Frequently asked Questions

These are questions and answers appearing frequently in the various Z06 forums and other places. Answers are from personal knowledge and/or replys on the forums.

Car Care

How can I get the ugly sticker off the sun visor?
What is the best wax for Corvettes?

Mechanical

How do you break-in a new Z06?
My shifter seems really notchy in all the gears, is that normal?






























How can I get the ugly sticker off the sun visor?

That depends on the year of your car. If you are lucky to have a 2001 or 2002 Z06 or earlier C5 Corvette you can just lift up a corner of the sticker and gently pull it off. No problemo. If you have a 2003, however, the story is different. The Feds must have told GM to make sure the stickers stay on. The glue is different and the stickers are almost impossible to get off! What I did was to let the car sit in the sun all day and try to peel it off a little at a time. Problem is the sticker itself is weaker than the glue so it shreds in tiny strips and leaves a white residue behind. Not realy bad, but enough to be noticable. The "stain" seems to fade with time, (or I am just getting used to it). I suppose a hair drier or other heat source would work, but be careful not to set the visor on fire if you use a heat gun. 8~) Some people have just covered the sticker with another prettier one. Some have even bought a new set of visors from an earlier model. The other alternative is to live with it. After all, the next people to own the car may need to be reminded to put the kid in the back seat...

What is the best wax for Corvettes?

This becomes an almost religious discussion. One type of shine is not better than another, just a matter of personal preference. I personally use Zaino products because I think they last longer and look as good or better then most of the other wax products. Initial cost is high, but they last so long, and you use so little product each time, they are cheap overall. They do take a bit of effort the first time to get all the recommended coats on, but then maintenance is pretty easy. One drawback is you can't go down to the local auto parts store and buy Zaino, you have to get it from a dealer or online.

On the other hand there is no shortage of products to try. "Some like Zaino are synthetic others are Carnuba wax based. (Zaino) contains no natural oils, and that's why it stays on so long (oils tend to look fantastic initially, then collect dust, then wash off quicker with rain and washings." from KMeloney, Z06Vette forum. Also, because synthetics have no wax, they can be used on the black plastic parts without leaving a white stain. Be careful with waxes on those parts. The different types do have a little different "look" to the finish, especially on dark color cars. If you have a Quicksilver car it really doesn't make a difference. But on black or dark green, etc. you can really see the difference.

Some types I've seen mentioned: Zaino, Meguiars, Griot's Best of Show Wax, Mothers California Gold cleaner wax, Blackfire, Pinnacle, Zymol, P21S Wax, and the list goes on...

How do you break-in a new Z06?

There is a pretty good write-up in the manual. Seems like everyone has an opinion, though. Here's what I did:

Remember, the break-in period is not so much for the engine but for the tranny and other drive train parts as well as any other moving parts like brakes and wheel bearings etc.

My shifter seems really notchy in all the gears, is that normal?

There has been a lot of debate in this question. Personally mine is notchy and most everyone else says the same thing. I think all Z06 trannys are somewhat notchy, so yes it is normal. The question is whether the notchiness(?) is getting worse. If you are having problems it will probably start getting get harder and harder to get it in gear, especially certain gears. This means you may have the start of a syncho problem. Some folks insist that an after-market shifter helps minimize the notchy feeling, so if it really gets annoying that may be something to think about. I haven't gotten to that level of annoyance yet so I can't say...