memory buttons.
  • 71. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Seats and Restraints 3-5 Storing Memory Positions . On vehicles with a manual memory position associated with transmission, when the vehicle the transmitter used to unlock the To save into memory: is on, the parking brake must be vehicle. 1. Adjust the driver seat, both set to recall a memory position. outside mirrors, and the Press and release “1” or “2.” This feature is turned on or off using telescopic steering column, the vehicle personalization menu. A single beep sounds and the See Vehicle Personalization on if equipped. memory position is recalled after page 5‑54. 2. Press and hold “1” until a brief delay. two beeps sound. To stop recall movement, press one If the vehicle is on and the of the power seat controls, power 3. Repeat for a second driver parking brake is not set, mirror or memory buttons, or the position using “2.” three beeps sound and the telescopic steering column switch. memory position is not recalled. To recall a memory position: If something has blocked the driver . On vehicles with an automatic Memory Remote Recall seat while recalling a memory transmission, press and release (Automatic Transmission) position, the recall may stop. “1” or “2.” This feature can recall the driver Remove the obstruction; then press seat, outside mirrors, and telescopic and hold the appropriate manual If the vehicle is in P (Park), a control for the memory item that is single beep sounds and the steering column, if equipped, to stored positions when entering the not recalling for two seconds. memory position is recalled after Try recalling the memory position a brief delay. vehicle. again by pressing the appropriate If the vehicle is not in P (Park), To activate, enter the vehicle and memory button. If the memory three beeps sound and the start the engine. The driver seat, position is still not recalling, see memory position is not recalled. outside mirrors, and telescopic your dealer for service. steering column will move to the
  • 72. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 3-6 Seats and Restraints Easy Exit Driver Seat To recall, press and release B. If something has blocked the driver This feature can move the seat The vehicle must be in P (Park) for seat while recalling the exit position, rearward and the telescopic steering an automatic transmission or the the recall may stop. Remove the column, if equipped, out of the way parking brake must be set for a obstruction; then press and hold the to allow extra room to exit the manual transmission. A single beep power seat control rearward for vehicle. sounds. The seat and telescopic two seconds. Try recalling the exit steering column will move to the position again. If the exit position is B (Easy Exit Driver Seat): Press position previously stored for the still not recalling, see your dealer for to save and recall the easy exit seat identified driver. service. position. If the easy exit seat feature is See Vehicle Personalization on To save into memory: programmed on in the vehicle page 5‑54. 1. Recall the desired driving personalization menu, automatic position by pressing “1.” recall occurs when one of the 2. Adjust the seat and the following conditions is met: telescopic steering column to the . The vehicle is turned off, in desired exit position. Retained Accessory Power (RAP) or accessory 3. Press and hold B until mode, and the driver door is two beeps sound. opened. 4. Repeat for a second driver . The vehicle is turned off, or in position using “2.” RAP, and the unlock button on the RKE transmitter is pressed.
  • 73. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Seats and Restraints 3-7 Seatback Latches { WARNING If either seatback is not locked, it could move forward in a sudden stop or crash. That could cause injury to the person sitting there. Always push and pull on the seatbacks to be sure they are locked. To return a seatback to the sitting Some vehicles are equipped with position, lift up on the latch, this seatback latch. raise the seatback, and push the seatback rearward. Push and pull Some vehicles are equipped with To fold a seatback forward, lift the on the seatback to make sure it is this seatback latch. latch on top of the backside of the locked in place. seat. The seatback locks when folded down.
  • 74. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 3-8 Seats and Restraints Heated Front Seats Safety Belts This section of the manual { WARNING describes how to use safety belts properly. It also describes some If you cannot feel temperature things not to do with safety belts. change or pain to the skin, the seat heater may cause burns even at low temperatures. { WARNING To reduce the risk of burns, Do not let anyone ride where a people with such a condition safety belt cannot be worn should use care when using the properly. In a crash, if you or your seat heater, especially for long passenger(s) are not wearing periods of time. Do not place If available, the buttons are on the center stack. safety belts, injuries can be much anything on the seat that worse than if you are wearing insulates against heat, such as The ignition must be on for this safety belts. You can be seriously a blanket, cushion, cover, feature to work. injured or killed by hitting things or similar item. This may cause L (Heated Seat): Press to turn the inside the vehicle harder or by the seat heater to overheat. heated seat on at the high setting. being ejected from the vehicle. An overheated seat heater may In addition, anyone who is not cause a burn or may damage Press again to switch to the low setting. buckled up can strike other the seat. passengers in the vehicle. 9 (Off): Press to turn the heated seat off. (Continued)
  • 75. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Seats and Restraints 3-9 Why Safety Belts Work Questions and Answers About WARNING (Continued) Safety Belts It is extremely dangerous to ride Q: Will I be trapped in the vehicle in a cargo area, inside or outside after a crash if I am wearing a of a vehicle. In a collision, safety belt? passengers riding in these areas A: You could be— whether you are are more likely to be seriously wearing a safety belt or not. injured or killed. Do not allow Your chance of being conscious passengers to ride in any area of during and after a crash, so you the vehicle that is not equipped can unbuckle and get out, is with seats and safety belts. much greater if you are belted. Always wear a safety belt, and Q: If my vehicle has airbags, check that all passenger(s) are When riding in a vehicle, you travel why should I have to wear restrained properly too. as fast as the vehicle does. If the safety belts? vehicle stops suddenly, you keep A: Airbags are supplemental going until something stops you. This vehicle has indicators as a systems only; so they work with It could be the windshield, the reminder to buckle the safety belts. safety belts— not instead of instrument panel, or the safety belts! See Safety Belt Reminders on them. Whether or not an airbag page 5‑17. When you wear a safety belt, you is provided, all occupants still and the vehicle slow down together. have to buckle up to get the There is more time to stop because most protection. you stop over a longer distance and, Also, in nearly all states and in when worn properly, your strongest all Canadian provinces, the law bones take the forces from the requires wearing safety belts. safety belts. That is why wearing safety belts makes such good sense.
  • 76. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 3-10 Seats and Restraints . Wear the shoulder belt over the How to Wear Safety Belts shoulder and across the chest. Properly These parts of the body are best This section is only for people of able to take belt restraining adult size. forces. The shoulder belt locks if there is a sudden stop or crash. There are special things to know about safety belts and children. And there are different rules for { WARNING smaller children and infants. If a You can be seriously injured, child will be riding in the vehicle, or even killed, by not wearing see Older Children on page 3‑29 or your safety belt properly. Infants and Young Children on page 3‑31. Follow those rules for . Sit up straight and always keep . Never allow the lap or everyones protection. your feet on the floor in front shoulder belt to become of you. loose or twisted. It is very important for all occupants to buckle up. Statistics show that . Always use the correct buckle . Never wear the shoulder belt unbelted people are hurt more often for your seating position. under both arms or behind in crashes than those who are . Wear the lap part of the belt low your back. wearing safety belts. and snug on the hips, just . Never route the lap or There are important things to know touching the thighs. In a crash, shoulder belt over an about wearing a safety belt properly. this applies force to the strong armrest. pelvic bones and you would be less likely to slide under the lap belt. If you slid under it, the belt would apply force on your abdomen. This could cause serious or even fatal injuries.
  • 77. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Seats and Restraints 3-11 Lap-Shoulder Belt The lap-shoulder belt may lock if you pull the belt across you very All seating positions in the vehicle quickly. If this happens, let the have a lap-shoulder belt. belt go back slightly to unlock it. The following instructions explain Then pull the belt across you how to wear a lap-shoulder belt more slowly. properly. If the shoulder portion of a 1. Adjust the seat, if the seat is passenger belt is pulled out all adjustable, so you can sit up the way, the child restraint straight. To see how, see “Seats” locking feature may be engaged. in the Index. If this happens, let the belt go back all the way and start again. Engaging the child restraint 3. If the belt stops before it reaches locking feature in the right front the buckle, tilt the latch plate and seating position may affect the keep pulling the safety belt until passenger sensing system. See it can be buckled. Passenger Sensing System on page 3‑22 for more information. 2. Pick up the latch plate and pull the belt across you. Do not let it get twisted.
  • 78. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 3-12 Seats and Restraints 4. Push the latch plate into the 5. To make the lap part tight, pull To unlatch the belt, push the button buckle until it clicks. up on the shoulder belt. on the buckle. The belt should Pull up on the latch plate to It may be necessary to pull return to its stowed position. make sure it is secure. If the belt stitching on the safety belt Before a door is closed, be sure the is not long enough, see Safety through the latch plate to fully safety belt is out of the way. If a Belt Extender on page 3‑13. tighten the lap belt on smaller door is slammed against a safety Position the release button on occupants. belt, damage can occur to both the the buckle so that the safety belt safety belt and the vehicle. could be quickly unbuckled if necessary.
  • 79. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Seats and Restraints 3-13 Safety Belt Pretensioners Safety Belt Use During The best way to protect the fetus is to protect the mother. When a safety This vehicle has safety belt Pregnancy belt is worn properly, it is more likely pretensioners for the front outboard Safety belts work for everyone, that the fetus will not be hurt in a occupants. Although the safety belt including pregnant women. Like all crash. For pregnant women, as for pretensioners cannot be seen, they occupants, they are more likely to anyone, the key to making safety are part of the safety belt assembly. be seriously injured if they do not belts effective is wearing them They can help tighten the safety wear safety belts. properly. belts during the early stages of a moderate to severe frontal and near frontal crash if the threshold Safety Belt Extender conditions for pretensioner If the vehicles safety belt will fasten activation are met. And, for vehicles around you, you should use it. with side impact airbags, safety belt But if a safety belt is not long pretensioners can help tighten the enough, your dealer will order you safety belts in a side crash. an extender. When you go in to Pretensioners work only once. order it, take the heaviest coat you If the pretensioners activate in a will wear, so the extender will be crash, they will need to be replaced, long enough for you. To help avoid and probably other new parts for personal injury, do not let someone the vehicles safety belt system. else use it, and use it only for the See Replacing Safety Belt System seat it is made to fit. The extender Parts after a Crash on page 3‑14. A pregnant woman should wear a has been designed for adults. Never lap-shoulder belt, and the lap use it for securing child seats. To portion should be worn as low as wear it, attach it to the regular safety possible, below the rounding, belt. For more information, see the throughout the pregnancy. instruction sheet that comes with the extender.
  • 80. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 3-14 Seats and Restraints Safety System Check Safety Belt Care Replacing Safety Belt Now and then, check that the safety Keep belts clean and dry. System Parts after a belt reminder light, safety belts, Crash buckles, latch plates, retractors, and anchorages are all working { WARNING properly. Look for any other loose or Do not bleach or dye safety belts. { WARNING damaged safety belt system parts It may severely weaken them. In A crash can damage the safety that might keep a safety belt system a crash, they might not be able to belt system in the vehicle. from doing its job. See your dealer provide adequate protection. A damaged safety belt system to have it repaired. Torn or frayed Clean safety belts only with mild may not properly protect the safety belts may not protect you in a soap and lukewarm water. person using it, resulting in crash. They can rip apart under impact forces. If a belt is torn or serious injury or even death in a frayed, get a new one right away. crash. To help make sure the safety belt systems are working Make sure the safety belt reminder properly after a crash, have them light is working. See Safety Belt inspected and any necessary Reminders on page 5‑17. replacements made as soon as Keep safety belts clean and dry. possible. See Safety Belt Care on page 3‑14.
  • 81. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Seats and Restraints 3-15 After a minor crash, replacement of Airbag System For frontal airbags, the word safety belts may not be necessary. AIRBAG is on the center of the But the safety belt assemblies that The vehicle has the following steering wheel for the driver and on were used during any crash may airbags: the instrument panel for the front have been stressed or damaged. . A frontal airbag for the driver. outboard passenger. See your dealer to have the safety For seat-mounted side impact belt assemblies inspected or . A frontal airbag for the front outboard passenger. airbags, the word AIRBAG is on the replaced. side of the seatback closest to New parts and repairs may be . A seat-mounted side impact the door. necessary even if the safety belt airbag for the driver. Airbags are designed to supplement system was not being used at the . A seat-mounted side impact the protection provided by safety time of the crash. airbag for the front outboard belts. Even though todays airbags Have the safety belt pretensioners passenger. are also designed to help reduce checked if the vehicle has been in a All vehicle airbags have the word the risk of injury from the force of an crash, or if the airbag readiness light AIRBAG on the trim or on a label inflating bag, all airbags must inflate stays on after you start the vehicle near the deployment opening. very quickly to do their job. or while you are driving. See Airbag Readiness Light on page 5‑17.
  • 82. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 3-16 Seats and Restraints Here are the most important things to know about the airbag system: { WARNING { WARNING Because airbags inflate with great Children who are up against, { WARNING force and faster than the blink of or very close to, any airbag You can be severely injured or an eye, anyone who is up when it inflates can be seriously killed in a crash if you are not against, or very close to, any injured or killed. Airbags plus wearing your safety belt, even airbag when it inflates can be lap-shoulder belts offer protection with airbags. Airbags are seriously injured or killed. Do not for adults and older children, but designed to work with safety sit unnecessarily close to any not for young children and infants. belts, not replace them. Also, airbag, as you would be if sitting Neither the vehicles safety belt airbags are not designed to inflate on the edge of the seat or leaning system nor its airbag system in every crash. In some crashes forward. Safety belts help keep is designed for them. Young safety belts are the only restraint. you in position before and during children and infants need the See When Should an Airbag a crash. Always wear the safety protection that a child restraint Inflate? on page 3‑18. belt, even with airbags. The driver system can provide. Always should sit as far back as possible secure children properly in Wearing your safety belt during a while still maintaining control of the vehicle. To read how, see crash helps reduce the chance of the vehicle. Older Children on page 3‑29 or hitting things inside the vehicle or Infants and Young Children on being ejected from it. Airbags are Occupants should not lean on or sleep against the door or side page 3‑31. “supplemental restraints” to the safety belts. Everyone in the windows in seating positions with vehicle should wear a safety belt seat-mounted airbags. properly, whether or not there is an airbag for that person.
  • 83. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Seats and Restraints 3-17 Where Are the Airbags? There is an airbag readiness light on the instrument panel, which shows the airbag symbol. The system checks the airbag electrical system for malfunctions. The light tells you if there is an electrical problem. See Airbag The front outboard passenger Readiness Light on page 5‑17 frontal airbag is in the passenger for more information. The driver frontal airbag is in the side instrument panel. center of the steering wheel.
  • 84. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 3-18 Seats and Restraints When Should an Airbag { WARNING Inflate? If something is between an Frontal airbags are designed to occupant and an airbag, the inflate in moderate to severe frontal airbag might not inflate properly or near frontal crashes to help or it might force the object into reduce the potential for severe that person causing severe injury injuries mainly to the drivers or or even death. The path of an front outboard passengers head inflating airbag must be kept and chest. However, they are only clear. Do not put anything designed to inflate if the impact between an occupant and an exceeds a predetermined Driver Side Shown, airbag, and do not attach or put deployment threshold. Deployment Passenger Side Similar anything on the steering wheel thresholds are used to predict how hub or on or near any other severe a crash is likely to be in time The driver and front outboard airbag covering. for the airbags to inflate and help passenger seat-mounted side restrain the occupants. impact airbags are in the side of Do not use seat accessories that the seatbacks closest to the door. block the inflation path of a Whether the frontal airbags will or seat-mounted side impact airbag. should deploy is not based primarily on how fast the vehicle is traveling. It depends on what is hit, the direction of the impact, and how quickly the vehicle slows down.
  • 85. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Seats and Restraints 3-19 Frontal airbags may inflate at Depending on the model, the Seat-mounted side impact airbags different crash speeds depending on vehicle may have one or two seat are not intended to inflate in whether the vehicle hits an object position sensors. The seat position frontal impacts, near-frontal straight on or at an angle, and sensor(s) enable the sensing impacts, rollovers, or rear impacts. whether the object is fixed or system to monitor the position of the A seat-mounted side impact airbag moving, rigid or deformable, driver seat (all models except Z06 is intended to inflate on the side of narrow or wide. and ZR1) and the front outboard the vehicle that is struck. Thresholds can also vary with passenger seat (all models). In any particular crash, no one can specific vehicle design. Seat position sensor(s) provide say whether an airbag should have information that is used in inflated simply because of the Frontal airbags are not intended to determining whether the airbags inflate during vehicle rollovers, rear vehicle damage or repair costs. should inflate at a reduced or full impacts, or in many side impacts. level. What Makes an Airbag In addition, the vehicle has The vehicle has seat-mounted side dual-stage frontal airbags. impact airbags. See Airbag System Inflate? Dual-stage airbags adjust the on page 3‑15. Seat-mounted side In a deployment event, the sensing restraint according to crash severity. impact airbags are intended to system sends an electrical signal The vehicle has electronic frontal inflate in moderate to severe side triggering a release of gas from the sensors, which help the sensing crashes, depending on the location inflator. Gas from the inflator fills the system distinguish between a of the impact. Seat-mounted side airbag causing the bag to break out moderate frontal impact and a more impact airbags will inflate if the of the cover. The inflator, the airbag, severe frontal impact. For moderate crash severity is above the and related hardware are all part of frontal impacts, dual-stage airbags systems designed threshold level. the airbag module. inflate at a level less than full The threshold level can vary with For airbag location, see Where Are deployment. For more severe frontal specific vehicle design. the Airbags? on page 3‑17. impacts, full deployment occurs.
  • 86. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 3-20 Seats and Restraints How Does an Airbag What Will You See after Restrain? an Airbag Inflates? { WARNING In moderate to severe frontal or After the frontal and seat-mounted When an airbag inflates, there near frontal collisions, even belted side impact airbags inflate, they may be dust in the air. This dust occupants can contact the steering quickly deflate, so quickly that some could cause breathing problems wheel or the instrument panel. people may not even realize the for people with a history of In moderate to severe side airbags inflated. Some components asthma or other breathing trouble. collisions, even belted occupants of the airbag module may be hot for To avoid this, everyone in the can contact the inside of the several minutes. For location of the vehicle should get out as soon as vehicle. airbags, see Where Are the it is safe to do so. If you have Airbags? on page 3‑17. breathing problems but cannot Airbags supplement the protection provided by safety belts by The parts of the airbag that come get out of the vehicle after an distributing the force of the into contact with you may be warm, airbag inflates, then get fresh air impact more evenly over the but not too hot to touch. There may by opening a window or a door. occupants body. be some smoke and dust coming If you experience breathing from the vents in the deflated problems following an airbag But airbags would not help in deployment, you should seek many types of collisions, primarily airbags. Airbag inflation does not prevent the driver from seeing out of medical attention. because the occupants motion is not toward those airbags. See When the windshield or being able to steer Should an Airbag Inflate? on the vehicle, nor does it prevent The vehicle has a feature that may page 3‑18 for more information. people from leaving the vehicle. automatically unlock the doors, turn the interior lamps on, turn on the Airbags should never be regarded hazard warning flashers, and shut as anything more than a supplement to safety belts.
  • 87. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Seats and Restraints 3-21 off the fuel system after the airbags In many crashes severe enough to . The vehicle has a crash sensing inflate. You can lock the doors, turn inflate the airbag, windshields are and diagnostic module which the interior lamps off, and turn the broken by vehicle deformation. records information after a hazard warning flashers off by using Additional windshield breakage may crash. See Vehicle Data the controls for those features. also occur from the front outboard Recording and Privacy on passenger airbag. page 13‑20 and Event Data Recorders on page 13‑20. { WARNING . Airbags are designed to inflate only once. After an airbag . Let only qualified technicians A crash severe enough to inflate inflates, you will need some work on the airbag system. the airbags may have also new parts for the airbag system. Improper service can mean that damaged important functions in If you do not get them, the the airbag system will not work the vehicle, such as the fuel airbag system will not be there properly. See your dealer for system, brake and steering to help protect you in another service. systems, etc. Even if the vehicle crash. A new system will include appears to be drivable after a airbag modules and possibly moderate crash, there may be other parts. The service manual concealed damage that could for the vehicle covers the need make it difficult to safely operate to replace other parts. the vehicle. Use caution if you should attempt to restart the engine after a crash has occurred.
