Corvette enthusiasts are known for taking good care of their cars, and the C8 is no different.
Check out this video posted by Chevy Dude, also known as Mike Davenport, a salesman at Bachman Chevrolet in Louisville, Ky.
While the Dude waits for his own mid-engine Corvette to roll into the dealership, he recently took a minute to document the first oil change of an actual owner’s car belonging, in this instance, to YouTuber celebrity TJ Hunt.
TJ pulls into the dealership with his sick C8 decked out in Arctic White with black wheels and yellow calipers, with 632 miles showing on the odometer.
The good news about the maintenance is that it appears the C8 will be easy to get on a rack, thanks to the front lift option in this case, and Chevy Dude says it should be easy even with rocker panels.
Once off the ground, it’s also super easy to reach the 15mm oil pan drain plug and oil filter, which are clearly visible through separate circular openings in the underbody panels. Better yet, the filter is a common ACDelco PF64, and it’ll take 7.5 quarts of 0W40 oil to refill the engine. Chevy Dude also points out that the drain plug should be tightened to 18 lb-ft of torque.
Once you’ve replaced the plug and filled the car with oil, you start the car and let it idle till it reaches 135 degrees F. At that point, you’ll shut the car off and look for leaks, then check the oil level while the engine is still warm – and idling. You can then reset the oil life monitor through the controls on the steering wheel.
Chevy does give owners a free oil change at the 7,500 mile mark (or less than 20 percent oil life remaining), but the first oil change at 500 miles, if you desire, will be the owner’s responsibility.
The 500-mile change isn’t required, but Chevy Dude says he plans to do it with his own car, too, once it reaches that odometer milestone.
He also explains the break-in period of 1,500 miles, with Chevy recommending moderate driving speeds for the first 200 miles and no hard cornering to break in the tires. For the first 500 miles, engine torque is limited in low gears and 4,000 RPM is the suggested limit.
Be sure to watch the whole video, and you’ll see TJ Hunt try to perform what Chevy Dude describes as the world’s first production car burnout in front of the dealership. Not sure what they were doing wrong, but they probably should consult the owner’s manual to see why they’re weren’t able to do it. Spoiler alert: Sadly, no tires were harmed in the making of this video!
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