2002 Chevrolet Corvette Long Term Road Test

2002 Chevy Corvette Z06: Puked in My Driveway

February 07, 2011


This is wierd one. I was running around town in our long-term Z06 yesterday, when my wife called and asked if I would bring home In and Out Burger for dinner. So I hit the drivethru for a Double-Double Animal-Style and two plain cheeseburgers.

The line was long, so the Vette was idling for a while, and when I was leaving with the food I smelled something I shouldn't. The car was running fine and all the gauges read normal, but I got a short whiff of something.

"Clutch?" I thought. "Nope, smells more like coolant."

But the smell went away quickly, so I drove home without a thought.


As I pulled in the driveway, however, I knew something was wrong. The smell was back and it was strong. It was also accompanied by smoke, which was coming from the passenger side of the hood at the base of the windshield.

Gauges still read normal, but I shut the car down and popped the hood. The car was dumping coolant all over my driveway, so I moved it into the street where it continued to vomit. After a few minutes I fired it back up. Gauges normal and the leak had stopped.

I drove it around for a few miles. Nothing. It was as if it never happened.

I haven't driven the car yet today, but I'm about to. Wish me luck.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 57,009 miles

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