  • 88. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 3-22 Seats and Restraints Passenger Sensing The words ON and OFF, or the According to accident statistics, symbol for on and off, will be visible children are safer when properly System during the system check. When the secured in a rear seat in the correct The vehicle has a passenger system check is complete, either the child restraint for their weight sensing system for the front word ON or OFF, or the symbol and size. We recommend that outboard passenger position. for on or off, will be visible. See rear-facing child restraints not be The passenger airbag status Passenger Airbag Status Indicator transported in the vehicle, even if indicator will light in the rearview on page 5‑18. the airbags are off. mirror when the vehicle is started. The passenger sensing system Never put a rear-facing child seat in will turn off the front outboard the front. This is because the risk to passenger frontal airbag and the rear-facing child is so great, seat-mounted side impact airbag if the airbag inflates. under certain conditions. No other airbag is affected by the passenger sensing system. { WARNING United States The passenger sensing system A child in a rear-facing child works with sensors that are part of restraint can be seriously injured the front outboard passenger seat. or killed if the passenger frontal The sensors are designed to detect airbag inflates. This is because the presence of a properly-seated the back of the rear-facing child occupant and determine if the front restraint would be very close to outboard passenger frontal airbag the inflating airbag. A child in a and seat-mounted side impact forward-facing child restraint can Canada and Mexico airbag should be allowed to inflate be seriously injured or killed if the or not. (Continued)
  • 89. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Seats and Restraints 3-23 If the vehicle does not have a rear . A front outboard passenger WARNING (Continued) seat that will accommodate a takes his/her weight off of the rear-facing child restraint, a seat for a period of time. passenger frontal airbag inflates rear-facing child restraint should not . The front outboard passenger and the passenger seat is in a be installed in the vehicle, even if seat is occupied by a smaller forward position. the airbags are off. person, such as a child who has Even if the passenger sensing The passenger sensing system is outgrown child restraints. system has turned off the front designed to turn off the front . There is a critical problem with outboard passenger airbag(s), no outboard passenger frontal airbag the airbag system or the system is fail-safe. No one can and seat-mounted side impact passenger sensing system. guarantee that an airbag will not airbag if: inflate under some unusual When the passenger sensing . The front outboard passenger system has turned off the front circumstance, even though the seat is unoccupied. outboard passenger frontal airbag airbag(s) are off. . The system determines that an and seat-mounted side impact Secure rear-facing child restraints infant is present in a rear-facing airbag, the off indicator will light in a rear seat, even if the infant seat. and stay lit as a reminder that the airbag(s) are off. If you secure a airbags are off. See Passenger forward-facing child restraint in . The system determines that a Airbag Status Indicator on small child is present in a child page 5‑18. the front outboard passenger restraint. seat, always move the seat as far back as it will go. It is better to . The system determines that a secure the child restraint in a small child is present in a rear seat. booster seat.
  • 90. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 3-24 Seats and Restraints The passenger sensing system is Everyone in the vehicle who If the On Indicator Is Lit for a designed to turn on the front has outgrown child restraints Child Restraint outboard passenger frontal airbag should wear a safety belt and seat-mounted side impact properly — whether or not there is If a child restraint has been installed airbag anytime the system senses an airbag for that person. and the on indicator is lit: that a person of adult size is sitting 1. Turn the vehicle off. properly in the front outboard passenger seat. { WARNING 2. Remove the child restraint from the vehicle. When the passenger sensing If the airbag readiness light ever comes on and stays on, it means 3. Remove any additional items system has allowed the airbags to that something may be wrong from the seat such as blankets, be enabled, the on indicator will light with the airbag system. To help cushions, seat covers, seat and stay lit as a reminder that the avoid injury to yourself or others, heaters, or seat massagers. airbags are active. have the vehicle serviced right 4. Reinstall the child restraint For some children who have away. See Airbag Readiness following the directions outgrown child restraints and for Light on page 5‑17 for more provided by the child restraint very small adults, the passenger information, including important manufacturer and refer to sensing system may or may not turn safety information. Securing Child Restraints on off the front outboard passenger page 3‑40. frontal airbag and seat-mounted side impact airbag, depending upon the persons seating posture and body build.
  • 91. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Seats and Restraints 3-25 5. If, after reinstalling the child If the Off Indicator Is Lit for an Use the following steps to allow the restraint and restarting the Adult-Size Occupant system to detect that person and vehicle, the on indicator is still lit, enable the front outboard passenger turn the vehicle off. Then slightly frontal airbag and seat-mounted recline the vehicle seatback side impact airbag: and adjust the seat cushion, 1. Turn the vehicle off. if adjustable, to make sure that the vehicle seatback is not 2. Remove any additional material pushing the child restraint into from the seat, such as blankets, the seat cushion. cushions, seat covers, seat heaters, or seat massagers. 6. Restart the vehicle. 3. Place the seatback in the fully If the on indicator is still lit, do upright position. not install a child restraint in this vehicle and check with your 4. Have the person sit upright in dealer. the seat, centered on the seat If a person of adult-size is sitting cushion, with legs comfortably in the front outboard passenger extended. seat, but the off indicator is lit, it 5. Restart the vehicle and have the could be because that person is person remain in this position for not sitting properly in the seat. two to three minutes after the on indicator is lit.
  • 92. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 3-26 Seats and Restraints Additional Factors Affecting A thick layer of additional material, Servicing the System Operation such as a blanket or cushion, or aftermarket equipment such as Airbag-Equipped Vehicle Safety belts help keep the seat covers, seat heaters, and seat Airbags affect how the vehicle passenger in position on the seat massagers can affect how well should be serviced. There are during vehicle maneuvers and the passenger sensing system parts of the airbag system in braking, which helps the passenger operates. We recommend that you several places around the vehicle. sensing system maintain the not use seat covers or other Your dealer and the service manual passenger airbag status. aftermarket equipment except when have information about servicing See “Safety Belts” and “Child approved by GM for your specific the vehicle and the airbag system. Restraints” in the Index for vehicle. See Adding Equipment to To purchase a service manual, see additional information about the the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle on Service Publications Ordering importance of proper restraint use. page 3‑27 for more information Information on page 13‑18. If the shoulder portion of the belt is about modifications that can affect pulled out all the way, the child restraint locking feature will be how the system operates. { WARNING engaged. This may unintentionally cause the passenger sensing { WARNING For up to 10 seconds after the vehicle is turned off and the system to turn the airbag(s) off for Stowing of articles under the battery is disconnected, an airbag some adult size occupants. If this passenger seat or between the can still inflate during improper happens, let the belt go back passenger seat cushion and service. You can be injured if you all the way and start again. seatback may interfere with the are close to an airbag when it proper operation of the passenger inflates. Avoid yellow connectors. sensing system. (Continued)
  • 93. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Seats and Restraints 3-27 Your dealer and the service manual This could either prevent proper WARNING (Continued) have information about the location deployment of the passenger of the airbag sensors, sensing and airbag(s) or prevent the passenger They are probably part of the diagnostic module, and airbag sensing system from properly airbag system. Be sure to follow wiring. turning off the passenger airbag(s). proper service procedures, and In addition, the vehicle has a See Passenger Sensing System on make sure the person performing passenger sensing system for the page 3‑22. work for you is qualified to do so. front outboard passenger position, If you have to modify your vehicle which includes sensors that are because you have a disability and Adding Equipment to the part of the passenger seat. have questions about whether The passenger sensing system may the modifications will affect the Airbag-Equipped Vehicle not operate properly if the original vehicles airbag system, or if you Adding accessories that change the seat trim is replaced with non-GM have questions about whether the vehicles frame, bumper system, covers, upholstery or trim, or with airbag system will be affected if the height, front end or side sheet GM covers, upholstery or trim vehicle is modified for any other metal, may keep the airbag designed for a different vehicle. reason, call Customer Assistance. system from working properly. Any object, such as an aftermarket See Customer Assistance Offices The operation of the airbag system seat heater or a comfort enhancing (U.S. and Canada) on page 13‑5 can also be affected by changing or pad or device, installed under or on or Customer Assistance Offices moving any parts of the front seats, top of the seat fabric, could also (Mexico) on page 13‑6. safety belts, the airbag sensing and interfere with the operation of the diagnostic module, steering wheel, passenger sensing system. instrument panel, inside rearview mirror, front sensors, or airbag wiring.
  • 94. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 3-28 Seats and Restraints Airbag System Check Replacing Airbag System If an airbag inflates, you will need to replace airbag system The airbag system does not need Parts after a Crash parts. See your dealer for service. regularly scheduled maintenance If the airbag readiness light stays on or replacement. Make sure the airbag readiness light is working. { WARNING after the vehicle is started or comes See Airbag Readiness Light on A crash can damage the on when you are driving, the airbag page 5‑17. airbag systems in the vehicle. system may not work properly. A damaged airbag system may Have the vehicle serviced right Notice: If an airbag covering is away. See Airbag Readiness Light damaged, opened, or broken, the not work properly and may on page 5‑17. airbag may not work properly. not protect you and your Do not open or break the airbag passenger(s) in a crash, resulting coverings. If there are any in serious injury or even death. opened or broken airbag covers, To help make sure the airbag have the airbag covering and/or systems are working properly airbag module replaced. For the after a crash, have them location of the airbags, see inspected and any necessary Where Are the Airbags? on replacements made as soon as page 3‑17. See your dealer for possible. service.
  • 95. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Seats and Restraints 3-29 Child Restraints The manufacturers instructions that come with the booster seat, state Q: What is the proper way to wear safety belts? the weight and height limitations for Older Children that booster. Use a booster seat A: An older child should wear a lap-shoulder belt and get the with a lap-shoulder belt until the additional restraint a shoulder child passes the below fit test: belt can provide. The shoulder . Sit all the way back on the seat. belt should not cross the face or Do the knees bend at the seat neck. The lap belt should fit edge? If yes, continue. If no, snugly below the hips, just return to the booster seat. touching the top of the thighs. . Buckle the lap-shoulder belt. This applies belt force to the Does the shoulder belt rest on childs pelvic bones in a crash. the shoulder? If yes, continue. It should never be worn over the If no, then return to the abdomen, which could cause booster seat. severe or even fatal internal injuries in a crash. . Does the lap belt fit low and snug on the hips, touching the According to accident statistics, Older children who have outgrown thighs? If yes, continue. If no, children and infants are safer booster seats should wear the return to the booster seat. when properly restrained in a child vehicles safety belts. restraint system or infant restraint . Can proper safety belt fit be system secured in a rear seating maintained for the length of the position. trip? If yes, continue. If no, return to the booster seat.
  • 96. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 3-30 Seats and Restraints In a crash, children who are not buckled up can strike other people WARNING (Continued) who are buckled up, or can be thrown out of the vehicle. Older The child could move too far children need to use safety belts forward increasing the chance of properly. head and neck injury. The child might also slide under the lap { WARNING belt. The belt force would then be applied right on the abdomen. Never allow more than one child That could cause serious or fatal to wear the same safety belt. injuries. The shoulder belt should The safety belt cannot properly go over the shoulder and across spread the impact forces. In a the chest. crash, they can be crushed together and seriously injured. { WARNING A safety belt must be used by Never allow a child to wear the only one person at a time. safety belt with the shoulder belt behind their back. A child can be seriously injured by not wearing the lap-shoulder belt properly. In a crash, the child would not be restrained by the shoulder belt. (Continued)
  • 97. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Seats and Restraints 3-31 Infants and Young Airbags plus lap‐shoulder belts offer WARNING (Continued) protection for adults and older Children children, but not for young children Everyone in a vehicle needs and infants. Neither the vehicles For example, in a crash at only protection! This includes infants safety belt system nor its airbag 40 km/h (25 mph), a 5.5 kg (12 lb) and all other children. Neither the system is designed for them. infant will suddenly become a distance traveled nor the age and Every time infants and young 110 kg (240 lb) force on a persons size of the traveler changes the children ride in vehicles, they should arms. An infant should be need, for everyone, to use safety have the protection provided by secured in an appropriate restraints. In fact, the law in every appropriate child restraints. restraint. state in the United States and in Children who are not restrained every Canadian province says properly can strike other people, children up to some age must be or can be thrown out of the vehicle. restrained while in a vehicle. { WARNING { WARNING Never hold an infant or a child Children can be seriously injured while riding in a vehicle. Due to or strangled if a shoulder belt is crash forces, an infant or a child wrapped around their neck and will become so heavy it is not the safety belt continues to possible to hold it during a crash. tighten. Never leave children unattended in a vehicle and never (Continued) allow children to play with the safety belts.
  • 98. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 3-32 Seats and Restraints For most basic types of child { WARNING restraints, there are many different models available. Children who are up against, When purchasing a child or very close to, any airbag when restraint, be sure it is designed it inflates can be seriously injured to be used in a motor vehicle. or killed. Never put a rear-facing If it is, the restraint will have a child restraint in the right front label saying that it meets federal seat. Secure a rear-facing child motor vehicle safety standards. restraint in a rear seat. It is also The restraint manufacturers better to secure a forward-facing instructions that come with the child restraint in a rear seat. If you restraint state the weight and must secure a forward-facing Q: What are the different types of height limitations for a particular child restraint in the right front add-on child restraints? child restraint. In addition, there seat, always move the front are many kinds of restraints A: Add-on child restraints, which passenger seat as far back as it available for children with are purchased by the vehicle will go. special needs. owner, are available in four basic types. Selection of a particular restraint should take into { WARNING consideration not only the childs weight, height, and age but also To reduce the risk of neck and whether or not the restraint will head injury during a crash, be compatible with the motor infants need complete support. vehicle in which it will be used. In a crash, if an infant is in a rear-facing child restraint, the crash forces can be distributed (Continued)
  • 99. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Seats and Restraints 3-33 WARNING (Continued) Child Restraint Systems across the strongest part of an infants body, the back and shoulders. Infants should always be secured in rear-facing child restraints. { WARNING A young childs hip bones are still (B) Forward-Facing Child Seat so small that the vehicles regular A forward-facing child seat (B) (A) Rear-Facing Infant Seat safety belt may not remain low provides restraint for the childs on the hip bones, as it should. A rear-facing infant seat (A) body with the harness. Instead, it may settle up around provides restraint with the seating the childs abdomen. In a crash, surface against the back of the the belt would apply force on a infant. body area that is unprotected by The harness system holds the infant any bony structure. This alone in place and, in a crash, acts to could cause serious or fatal keep the infant positioned in the injuries. To reduce the risk of restraint. serious or fatal injuries during a crash, young children should always be secured in appropriate child restraints.
  • 100. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 3-34 Seats and Restraints Securing an Add-On Child See Lower Anchors and Tethers for Restraint in the Vehicle Children (LATCH System) (Z06 and ZR1 Models Only) on page 3‑36 or Lower Anchors and Tethers for { WARNING Children (LATCH System) (Coupe A child can be seriously injured and Convertible Models Only) on or killed in a crash if the child page 3‑35. Children can be restraint is not properly secured endangered in a crash if the child restraint is not properly secured in in the vehicle. Secure the child the vehicle. restraint properly in the vehicle using the vehicle safety belt or When securing an add-on child LATCH system, following the restraint, refer to the instructions (C) Booster Seats instructions that came with that that come with the restraint which A booster seat (C) is a child child restraint and the instructions may be on the restraint itself or in a restraint designed to improve the fit in this manual. booklet, or both, and to this manual. of the vehicles safety belt system. The child restraint instructions are A booster seat can also help a child important, so if they are not To help reduce the chance of injury, available, obtain a replacement to see out the window. the child restraint must be secured copy from the manufacturer. in the vehicle. Child restraint systems must be secured in Keep in mind that an unsecured vehicle seats by lap belts or the child restraint can move around in a lap belt portion of a lap-shoulder collision or sudden stop and injure belt, or by the LATCH system. people in the vehicle. Be sure to properly secure any child restraint in the vehicle— even when no child is in it.
  • 101. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Seats and Restraints 3-35 In some areas of the United States Lower Anchors and In Canada, the law requires that and Canada, Certified Child forward-facing child restraints have Passenger Safety Technicians Tethers for Children a top tether, and that the tether be (CPSTs) are available to inspect (LATCH System) attached. and demonstrate how to correctly (Coupe and Convertible Your vehicle does not have lower use and install child restraints. In the U.S., refer to the National Models Only) anchors or top tether anchors to secure a child restraint with the Highway Traffic Safety Some child restraints have a LATCH system. If a national or Administration (NHTSA) website to LATCH system. As part of the local law requires that your top locate the nearest child safety seat LATCH system, your child restraint tether be anchored, do not use a inspection station. For CPST may have lower attachments and/or child restraint in this vehicle availability in Canada, check with a top tether. The LATCH system because a top tether cannot be Transport Canada or the Provincial can help hold the child restraint in properly anchored. You must use Ministry of Transportation office. place during driving or in a crash. the safety belts to secure your child Some vehicles have lower and/or restraint in this vehicle, unless a Securing the Child Within the top tether anchors designed to Child Restraint national or local law requires that secure a child restraint with lower the top tether be anchored. Refer to attachments and/or a top tether. the child restraint instructions and { WARNING Some child restraints with a top instructions in this manual for A child can be seriously injured tether are designed to be used securing a child restraint using the whether the top tether is anchored vehicles safety belts. See Securing or killed in a crash if the child is or not. Other child restraints require Child Restraints on page 3‑40. not properly secured in the that the top tether be anchored. child restraint. Secure the child A national or local law may require properly following the instructions that the top tether be anchored. that came with that child restraint.
  • 102. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 3-36 Seats and Restraints Lower Anchors and installed using the top tether anchor and the vehicles safety belt. Tethers for Children A child restraint must never be (LATCH System) (Z06 and installed using only the top tether ZR1 Models Only) and anchor. Refer to your child restraint instructions and see Some child restraints have a Securing Child Restraints on LATCH system. As part of the page 3‑40 for instructions on LATCH system, your child restraint securing your child restraint using may have lower attachments and/or the vehicles safety belts. A top tether (A, C) anchors the top a top tether. The LATCH system In order to use the top tether of the child restraint to the vehicle. can help hold the child restraint in anchors in your vehicle, you need A top tether anchor is built into place during driving or in a crash. a child restraint equipped with a the vehicle. The top tether Some vehicles have lower and/or top tether. The child restraint attachment (B) on the child restraint top tether anchors designed to manufacturer will provide you with connects to the top tether anchor in secure a child restraint with lower instructions on how to use the the vehicle in order to reduce the attachments and/or a top tether. child restraint and its top tether. forward movement and rotation of Your vehicle does not have lower The following explains how to attach the child restraint during driving or in anchors to accommodate lower a child restraint with the top tether in a crash. attachments. Your vehicle does your vehicle. Your child restraint may have a have a top tether anchor. If your single tether (A) or a dual child restraint has a top tether, make tether (C). Either will have a single sure your child restraint is properly attachment (B) to secure the top tether to the anchor.
  • 103. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Seats and Restraints 3-37 Some top tether-equipped child Top Tether Anchor Locations restraints are designed for use with or without the top tether being attached. Others require the top tether always to be attached. In Canada, the law requires that forward-facing child restraints have To assist you in locating the top a top tether, and that the tether be tether anchors, the top tether anchor attached. Be sure to read and follow symbol is located on the trim cover. the instructions for your child restraint. According to accident statistics, children and infants are safer when properly restrained in a child restraint system or infant restraint i (Top Tether Anchor): Seating system secured in a rear seating positions with top tether anchors. position. The top tether anchor is located under the cover behind the passenger seat.
  • 104. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 3-38 Seats and Restraints Securing a Child Restraint with Do not secure a child restraint in a a Top Tether WARNING (Continued) position without a top tether anchor if a national or local law requires tighten. Buckle any unused safety that the top tether be attached, or if { WARNING belts behind the child restraint the instructions that come with the so children cannot reach them. child restraint say that the top tether If a LATCH-type child restraint is Pull the shoulder belt all the way must be attached. not attached to anchors, the child out of the retractor to set the lock, restraint will not be able to protect 1. Secure the child restraint if the vehicle has one, after the the child correctly. In a crash, the using the vehicles safety belt. child restraint has been installed. child could be seriously injured or See Securing Child Restraints killed. Install a LATCH-type on page 3‑40. child restraint properly using the Notice: Do not let the LATCH 2. If the child restraint manufacturer anchors, or use the vehicle safety attachments rub against the recommends that the top tether belts to secure the restraint, vehicle’s safety belts. This may be attached, attach and tighten following the instructions that damage these parts. If necessary, the top tether to the top tether came with the child restraint and move buckled safety belts to anchor, if equipped. Refer to the the instructions in this manual. avoid rubbing the LATCH child restraint instructions and attachments. the following steps: Do not fold the empty rear seat 2.1. Find the top tether anchor. with a safety belt buckled. { WARNING This could damage the safety belt 2.2. Press the ribbed area of the or the seat. Unbuckle and return trim cover to open the cover Children can be seriously injured the safety belt to its stowed and expose the anchor. or strangled if a shoulder belt is position, before folding the seat. wrapped around their neck and the safety belt continues to (Continued)
  • 105. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Seats and Restraints 3-39 2.3. Route, attach and tighten Replacing LATCH System the top tether according to your child restraint Parts After a Crash instructions and the following instructions: { WARNING A crash can damage the LATCH system in the vehicle. A damaged LATCH system may not properly If the position you are using secure the child restraint, has a fixed headrest or resulting in serious injury or even head restraint and you are death in a crash. To help make using a dual tether, route sure the LATCH system is the tether around the working properly after a crash, headrest or head restraint. see your dealer to have the If the position you are using 3. Before placing a child in the system inspected and any has a fixed headrest or child restraint, make sure it is necessary replacements made head restraint and you are securely held in place. To check, as soon as possible. using a single tether, route grasp the child restraint at the the tether over the headrest LATCH path and attempt to or head restraint. If the vehicle has the LATCH system move it side‐to‐side and and it was being used during a back‐and‐forth. There should be crash, new LATCH system parts no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of may be needed. movement for proper installation. New parts and repairs may be necessary even if the LATCH system was not being used at the time of the crash.
