Corvette C5 2004 Owners Manual PDF | Page 75

Starting and Operating Your
Vehicle
New Vehicle Break-In
Notice: Your vehicle does not need an elaborate
“break-in.” But it will perform better in the long run
if you follow these guidelines:
Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or less for
the first 500 miles (805 km).
Do not drive at any one speed — fast or
slow — for the first 500 miles (805 km). Do not
make full-throttle starts.
Avoid making hard stops for the first 200 miles
(322 km) or so. During this time your new brake
linings are not yet broken in. Hard stops with new
linings can mean premature wear and earlier
replacement. Follow this breaking-in guideline
every time you get new brake linings.
Front Air Dam
Your vehicle is equipped with a front air dam which has
minimal ground clearance for aerodynamics. For this
reason, the air dam has a spring-loaded hinge provided
and it will retract with road contact.
Under normal operation, the air dam will occasionally
contact some road surfaces (speed bumps, driveway
ramps, etc.). This can be heard inside the vehicle as a
scraping noise. This is normal and does not indicate
a problem.
Use care when approaching bumps or objects on road
surfaces and avoid them when possible.
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Corvette C5 2004 Owners Manual Summary of Content

Starting and Operating YourVehicleNew Vehicle Break-InNotice: Your vehicle does not need an elaboratebreak-in. But it will perform better in the long runif you follow these guidelines: Keep your speed at 55 mph (88 km/h) or less forthe rst 500 miles (805 km). Do not drive at any one speed fast orslow for the rst 500 miles (805 km). Do notmake full-throttle starts. Avoid making hard stops for the rst 200 miles(322 km) or so. During this time your new brakelinings are not yet broken in. Hard stops with newlinings can mean premature wear and earlierreplacement. Follow this breaking-in guidelineevery time you get new brake linings.Front Air DamYour vehicle is equipped with a front air dam which hasminimal ground clearance for aerodynamics. For thisreason, the air dam has a spring-loaded hinge providedand it will retract with road contact.Under normal operation, the air dam will occasionallycontact some road surfaces (speed bumps, drivewayramps, etc.). This can be heard inside the vehicle as ascraping noise. This is normal and does not indicatea problem.Use care when approaching bumps or objects on roadsurfaces and avoid them when possible.2-19