2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevy Corvette Z06 DIY Fix Part 1: Remove the Rat Poop

February 12, 2010

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This will be part one of a three-part series as Jay Kavanagh, Josh Jacquot and myself attempt to change the knock sensors on our long-term 2002 Chevy Corvette Z06. The goal, of course, is to solve the Vette's chronic detonation problem.

Just in case anyone out there thinks this job is a walk in the park, let me remind all of you that this procedure includes the removal of the Corvette's intake manifold. Not exactly complex, but it isn't airing up the tires either.

The photo above is step 1: Remove the useless plastic valve cover covers.

More pics and captions await you on the next page.

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Josh removes the air intake from the throttle body.

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Josh looks for the 8mm open-end wrench he just dropped down into the bowels of the Vette's engine compartment.

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Jay disconnects the Corvette's eight fuel injectors while mumbling something about pushrods and how much he hates working on a stupid truck engine.

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Jay depressurizes the Corvette's fuel system.

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After removing the 10 very long bolts that hold down the LS6's plastic intake manifold it was easily lifted up and out of the way. Um, I think that's rat poop.

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It is rat poop. No joke, we found rat poop in the small crevices between the V8's intake manifold and cylinder heads.

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A lot of rat poop.

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Josh vacuums up the rat poop.

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Josh continues to vacuum up the rat poop. Even with the largest shop vac on earth it took a while.

Part 2 is coming soon.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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