  • 106. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 3-40 Seats and Restraints Securing Child Restraints { WARNING WARNING (Continued) This vehicle has airbags. In addition, the vehicle has a A child in a rear-facing child guarantee that an airbag will not passenger sensing system which is restraint can be seriously deploy under some unusual designed to turn off the right front injured or killed if the right front circumstance, even though it is passenger frontal airbag and passenger airbag inflates. turned off. seat-mounted side impact airbag This is because the back of the (if equipped) under certain rear-facing child restraint would Secure rear-facing child restraints conditions. See Passenger be very close to the inflating in a rear seat, even if the Sensing System on page 3‑22 and airbag. A child in a forward-facing airbag is off. If you secure a Passenger Airbag Status Indicator child restraint can be seriously forward-facing child restraint in on page 5‑18 for more information, injured or killed if the right front the right front seat, always move including important safety passenger airbag inflates and the the front passenger seat as far information. passenger seat is in a forward back as it will go. It is better to A label on the sun visor says, position. secure the child restraint in a “Never put a rear-facing child seat rear seat. Even if the passenger sensing in the front.” This is because the risk See Passenger Sensing System to the rear-facing child is so great, system has turned off the right front passenger frontal airbag, no on page 3‑22 for additional if the airbag deploys. information. system is fail-safe. No one can (Continued) Rear-facing child restraints should not be installed in the vehicle, even if the airbag(s) are off.
  • 107. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Seats and Restraints 3-41 If the child restraint has the LATCH Do not secure a child seat in a When the passenger sensing system, see Lower Anchors and position without a top tether anchor system has turned off the right Tethers for Children (LATCH if a national or local law requires front passenger frontal airbag System) (Z06 and ZR1 Models that the top tether be anchored, or if and seat-mounted side impact Only) on page 3‑36 or Lower the instructions that come with the airbag (if equipped), the off Anchors and Tethers for Children child restraint say that the top strap indicator on the passenger (LATCH System) (Coupe and must be anchored. airbag status indicator should Convertible Models Only) on In Canada, the law requires that light and stay lit when you start page 3‑35 for how and where to forward-facing child restraints have the vehicle. See Passenger install the child restraint using a top tether, and that the tether be Airbag Status Indicator on LATCH. If a child restraint is secured attached. page 5‑18. using a safety belt and it uses a top 2. Put the child restraint on tether, see Lower Anchors and You will be using the lap-shoulder belt to secure the child restraint in the seat. Tethers for Children (LATCH System) (Z06 and ZR1 Models this position. Follow the instructions 3. Pick up the latch plate, and run Only) on page 3‑36 or Lower that came with the child restraint. the lap and shoulder portions of Anchors and Tethers for Children 1. Move the seat as far back as it the vehicle’s safety belt through (LATCH System) (Coupe and will go before securing the or around the restraint. The child Convertible Models Only) on forward-facing child restraint. restraint instructions will show page 3‑35 for top tether anchor you how. locations.
  • 108. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 3-42 Seats and Restraints 4. Push the latch plate into the 5. Pull the shoulder belt all the way 6. To tighten the belt, push down buckle until it clicks. out of the retractor to set the on the child restraint, pull the Position the release button on lock. When the retractor lock is shoulder portion of the belt to the buckle so that the safety belt set, the belt can be tightened but tighten the lap portion of the belt, could be quickly unbuckled if not pulled out of the retractor. and feed the shoulder belt back necessary. into the retractor. When installing a forward-facing child restraint, it may be helpful to use your knee to push down on the child restraint as you tighten the belt. Try to pull the belt out of the retractor to make sure the retractor is locked. If the retractor is not locked, repeat Steps 5 and 6.
  • 109. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Seats and Restraints 3-43 7. If the child restraint has a top If the airbag or airbags are off, the tether, follow the child restraint off indicator in the passenger airbag manufacturers instructions status indicator will come on and regarding the use of the top stay on when the vehicle is started. tether. See Lower Anchors and If a child restraint has been installed Tethers for Children (LATCH and the on indicator is lit, see System) (Z06 and ZR1 Models “If the On Indicator is Lit for a Child Only) on page 3‑36 or Lower Restraint” under Passenger Sensing Anchors and Tethers for System on page 3‑22 for more Children (LATCH System) information. (Coupe and Convertible Models Only) on page 3‑35 for more To remove the child restraint, information. unbuckle the vehicle safety belt and let it return to the stowed position. 8. Before placing a child in the If the top tether is attached to a top child restraint, make sure it is tether anchor, disconnect it. securely held in place. To check, grasp the child restraint at the safety belt path and attempt to move it side‐to‐side and back‐and‐forth. When the child restraint is properly installed, there should be no more than 2.5 cm (1 in) of movement.
  • 110. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 3-44 Seats and Restraints 2 NOTES
  • 111. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Storage 4-1 Storage Storage Rear Storage Compartments Storage Compartments Glove Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Glove Box Cupholders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Open the glove box by lifting up on Rear Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 the lever. Use the key to lock and Center Console Storage . . . . . . 4-2 unlock the lighted glove box. Additional Storage Features Cargo Cover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2 Cupholders Convenience Net . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3 Convertible Shown, Coupe Similar There are two storage compartments in the floor of the hatch/trunk area; pull up to open the cover. For the Z06 and ZR1, the right compartment stores the battery and cannot be used for storage. Notice: Do not store heavy or Slide the cover to access the sharp objects in the rear storage cupholders. compartments located in the hatch/trunk area. The objects could damage the underbody.
  • 112. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 4-2 Storage Rear Trunk Partition Additional Storage For vehicles with the power Features convertible top option only, there is a trunk partition to keep cargo from getting in the way of the convertible Cargo Cover top. The trunk partition must be in For vehicles with this feature, the place for the convertible top to security shade can provide hidden move. If the trunk partition is not storage in the rear area of the properly in place, a message will vehicle. The shade is also helpful display. See Convertible Top in blocking the glare from the Messages on page 5‑37 for more removable roof when it is stored in information. the rear compartment. The trunk partition is a flat carpeted Pull the divider up and snap it onto board with a horizontal flap that can place on both sides of the trunk. be attached to the top of the trunk to divide the storage compartment. Center Console Storage It can be stored flat when not in use. To use this storage area, pull the cover up on the driver side front edge of the center console and swing it to the passenger side. Some vehicles might also have input jacks for auxiliary audio devices. See Auxiliary Devices on page 7‑16.
  • 113. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Storage 4-3 Using the Cargo Cover 3. Grasp the loop at the rear center 4. Push the loop to the top of the of the shade and wrap it around striker (base plate). 1. Hook the elastic loops on the the striker assembly. front corners (A) of the shade to Convenience Net the T-nuts located on the front corners of the rear hatch frame. The vehicle may have a convenience net located in the rear, 2. Hook the elastic loops on the to store small loads as far forward rear corners (B) of the shade to as possible. The net should not be the hooks recessed inside the used to store heavy loads. rear hatch frame, near the rear corners.
  • 114. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 4-4 Storage 2 NOTES
  • 115. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Instruments and Controls 5-1 Instruments and Boost Gauge (ZR1) . . . . . . . . . . 5-13 Engine Oil Pressure Information Displays Driver Information Controls Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14 Engine Coolant Temperature Center (DIC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-26 Head-Up Display (HUD) . . . . . 5-31 Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Voltmeter Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16 Vehicle Messages Controls Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . 5-35 Steering Wheel Adjustment . . . 5-2 Safety Belt Reminders . . . . . . . 5-17 Airbag Readiness Light . . . . . . 5-17 Battery Voltage and Steering Wheel Controls . . . . . . 5-3 Charging Messages . . . . . . . . 5-35 Horn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4 Passenger Airbag Status Indicator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-18 Brake System Messages . . . . 5-36 Windshield Wiper/Washer . . . . . 5-4 Convertible Top Messages . . . 5-37 Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5 Malfunction Indicator Lamp . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-19 Cruise Control Messages . . . . 5-38 Clock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Door Ajar Messages . . . . . . . . . 5-38 Power Outlets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6 Brake System Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-21 Engine Cooling System Cigarette Lighter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-39 Ashtrays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7 Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-22 Engine Oil Messages . . . . . . . . 5-40 Warning Lights, Gauges, and One-to-Four Shift Light Engine Power Messages . . . . 5-41 Indicators (Manual Transmission) . . . . . 5-22 Fuel System Messages . . . . . . 5-41 Warning Lights, Gauges, and Traction Off Light . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-23 Key and Lock Messages . . . . . 5-42 Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8 StabiliTrak® OFF Light . . . . . . . 5-23 Lamp Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-43 Instrument Cluster . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-9 Active Handling System Ride Control System Speedometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-24 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-44 Odometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Tire Pressure Light . . . . . . . . . . 5-24 Safety Belt Messages . . . . . . . 5-48 Tachometer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 Security Light . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Anti-theft Alarm System Fuel Gauge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-12 High-Beam On Light . . . . . . . . . 5-25 Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-49 Front Fog Lamp Light . . . . . . . . 5-25 Lamps On Reminder . . . . . . . . . 5-25
  • 116. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 5-2 Instruments and Controls Service Vehicle Messages . . . 5-49 Controls Telescopic Steering Column Starting the Vehicle Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-49 Tire Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-49 Steering Wheel Transmission Messages . . . . . 5-52 Adjustment Vehicle Reminder Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-53 Washer Fluid Messages . . . . . 5-53 Vehicle Personalization Vehicle Personalization . . . . . . 5-54 Universal Remote System Universal Remote System . . . 5-62 Universal Remote System Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-63 For vehicles with this feature, the Universal Remote System telescopic steering column control Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-68 is located on the right side of the steering column. The lever is located on the left side of the steering column. To adjust the telescopic steering column: To adjust the steering wheel: 1. Push the switch forward to move 1. Pull the lever toward you. the wheel away from you. 2. Move the steering wheel up 2. Pull the switch toward you to or down. move the wheel closer to you. 3. Release the lever to lock the steering wheel in place.
  • 117. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Instruments and Controls 5-3 The telescopic steering column b / g (Mute/Push to Talk): To change radio stations: position can be stored with your Press to silence the vehicle memory settings. See “Memory . Press w or x to go to the speakers only. Press again to turn Seat, Mirrors, and Steering Wheel” next or to the previous radio the sound on. under Power Seat Adjustment on station and stay there. page 3‑2 for more information. For vehicles with Bluetooth or The radio only seeks stations OnStar® systems press and with a strong signal that are in Steering Wheel Controls hold b / g for longer than the selected band. two seconds to interact with those . Press and hold w or x for systems. See Bluetooth on two seconds until SCAN displays page 7‑16 or OnStar Overview on and a beep sounds to scan page 14‑1 for more information. stations. The radio goes to a c (Phone On Hook): Press to station, plays for a few seconds, reject an incoming call, or end a then goes to the next station. current call. Press again to stop scanning. w x (Next/Previous): Press to . Press and hold w or x for change radio stations or select four seconds until PRESET tracks on a CD. SCAN displays and a beep sounds to scan presets. The radio goes to a station, plays for a few seconds, then For vehicles with steering wheel goes to the next station. controls, some audio controls can Press again to stop scanning. be adjusted at the steering wheel.
  • 118. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 5-4 Instruments and Controls To select tracks on a CD: Horn x (Delay Adjustment): Use for . Press w or x to go to the next a delayed wiping cycle. Turn the Press near or on the horn symbols intermittent adjust band down for a or to the previous track when a on the steering wheel pad to sound longer delay or up for a shorter CD is playing. the horn. delay. The wiper speed can only be . Press and hold w or x for manually adjusted when the lever is more than two seconds to scan Windshield Wiper/Washer in this position. the current CD. The CD goes to 9 (Off): Use to turn off the the next track, plays the first windshield wipers. 10 seconds, then goes to the next track. Press again to stop 8 (Mist): Move all the way down scanning. to mist and release for a single wiping cycle. The windshield wipers . Press and hold w or x for will stop after one wipe. Hold the more than four seconds to scan band on mist longer for more wipes. The windshield wiper/washer lever all of the CDs loaded. The CD is located on the right side of the Heavy snow or ice can overload the goes to the next CD, plays the steering column. wipers. If this occurs, a circuit first 10 seconds of each track, breaker will stop the wipers until the then goes to the next CD. Move the lever to the following motor cools. Clear all ice and snow Press again to stop scanning. positions: from the wiper blades before using + e − e (Volume): Press to 1 (High Speed): Use for fast them. If frozen to the windshield, wipes. carefully loosen them or thaw them. increase or to decrease the radio volume. 6 (Low Speed): Use for Damaged wiper blades should be slow wipes. replaced. See Wiper Blade 1 to 6 (Preset Pushbuttons): Replacement on page 10‑43. Press to play stations that are 3 (Delay): Use to set a delay programmed on the radio preset between wipes. pushbuttons.
  • 119. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Instruments and Controls 5-5 Windshield Washer For information on the correct letter C or CAL appears in the washer fluid to use, see Washer compass window, the compass Press and hold the button at the end Fluid on page 10‑34 and needs calibration. of the lever to spray washer fluid on Recommended Fluids and Depending on the mirror, in order to the windshield. The washer will Lubricants on page 11‑12. calibrate, CAL must be displayed spray until the button is released. The wipers will continue to clear the in the mirror compass windows. window for about six seconds after Compass If CAL is not displayed, press P for the button is released and then stop Compass Operation several seconds or until CAL is or return to your preset speed. displayed. With the compass feature on, each time the vehicle is started, the If the compass has map lamps, it { WARNING compass will take a few seconds to can be placed in calibration mode adjust and display the current by pressing and holding the left map In freezing weather, do not use compass heading. For example, light button until a C appears on the the washer until the windshield is NE is displayed for north-east. compass display. warmed. Otherwise the washer fluid can form ice on the Compass Calibration The mirror compass can be windshield, blocking your vision. calibrated by driving the vehicle in Press P once to turn the compass circles at 8 km/h (5 mph) or less until display on or off. the display reads a direction. If the fluid in the windshield washer fluid reservoir is low a message may If after several seconds the display Compass Variance appear on the Driver Information does not show a compass heading, The mirror is set to zone eight. Center (DIC) display, see Washer there may be a strong magnetic If you do not live in zone eight or Fluid Messages on page 5‑53. It will field interfering with the compass. drive out of the area, the compass take 15 seconds after the bottle is Interference can be caused by a variance needs to be changed to refilled for this message to turn off. magnetic antenna mount, note pad the appropriate zone. holder, or similar object. If the
  • 120. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 5-6 Instruments and Controls To adjust for compass variance: Clock Remove the cover to access and 1. Find your current location and replace when not in use. To set the clock: variance zone number on the zone map that follows. 1. Press and hold H until the { WARNING correct hour displays. Power is always supplied to the 2. Press and hold M until the correct minute displays. outlets. Do not leave electrical equipment plugged in when the The clock mode automatically times vehicle is not in use because the out with the changed display format vehicle could catch fire and cause set as the current default setting. injury or death. To set the clock on a navigation system, see the separate navigation Notice: Leaving electrical manual. equipment plugged in for an extended period of time while Power Outlets the vehicle is off will drain the The accessory power outlet can be battery. Always unplug electrical 2. Press and hold P until a Z and equipment when not in use and a zone number displays. The used to plug in electrical equipment, such as a cell phone or MP3 player. do not plug in equipment that compass is now in zone mode. exceeds the maximum 20 ampere 3. Once the zone number displays, The accessory power outlet is rating. located inside the center console press P repeatedly until you storage compartment, on the reach the correct zone number. forward left side. Stop pressing P and the mirror returns to normal operation.
  • 121. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Instruments and Controls 5-7 Certain electrical accessories may Cigarette Lighter Ashtrays not be compatible with the accessory power outlet and could To use the cigarette lighter, push it The ashtray and cigarette lighter are overload vehicle or adapter fuses. in all the way and let go. When it is located on the instrument panel, in If a problem is experienced, see ready, it will pop back out by itself. front of the shift lever. To use the your dealer. Notice: Holding a cigarette lighter ashtray, press on the indentation at in while it is heating does not let the top of the door. When adding electrical equipment, be sure to follow the proper the lighter back away from the Notice: If papers, pins, or other installation instructions included heating element when it is hot. flammable items are put in the with the equipment. See Add-On Damage from overheating can ashtray, hot cigarettes or other Electrical Equipment on page 9‑54. occur to the lighter or heating smoking materials could ignite element, or a fuse could be them and possibly damage the It is recommended that a qualified blown. Do not hold a cigarette vehicle. Never put flammable technician or dealer be seen for the lighter in while it is heating. items in the ashtray. proper installation of your equipment. Loose objects, such as paper clips, can lodge behind and beneath the Notice: Hanging heavy ashtray lid and prevent movement of equipment from the power the lid. You should avoid putting outlet can cause damage not small, loose objects near the covered by the vehicle warranty. ashtray. The power outlets are designed for accessory power plugs only, such as cell phone charge cords.
  • 122. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 5-8 Instruments and Controls Warning Lights, Gauges can indicate when there could be a problem with a vehicle Gauges, and function. Often gauges and warning lights work together to indicate a Indicators problem with the vehicle. Warning lights and gauges can When one of the warning lights signal that something is wrong comes on and stays on while before it becomes serious enough driving, or when one of the gauges to cause an expensive repair or shows there may be a problem, replacement. Paying attention to the check the section that explains what warning lights and gauges could to do. Follow this manuals advice. prevent injury. Waiting to do repairs can be costly Warning lights come on when there and even dangerous. could be a problem with a vehicle function. Some warning lights come on briefly when the engine is started to indicate they are working.
  • 123. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Instruments and Controls 5-9 Instrument Cluster English Coupe and Convertible Shown, Metric Similar
  • 124. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (10,1) 5-10 Instruments and Controls Z06– English Shown, Metric Similar
  • 125. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (11,1) Instruments and Controls 5-11 ZR1– English Shown, Metric Similar
  • 126. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (12,1) 5-12 Instruments and Controls Speedometer Notice: Fuel shuts off at about An arrow on the fuel gauge 6500 rpm for the base model, indicates the side of the vehicle the The speedometer shows the speed 7000 rpm for the Z06 model, and fuel door is on. in either kilometers per hour (km/h) 6600 rpm for the ZR1 model. If the or miles per hour (mph). For more When the needle approaches the vehicle continues to be driven at low fuel symbol, a chime sounds information see “Personal Options” the fuel shut off rpm, the engine under Vehicle Personalization on and LOW FUEL appears on the could be damaged. Be sure to Driver Information Center (DIC) page 5‑54. operate the vehicle below the fuel display. There is still a little fuel left, shut off rpm or reduce the but the vehicles fuel tank should be Odometer vehicles rpm quickly when the filled soon. To read the odometer with the fuel shuts off. Press the RESET button to ignition off, turn on the parking Fuel Gauge acknowledge a DIC message(s). lamps. Pressing the RESET button also If the vehicle needs a new odometer turns off a DIC message but the installed, the mileage total of the LOW FUEL message comes on new odometer will be set to the again in 10 minutes if fuel is not original kilometers (miles) of the old added to the vehicle. odometer. See your dealer if the odometer must be replaced in the vehicle. Tachometer The tachometer displays the engine speed in thousands of revolutions per minute (rpm). The fuel gauge shows how much fuel the vehicle has left while the engine is on.
