2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06: That's A New One
June 04, 2010
Managed to snag a pic of this alert in our 2002 Corvette Z06 just before pulling out of our parking garage. It came on about 20 seconds after key-on and shortly thereafter was replaced by another alert reporting that everything was just peachy, or something like that.
A brief check suggests that this alert has nothing to do with warming up, per se -- logical, since there's nothing to warm up. Rather, the system, once you're rolling, does quick check of various chassis sensors including the steering angle sensor. It needs a brief straightaway to check this guy.
Since our garage is a series of slow 90-degree turns immediately after another, the system couldn't get a proper read on the steering angle sensor in the allocated amount of time. Owner's manual says this is normal and that the Active Handling is not operational during this period.
No worries here. I usually go full stability-off commando-style but hadn't yet hit the buttton this time. Anyway, I don't beat on cars til the coolant is fully warmed up (and then some -- that way the oil can get warm too), which takes far longer than it took for the Active Handling to be ready in this case.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor