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

February 14, 2010


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.

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


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.


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.


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


This is us breaking for lunch. We had pizza.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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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