  • 127. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (13,1) Instruments and Controls 5-13 Here are five things that some See “DIC Operation and Displays” owners ask about. All these things in Driver Information Center (DIC) are normal and do not indicate that on page 5‑26 for more information. anything is wrong with the fuel gauge. Boost Gauge (ZR1) . At the service station, the gas pump shuts off before the gauge reads the full. . It takes a little more or less fuel to fill up than the gauge indicated. For example, the gauge may have indicated half English full, but it took a little more or less than half of the tanks This gauge indicates vacuum during capacity to fill the tank. light to moderate throttle and boost . under heavier throttle. The gauge pointer may move while cornering, braking or It displays the air pressure level in speeding up. Metric the intake manifold before it enters the engines combustion chamber. . The gauge may not indicate the tank is empty when the ignition The gauge is automatically centered is turned off. at zero every time the engine is started. Actual vacuum or boost is . The gauge reading may change displayed from this zero point. slightly within the first several Changes in ambient pressure, minutes after starting the such as driving in mountains and vehicle. changing weather, will slightly change the zero reading.
  • 128. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (14,1) 5-14 Instruments and Controls Engine Oil Pressure Gauge English Metric — Z06 and ZR1 Models Metric
  • 129. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (15,1) Instruments and Controls 5-15 Notice: Lack of proper engine oil Oil pressure should be 140 to maintenance can damage the 550 kPa (20 to 80 psi). In certain engine. Driving with the engine situations such as long, extended oil low can also damage the idles on hot days, it could read as engine. The repairs would not be low as 40 kPa (6 psi) and still be covered by the vehicle warranty. considered normal. Oil pressure Check the oil level as soon as may exceed 689 kPa (100 psi) possible. Add oil if required, when first started or when but if the oil level is within the accelerating. It may vary with operating range and the oil engine speed, outside temperature pressure is still low, have the and oil viscosity, but readings above vehicle serviced. Always follow the shaded area show the normal English— Z06 and ZR1 Models the maintenance schedule for operating range. Readings in the changing engine oil. shaded area tell you that the engine is low on oil, or that you might have { WARNING The engine oil pressure gauge shows the engine oil pressure some other oil problem. See Engine in kPa (kilopascals) or psi (pounds Oil on page 10‑14. Do not keep driving if the oil pressure is low. The engine can per square inch) when the engine is The engine oil pressure can also become so hot that it catches fire. running. be displayed using the GAGES Someone could be burned. Check button on the Driver Information the oil as soon as possible and Center (DIC). See Driver Information have the vehicle serviced. Center (DIC) on page 5‑26.
  • 130. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (16,1) 5-16 Instruments and Controls Engine Coolant Voltmeter Gauge Temperature Gauge English This gauge shows the engine Base and Z06 coolant temperature. If the gauge Metric The voltmeter shows the voltage pointer moves into the shaded area, the engine is too hot. output of the battery. It shows the voltage output of the charging This means that the engine coolant system while the engine is running. has overheated. If the vehicle has been operating under normal driving The reading changes as the rate of conditions, pull off the road, stop the charge changes (with engine speed, vehicle and turn off the engine as for example), but if the voltmeter soon as possible. reads at 9 volts or below, the instrument panel cluster and other See Engine Overheating on systems may shut down. The Driver page 10‑30 for more information. Information Center (DIC) reads BATTERY VOLTAGE LOW when the vehicle is at 10 volts or below.
  • 131. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (17,1) Instruments and Controls 5-17 Have it checked right away. Airbag Readiness Light Driving with the voltmeter reading at { WARNING 10 volts or below could drain the The system checks the airbags battery and disable the vehicle. electrical system for possible If the airbag readiness light stays malfunctions. If the light stays on, on after the vehicle is started or Safety Belt Reminders it indicates there is an electrical comes on while driving, it means problem. The system check includes the airbag system might not be Safety Belt Reminder Light the airbag sensor(s), passenger working properly. The airbags in sensing system, the pretensioners, the vehicle might not inflate in a When the engine is started, a chime the airbag modules, the wiring, and sounds for several seconds to crash, or they could even inflate the crash sensing and diagnostic without a crash. To help avoid remind a driver to fasten the safety module. For more information on the belt, unless the driver safety belt is injury, have the vehicle serviced airbag system, see Airbag System right away. already buckled. on page 3‑15. If there is a problem with the airbag system, an airbag Driver Information Center (DIC) message can also come on. See Vehicle Messages on page 5‑35 for more information. The safety belt light comes on and stays on for several seconds, then The airbag readiness light flashes flashes for several more. for a few seconds when the engine is started. If the light does not come This chime and light are repeated if on then, have it fixed immediately. the driver remains unbuckled and the vehicle is in motion. If the driver safety belt is already buckled, neither the chime nor the light comes on.
  • 132. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (18,1) 5-18 Instruments and Controls Passenger Airbag Status When the vehicle is started, the If, after several seconds, both status passenger airbag status indicator indicator lights remain on, or if there Indicator will light ON and OFF, or the symbol are no lights at all, there may be a The vehicle has the passenger for on and off, for several seconds problem with the lights or the sensing system. See Passenger as a system check. Then, after passenger sensing system. Sensing System on page 3‑22 several more seconds, the status See your dealer for service. for important safety information. indicator will light either ON or OFF, The rearview mirror has a passenger airbag status indicator. or the on or off symbol, to let you know the status of the front { WARNING outboard passenger frontal and If the airbag readiness light ever seat-mounted side impact airbags. comes on and stays on, it means If the word ON or the on symbol is that something may be wrong lit on the passenger airbag status with the airbag system. To help indicator, it means that the front avoid injury to yourself or others, outboard passenger frontal airbag have the vehicle serviced right United States and seat-mounted side impact away. See Airbag Readiness airbag are allowed to inflate. Light on page 5‑17 for more If the word OFF or the off symbol is information, including important lit on the passenger airbag status safety information. indicator, it means that the passenger sensing system has turned off the front outboard passenger frontal airbag and Canada and Mexico seat-mounted side impact airbag.
  • 133. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (19,1) Instruments and Controls 5-19 Malfunction Malfunctions often are indicated by these systems could lead to the system before any problem is costly repairs not covered Indicator Lamp apparent. Being aware of the light by the vehicle warranty. A computer system called OBD II can prevent more serious damage This could also result in a (On-Board Diagnostics-Second to the vehicle. This system assists failure to pass a required Generation) monitors the operation the service technician in correctly Emission Inspection/Maintenance of the vehicle to ensure emissions diagnosing any malfunction. test. See Accessories and are at acceptable levels, to produce Notice: If the vehicle is Modifications on page 10‑3. a cleaner environment. This light continually driven with this light This light comes on during a comes on when the vehicle is on, the emission controls might malfunction in one of two ways: placed in Service Only Mode, as a not work as well, the vehicle fuel check to show it is working. If it Light Flashing: A misfire condition economy might not be as good, has been detected. A misfire does not, have the vehicle serviced and the engine might not run as by your dealer. See Ignition increases vehicle emissions and smoothly. This could lead to could damage the emission control Positions on page 9‑20 for more costly repairs that might not be information. system on the vehicle. Diagnosis covered by the vehicle warranty. and service might be required. Notice: Modifications made to The following can prevent more the engine, transmission, serious damage to the vehicle: exhaust, intake, or fuel system of the vehicle or the replacement . Reduce vehicle speed. of the original tires with other . Avoid hard accelerations. If the malfunction indicator lamp than those of the same Tire comes on and stays on while the Performance Criteria (TPC) can . Avoid steep uphill grades. engine is running, this indicates that affect the vehicles emission there is an OBD II problem and controls and can cause this light service is required. to come on. Modifications to
  • 134. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (20,1) 5-20 Instruments and Controls If the light continues to flash, stop . Check that good quality fuel is Emissions Inspection and and park the vehicle. Turn the used. Poor fuel quality causes Maintenance Programs vehicle off, wait at least 10 seconds, the engine not to run as and restart the engine. If the light is efficiently as designed and may Some local governments may have still flashing, follow the previous cause: stalling after start-up, programs to inspect the on-vehicle steps and see your dealer for stalling when the vehicle is emission control equipment. service as soon as possible. changed into gear, misfiring, For the inspection, the emission hesitation on acceleration, system test equipment is Light On Steady: An emission or stumbling on acceleration. connected to the vehicle’s Data control system malfunction has These conditions might go away Link Connector (DLC). been detected on the vehicle. once the engine is warmed up. Diagnosis and service might be required. If one or more of these conditions occurs, change the The following may correct an fuel brand used. It will require at emission system malfunction: least one full tank of the proper . Check that the fuel cap is fully fuel to turn the light off. installed. See Filling the Tank on See Recommended Fuel on The DLC is under the instrument page 9‑51. The diagnostic page 9‑48. panel to the left of the steering system can determine if the wheel. See your dealer if assistance fuel cap has been left off or If none of the above have made is needed. improperly installed. A loose or the light turn off, your dealer can missing fuel cap allows fuel to check the vehicle. The dealer has The vehicle may not pass evaporate into the atmosphere. the proper test equipment and inspection if: A few driving trips with the cap diagnostic tools to fix any . The malfunction indicator lamp is properly installed should turn the mechanical or electrical problems on with the engine running, or if light off. that might have developed. the vehicle is placed in Service Only Mode and the malfunction indicator lamp does not come
  • 135. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (21,1) Instruments and Controls 5-21 on. See your dealer for Brake System Warning assistance in verifying proper Light { WARNING operation of the malfunction indicator lamp. The vehicle brake system consists The brake system might not be of two hydraulic circuits. If one working properly if the brake . The OBD II (On-Board circuit is not working, the remaining system warning light is on. Diagnostics) system Driving with the brake system determines that critical emission circuit can still work to stop the vehicle. For normal braking warning light on can lead to a control systems have not been crash. If the light is still on after completely diagnosed. The performance, both circuits need to be working. the vehicle has been pulled off vehicle would be considered not the road and carefully stopped, ready for inspection. This can happen if the 12-volt battery has have the vehicle towed for recently been replaced or run service. down. The diagnostic system is designed to evaluate critical If this warning light stays on after emission control systems during the engine is started, the parking normal driving. This can take Metric English brake may still be set or there could several days of routine driving. be a brake problem. Refer to This light comes on briefly while If this has been done and the Parking Brake on page 9‑36 to starting the engine. If it does not vehicle still does not pass the see if it is set. If the parking brake come on, have it fixed so it is ready inspection for lack of OBD II is not set, have the brake system to warn if there is a problem. system readiness, your dealer inspected right away. can prepare the vehicle for inspection.
  • 136. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (22,1) 5-22 Instruments and Controls If the light comes on while driving If it does not, have the vehicle One-to-Four Shift Light and a CHECK BRAKE FLUID serviced by your dealer. If the message shows on the DIC, pull off system is working normally the (Manual Transmission) the road and stop carefully. The indicator light then goes off. pedal may be harder to push or the If the ABS light stays on, turn the pedal may go closer to the floor. ignition off. If the light comes on It may take longer to stop. If the while driving, stop as soon as it is light is still on, have the vehicle safely possible and turn the ignition towed for service. See Towing the off. Then start the engine again to When this light comes on, the Vehicle on page 10‑82 and Brake reset the system. If the ABS light vehicle can only be shifted from System Messages on page 5‑36 for stays on, or comes on again while 1 (First) to 4 (Fourth) instead of more information. driving, the vehicle needs service. 1 (First) to 2 (Second). If the regular brake system warning The shift must be completed into Antilock Brake System light is not on, the vehicle still has 4 (Fourth) to turn off this feature. (ABS) Warning Light brakes, but not antilock brakes. This helps the vehicle get the best If the regular brake system warning possible fuel economy. light is also on, the vehicle does not have antilock brakes and there is a After shifting to 4 (Fourth), the problem with the regular brakes. vehicle can be downshifted to a See Brake System Warning Light on lower gear. page 5‑21. Notice: Forcing the shift lever into any gear except 4 (Fourth) For vehicles with the Antilock Brake when the 1 TO 4 SHIFT light System (ABS), this light comes on comes on may damage the briefly when the engine is started. transmission. Shift only from 1 (First) to 4 (Fourth) when the light comes on.
  • 137. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (23,1) Instruments and Controls 5-23 This light comes on when: This light and the Active Handling This light also comes on while the . The engine coolant temperature light come on when Active Handling vehicle is in the Competitive is higher than 76°C (169°F). is turned off. Driving Mode. . The vehicle is going 24 to If the TCS is off, wheelspin is not For the ZR1 this light comes on 31 km/h (15 to 19 mph). limited. Adjust driving accordingly. when Performance Traction mode is See Active Handling System on activated, along with DIC messages . The vehicle is at 21 percent for the five traction modes. throttle or less. page 9‑38 and Traction Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36 for This light comes on when the more information. Active Handling system is turned Traction Off Light off. If Active Handling is off, the StabiliTrak® OFF Light Traction Control System (TCS) is also off. If the TCS is off, the system does not assist in controlling the vehicle. Turn on the TCS and the Active Handling systems and the warning light turns off. This light comes on briefly while starting the engine. If it does not, See Active Handling System on have the vehicle serviced by your This light comes on briefly as the page 9‑38 and Traction Control dealer. If the system is working engine is started. If the light does System (TCS) on page 9‑36 for normally, the indicator light then not, have the vehicle serviced by more information. turns off. your dealer. If the system is working normally the light goes off. The traction off light comes on when the Traction Control System (TCS) has been turned off by pressing and releasing the traction control button.
  • 138. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (24,1) 5-24 Instruments and Controls Active Handling System Control System is off and the When the Light Is On Steady Active Handling System does not Light assist with controlling the vehicle. This indicates that one or more of the tires are significantly When the Active Handling System is underinflated. turned back on, the light turns off, a A Driver Information Center (DIC) chime sounds, and the TRACTION tire pressure message may also SYSTEM AND ACTIVE display. See Vehicle Messages on HANDLING– ON message displays page 5‑35 for more information. The Active Handling System light in the DIC. Stop as soon as possible, and comes on briefly while starting the See Ride Control System Messages inflate the tires to the pressure value engine. If it does not, have the on page 5‑44 for more information. shown on the Tire and Loading vehicle serviced by your dealer. Information label. See Tire Pressure If the light stays on or comes on Tire Pressure Light on page 10‑62 for more information. while driving, a chime sounds and a When the Light Flashes First and SERVICE ACTIVE HANDLING Then Is On Steady SYSTEM message appears on the DIC and the vehicle need service. If the light flashes for about a minute and then stays on, there may be a When the Active Handling System problem with the TPMS. If the is turned off, the light comes on, problem is not corrected, the light a chime sounds, and the For vehicles with the Tire Pressure will come on at every ignition TRACTION SYSTEM AND ACTIVE Monitor System (TPMS), this light cycle. See Tire Pressure Monitor HANDLING– OFF message comes on briefly when the engine is Operation on page 10‑66 for more displays in the DIC. The Traction started. It provides information information. about tire pressures and the TPMS.
  • 139. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (25,1) Instruments and Controls 5-25 Security Light For information regarding this light The light goes out when the fog and the vehicles security system, lamps are turned off. See Fog see Anti-theft Alarm System on Lamps on page 6‑5 for more page 2‑14. information. High-Beam On Light Lamps On Reminder The security light should come on briefly as the engine is started. If the system is working normally, the indicator light turns off. If it does not come on, have the vehicle serviced This light comes on when the by your dealer. high-beam headlamps are in use. This light comes on whenever the parking lamps are on. If the light stays on and the engine See Headlamp High/Low-Beam does not start, there could be a Changer on page 6‑2 for more See Exterior Lamps Off Reminder problem with the theft-deterrent information. on page 6‑2 for more information. system. This light is also used to indicate the Front Fog Lamp Light status of the anti-theft alarm system when the ignition is turned off. The light will flash rapidly if the alarm system is arming and one or more of the monitored entry points is not closed. The light will stay on if the The fog lamp light comes on when alarm is arming and all entry points the fog lamps are in use. are closed.
  • 140. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (26,1) 5-26 Instruments and Controls Information Displays on page 9‑27 and Head-Up Display 2 (Gauges): Press this button to (HUD) on page 5‑31 for more display gauge information like oil information. pressure and temperature, coolant Driver Information temperature, automatic transmission The Driver Information Center (DIC) Center (DIC) has different modes which can be fluid temperature, if equipped, The Driver Information Center (DIC) accessed by pressing the following battery voltage, and front/rear tire display is located on the instrument buttons located on the instrument pressures. panel cluster and shows driver panel, to the right of the instrument TRIP: Press this button to display personalization features and panel cluster. your total and trip distance driven, warning/status messages. the elapsed time function, your The DIC comes on when the ignition average speed, and the engine is turned on. After displaying oil life. CORVETTE BY CHEVROLET, the OPTION: Press this button to DIC shows the information that was choose personal options that are last displayed before the engine available on your vehicle, was turned off. depending on the options your If a problem is detected, a warning vehicle is equipped with, such as message appears on the DIC door locks, easy entry seats, and display. See Vehicle Messages on language. page 5‑35 for more information. RESET: Press this button, used along with the other buttons, to DIC Operation and Displays reset system functions, select Depending on the features on the . 4 (Fuel): Press this button to personal options, and turn off or vehicle, the drive gear may display display fuel information such as fuel acknowledge messages on the DIC. on the DIC. See “Manual Paddle economy and range. Shift” under Automatic Transmission
  • 141. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (27,1) Instruments and Controls 5-27 Fuel Button Instantaneous Fuel Economy: Press the fuel button again to Instantaneous fuel economy reflects display the range, such as: The fuel button displays average only the fuel economy that the . RANGE 48 km or fuel economy and instantaneous vehicle has right now and will fuel economy, calculated for your . RANGE 30 MI change frequently as driving specific driving conditions, and conditions change. Unlike average If the LOW FUEL warning is range information. fuel economy, this menu item displayed or if RANGE is less than Average Fuel Economy: The cannot be reset. 64 km (40 miles), the display will average fuel economy is viewed as read RANGE LOW. Press the fuel button again to a long-term approximation of your display instantaneous fuel economy, The fuel economy data used to overall driving conditions. You such as: determine fuel range is an average should reset the average fuel economy display every time you . INSTANT FUEL ECONOMY of recent driving conditions. As your refuel. If you press the RESET 11.7 L/100 km or driving conditions change, this data button in this mode while you are is gradually updated automatically. . INSTANT FUEL ECONOMY driving, the system will reset this 20.1 MPG If the vehicle has been idling for a display and begin figuring fuel long time, the range displayed on economy from that point in time. Fuel Range: The range calculates the DIC could be abnormally low. the remaining distance you can The vehicle must be driven Press the fuel button to display drive without refueling. It is based average fuel economy, such as: 8 to 16 km (5 to 10 miles) to get an on fuel economy and the fuel accurate reading. . AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY remaining in the tank. 11.7 L/100 km or . AVERAGE FUEL ECONOMY 20.1 MPG
  • 142. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (28,1) 5-28 Instruments and Controls Gauges Button If the oil temperature is low, Transmission Fluid the display will show OIL Temperature: If you have an The gauges button displays oil TEMPERATURE LOW. If the oil automatic transmission vehicle, pressure, oil temperature, coolant temperature is high, the display will this display shows the automatic temperature, transmission fluid show OIL TEMPERATURE HIGH. transmission fluid temperature. temperature for automatic transmission vehicles only, Coolant Temperature: This Press the gauges button again to battery voltage, and tire pressure display shows the engine coolant display the automatic transmission information. temperature. fluid temperature, such as: Oil Pressure: This display shows Press the gauges button again to . TRANS FLUID TEMP 51°C or the oil pressure. display the coolant temperature, . TRANS FLUID TEMP 123°F such as: Press the gauges button to display If the transmission fluid temperature the oil pressure, such as: . COOLANT is low, the display will show TRANS TEMPERATURE 51°C or FLUID TEMP LOW. If the . OIL PRESSURE 276 kPa or . COOLANT transmission fluid temperature is . OIL PRESSURE 40 PSI TEMPERATURE 123°F high, the display will show TRANS Oil Temperature: This display FLUID TEMP HIGH. If the coolant temperature is low, shows the oil temperature. the display will show COOLANT Battery Voltage: This display Press the gauges button again to TEMPERATURE LOW. If the shows the current battery voltage. display the oil temperature, such as: coolant temperature is high, the Press the gauges button again to . OIL TEMPERATURE 112°C or display will show COOLANT display the battery voltage, such as: TEMPERATURE HIGH. . OIL TEMPERATURE 234°F . BATTERY VOLTAGE 13.5 VOLTS
  • 143. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (29,1) Instruments and Controls 5-29 Tire Pressure: This display shows Odometer: The odometer shows The trip odometers are able to the tire pressure for each tire. how far your vehicle has been display up to 3217.9 km (1999.9 mi). Press the gauges button again to driven in either kilometers or miles. This display will roll over to 0.0 display the tire pressure for the front Press the TRIP button to display if the maximum displayed miles or tires, such as: odometer readings, such as: kilometers are reached. . FRONT TIRE PRESSURES . ODOMETER 20008 km or There is also a miles since last L 234 kPa R 228 kPa or . ODOMETER 12345 MI ignition feature that displays the number of kilometers (miles) driven . FRONT TIRE PRESSURES You can also display the odometer since you last started the vehicle. L 34 PSI R 33 PSI by turning on the parking lamps. Press and hold the RESET button Press the gauges button again to Trip Odometers: There are two trip for three seconds, then release it. display the tire pressure for the rear odometers. Press the TRIP button The kilometers (miles) since the last tires, such as: to display TRIP ODOMETER A ignition cycle will be set into the trip readings and press the button again odometer. . REAR TIRE PRESSURES L 234 kPa R 228 kPa or to display TRIP ODOMETER B Elapsed Timer: Press the readings, such as: TRIP button until ELAPSED . REAR TIRE PRESSURES . TIMER is displayed, such as L 34 PSI R 33 PSI TRIP ODOMETER A 209.9 km or ELAPSED TIMER .00. . TRIP ODOMETER A 130.5 MI TRIP Button When the ignition is in on, the . TRIP ODOMETER B 483.5 km or DIC can be used as a stopwatch. The TRIP button displays the odometer, trip distance, elapsed . TRIP ODOMETER B 300.5 MI The display can show hours, time, average speed, and oil life minutes, and seconds. Both of the trip odometers can be remaining information. used simultaneously. The trip odometers can be reset by pressing the RESET button on the DIC.
