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Friends helping friends - we're here for you!  Below are tech tidbits for all generations (and many will even work with non-Corvette vehicles).  Do you have a safety, repair, maintenance or car care tip you'd like to share?  Click HERE to submit your contribution.

Corvette Tires:  With winter hard upon us, there are a few things to remember regarding your Corvette's tires.  First, even if you do not drive your Corvette over the winter months, it's a good idea to periodically check the tire pressure.  For every 10 degrees in temperature drop, your pressure will drop about one pound.  Also, even new tires will gradually lose air over time, as molecules of oxygen and nitrogen slowly work their way through the rubber.  Periodically checking and adjusting the pressure will ensure your Corvette is ready to go when that warm spell hits and you have the itch to go for a drive.

On a similar note, be aware of the outdoor temperature, and how it relates to the type of tires currently installed on your car.  Corvettes for many years have been factory-equipped with high performance summer tires.  If your car still has summer-only tires, avoid driving the car if outside temps are below 40 degrees F, and never below freezing.  The rubber compounds in these types of tires will harden in cold weather, to the point you have little traction when you need it most.  They are especially hazardous if there is any moisture, frost or snow on the pavement.  If you intend to drive your Corvette in the winter on those deceptively sunny days, do yourself a favor and invest in a set of all-season tires.  They are available from several manufacturers in sizes for virtually all Corvettes (well, except for 2015 & up Z06s and Grand Sports - but snow tires are available for you!).  The use of summer-only tires in the winter is critical enough that GM has issued a bulletin to all Corvette owners - in summary they state that those factory-equipped with Michelin Super Sport tires cannot drive on them below 40 degrees F, and those factory-equipped with the even softer Michelin Cup tires (Z07 package) cannot drive on them below 50 degrees F.  Failure to heed this can result in cracking of the rubber along the sidewalls and treads (ruining the tires even if they don't end up leaking), and WILL NOT BE COVERED UNDER WARRANTY.

Electric Door Latches: With the introduction of the 2005 C6 Corvette a major change was made to the way the doors are opened from the interior of the car. Instead of a mechanical lever to pull, there is now only a small button to press on each door panel.  The latch mechanism itself is actually now on the body of the car with the striker on the door.  This is great for conserving space on the panel, and allows for more features, larger speakers, etc. but does have one small aspect to be aware of: the button will not open the door if the battery is dead or the actuator fails!  But fear not, Chevrolet did think about this and has provided emergency back-up releases for each door.  These are large plastic levers located on the floor just in front of each seat, near the sill, and is labeled with a door open pictogram.  If the electric system fails for any reason, simply pull up on the release lever to open the door.  Please note that with dead battery conditions, extra effort may be needed to push the door open, as the automatic window indexing will likely not function as well.

We encourage all owners of 2005 and newer C6 & C7 Corvettes to familiarize yourself with the location and function of these emergency release levers, and to point them out to others who may not be aware of the levers and their importance.  With extremes of summer heat and winter cold, knowing this tech tidbit may just save a life!


Personal Radios:  These are small, easily handled two-way radios and are sometimes called walkie-talkies.  We use these radios at many of our events, including autocrosses, road runs and car shows.  Why, should I get a pair? you might ask.  They make communications considerably easier between members at our events, without the need to call using your cell phone.  A recent road trip emphasized the usefulness of the radios: one car in the caravan was inadvertently separated from the rest of the group.  This car did not have a radio with them, and their phones did not have cell reception, making communication with the remainder of the group impossible.  At the same time, the group attempted to contact the missing car with no success. Several people had cell reception, but no phone number, others had the number but no reception. And still others also did not have radios and were in the dark as to why the caravan had to stop and regroup.  Had each car had a personal radio onboard, a lot of concern and stress could have been avoided.

Many members already own a couple, and we encourage all members to pick up a pair for use both during club events and for personal needs.  There are many brands, such as Cobra, Midland, and Motorola, and they can be found for reasonable prices at stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Cabella's, WalMart and Target, as well as online, and there are many versions for under $75 per pair.  They can be designed from quite basic to rather well equipped.  Some offer rechargable battery packs, built-in weather radios, emergency flashlights and other useful functions.  I suggest getting the best ones you can afford, as they will generally have clearer signals, longer range, and will last a long time.  Pick a set that have the usual main channels, as well as the sub-channels.  BTCC generally uses channel 5.6 (or 5.06) but will sometimes need to switch channels for various reasons.  Once you purchase a set, take the time to become familiar in their use.  One common mistake many people make is to push the "talk" button as they begin to speak.  However, you actually need to push the "talk" button then pause for a moment before speaking, or else your first word will be cut off.

One final thought - once you have the radios, get in the habit of actually bringing them with you to club events!  We're all guilty of forgetting them once in a while, and if members bring both, then a few extra units will be on hand to lend to those who forget theirs or haven't yet picked up a set.