A couple days ago we started hearing about a YouTuber with a 2020 Corvette Stingray whose engine had suddenly seized up. General Motors has also heard about it and is stepping up to find out more information about the cause of it. Considering the implications, we dove in to find out more about what happened as well as what GM is doing about it.
Jake Spiczka of MidwestRide had hooked up with several other YouTubers including Tall Guy Reviews, MR. ORGANIK, and Officer Jones who borrowed his Black 2020 Corvette Stingray for shooting content for their channels. Jake’s car is non-Z51 with the 2LT package and he tells us that he got the car with 5 miles on it and it had over 1,800 miles on the odometer when the incident occurred.
The Tall Guy Car Reviews channel actually captured the moment the car loses power (at 6:43) and coasts to a stop, so we jumped over there to see more:
You can see both youtubers in the car are suddenly surprised with the loss of power. The gauges were showing alerts for “0 PSI” oil pressure. To make matters worse, the wheels of the Stingray were completely locked up and a tow truck was required to get the Corvette to the dealership. Once at the dealership, the Corvette was examined and when service personnel cut open the oil filter, they found metal shavings in it.
Now at this point, you are probably thinking to yourself, what did these guys to Jake’s Corvette? Or…what did Jake put the car through before loaning it out his colleagues? The good news is that it appears they did nothing the C8 Corvette wasn’t built for. Data logs from the car’s black box were downloaded and sent to Detroit for analysis and it showed the car wasn’t being banged against the rev limiter according to Jake, so GM requested the engine be taken out and sent to Detroit where their engineers will open it up and give it a thorough inspection to determine the cause of the seizure.
Jake has made three different videos about this incident and if you want to follow along, start here with Part 1. Below we have embedded Part 2 in which Jake visits the broken 2020 Corvette at the dealership and provides the update on the engine inspection:
In Part 3 of Jake’s saga, he provides another update Tuesday morning and it’s at this moment that Jake relays the info that his engine may be the second LT2 V8 to have seized up.
We were hoping that what happened to Jake’s 2020 Corvette was unique to this point. That the LT2 seized up in the first place is why GM is so interested in doing the inspection of the engine in Detroit. These things do happen and now it’s up to the powertrain engineers to diagnose the cause and determine if it is systemic and what, if any, changes need to be made.
As you see in the third update, the seized engine is out and Jake’s LT2 replacement engine has been mounted to the DCT and both are ready to be lifted into the engine bay. In an email to us, Jake also shares some of the other updates that were done during the engine swap:
Overall the engine was completely replaced, any internally lubricated part was replaced, all lines except coolant lines were replaced and the fuse block (had blown starter fuse) was replaced as well as the starter which they stated was found to be getting a little hot that was drawing too much amperage once they replaced the engine. Starter was replaced because they said it could’ve become a problem down the line.
So now it’s a waiting game and we may never know the actual cause. But we can watch to see if GM makes any changes to the service requirements much like it had to do at the start of C7 production when the LT1 engines began having similar issues and the 500-mile oil change was instituted.
Despite GM advising owners that their Corvette’s first oil change isn’t due for 7,500 miles, what can it really hurt to have the engine oil changed once you reach the 500 break-in point?
The answer is nothing…
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