  • 144. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (30,1) 5-30 Instruments and Controls The elapsed time indicator will Engine Oil Life: Press the TRIP See Maintenance Schedule on record up to 23 hours, 59 minutes, button until the engine oil life is page 11‑3 and Engine Oil on and 59 seconds, then it will reset displayed, such as OIL LIFE page 10‑14 for more information. to zero and continue counting. REMAINING 89%. The display appears as ELAPSED OPTION Button This is an estimate of the engine TIMER .00 in the elapsed time oils remaining useful life. It will The OPTION button allows you function. show 100% when the system is to access the PERSONAL You can start or stop the elapsed reset after an oil change. It will OPTIONS menu and customize time by pressing the RESET button. alert you to change the oil on a the personalization settings on To reset the elapsed time to zero, schedule consistent with your your vehicle. See Vehicle press the RESET button for driving conditions. Personalization on page 5‑54 for three seconds while the timer is more information. When the remaining oil life is low, displayed. the system will alert you with the RESET Button Pressing and holding the RESET message CHANGE ENGINE OIL. The RESET button, used along button for at least 10 seconds will Remember, you must reset the with other buttons, will reset reset the timer display to the time engine oil life system yourself after system functions and turn off or since last ignition cycle. each oil change. It will not reset acknowledge messages on Average Speed: Press the TRIP itself. To reset the system, see the DIC. button until the average speed is Engine Oil Life System on displayed, such as: page 10‑19. Be careful not to . AVERAGE SPEED 100 km/h or reset the engine oil life system accidentally at any time other than . AVERAGE SPEED 62 MPH when the oil has just been changed. Press and hold the RESET button to It cannot be reset accurately until reset to 0.0 km/h (mph). the next oil change.
  • 145. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (31,1) Instruments and Controls 5-31 . High-Beam Indicator Symbol . Check Gauges Warning Head-Up Display (HUD) . Tachometer . Engine Coolant Temperature { WARNING . Manual Paddle Shift Gear Gauge Indicator (If Equipped) . Transmission Fluid Temperature If the HUD image is too bright, Gauge, (Automatic Transmission or too high in your field of view, it These displays on the HUD are for use when using the manual Vehicles Only) may take you more time to see paddle shift controls to shift the . Engine Oil Temperature Gauge things you need to see when it is transmission. See “Manual . Engine Oil Pressure Gauge dark outside. Be sure to keep the Paddle Shift” in Automatic HUD image dim and placed low in Transmission on page 9‑27. . G-Force Gauge your field of view. . Shift Light . Boost Gauge (If Equipped) This light is used for . Audio Functions, Street For vehicles with the Head-Up performance driving to Mode Only Display (HUD), you can see some of the driver information that indicate that the vehicles best . Navigation, Only with Navigation appears on the instrument panel performance level has been Radio, Turn-by-Turn Guidance. cluster. reached to shift the transmission Street Mode Only into the next higher gear. The information may be displayed in An arrow pointing up will light English or metric units and appears up on the display just prior to as an image focused out toward reaching the engine fuel cut-off the front of the vehicle. The HUD mode. This cut-off is about consists of the following information: 6,500 rpm for the LS3 engine, . Speedometer 6,600 rpm for the LS9 & ZR1 engines, and 7,000 rpm for the . Turn Signal Indicators LS7 engine.
  • 146. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (32,1) 5-32 Instruments and Controls There are three HUD modes that can be viewed in the HUD display. Press the MODE button to scroll through these modes in the following order: English English English Metric Metric Track Mode 1 supports the G-Force Track Mode 2 supports G-Force gauge and minor gauges with a gauges, boost gauge w/ZR1, and circular tachometer. minor gauges with a linear tachometer. Metric When the desired HUD display has Street Mode supports audio and been selected, release the MODE navigation functions with your button. choice of tachometer settings.
  • 147. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (33,1) Instruments and Controls 5-33 Within each mode, the display, can the maximum G gauge digits you may miss something important, be further customized by pressing (X.XX G) and corresponding such as a warning light. Under the PAGE button. Pressing this G gauge bar will overwrite the important warning conditions, the button in each mode will turn off and current G value. CHECK GAGES warning will on the following: illuminate in the HUD. View your . Street Mode — No tachometer, Driver Information Center (DIC) for circular tachometer, and linear more information. tachometer. . Track Modes 1 and 2 — No minor gauge, coolant temperature, transmission oil English temperature (Automatic Transmission only), engine oil temperature, engine oil pressure, and boost gauge. While in Track Mode 1 or 2, the maximum G value achieved during the current ignition cycle Metric can be displayed by pressing and holding the PAGE button. Be sure to continue scanning the displays, controls, and driving The HUD controls are located to the The maximum G display will be left of the steering wheel. shown until the PAGE button is environment just as you would in a released. The maximum G value vehicle without HUD. If you never display will be identical to the look at the instrument panel cluster, normal G value display, except
  • 148. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (34,1) 5-34 Instruments and Controls To adjust the HUD so it can be seen 2. Adjust the seat to a comfortable The HUD information can be properly, do the following: driving position. If your seat displayed in one of six languages 1. Start the engine and press the position changes, the HUD may including English, Spanish, French, HUD dimmer control all the way need to be re-adjusted. German, Italian, or Japanese. up by pressing the (+) button. 3. Press the up or down arrows to The speedometer can be displayed center the HUD image in in either English or metric units. The brightness of the HUD image is determined by the light your view. To change the language and unit conditions in the direction the The HUD image can only be selections, see “Entering the vehicle is facing and where you adjusted up and down, not side Personal Options Menu” under have the HUD dimmer control to side. Vehicle Personalization on set. If you are facing a dark page 5‑54. 4. Press the dimmer control object or a heavily shaded area, downward until the HUD image Clean the inside of the windshield the HUD may anticipate that you is no brighter than necessary. as needed to remove any dirt or film are entering a dark area and that reduces the sharpness or clarity may begin to dim. To turn HUD off, press and hold of the HUD image. the (–) button until the HUD display It is possible for sunlight to enter turns off. To clean the HUD, spray household the HUD making it difficult to glass cleaner on a soft, clean cloth. see the image. The display will If the sun comes out or it becomes Wipe the HUD lens gently, then dry return to normal when the cloudy, the HUD brightness may it. Do not spray cleaner directly on sunlight is no longer entering need to be adjusted again using the lens because the cleaner could the HUD. the dimmer control. Polarized leak into the unit. sunglasses could make the HUD image harder to see.
  • 149. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (35,1) Instruments and Controls 5-35 If the ignition is on and the HUD Vehicle Messages Battery Voltage and image cannot be seen, check to see if: Messages displayed on the DIC Charging Messages indicate the status of the vehicle or BATTERY SAVER ACTIVE . Something is covering the some action may be needed to HUD unit. This message displays when the correct a condition. Multiple . The HUD dimmer control is messages may appear one after vehicle has detected that the battery adjusted properly. another. voltage is dropping beyond a reasonable point. The battery saver . The HUD image is adjusted to The messages that do not require system starts reducing certain the proper height. immediate action can be features of the vehicle that you may . Ambient light is low, in the acknowledged and cleared by be able to notice. At the point that direction the vehicle is facing. pressing the RESET button. features are disabled, this message . A fuse is blown. See Fuses and The messages that require is displayed. It means that the Circuit Breakers on page 10‑47. immediate action cannot be vehicle is trying to save the charge cleared until that action is in the battery. Turn off unnecessary Keep in mind that the windshield is performed. All messages should be accessories to allow the battery to part of the HUD system. See taken seriously and clearing the recharge. Windshield Replacement on messages does not correct the page 10‑43. problem. BATTERY VOLTAGE HIGH See Voltmeter Gauge on page 5‑16. BATTERY VOLTAGE LOW See Voltmeter Gauge on page 5‑16.
  • 150. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (36,1) 5-36 Instruments and Controls SERVICE CHARGING SYSTEM Brake System Messages CHECK BRAKE FLUID If this message displays while you ABS (Antilock Brake System) This message displays, a sound are driving, there may be a problem will be heard, and the brake with the electrical charging system. ACTIVE system warning light on the It could mean that there is a loose This message displays when the instrument panel cluster turns on or broken drive belt or that there is Antilock Brake System (ABS) is if the ignition is on to inform the another electrical problem. Have the adjusting brake pressure to help driver that the brake fluid level is vehicle checked right away by your avoid a braking skid. low. See Brake System Warning dealer. Driving while this message is Slippery road conditions may exist if Light on page 5‑21. Have the brake on could drain the battery. this message is displayed, so adjust system serviced by your dealer as If you must drive a short distance your driving accordingly. The soon as possible. See Brakes on with the message on, be certain to message stays on for a few page 10‑34. turn off the vehicles accessories, seconds after the system stops SERVICE ANTILOCK BRAKES such as the radio and air adjusting brake pressure. See conditioner. Antilock Brake System (ABS) on If this message displays while you page 9‑35 for more information. are driving, stop as soon as Multiple chimes sound when this possible and turn the ignition off. message is displayed. CHANGE BRAKE PADS Then start the engine again to reset To acknowledge the message, press On vehicles with electronic brake the system. If the message stays the RESET button. The message pad wear sensors, this message will on, or comes back on again while reappears every 10 minutes until be displayed when the pads are you are driving, the vehicle is in this condition changes. worn. See your dealer for service. need of service. See your dealer. If the antilock brake system (ABS) warning light is on and the regular brake system warning light is not on, you still have brakes, but do not
  • 151. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (37,1) Instruments and Controls 5-37 have ABS. If the regular brake Convertible Top SET PARK BRAKE TO system warning light is also on, MOVE TOP you do not have ABS and there Messages is a problem with the brakes. If the vehicle has a manual ATTACH TRUNK PARTITION transmission, this message displays See Antilock Brake System (ABS) Warning Light on page 5‑22 and If the vehicle has a power and a sound will be heard if you try Brake System Warning Light on convertible top, this message to operate the power convertible top page 5‑21. displays and a sound will be heard without first setting the parking if the trunk partition is not in place. brake. Set the parking brake If this message is displayed, the Open the hatch/trunk and make before trying to operate the power Traction Control System (TCS) and sure the trunk partition is secure convertible top. See Convertible Top the Active Handling System will also and no objects are on the trunk on page 2‑24 for more information. be disabled. The DIC will scroll partition. See Rear Storage on three messages: SERVICE page 4‑1 for more information. SHIFT TO PARK OR SET PARK ANTILOCK BRAKES, SERVICE BRAKE FOR TOP TRACTION SYSTEM, and CLOSE TRUNK TO MOVE TOP If the vehicle has an automatic SERVICE ACTIVE HANDLING, and This message displays and a sound transmission, this message displays the instrument panel cluster lights will be heard if the trunk is open and a sound will be heard if you try will come on along with a sound. while you are trying to operate the to operate the power convertible top When the service message is convertible top. Make sure the trunk without first shifting into P (Park) or displayed, the computer controlled is closed before operating the setting the parking brake. Either systems will not assist the driver. convertible top. See Convertible Top shift the vehicle into P (Park) or set Have the system repaired by your on page 2‑24. the parking brake before trying to dealer as soon as possible. Adjust operate the power convertible top. your driving accordingly. See Convertible Top on page 2‑24 To acknowledge these messages, for more information. press the RESET button.
  • 152. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (38,1) 5-38 Instruments and Controls TOO COLD TO MOVE TOP TOP NOT SECURE Cruise Control Messages This message displays and a sound This message displays and a sound CRUISE DISENGAGED will be heard when the power will be heard when the power convertible top button is pressed convertible top button is released This message displays briefly when and the power convertible top before the top open or close you disengage the cruise control pump motor temperature is below operation is complete or if the top is system by stepping on the brake on −20°C (−4°F). Wait for the power closed without the header latch an automatic transmission vehicle or convertible top pump motor to engaged. Press and hold the the clutch on a manual transmission warm up before using the power convertible top button to fully open vehicle, or by turning off the cruise convertible top. or close the top, and make sure that control switch. See Cruise Control the header latch is engaged after on page 9‑45 for more information. TOP MOTOR OVER the top is closed. TEMPERATURE CRUISE SET TO XXX MPH UNLATCH HEADER TO (XXX km/h) This message displays and a sound will be heard when the power MOVE TOP See Cruise Control on page 9‑45. convertible top button is pressed This message displays and a sound and the power convertible top will be heard if you try to lower the Door Ajar Messages pump motor temperature is over convertible top without first 105°C (221°F). Wait for the power unlocking the top. Move the latch DRIVER DOOR AJAR convertible top pump motor to cool handle to unlock the convertible top. This message displays if the down before using the power See Convertible Top on page 2‑24. driver door is not closed properly. convertible top. Make sure that the door is closed completely.
  • 153. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (39,1) Instruments and Controls 5-39 HATCH AJAR (Coupe) Engine Cooling System See Engine Overheating on page 10‑30, Driver Information This message displays when the Messages Center (DIC) on page 5‑26, and hatch is not closed completely. CHECK COOLANT LEVEL Engine Coolant Temperature Gauge Make sure that the hatch is closed on page 5‑16. completely. See Hatch on page 2‑11 This message displays when for more information. the engine coolant level is low. To acknowledge the message, press Have the cooling system serviced the RESET button. The message PASSENGER DOOR AJAR and sound will come back on until by your dealer as soon as possible. This message displays if the See Engine Coolant on page 10‑26. this condition changes. If you do not passenger door is not closed press the RESET button, the properly. Make sure that the door is COOLANT OVER message remains on until the closed completely. TEMPERATURE condition changes. TONNEAU AJAR (Convertible) This message displays and a sound ENGINE OVERHEATED – will be heard if the engine coolant STOP ENGINE This message displays when the exceeds 124°C (255°F). If you have convertible top is not closed been operating the vehicle under This message displays and a sound completely. Make sure that the normal driving conditions, pull off will be heard when the engine has top is closed completely. See the road, stop the vehicle, and turn overheated. Stop and turn the Convertible Top on page 2‑24 for off the engine as soon as possible. engine off immediately to avoid more information. severe engine damage. See Engine You can monitor the coolant Overheating on page 10‑30. TRUNK AJAR (Convertible) temperature with the gauges button on the DIC or the engine This message displays when the coolant temperature gauge on trunk is not closed completely. the instrument panel cluster. Make sure that the trunk is closed completely. See Hatch on page 2‑11 for more information.
  • 154. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (40,1) 5-40 Instruments and Controls ENGINE PROTECTION To avoid added strain on a hot CHECK OIL LEVEL REDUCE ENGINE RPM engine, the air conditioning On some vehicles, this message compressor is automatically turned This message displays if the engine displays and two chimes sound if off. When the coolant temperature oil temperature exceeds 160°C the oil level in the vehicle is low. returns to normal, the A/C operation (320°F). Check the engine coolant Once the vehicle senses a change automatically resumes. You can temperature and engine oil level. in the engine oil level, the light continue to drive the vehicle. If this If the engine is too hot, see Engine remains off. message continues to appear, have Overheating on page 10‑30. the system repaired by your dealer If this message appears after The vehicle may need service, so as soon as possible to avoid starting the engine, the engine oil see your dealer. compressor damage. level may be too low. You may need You can monitor the oil temperature to add oil. See Engine Overheating with the gauges button on the DIC. Engine Oil Messages on page 10‑30. See Driver Information Center (DIC) To acknowledge the message, press on page 5‑26. CHANGE ENGINE OIL the RESET button. The message Multiple chimes sound when This message displays when the reappears every 10 minutes until this message is displayed. This life of the engine oil has expired. this condition changes. message remains displayed and See Maintenance Schedule on active until the issue is resolved. page 11‑3. After an oil change, the LOW OIL PRESSURE engine oil life system must be reset. This message displays if low oil HOT ENGINE AIR See “Engine Oil Life” under Driver pressure levels occur. If this CONDITIONING OFF Information Center (DIC) on message appears while the engine This message displays when the page 5‑26. Also, see Engine Oil on is running, stop the engine and do engine coolant becomes hotter than page 10‑14 and Engine Oil Life not operate it until the cause of low the normal operating temperature. System on page 10‑19 for more oil pressure is corrected. Severe information. damage to the engine can result.
  • 155. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (41,1) Instruments and Controls 5-41 A sound will be heard when this proceed to your destination. Fuel System Messages message is displayed. See Engine The performance may be reduced Oil on page 10‑14. the next time the vehicle is driven. CHECK GAS CAP The vehicle may be driven at a This message displays if the fuel Engine Power Messages reduced speed while the REDUCED cap has not been fully tightened. ENGINE POWER message is Check the fuel cap to make sure ENGINE DRAG CONTROL displayed, but acceleration and that it is on properly. Once ACTIVE speed may be reduced. Anytime the tightened, it takes at least one This message displays when engine check engine light stays on, the overnight park to reset or clear this drag control is active. When driving vehicle should be taken to your message. If both the CHECK GAS in a lower gear in rainy, snowy, dealer as soon as possible for CAP message and the malfunction or icy conditions and then letting up diagnosis and repair. See indicator lamp in the instrument on the accelerator or downshifting, Malfunction Indicator Lamp on panel cluster are on, you may need the rear wheels may begin to slip page 5‑19 for more information. to see your dealer for service. and this message displays. See Malfunction Indicator Lamp on Multiple chimes sound when this This message stays on for a few page 5‑19 for more information. message is displayed. seconds following the engine drag control event. To acknowledge the message, press LOW FUEL the RESET button. The message This message displays when the REDUCED ENGINE POWER reappears every five minutes until fuel tank is less than 10 percent If this message displays and the this condition changes. full and the display is turned off. check engine light comes on, a If the REDUCED ENGINE A sound will be heard when this noticeable reduction in the vehicles POWER message is displayed in message is displayed. Refill the fuel performance may occur. If the combination with the COOLANT tank as soon as possible. See Fuel REDUCED ENGINE POWER OVER TEMPERATURE message, Gauge on page 5‑12. message is displayed, but there is see Engine Overheating on no reduction in performance, page 10‑30.
