2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test


2002 Chevy Corvette Z06 DIY Fix Part 2: New Parts and Pizza

February 14, 2010

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At the conclusion of Part 1 we left you with Josh Jacquot vacuuming up the rat poop we found after we removed our Corvette's intake manifold. .

Well, lets pick up the action with the image above, which is illustrating a key moment in the repair of our Z06. It's Josh asking Jay whether or not he likes his Grave Digger hat. What you don't know is that Jay is a hardcore Tom Meents fan and this exchange caused friction for the remainder of the day.

More pics and captions on the next page.

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As you can see, Josh did a great job with my shop vac. Most of the rat poop is gone.

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Before we continued to attack the rat poop, we thought it would be a good idea to tape over the ports of the cylinder heads. We've also pulled up the rubber caps and have exposed both knock sensors.

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Here's a close up of the rear knock sensor. We don't see any of the rust or surface corrosion that we figured was causing our troubles.

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Nope. No rust. But the lack of RTV Silicone told us that our car had not had this TSB performed, so we kept going.

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This is us breaking for lunch. We had pizza.

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Throttle body. This has nothing to do with replacing the knock sensor, I just thought it was a cool shot.

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This is how we removed the knock sensors. That's Jay's hand.

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Two knock sensors. Old on left. New on right.

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And we installed the new ones, torquing them to spec of course.

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Ever try to lay down a bead of silicone while some idiot that's had four beers is sticking a camera in your ear? Jay Kav has.

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Not a bad bead Jay. By the way, that RTV belongs to Ed Hellwig. He left it at my house about a year ago. Don't tell him, he's sensitive about stuff like that. Plus, we used it all.

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Now all we have to do is put the top of the engine back together.

Part 3 coming tomorrow...maybe.

Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief

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