  • 156. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (42,1) 5-42 Instruments and Controls SERVICE FUEL SYSTEM KNOWN FOB interference. Examples of these devices are cell phones and cell This message displays if the See “Matching Transmitter(s) to phone chargers, two-way radios, Powertrain Control Module (PCM) Your Vehicle” under Remote power inverters, or similar items. has detected a problem within the Keyless Entry (RKE) System Try moving the RKE transmitter fuel system. Have the vehicle Operation on page 2‑3. away from these devices when serviced by your dealer. This MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FOBS starting the vehicle. In addition, message also displays when the LEARNED PDA devices and remote garage cluster is not getting fuel information and gate openers may also from the PCM. See “Matching Transmitter(s) to generate Electromagnetic Your Vehicle” under Remote Interference (EMI) that may Key and Lock Messages Keyless Entry (RKE) System interfere with the RKE Operation on page 2‑3. transmitter. Do not carry the FOB AUTOLEARN WAIT NO FOBS DETECTED RKE transmitter in the same XX MINUTES pocket or bag as these devices. See “Matching Transmitter(s) to This message displays if the vehicle . The vehicle is experiencing Your Vehicle” under Remote does not detect the presence of a Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) Electromagnetic Interference Keyless Entry (RKE) System transmitter when you have (EMI). Some locations, such as Operation on page 2‑3. attempted to start the vehicle or airports, automatic toll booths, FOB BATTERY LOW a vehicle door has just closed. and some gas stations have EMI The following conditions may cause fields which may interfere with See “Battery Replacement” under the RKE transmitter. this message to appear. Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) . Driver-added equipment plugged System Operation on page 2‑3. into the accessory power outlet on the center console is causing
  • 157. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (43,1) Instruments and Controls 5-43 NO FOB - OFF OR RUN? READY FOR FOB #X This message displays when the See “Matching Transmitter(s) to RKE transmitter is not detected Your Vehicle” under Remote inside the vehicle while you are Keyless Entry (RKE) System trying to turn the ignition off. The Operation on page 2‑3. vehicle may be near a strong radio antenna signal causing the RKE Lamp Messages system to be jammed. The vehicle HEADLAMPS SUGGESTED will remain in ACCESSORY until the vehicle is turned off or is restarted, This message displays if it is dark or five minutes has expired. If you enough outside and the headlamps turn the ignition off and you cannot and the Twilight Sentinel® controls find the RKE transmitter, you will not are off. This message informs the If moving the transmitter to be able to restart the vehicle. The driver that turning on the exterior different locations within the RKE transmitter needs to be inside lamps is recommended. It has vehicle does not help, place the the vehicle in order for the vehicle to become dark enough outside to transmitter in the glove box start. See Starting the Engine on require the headlamps and/or other transmitter pocket with the page 9‑22 for more information. exterior lamps. buttons facing to the right and then press the START button. OFF–ACCESSORY TO LEARN TURN SIGNAL ON . The vehicles battery voltage is See “Matching Transmitter(s) to This message displays and a low. The battery voltage must be Your Vehicle” under Remote sound will be heard if a turn signal above 10 volts for the RKE Keyless Entry (RKE) System is left on for 1.2 km (three-quarters transmitter to be detected Operation on page 2‑3. of a mile). Move the turn signal/ properly. multifunction lever to the off position. To acknowledge this message, press the RESET button.
  • 158. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (44,1) 5-44 Instruments and Controls Ride Control System ACTIVE HANDLING READY See Competitive Driving Mode on page 9‑39, including the “Launch Messages This message displays when the Control” information. functional check of the Active ACTIVE HANDLING Handling System has been MAXIMUM SPEED 129 km/h This message displays when the completed. See Active Handling (80 MPH) Active Handling System is System on page 9‑38 for more information. This message displays when a operating. The Active Handling malfunction is present in the System is a computer controlled COMPETITIVE DRIVING MODE Selective Ride Control system. system that assists the driver in This message displays and a The vehicle speed will be limited to controlling the vehicle in difficult sound will be heard when the a value determined by the vehicle driving conditions. You may feel or Competitive Driving mode is when the shock absorber system hear the system working and see selected. The instrument panel has failed and the shocks are in the ACTIVE HANDLING message cluster light will be on when the their full soft mode. Have the vehicle displayed in the DIC. This message Competitive Driving mode is serviced by your dealer as soon as stays on for a few seconds following selected. If your vehicle is equipped possible. the active handling event. This is normal when the system is with a manual transmission, To acknowledge the message, press operating. See Active Handling Launch Control is available when the RESET button. The message System on page 9‑38 and Braking this mode is selected. The Traction reappears every 10 minutes until on page 9‑4. Control System (TCS) will not be this condition changes. operating while in the Competitive Driving mode. Adjust your driving accordingly. This system is available on all models except ZR1 and Z06.
  • 159. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (45,1) Instruments and Controls 5-45 PERF TRAC 1 – WET ACTIVE PERF TRAC 2 – DRY ACTIVE PERF TRAC 3 – SPORT HANDLING ON HANDLING ON ACTIVE HANDLING ON This message displays and a sound This message displays and a sound This message displays and a sound will be heard when this Performance will be heard when this Performance will be heard when this Performance Traction Management mode is Traction Management mode is Traction Management mode is selected. The instrument panel selected. The instrument panel selected. The instrument panel cluster light will also be on when cluster light will also be on when cluster light will also be on when this mode is selected. Launch this mode is selected. Launch this mode is selected. Launch Control is available when this mode Control is available when this Control is available when this is selected. In this mode the mode is selected. In this mode the mode is selected. In this mode Traction Control and Active Traction Control and Active the Traction Control and Active Handling System are available but Handling System are available but Handling System are available but intended for use on wet race track intended for use on dry race track intended for use on dry race track conditions. Adjust your driving conditions. Adjust your driving conditions. Adjust your driving accordingly. This system is available accordingly. This system is available accordingly. This system is available only on ZR1 and Z06 models. only on ZR1 and Z06 models. only on ZR1 and Z06 models. See “Performance Traction See “Performance Traction See “Performance Traction Management” and “Launch Control” Management” and “Launch Control” Management” and “Launch Control” under Competitive Driving Mode on under Competitive Driving Mode on under Competitive Driving Mode on page 9‑39 for more information page 9‑39 for more information page 9‑39 for more information about the use of this mode. about the use of this mode. about the use of this mode.
  • 160. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (46,1) 5-46 Instruments and Controls PERF TRAC 4 – SPORT PERF TRAC 5 – RACE ACTIVE SERVICE ACTIVE HANDLING ACTIVE HANDLING OFF HANDLING OFF SYSTEM This message displays and a sound This message displays and a sound This message displays if there is a will be heard when this Performance will be heard when this Performance problem with the Active Handling Traction Management mode is Traction Management mode is System and the vehicle needs selected. The instrument panel selected. The instrument panel service. The active handling system cluster light will also be on when cluster light will also be on when light on the instrument panel cluster this mode is selected. Launch this mode is selected. Launch also turns on and a sound will be Control is available when this mode Control is available when this mode heard. See your dealer. When this is selected. In this mode the is selected. In this mode the message is displayed, the system is Traction Control is available but Traction Control is available but not working. Adjust your driving intended for use on dry race track intended for use on dry race track accordingly. See Active Handling conditions. The Active Handling conditions. The Active Handling System on page 9‑38 for more System is disabled when this mode System is disabled when this information. is selected. This mode will require mode is selected. This mode will more driver skill than modes 1-3. require more driver skill than SERVICE RIDE CONTROL Adjust your driving accordingly. modes 1-4. Adjust your driving This message displays when the This system is available only accordingly. This system is available Selective Ride Control system has on ZR1 and Z06 models. only on ZR1 and Z06 models. detected a malfunction and the See “Performance Traction See “Performance Traction system must be serviced. Management” and “Launch Control” Management” and “Launch Control” See your dealer. If a fault is under Competitive Driving Mode on under Competitive Driving Mode on present in the Selective Ride page 9‑39 for more information page 9‑39 for more information Control system which causes the about the use of this mode. about the use of this mode. shocks to be in their full soft condition, the messages SERVICE RIDE CONTROL, SHOCKS
  • 161. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (47,1) Instruments and Controls 5-47 INOPERATIVE, and MAXIMUM To acknowledge the message, stops limiting wheel spin. See SPEED 129 km/h (80 MPH) will press the RESET button. Traction Control System (TCS) on display together. See Selective Ride page 9‑36 for more information. Control on page 9‑43 for more SHOCKS INOPERATIVE information. This message displays when a TRACTION SYSTEM AND malfunction is present in the ACTIVE HANDLING – OFF SERVICE TRACTION SYSTEM Selective Ride Control system This message displays, the If this message displays when you which is causing the shocks to instrument panel cluster light turns are driving, there is a problem with be in their full soft mode. This is a on, and a sound will be heard when the Traction Control System (TCS) warning to the driver that the vehicle the Traction Control System (TCS) and the vehicle is in need of handling may be affected. Have the and Active Handling System are service. See your dealer. When this vehicle serviced by your dealer as turned off by pressing the Active message is displayed, the system soon as possible. Handling System button on the will not limit wheel spin. Adjust your To acknowledge the message, press center console for five seconds. driving accordingly. the RESET button . The message The Antilock Brake System (ABS) The traction control system (TCS) reappears every 10 minutes until remains on with the TCS and Active warning light on the instrument this condition changes. Handling System off. Adjust your panel cluster will also turn on and a driving accordingly. See Traction sound will be heard. TRACTION SYSTEM ACTIVE Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36 This message displays when the and Active Handling System on When this message is displayed, page 9‑38 for more information. the computer controlled systems will Traction Control System (TCS) is not assist the driver in controlling limiting wheel spin. Slippery road To acknowledge this message, the vehicle. Have the system conditions may exist if this message press the RESET button. repaired by your dealer as soon is displayed, so adjust your driving as possible. Adjust your driving accordingly. The message stays on accordingly. See Traction Control for a few seconds after the TCS System (TCS) on page 9‑36 for more information.
  • 162. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (48,1) 5-48 Instruments and Controls TRACTION SYSTEM AND TRACTION SYSTEM – ON The reminder will be repeated if the ACTIVE HANDLING – ON ignition is on, the vehicle is in This message displays and a motion, the driver is buckled, the If the Traction Control System (TCS) sound will be heard when the passenger is still unbuckled, and the and Active Handling System are off, Traction Control System (TCS) is passenger airbag is enabled. If the this message displays briefly, the turned on by pressing the Active passengers safety belt is already instrument panel cluster light turns Handling System button on the buckled, this message will not off, and a sound will be heard when center console. This message come on. the TCS and Active Handling automatically clears from the DIC System are turned on by briefly display on its own. See Traction BUCKLE SEATBELT pressing the Active Handling Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36 for more information. This message reminds you to System button on the center buckle the drivers safety belt. console. See Traction Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36 and Safety Belt Messages This message displays and a Active Handling System on sound will be heard when the page 9‑38 for more information. BUCKLE PASSENGER ignition is on, the drivers safety belt This message reminds you to is unbuckled, and the vehicle is in TRACTION SYSTEM – OFF motion. You should buckle your buckle the passengers safety belt. This message displays and stays safety belt. This message displays and a sound on, a sound will be heard, when the If the driver remains unbuckled will be heard when the ignition is on, TCS is turned off by pressing the when the ignition is on and the the drivers safety belt is buckled, Active Handling System button on vehicle is in motion, the reminder the passengers safety belt is the center console. See Traction will be repeated. If the drivers unbuckled with the passenger Control System (TCS) on page 9‑36 safety belt is already buckled, airbag enabled, and the vehicle is for more information. this message will not come on. in motion. You should have the To acknowledge the message, passenger buckle their safety belt. press the RESET button.
  • 163. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (49,1) Instruments and Controls 5-49 This message is an additional Have the climate control system Starting the Vehicle reminder to the safety belt reminder serviced by your dealer if you light in the instrument panel cluster. notice a drop in heating and air Messages See Safety Belt Reminders on conditioning efficiency. PRESS BRAKE TO START page 5‑17 for more information. ENGINE (Automatic SERVICE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Transmission Only) Anti-theft Alarm System This message displays if an This message displays if you try to Messages start the engine by pressing the electrical problem has occurred INTRUSION SENSOR OFF within the Powertrain Control keyless ignition start button without Module (PCM). Have the vehicle having the brake pressed. The This message may display when the brake needs to be pressed when anti-theft alarm has been disarmed. serviced by your dealer. starting the engine. See Ignition INTRUSION SENSOR ON SERVICE VEHICLE SOON Positions on page 9‑20 for more This message displays and a sound information. This message may display when the anti-theft alarm has been armed. will be heard when there may be an electrical or another system problem Tire Messages with the vehicle. Have your vehicle Service Vehicle Messages checked by your dealer if this HIGH TIRE PRESSURE SERVICE AIR CONDITIONING message keeps appearing. This message may be displayed when one or more of the tires is This message displays when the overinflated. This message electronic sensors that control the also displays LEFT FRONT, air conditioning and heating RIGHT FRONT, LEFT REAR, systems are no longer working. or RIGHT REAR to indicate which tire is affected.
  • 164. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (50,1) 5-50 Instruments and Controls You can receive more than one tire LOW TIRE PRESSURE or This message displays when one or pressure message at a time. TIRE LOW ADD AIR TO TIRE more of the tires is underinflated. To read other messages that may This message also displays LEFT have been sent at the same time, FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, LEFT press the RESET button . If a tire { WARNING REAR, or RIGHT REAR to indicate pressure message appears on the When the LOW TIRE which tire is affected. Multiple DIC, stop as soon as you can. PRESSURE or TIRE FLAT chimes sound and the tire pressure Have the tire pressures checked message is displayed on the light on the instrument panel cluster and set to those shown on the turns on when this message is Driver Information Center, your Tire and Loading Information label. displayed. See Tire Pressure Light vehicles handling capabilities See Run-Flat Tires on page 10‑56, on page 5‑24. You can receive more will be reduced during severe Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑14, than one tire pressure message at a Tire Pressure on page 10‑62, and maneuvers. The active handling time. To read other messages that Tire Pressure Monitor System on system will be affected. See may have been sent at the same page 10‑64. The DIC also shows Active Handling System on time, press the RESET button. If a the tire pressure values. See Driver page 9‑38. If you drive too fast, tire pressure message appears on Information Center (DIC) on you could lose control of your the DIC, stop as soon as you can. page 5‑26. vehicle. You or others could be Have the tire pressures checked injured. Do not drive over 90 km/h and set to those shown on the Tire To acknowledge the message, (55 mph) when the LOW TIRE and Loading Information label. press the RESET button. A message reappears every PRESSURE or TIRE FLAT See Run-Flat Tires on page 10‑56, 10 minutes until the condition is message is displayed. Drive Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑14, corrected. cautiously and check your tire Tire Pressure on page 10‑62, and pressures as soon as you can. Tire Pressure Monitor System on page 10‑64. The DIC also shows
  • 165. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (51,1) Instruments and Controls 5-51 the tire pressure values. See Driver TIRE FLAT which tire is affected. Multiple Information Center (DIC) on chimes sound and the tire pressure page 5‑26. { WARNING light on the instrument panel cluster comes on when this message is To acknowledge the message, press the RESET button. When the LOW TIRE displayed. See Tire Pressure Light A message reappears every PRESSURE or TIRE FLAT on page 5‑24. 10 minutes until the condition is message is displayed on the This message is followed by the corrected. Driver Information Center, your MAXIMUM SPEED 90 km/h vehicles handling capabilities (55 MPH) message, and then by SERVICE TIRE MONITOR will be reduced during severe the REDUCED HANDLING This message displays if a part on maneuvers. If you drive too fast, message. The Active Handling the Tire Pressure Monitor you could lose control of your System will intervene more quickly System (TPMS) is not working vehicle. You or others could be when a flat tire has been detected. properly. The tire pressure light also injured. Do not drive over 55 mph Adjust your driving accordingly. flashes and then remains on during (90 km/h) when the LOW TIRE You can receive more than the same ignition cycle. See Tire PRESSURE or TIRE FLAT one tire pressure message at a Pressure Light on page 5‑24. message is displayed. Drive time. To read other messages that Several conditions may cause this cautiously and check your tire may have been sent at the same message to appear. See Tire pressures as soon as you can. time, press the RESET button. If a Pressure Monitor Operation on tire pressure message appears on page 10‑66 for more information. the DIC, stop as soon as you can. If the warning comes on and stays This message displays when one Have the tire pressures checked on, there may be a problem with the or more of the tires is flat. This and set to those shown on the Tire TPMS. See your dealer. message also displays LEFT and Loading Information label. FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, LEFT REAR, or RIGHT REAR to indicate
  • 166. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (52,1) 5-52 Instruments and Controls See Run-Flat Tires on page 10‑56, The vehicle will be in ACCESSORY. at a slower speed. Monitor the Vehicle Load Limits on page 9‑14, Once the shift lever is moved to transmission fluid temperature and Tire Pressure on page 10‑62, and P (Park), the vehicle will turn off. allow it to cool to at least 110°C Tire Pressure Monitor System on The vehicle will remain in (230°F). The transmission fluid page 10‑64. The DIC also shows ACCESSORY, without the 20 minute temperature can be monitored with the tire pressure values. See Driver time-out period, until the shift lever the gauges button on the DIC. Information Center (DIC) on is moved to P (Park) or until the See “DIC Operation and Displays” page 5‑26. driver presses the pushbutton to under Driver Information Center To acknowledge the message, press restart the vehicle. See Ignition (DIC) on page 5‑26 and Automatic the RESET button. A message Positions on page 9‑20 for more Transmission Fluid on page 10‑20. reappears every 10 minutes until the information. Also check the engine coolant condition is corrected. temperature. If it is also hot, see TRANSMISSION HOT IDLE Engine Overheating on page 10‑30. Transmission Messages ENGINE If this message is displayed during This message displays and four normal vehicle operation on flat SERVICE TRANSMISSION chimes sound if the transmission roads, the vehicle may need This message displays when there fluid temperature rises above service. See your dealer for an is a problem with the transmission. 132°C (270°F) or rises rapidly. inspection. See your dealer for service. The transmission may shift gears If driving in a performance or or apply the torque converter clutch competitive manner, the use of SHIFT TO PARK to reduce the fluid temperature. (S) Sport Automatic Mode or If the vehicle has an automatic Driving aggressively or driving (S) Sport Manual Paddle Shift transmission, this message displays on long hills can cause the gear selection is recommended. if the vehicle is not in P (Park) when transmission fluid temperature to be See Automatic Transmission on the engine is being turned off. higher than normal. If this message page 9‑27 for more information. appears, you may continue to drive
  • 167. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (53,1) Instruments and Controls 5-53 To acknowledge the message, ICE POSSIBLE SET PARK BRAKE FOR press the RESET button. SEAT RECALL This message displays when the The message reappears every outside air temperature is cold If the vehicle has a manual 10 minutes until this condition enough to create icy road transmission, this message displays changes. If you do not press the conditions. Adjust your driving if you try to recall the memory RESET button, the message accordingly. positions when the ignition is on remains on the display until the condition changes. and the parking brake is not set. OPTIONS UNAVAILABLE If the vehicle is on, you must set UPSHIFT NOW This message displays for a few the parking brake in order for the seconds if a RKE transmitter that is memory positions to recall. See Manual Transmission on not labeled 1 or 2 is used and you See Memory Seats on page 3‑4 for page 9‑32. try to personalize the features on more information. the vehicle by pressing the OPTION Vehicle Reminder button. The personalization system Washer Fluid Messages Messages will not recognize the transmitter and the DIC will not display the CHECK WASHER FLUID ACCESSORY MODE ON current driver number or the menus See Washer Fluid on page 10‑34. This message displays when the used to set personalizations. vehicle is in accessory mode. The personalization features will then be set to the default states. See Vehicle Personalization on page 5‑54 for more information.
  • 168. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (54,1) 5-54 Instruments and Controls Vehicle Separate personalization settings are saved for two different drivers. If more than one valid RKE transmitter is detected upon Personalization One of the Remote Keyless Entry opening the driver door, the driver (RKE) transmitters is assigned to preferences for the lowest driver Many features on your vehicle can driver 1. The other is assigned to number will be recalled. be personalized. This means that driver 2. The backs of the RKE If an RKE transmitter that is not the operation of these features transmitters are labelled 1 or 2 to labelled 1 or 2 is used, the can be set to operate differently correspond to each driver. personalization system will not depending on who is driving the vehicle. See “Personal Options” The current drivers preferences are recognize the transmitter. The Driver later in this section for the features recalled when one of the following Information Center (DIC) will not that you can personalize. occurs: display a current driver number and The personalization settings for . The lock or unlock button on the the features that are normally other features are automatically RKE transmitter, labelled 1 or 2, programmed through the DIC will be updated and saved as the driver is pressed. set to the default states. Also, if the adjusts them. These include the OPTION button is pressed, the DIC . The appropriate memory does not display the menus used to following settings and presets: button, 1 or 2, located on set personalizations, but instead . The radio presets, tone, volume, the driver door is pressed. displays OPTIONS UNAVAILABLE fade, balance, equalization (EQ) See Memory Seats on page 3‑4 for a few seconds. settings, and source (radio for more information. or CD). . A valid RKE transmitter is . The last climate control setting. detected upon opening the . The Head-Up Display (HUD) driver door. position and dimming level, if your vehicle has this feature. . The instrument panel cluster dimming level and last selected DIC display.
  • 169. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (55,1) Instruments and Controls 5-55 Entering the Personal The DIC will display the current Personal Options Options Menu driver number (1 or 2) for a The following options are available To enter the personal options menu, few seconds and then will for programming: use the following steps: display instructions on which buttons to use for setting the Display Units: This option allows 1. If you have an automatic personalizations. The RESET you to choose the measurement transmission vehicle, turn the button is used to select a units. vehicle on with the shift lever in setting for a particular feature. Press the OPTION button until P (Park). The OPTION button is used to DISPLAY UNITS appears on the If you have a manual move to the next feature. display, then press the RESET transmission vehicle, turn the 3. Press the OPTION button while button to scroll through the vehicle on with the parking the instruction screen is following modes: brake set. displayed to enter the first . ENGLISH (default) To avoid excessive drain on the personalization menu item. . METRIC battery, it is recommended that 4. Once you have cycled through the headlamps are turned off. all of the personal options, If you choose ENGLISH, all pressing the OPTION button a information will be displayed in 2. Press the OPTION button and English units. you will enter the PERSONAL final time exits the personal OPTIONS menu. options menu. In addition, If you choose METRIC, all if no button is pressed within information will be displayed in 45 seconds, the DIC will exit the metric units. personal options menu. When the mode you want is selected, press the OPTION button to set your choice and advance to the next personal option.
  • 170. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (56,1) 5-56 Instruments and Controls Auto Memory Recall (Automatic When the mode you want is Press the OPTION button until Transmission only): If your selected, press the OPTION button AUTO EXIT RECALL appears on automatic transmission vehicle has to set your choice and advance to the display, then press the RESET the memory package, you may have the next personal option. button to scroll through the following this option. This option allows the Auto Exit Recall: If your vehicle modes: driver seat, the telescopic steering has the memory package, you may . YES column, if your vehicle has this have this option. This option allows feature, and the outside rearview . NO (default) the driver seat and telescopic mirrors to automatically move to the steering column, if your vehicle has If you choose YES, when you turn current drivers set position when this feature, to automatically move the ignition off and open the driver the engine starts. to the current drivers exit position door or press the unlock button on Press the OPTION button until when one of the following occurs: the RKE transmitter, the seat and AUTO MEMORY RECALL appears the telescopic steering wheel, if your . The vehicle is turned off or in vehicle has this feature, will return on the display, then press the Retained Accessory Power RESET button to scroll through the to their stored exit positions for an (RAP) or accessory mode and easy exit or an easy entrance when following modes: the driver door is opened. returning to the vehicle. . YES . The vehicle is turned off or in The seat and steering wheel will . NO (default) RAP and the unlock button on only return to the stored driving If you choose YES, the driver seat, the RKE transmitter is pressed. position if you press the appropriate the outside rearview mirrors and the In order for the Auto Exit Recall memory button or activate the Auto telescopic steering column, if your feature to work on an automatic Memory Recall feature. vehicle has this feature, positions transmission vehicle, the vehicle If you choose NO, this option will are recalled when you turn the must be in P (Park). On a manual turn off. ignition on. transmission vehicle, the parking If you choose NO, this option will brake must be set. turn off.
  • 171. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (57,1) Instruments and Controls 5-57 When the mode you want is come on for 20 seconds during This will occur when the vehicle is selected, press the OPTION button low light periods when all of the off or in RAP and the headlamps to set your choice and advance to following occur: are on due to the automatic the next personal option. . You press the unlock button on headlamp system. The parking Approach Lights: This option the RKE transmitter. lamps and high-beam headlamps briefly turns on the parking lamps, will remain on until the driver . Both of the doors are closed. selected time expires, the exterior the high-beam headlamps, and the back-up lamps during low light . The vehicle is off or in RAP. lamp control is activated, or the periods when the RKE transmitter is vehicle is no longer off or in RAP. The lamps remain on for 20 seconds used to unlock the vehicle. or until a door is opened, the lock Press the OPTION button until Press the OPTION button until button on the RKE transmitter is TWILIGHT DELAY appears on the APPROACH LIGHTS appears on pressed, or the vehicle is no longer display, then press the RESET the display, then press the RESET off or in RAP. button to scroll through the following button to scroll through the following modes: See Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) modes: System on page 2‑3 for more . OFF . OFF information. . 15 S . ON (default) When the mode you want is . 30 S (default) selected, press the OPTION button If you choose OFF, this option will to set your choice and advance to . 90 S turn off. the next personal option. If you choose OFF, this option will If you choose ON, the parking Twilight Delay: This option allows turn off. lamps, the high-beam headlamps, you to set the amount of time If you choose 15 S, the twilight and the back-up lamps will you want the parking lamps and delay time will be set to 15 seconds. high-beam headlamps to remain If you choose 30 S, the twilight on after you exit the vehicle. delay time will be set to 30 seconds.
  • 172. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (58,1) 5-58 Instruments and Controls If you choose 90 S, the twilight If you choose NO, this option will If you choose YES, the front and delay time will be set to 90 seconds. turn off. rear turn signals will flash once When the mode you want is When the mode you want is when you press the lock button on selected, press the OPTION button selected, press the OPTION button the RKE transmitter. to set your choice and advance to to set your choice and advance to If you choose NO, this option will the next personal option. the next personal option. turn off. Flash at Unlock: This option Flash at Lock: This option When the mode you want is activates the front and rear turn activates the front and rear turn selected, press the OPTION button signals for two short flashes when signals for one long flash when the to set your choice and advance to the unlock or hatch/trunk button on lock button on the RKE transmitter the next personal option. the RKE transmitter is pressed. is pressed. This will only occur FOB Reminder: This option This will only occur when the when the vehicle is off. If the lock sounds the horn three times when vehicle is off. button on the RKE transmitter is the driver door is closed and there is Press the OPTION button until pressed again within five seconds, a RKE transmitter inside the interior FLASH AT UNLOCK appears on the the horn will sound regardless of of the vehicle. This will only occur display, then press the RESET which setting you have selected. when the vehicle is off. button to scroll through the following Press the OPTION button until Press the OPTION button until FOB modes: FLASH AT LOCK appears on the REMINDER appears on the display, . YES (default) display, then press the RESET then press the RESET button to button to scroll through the following scroll through the following modes: . NO modes: If you choose YES, the front and . YES . YES (default) rear turn signals will flash twice . NO (default) when you press the unlock button or . NO the hatch/trunk button on the RKE transmitter.
  • 173. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (59,1) Instruments and Controls 5-59 If you choose YES, the horn will in. The RKE transmitter locked in If you choose OFF, this option will sound three times when a RKE the vehicle can still be used to start turn off. transmitter is inside of the vehicle the vehicle or unlock the doors, If you choose SILENT, the doors will while the ignition is turned off and if needed. A person approaching the automatically lock a short time after the driver door is closed. outside of the locked vehicle without you remove a RKE transmitter from If you choose NO, this option will an authorized RKE transmitter, the interior of the vehicle and close turn off. however, will not be able to open both doors. the door, even with a transmitter in When the mode you want is the vehicle. If you choose HORN, the doors will selected, press the OPTION button automatically lock and the horn will to set your choice and advance to You may temporarily disable the sound a short time after you remove the next personal option. passive door locking feature by a RKE transmitter from the interior pressing the door unlock switch for of the vehicle and close both doors. Passive Door Locking: This three seconds on an open door. option allows you to select whether Passive door locking will then If you are parking in a quiet area the doors automatically lock during remain disabled until a door lock and do not want the horn to sound normal vehicle exit. When the switch is pressed or until the power when the doors lock, press the lock ignition is turned off and all doors mode transitions from the off button on the RKE transmitter become closed, the vehicle will power mode. immediately after removing it from determine how many RKE the interior and closing the doors. transmitters remain in the vehicle Press the OPTION button until This will lock the doors and cancel interior. If at least one RKE PASSIVE DOOR LOCKING appears the passive locking for this ignition transmitter has been removed from on the display, then press the cycle. the interior of the vehicle, the doors RESET button to scroll through the following modes: When the mode you want is will lock after a short delay. selected, press the OPTION button For example, if there are two RKE . OFF (default) to set your choice and advance to transmitters in the vehicle and one . SILENT the next personal option. is removed, the other will be locked . HORN
  • 174. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (60,1) 5-60 Instruments and Controls Passive Door Unlock: This option Auto Unlock: This option allows vehicles, the driver door will allows you to select which doors will you to select whether the driver automatically unlock when the automatically unlock when you door, both doors, or neither door ignition is turned off or is in RAP. approach and open the driver door automatically unlocks when the shift If you choose BOTH, on automatic with the RKE transmitter. See Door lever is moved into P (Park) for transmission vehicles, both doors Locks on page 2‑8 for more automatic transmission vehicles or will automatically unlock when the information. when the ignition is turned off or is shift lever is moved into P (Park). Press the OPTION button until in RAP for manual transmission On manual transmission vehicles, PASSIVE DOOR UNLOCK appears vehicles. both doors will automatically unlock on the display, then press the Press the OPTION button until when the ignition is turned off or is RESET button to scroll through the AUTO UNLOCK appears on the in RAP. following modes: display, then press the RESET When the mode you want is . DRIVER button to scroll through the following selected, press the OPTION button modes: to set your choice and advance to . BOTH (default) . OFF the next personal option. If you choose DRIVER, only the . driver door will automatically unlock DRIVER Language: This option allows you when you approach and open the . BOTH (default) to select the language the DIC, the driver door with the RKE transmitter. Head-Up Display (HUD), if your If you choose OFF, this option will vehicle has this feature, and the If you choose BOTH, both doors will turn off. radio uses to display messages. automatically unlock when you If you choose DRIVER, on Each language mode will be approach and open the driver door automatic transmission vehicles, the displayed in its own language. with the RKE transmitter. driver door will automatically unlock For example, English will be when the shift lever is moved into displayed as ENGLISH, Spanish as P (Park). On manual transmission ESPANOL, etc. If your vehicle has the navigation system, you will not have the Japanese language mode.
  • 175. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (61,1) Instruments and Controls 5-61 Press the OPTION button until Personalize Name: This option instructions listed previously LANGUAGE appears on the display, allows you to type in a name or under “Entering the Personal then press the RESET button to greeting that will appear on the DIC Options Menu”. scroll through the following modes: display whenever the corresponding 2. Press the OPTION button until . ENGLISH (default) RKE transmitter (1 or 2) is used or the PERSONALIZE NAME one of the memory buttons (1 or 2) option appears on the display. . DEUTSCH (German) located on the driver door is . FRANCAIS (French) pressed. 3. Select YES under PERSONALIZE NAME by . ITALIANO (Italian) Press the OPTION button until pressing the RESET button. PERSONALIZE NAME appears on . ESPANOL (Spanish) the display, then press the RESET 4. Press the OPTION button and a . JAPANESE button to scroll through the following cursor will display where you modes: can insert a letter. If you choose a language that you do not understand, press the . YES 5. Press the OPTION button again OPTION and RESET buttons for until the letter you want is . NO (default) displayed. To scroll through the five seconds. The DIC will begin displaying all of the various If you choose YES, you can type in letters faster and without a languages one by one for as long a name that will appear on the DIC beeping noise, keep the as the buttons are pressed. When display. OPTIONS button depressed. the desired language is displayed, To program a name, use the There are alpha/numeric release the buttons and the DIC will following procedure: characters and a blank space set to this language. available. 1. Enter the PERSONAL OPTIONS When the mode you want is menu and select the driver selected, press the OPTION button number (1 or 2) that you would to set your choice and advance to like to program by following the the next personal option.
  • 176. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (62,1) 5-62 Instruments and Controls 6. Press the RESET button to If you choose NO, this option will Universal Remote select the letter of your choice turn off. and proceed on to the next If a customized name or greeting is System space to the right. not programmed, the DIC display See Radio Frequency Statement on If you make a mistake and would will show Driver 1 or Driver 2 to page 13‑21 for information like to clear or replace a letter, correspond with either the regarding Part 15 of the Federal perform the following steps: number on the back of the RKE Communications Commission (FCC) 6.1. Press the RESET button to transmitter (1 or 2) being used or to rules and Industry Canada reach the letter you would the memory button (1 or 2) that is Standards RSS-210/220/310. like to change. pressed. The FCC Grant of Equipment 6.2. Press the OPTION button PERSONALIZE NAME is the last Authorization Certificate number is to scroll through the letter option available to program in the KOBFTE05A. choices. PERSONAL OPTIONS menu. The Canadian Registration Pressing the OPTION button after 6.3. Press the RESET button to ID number is 3521A-FTE05A. this setting will exit you from the select the letter and PERSONAL OPTIONS menu. proceed on to the next The last item you were in prior to space to the right. entering PERSONAL OPTIONS 7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until the will then display on the DIC. name or greeting you want is complete. After the name or greeting is complete, keep pressing the RESET button until the display turns blank and exits out of this option. You can program up to 20 characters.
  • 177. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (63,1) Instruments and Controls 5-63 Universal Remote System Read the instructions completely Programming Universal Home before attempting to program the Remote — Rolling Code Programming transmitter. Because of the steps involved, it may be helpful to have For questions or help programming another person assist with the Universal Home Remote programming the transmitter. System, call 1-866-572-2728 or go to www.learcar2u.com. Be sure to keep the original remote control transmitter for use in other Most garage door openers sold vehicles, as well as for future after 1996 are Rolling Code units. programming. Only the original Programming a garage door opener remote control transmitter is needed involves time-sensitive actions, so for Fixed Code programming. read the entire procedure before The programmed buttons should be starting. Otherwise, the device will erased when the vehicle is sold or time out and the procedure will have This system provides a way to the lease ends. See “Erasing to be repeated. replace up to three remote control Universal Home Remote Buttons” transmitters used to activate To program up to three devices: in this section. devices such as garage door 1. Press START or put the vehicle openers, security systems, and Park the vehicle outside of the in accessory mode. See Ignition home automation devices. garage when programming a Positions on page 9‑20 for garage door. Be sure that people Do not use this system with any additional information. and objects are clear of the garage garage door opener that does not door or gate being programmed. Programming can only occur have the stop and reverse feature. when the vehicle is running or in This includes any garage door accessory mode. opener model manufactured before April 1, 1982.
  • 178. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (64,1) 5-64 Instruments and Controls Locate the “Learn” or “Smart” 6. Press and release the same button. It can usually be found button again. The garage door where the hanging antenna wire should move, confirming that is attached to the motor-head programming is successful and unit and may be a colored complete. button. Press this button. After To program another Rolling Code pressing this button, complete device such as an additional garage the following steps in less than door opener, a security device, 30 seconds. or home automation device, repeat 4. Immediately return to the Steps 1 through 6, choosing a vehicle. Press and hold the different function button in Step 4 2. From inside the vehicle, Universal Home Remote button than what was used for the garage press the two outside buttons that will be used to control the door opener. at the same time for one to garage door until the garage If these instructions do not work, two seconds, and immediately door moves. The indicator light, the garage door opener is probably release them. above the selected button, a Fixed Code unit. Follow the should slowly blink. This button programming instructions that follow may need to be held for up to for a Fixed Code garage door 20 seconds. opener. 5. Immediately, within one second, release the button when the garage door moves. The indicator light blinks rapidly until programming is complete. 3. Locate in the garage, the garage door opener receiver (motor-head unit).
  • 179. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (65,1) Instruments and Controls 5-65 Programming Universal Home The hand-held transmitter can Remote — Fixed Code have between eight and 12 dip switches depending on For questions or help programming the brand of transmitter. the Universal Home Remote System, call 1-866-572-2728 or The garage door opener receiver go to www.learcar2u.com. (motor head unit) could also have a row of dip switches that Most garage door openers sold can be used when programming before 1996 are Fixed Code units. the Universal Home Remote. Programming a garage door opener If the total number of switches involves time-sensitive actions, so on the motor head and read the entire procedure before hand-held transmitter is different, starting. Otherwise, the device will 2. To verify that the garage door or if the dip switch settings are time out and the procedure will have opener is a Fixed Code unit, different, use the dip switch to be repeated. remove the battery cover on the settings on the motor head unit hand-held transmitter supplied to program the Universal Home To program up to three devices: by the manufacturer of the Remote. The motor head dip 1. Press START or put the vehicle garage door opener motor. switch settings can also be used in accessory mode. See Ignition If there is a row of dip switches when the original hand-held Positions on page 9‑20 for similar to the graphic above, transmitter is not available. additional information. the garage door opener is a Programming can only occur Fixed Code unit. If you do not when the vehicle is running or in see a row of dip switches, accessory mode. return to the previous section, “Programming Universal Home Remote – Rolling Code.”
  • 180. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (66,1) 5-66 Instruments and Controls The switch positions on the . If a switch is set between hand-held transmitter could be the up and down position, labeled as follows: write “Middle.” . A switch in the up position The switch settings could be labeled as “Up,” written down in Step 3 now “+,” or “On.” become the button strokes Example of Eight Dip Switches to be entered into the . A switch in the down Universal Home Remote in with Two Positions position could be labeled Step 5. Be sure to enter the as “Down,” “−,” or “Off.” switch settings written down . A switch in the middle in Step 3, in order from left position could be labeled as to right, into the Universal “Middle,” “0,” or “Neutral.” Home Remote, when completing Step 5. 3. Write down the eight to 12 switch settings from left to right as 4. From inside the vehicle, first Example of Eight Dip Switches firmly press all three buttons follows: with Three Positions at the same time for about . When a switch is in the up The panel of switches might not three seconds. Release the position, write “Left.” appear exactly as they do in the buttons to put the Universal examples above, but they . When a switch is in the Home Remote into should be similar. down position, write “Right.” programming mode.
  • 181. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (67,1) Instruments and Controls 5-67 Now press one button on the 8. Immediately release the button Universal Home Remote for when the garage door moves. each switch setting as follows: The indicator light blinks rapidly . If you wrote “Left,” press until programming is complete. the left button (A) in the 9. Press and release the same vehicle. button again. The garage door . If you wrote “Right,” press should move, confirming that the right button (C) in the programming is successful and vehicle. complete. . If you wrote “Middle,” press To program another Fixed Code the middle button (B) in the device such as an additional garage vehicle. door opener, a security device, A. Left Button (Up, +, or On) or home automation device, repeat B. Middle Button (Middle, 0, 6. After entering all of the switch Steps 1 through 9, choosing a or Neutral) positions, again, firmly press and different button in Step 7 than what release all three buttons at the was used for the garage door C. Right Button (Down, -, or Off) same time. The indicator lights opener. 5. The indicator lights blink slowly. turn on. Enter each switch setting from 7. Press and hold the button that Step 3 into the vehicles will be used to control the Universal Home Remote. garage door until the garage You have two and one-half door moves. The indicator light minutes to complete Step 5. above the selected button should slowly blink. This button may need to be held for up to 55 seconds.
  • 182. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (68,1) 5-68 Instruments and Controls Universal Remote System Reprogramming Universal For help or information on the Home Remote Buttons Universal Home Remote System, Operation call the customer assistance phone Press and hold the appropriate Any of the three buttons can be number under Customer Assistance button for at least one-half second. reprogrammed by repeating the Offices (U.S. and Canada) on The indicator light comes on while instructions. page 13‑5 or Customer Assistance the signal is being transmitted. Erasing Universal Home Offices (Mexico) on page 13‑6. Operation can occur: Remote Buttons . If the vehicle is in The programmed buttons should be accessory mode. erased when the vehicle is sold or the lease ends. . If the vehicle is running. To erase either Rolling Code or . If the vehicle is in Retained Fixed Code on the Universal Home Accessory Mode (RAP). Remote device: See Retained Accessory Power (RAP) on page 9‑24 for more 1. Press and hold the two outside information. buttons at the same time for approximately 20 seconds, until . Up to an additional 10 minutes the indicator lights, located after RAP finishes. directly above the buttons, begin . Up to 10 minutes after any door to blink rapidly. is opened. 2. Once the indicator lights begin to blink, release both buttons. The codes from all buttons are erased.
  • 183. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Lighting 6-1 Lighting Exterior Lighting To override AUTO mode, turn the control to off. Exterior Lamp Controls To reset to AUTO mode, turn the Exterior Lighting control to exterior lamps and then Exterior Lamp Controls . . . . . . . . 6-1 back to AUTO. Automatic mode also Exterior Lamps Off resets when the vehicle is turned off Reminder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 and then back on again if the control Headlamp High/Low-Beam is left in the AUTO position. Changer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 ; (Parking Lamps): Turns on Flash-to-Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 the parking lamps together with the Daytime Running following: Lamps (DRL) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 The exterior lamp control is located Twilight Sentinel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3 to the left of the steering wheel on . Sidemarker Lamps Hazard Warning Flashers . . . . . 6-4 the multifunction lever. . Taillamps Turn and Lane-Change O (Exterior Lamp Control): Signals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4 Turn the band with this symbol on it . License Plate Lamps Fog Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5 to operate the exterior lamps. . Instrument Panel Lights Interior Lighting The exterior lamp band has four The parking brake indicator light Instrument Panel Illumination positions: comes on and stays on when the Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 O (Off): Turns off all lamps. parking lamps are on with the Courtesy Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 engine off and the ignition to Reading Lamps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 AUTO (Automatic): Sets the ACC/ACCESSORY. exterior lamps to automatic mode. Lighting Features AUTO mode turns the exterior 5 (Headlamps): Turns on the Entry/Exit Lighting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6 lamps on and off depending on how headlamps, together with the Battery Power Protection . . . . . . 6-7 much light is available outside the previously listed lamps and lights. Exterior Lighting Battery vehicle. Saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
  • 184. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 6-2 Lighting . The transmission is not in Exterior Lamps Off Flash-to-Pass P (Park) or the parking brake Reminder To use the flash-to-pass feature, is off. A warning chime will sound if the briefly pull the turn signal lever . The parking brake is off or the exterior lamp control is left on in toward you. The high-beam vehicle speed is greater than either the headlamp or parking lamp indicator flashes to indicate to the 13 km/h (8 mph). position and the driver door is other driver that you intend to pass. opened with the ignition off. If the low-beam headlamps are off When DRL are on, only the front and the fog lamps are on, the fog turn signal lamps will be on. lamps flash. The parking lamps, taillamps, Headlamp High/ instrument panel lights, or other Low-Beam Changer Daytime Running exterior lamps will not be on when the DRL are being used. To change the headlamps from low Lamps (DRL) beam to high, push the turn signal When it is dark enough outside, the lever all the way forward. To change Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) can front turn signal lamps turn off and from high to low beam, pull the lever make it easier for others to see the the normal low-beam headlamps rearward. front of your vehicle during the day. turn on. Fully functional daytime running lamps are required on all vehicles When it is bright enough outside, first sold in Canada. the regular lamps go off, and the front turn signal lamps will take over. The DRL system makes the front If the vehicle is started in a dark turn signal lamps come on when the garage, the automatic headlamp following conditions are met: system comes on immediately. While the high beams are on, this . It is still daylight and the ignition Once the vehicle leaves the garage, light on the instrument cluster will is on. it takes approximately one minute also be lit. for the automatic headlamp system . The exterior lamp control is in to change to DRL if it is light the AUTO position.
  • 185. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Lighting 6-3 outside. During that delay, the To turn off the DRL, turn the exterior AUTO: Activates the system. instrument panel cluster may not be lamp control to the off position or If the band is already in the AUTO as bright as usual. Make sure the shift into P (Park). The DRL will position when you start your vehicle, instrument panel brightness knob stay off until the control is toggled Twilight Sentinel is automatically is in the full bright position. See again or the vehicle is shifted out enabled. Instrument Panel Illumination of P (Park). Control on page 6‑6 for more If it is dark outside, your vehicle This procedure applies only to headlamps and parking lamps will information. vehicles first sold in the United turn on automatically. If it is dark enough outside and States. the exterior lamp control is off, Once it is bright enough outside, a HEADLAMPS SUGGESTED Twilight Sentinel the headlamps and parking lamps message will display on the Driver will automatically turn back off. Information Center (DIC). See Lamp Twilight Sentinel® is an automatic headlamp system. When activated, Twilight Sentinel may also turn on Messages on page 5‑43. when you drive through a dimly this feature turns your headlamps Turning the exterior lamp control and parking lamps on and off by lit area. to off a second time, or turning on sensing how dark it is outside. Once you leave the dimly lit area, it the headlamps will remove the may take about one minute before HEADLAMPS SUGGESTED the Twilight Sentinel turns off. message in the DIC. If the parking During this brief delay, the lamps or the fog lamps were turned instrument cluster may not be as on instead, the HEADLAMPS bright as usual. Make sure the SUGGESTED message will instrument panel dimmer is set to continue to be displayed. full brightness. See Instrument The regular headlamp system Panel Illumination Control on should be turned on when needed. page 6‑6. Be sure not to cover the light sensor on the top of the instrument panel.
  • 186. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 6-4 Lighting To temporarily disable Twilight Hazard Warning Flashers When the hazard warning flashers Sentinel, turn the band to O. are on, the turn signals will not work. To turn Twilight Sentinel back on, turn the band to O again, then Turn and Lane-Change release it. Signals If the Twilight Sentinel has the headlamps turned on and you turn the ignition off, the headlamps will stay on for a period of time while you leave the vehicle. Use the Driver Information Center to turn Twilight Sentinel on or off and to increase or decrease the length of the delayed illumination period. The hazard warning flashers warn An arrow on the instrument panel See “Personal Options” under others that you have a problem. cluster flashes in the direction of the Vehicle Personalization on The button is located near the turn or lane change. page 5‑54. center of the instrument panel. Move the lever all the way up or The regular headlamp system | (Hazard Warning Flashers): down to signal a turn. should be turned on when needed. Press to make the front and rear Raise or lower the lever until the turn signal lamps flash on and off. arrow starts to flash to signal a lane Press again to turn the flashers off. change. Release the lever and the The hazard warning flashers work turn signal automatically flashes no matter what mode the ignition is three times. If more flashes are in, even if the ignition is turned off. desired, continue to hold the lever.
  • 187. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Lighting 6-5 The lever returns to its starting Fog Lamps If you turn the high-beam position when it is released. headlamps on, the fog lamps will If after signaling a turn or lane turn off. They will turn on again change the arrows flash rapidly or when you switch to low-beam do not come on, a signal bulb may headlamps. be burned out. The ignition must be on for the Have the bulbs replaced. If the bulb fog lamps to operate. is not burned out, check the fuse. Some localities have laws that See Fuses and Circuit Breakers on require the headlamps to be on page 10‑47. Use fog lamps for better vision in along with the fog lamps. foggy or misty conditions. Turn Signal on Chime The fog lamps control is located on A chime sounds if the turn signal the multifunction lever next to the has been on for more than 1.2 km exterior lamp control. (0.75 miles) of driving. # (Fog Lamps): Turning the band If you need to leave the turn to this position will turn the fog signal on for more than 1.2 km lamps on. (0.75 miles), turn off the signal and then turn it back on. When you turn the fog lamps on, the fog lamp light will appear on the instrument panel cluster to indicate that the fog lamps and the parking lamps are on.
  • 188. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 6-6 Lighting Interior Lighting Be sure not to have this knob turned all the way down with the lamps Lighting Features on during the day. The Driver Instrument Panel Information Center (DIC) may not Entry/Exit Lighting Illumination Control be visible. With entry lighting, the interior lamps will come on when entering Courtesy Lamps the vehicle. To illuminate your exit, the interior lamps come on for about When any door or the hatch/trunk lid 20 seconds when the engine is is opened, the interior lamps will go turned off. on unless it is bright outside. To turn the entry and exit lighting off, You can also turn the courtesy quickly turn the courtesy lamps on The knob for this feature is located lamps on and off by pressing the and off by pressing the instrument on the left side of the instrument instrument panel brightness knob. panel brightness knob. panel. Reading Lamps Push the knob in to turn on the interior lights. The inside rearview mirror includes two reading lamps. The lamps will Turn and hold the knob clockwise go on when a door is opened. to brighten the lights or When the doors are closed, press counterclockwise to dim them. each lamp switch to turn them on During the day, this knob will adjust individually. the instrument panel brightness and at night will adjust all interior lighting.
  • 189. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Lighting 6-7 Battery Power Protection Exterior Lighting Battery This vehicle has a feature to help Saver prevent the battery from being If the manual parking lamps or drained in case any of the following headlamps have been left on, lamps are left on: the underhood the exterior lamps will turn off as lamp, if your vehicle has this soon as the ignition is turned off or feature, vanity mirror lamps, Retained Accessory Power (RAP) cargo lamps, reading lamps, center is active. This protects against console, or glove box lamps. If any draining the battery in case you of these lamps are left on, they will have accidentally left the headlamps automatically time-out after about or parking lamps on. The battery 10 minutes. To reset it, all of the saver does not work if the above lamps must be turned off or headlamps are turned on after the the ignition key on. ignition switch is turned to off. If you need to leave the lamps on, use the exterior lamp control to turn the lamps back on.
  • 190. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 6-8 Lighting 2 NOTES
  • 191. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (1,1) Infotainment System 7-1 Infotainment Introduction To minimize taking your eyes off the road while driving, do the following System Infotainment while the vehicle is parked: . Become familiar with the Determine which radio the vehicle operation and controls of the Introduction has and read the following pages to audio system. Infotainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 become familiar with its features. Theft-Deterrent Feature . . . . . . . 7-2 . Set up the tone, speaker adjustments, and preset radio Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2 { WARNING stations. Radio Taking your eyes off the road for For more information, see Defensive AM-FM Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5 extended periods could cause a Driving on page 9‑3. Satellite Radio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-7 crash resulting in injury or death Radio Reception . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-10 Notice: Contact your dealer to you or others. Do not give before adding any equipment. Diversity Antenna System . . . . 7-11 Satellite Radio Antenna . . . . . . 7-11 extended attention to infotainment tasks while driving. Adding audio or communication Audio Players equipment could interfere with CD Player . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-11 the operation of the engine, radio, This system provides access to or other systems, and could Auxiliary Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16 many audio and non‐audio listings. damage them. Follow federal Phone rules covering mobile radio and Bluetooth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-16 telephone equipment. Trademarks and License The vehicle has Retained Agreements Accessory Power (RAP). With RAP, Trademarks and License the audio system can be played Agreements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-24 even after the ignition is turned off.
  • 192. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (2,1) 7-2 Infotainment System See Retained Accessory Power Operation (RAP) on page 9‑24 for more information. Navigation/Radio System For vehicles with a navigation radio system, see the separate Navigation System Manual. Theft-Deterrent Feature TheftLock® is designed to discourage theft of the vehicles radio by learning a portion of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The radio does not operate and LOCKED displays if the radio is stolen or moved to a different vehicle. When the when the ignition is in the Radio with CD, Six Disc Radio Similar off position, a blinking red light on the upper left side of the radio The vehicle has one of these radios For more information, see indicates that TheftLock® is armed. as its audio system. Theft-Deterrent Feature on An indicator light on the upper page 7‑2. left side of the radio flashes when the ignition is off, to indicate the theft deterrent feature is set.
  • 193. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (3,1) Infotainment System 7-3 Playing the Radio Audio Settings Adjusting the Speakers (Balance/Fade) Top Knob (Power/Volume): Press and hold O / e when no Press to turn the system on and off. tone or speaker control is displayed O / e (Balance/Fade): To adjust Turn to increase or decrease the to adjust all tone and speaker the Balance: volume. controls to the middle position. Press and release O / e until MUTE: Press to silence the AUDIO SETTINGS CENTERED BALANCE displays. system. Press again to turn the displays. sound on. . Turn the O / e knob to move Adjusting the Tone This button is not available on the the sound toward the right or the (Bass/Treble) Six-Disc CD Radio. left speakers. O / e (Bass/Treble): To adjust V (Information): Press until the the bass or treble: . Press and hold the O / e knob desired display is shown, then hold until the level changes to the for two seconds until the radio Press and release O / e until middle position. beeps once to change the default BASS or TREBLE displays. To adjust the Fade: display. The selected display is . Turn the O / e knob to now the default. increase or to decrease the Press and release O / e until For RDS: FADE displays level. Press V to change the display. . Turn the O / e knob to move . Press and hold the O / e knob The display options are station the sound toward the front or the until the level changes to the name, RDS station frequency, rear speakers. middle position. PTY, and the name of the program . Press and hold the O / e knob (if available). until the level changes to the middle position.
  • 194. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (4,1) 7-4 Infotainment System AUTO EQ (Automatic AUTO n (Automatic Volume): For vehicles with the Bose sound Equalization): The radio saves Automatic volume automatically system: separate AUTO EQ settings for adjusts the audio system to make Vehicles with the Bose sound each preset and source. up for road and wind noise, by system include Bose AudioPilot® For vehicles without the Bose sound increasing the volume as vehicle noise compensation technology. system: speed increases. AudioPilot continuously adjusts the . Press AUTO EQ to select For vehicles without the Bose sound audio system equalization to equalization settings designed system: compensate for background noise. for CLASSICAL, POP, ROCK, This feature is most effective at 1. Set the volume at the desired lower radio volume settings where JAZZ, TALK, and COUNTRY. level. background noise can affect how . Selecting CUSTOM or changing well the audio is heard. At higher 2. Press AUTO n to select bass or treble, returns the EQ to volume settings, there may be little the manual bass and treble AUTO VOLUME MIN (minimum), or no adjustments by AudioPilot. For settings. AUTO VOLUME MED (medium), additional information on AudioPilot, or AUTO VOLUME MAX For vehicles with the Bose sound visit bose.com/audiopilot. (maximum). Each higher setting system: provides more volume To use AudioPilot: . Press AUTO EQ to select compensation at faster vehicle 1. Set the volume at the desired equalization settings from EQ1 speeds. level. through EQ6. 3. Press AUTO n until AUTO 2. Press AUTO n until AUTO . Selecting CUSTOM or changing VOLUME OFF displays to turn VOLUME ON displays. bass or treble, returns the EQ to automatic volume off. 3. Press AUTO n until AUTO the manual bass and treble settings. VOLUME OFF displays to turn off AudioPilot.
  • 195. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (5,1) Infotainment System 7-5 Radio Messages Radio With RDS, the radio can: CAL ERR (Calibration Error): . Seek to stations broadcasting Displays if the radio is no longer AM-FM Radio the selected type of configured properly for the vehicle. programming. The vehicle must be returned to Radio Data System (RDS) . Receive announcements your dealer for service. RDS features are available for use concerning local and national LOC (Locked): Displays when the only on FM stations that broadcast emergencies. TheftLock system has locked up. RDS information. The station name . Display messages from radio The vehicle must be returned to or call letters display while the radio stations. your dealer for service. is tuned to an RDS station. . Seek to stations with traffic If any error occurs repeatedly or This system relies upon receiving announcements. cannot be corrected, contact your specific information from these dealer. stations and works only when the . Provide the time of day. information is available. In rare . Provide a program type (PTY) cases, a radio station can broadcast for current programming. incorrect information that causes the radio features to work improperly. . Provide the name of the program If this happens, contact the radio being broadcast. station.
  • 196. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (6,1) 7-6 Infotainment System RDS Messages To scroll through the message, Press TRAF to turn off the traffic press and release . A new group of announcements if TA is on the ALERT!: Alert warns of local words displays after every press of display. or national emergencies. the button. Once the complete The radio plays the traffic When an alert announcement message has displayed, INFO announcement even if the volume comes on the current radio disappears from the display until is low. The radio interrupts the play station, ALERT! displays. another new message is received. of a CD if the last tuned station The announcement is heard, The last message can be displayed broadcasts traffic announcements. even if the volume is low or a CD by pressing this button. The last is playing. If a CD is playing, play stops during the announcement. message is displayed until a new Finding a Station message is received or the radio is Alert announcements cannot be BAND: Press to switch between tuned to a different station. turned off. FM1, FM2, or AM. NO INFO displays when a message ALERT! is not affected by tests of is not available from a station. O / e (Tune): Turn to select radio the emergency broadcast system. stations. This feature is not supported by all TRAF (Traffic): TA (traffic) displays RDS stations. when the station broadcasts traffic t SEEK u : Press to go to the previous or to the next station and announcements. 4 (Information): If the current stay there. station has a message, INFO Press TRAF and the radio seeks to The radio only stops at stations with displays. Press to see the a station that broadcasts traffic a strong signal. message. The message can display announcements. When a station is the artist, song title, call in phone found, the radio stops seeking and t SCAN u : Press and hold t numbers, etc. TA displays. NO TRAFFIC INFO or u for two seconds until displays if a station that broadcasts FREQUENCY SCAN displays. If the entire message is not traffic announcements cannot be The radio goes to a station, plays displayed, parts of the message found. for a few seconds, then goes on to appears every three seconds. the next station. Press t or u again to stop scanning.
  • 197. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (7,1) Infotainment System 7-7 To scan preset stations: Up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, Satellite Radio six AM, six M1, and six XM2), and Press and hold t or u for equalization settings for each XM™ Satellite Radio Service four seconds until PRESET SCAN station can be programmed on the displays. The radio goes to the next XM is a satellite radio service six numbered pushbuttons. To set based in the 48 contiguous United preset station, plays for a few presets: seconds, then goes to the next States and 10 Canadian provinces. 1. Turn the radio on. XM Satellite Radio has a wide preset station. Press t or u again variety of programming and or press one of the pushbuttons to 2. Press BAND to select FM1, FM2, AM, XM1, or XM2. commercial-free music, coast to stop scanning presets. coast, and in digital-quality sound. The radio only scans stations with a 3. Tune in the desired station. A service fee is required to receive strong signal. 4. Press AUTO EQ to select the the XM service. If XM Service needs equalization. to be reactivated, the radio will 1–6 (Preset Pushbuttons): display "No Subscription Please Press to play stations that are 5. Press and hold one of the six Renew" on channel XM1. programmed to the radio preset numbered pushbuttons until the For more information, contact pushbuttons. radio beeps once. XM at www.xmradio.com or Storing Radio Stations 6. Repeat the steps for each 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S., pushbutton. and www.xmradio.ca or Drivers are encouraged to store 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. radio station while the vehicle is parked. See Defensive Driving on page 9‑3. Tune to stored radio stations using the presets, favorites button, and steering wheel controls, if the vehicle has this feature.
  • 198. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (8,1) 7-8 Infotainment System Finding an XM Channel Press t or u again or press one of If the radio cannot find the desired the pushbuttons to stop scanning category, NONE displays and the BAND: Press to switch between presets. radio returns to the last station FM1, FM2, AM, XM1, or XM2. tuned. O / e (Tune): Turn to manually 1–6 (Preset Pushbuttons): SCAN: To scan the stations within select an XM channel. Press to play channels that are programmed to the radio preset a category: t SEEK u : Press to go to the pushbuttons. 1. Press CAT. The last selected previous or to the next XM channel. category displays. t SCAN u : Press and hold t Finding a Category (CAT) Station 2. Turn the O / e knob to select or u for two seconds until To select an XM station by category: a category. FREQUENCY SCAN displays. The radio goes to a channel, plays 1. Press the CAT button. The last 3. Press and hold t or u until for a few seconds, then goes on selected category displays. a beep sounds and SCAN to the next station. Press t or u CATEGORY displays. The radio again to stop scanning. 2. Turn the O / e knob to select begins scanning the stations in a category. the category. To scan preset stations: 3. Press t or u to go to a 4. Press t or u to stop scanning. Press and hold t or u for categorys station. SEEKING four seconds until PRESET CATEGORY displays. SCAN displays. The radio goes to the next preset station, 4. To go to another station within plays for a few seconds, then that category, press the CAT goes to the next preset station. button to display the category, then press t or u to go to another station.
  • 199. Chevrolet Corvette Owner Manual - 2012 Black plate (9,1) Infotainment System 7-9 Storing XM Channels XM Radio Messages CH Unauth: This channel is blocked or cannot be received with Drivers are encouraged to store XL (Explicit Language your XM Subscription package. XM channels while the vehicle is Channels): These channels, or any parked. See Defensive Driving on others, can be blocked by calling CH Unavail: This previously page 9‑3. Tune to stored radio 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and assigned channel is no longer stations using the presets, favorites 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. assigned. Tune to another station. button, and steering wheel controls, If this station was one of the Updating: The encryption code if the vehicle has this feature. presets, choose another station in the receiver is being updated, for that preset button. Up to 30 stations (six FM1, six FM2, and no action is required. and six AM, six XM1 and six XM2), This process should take no No Info: No artist, song title, and equalization settings for each longer than 30 seconds. category, or text information is station can be programmed on the available at this time on this No Signal: The system is six numbered pushbuttons. channel. The system is working functioning correctly, but the vehicle properly. To set presets: is in a location that is blocking the XM signal. When the vehicle is No Subscription Please Renew: 1. Tune to a channel. moved into an open area, the signal XM subscription needs to be 2. Press AUTO EQ to select the should return. reactivated. Contact XM at equalization. www.xmradio.com or call Loading XM: The audio system is 3. Press and hold one of the six 1-800-929-2100 in the U.S. and acquiring and processing audio and numbered pushbuttons until the www.xmradio.ca or call text data. No action is needed. radio beeps once. 1-877-438-9677 in Canada. This message should disappear 4. R