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My 02 needs a diaper. Noticed fluid on the garage floor. Still haven't invested in the gear to ssfely crawl under it. Have an appt at Corvettes Unlimited (local shop) to have it checked out this coming Tuesday. Will post the findings when I get the prognosis.
 

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Leaky butts are a common issue on the C5. Nothing new. Did you look at my write-up?
 

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My 02 needs a diaper. Noticed fluid on the garage floor. Still haven't invested in the gear to ssfely crawl under it. Have an appt at Corvettes Unlimited (local shop) to have it checked out this coming Tuesday. Will post the findings when I get the prognosis.
where is the leak ?
Front or rear ?
 

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If it's the leaky butt, and you choose not to repair it yourself, beware of price gouging. My dealer charged $400+ for the repair, I have seen posts where stealerships have charged folks two and sometimes three times as much as that.
 

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Leaky butts are a common issue on the C5. Nothing new. Did you look at my write-up?

So I've read - (common issue). C5's have quite a few common issues. I have not read your write up as of yet, Jman, I'll look for it after I post this.

I'm taking it to the local Corvette specialist since he's been in biz sing 1966, heads the local Valley Vettes club (along with his wife) and he's trust worthy. As for affordability, what's affordable these days that isn't free?

I bought the car from a Chevy dealership, who, upon my demands at purchase, repaired the Steering Column position sensor (on the column near the floor) which required removal of the column to repair and was $499.xx says the service rep who handled my shop visit. I pick the car up (in the cool-drizzle of rain) and get a mile or 2 down the road and NO WIPERS! The Bolsa de Doucha didn't plug the wipers back in, then when he fixed it, said he had to trace the 'shorted wire' down and that he's not going to charge me for that - even tho they were working fine when I brought it in... ******* ASE techs... Fast forward about 7-9 months later, I was over-cleaning the interior and went to move the tilt wheel down for dusting and guess what... he jacked my tilt wheel level up so now it just flaps around and doesn't do anything.

SO - F the dealership and the $95 to put it on the rack.

I'd love to tackle the job myself, but it's been over 10 years since I crawled up under a car for any length of time. I plan to do it again soon, but not until I complete my arsenal of lifting gear and tools.

Like I said, she's going in (I call it a she since - no dipstick) on Tuesday. Zeke (owner) said something about running some dye and something about some seals. I was in awe at the (seemingly) endless square footage of every generation of Corvette in his shop. (place could use some organization).

For now, limited driving, glad the work week is over so she can sit in the garage all weekend. I only drive it to work each day (6-7 miles each way) and park it the rest of the time. Guess I'm opposite most Corvette owners. I drive mine during the week and park it on the weekends. Bought it 15 months ago with 59k, has 67k now.

Seems early for a leak in the trans/diff. to appear but it is 8 years old.

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Just read your tech write up on this topic, as always, amazing work A.J. If I had another vehicle to drive to work, I'd be handling all this (I have the pegged oil gauge issue as well). But, I know me... I'll want 24 hours of work time to tackle something that should be done by lunch. Thus, why I won't start the project. I'm technical and mechanical in thinking, so I know I can do it, but I'm somewhat of a perfectionist with anything I work on (like my house).

For future write-ups, A.J., could you post the odometer reading for the things you do? I'd be interested in knowing the time/wear consistency in these failures. Help the rest of us to know what to expect. I.E., I shouldn't need your water pump failure write-up for awhile if I'm only at 67k on the clock and I perform regular cooling system maintenance using only factory recommended (dexcool) parts.

Thanks again man. Sorry this was such a book to read.
 

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... For future write-ups, A.J., could you post the odometer reading for the things you do? I'd be interested in knowing the time/wear consistency in these failures. Help the rest of us to know what to expect.
Man, that's an excellent idea! I should have thought of that, however, I have seen guys have failures of the same things that I have fixed at different numbers on the odometer. I still think that would be good to know, given my driving style. For those who use their car as I do (drive it every chance I get as long as the roads are clear and the weather cooperates), they may see similar numbers. I have a bunch of write-ups on the common stuff, which will give you an idea as to what to expect.

I'll do that in the future. :thumbsup:
 

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Man, that's an excellent idea! I should have thought of that, however, I have seen guys have failures of the same things that I have fixed at different numbers on the odometer. I still think that would be good to know, given my driving style. For those who use their car as I do (drive it every chance I get as long as the roads are clear and the weather cooperates), they may see similar numbers. I have a bunch of write-ups on the common stuff, which will give you an idea as to what to expect.

I'll do that in the future. :thumbsup:

Well, people who track or push their car to the limits consistently should know to expect failures MUCH earlier than the regular wear/tear demographic. I speed limit mine, maybe 5 mph over sometimes. I usually keep the radio off since the engine alone (with stock exhaust, no less) is music to my ears. I actually have felt my heartbeat sync up with the RPM gauge a couple times. (stock stereo is lacking anyway for death metal and gangster rap --- loves me some Eazy-E).

Case in point, that Grand Caravan I traded for the Vette, I babied it (sans hauling a few dozen sheets of drywall in it once) had the water pump fail at 42k miles. The extended warranty paid for that but wow... really? 42k? Water pump?

My 67k+ odometer reading isn't near what half the people here have on theirs, but I still like to see what's coming down the road (pun intended). To tie in with another CLOSED thread about C5's as DD's, I am one of those who have to plan for failures in advance. This leaky arse issue is tapping into my 'dammit' fund that I put back for just such an occasion. This money was going to be used for the 2peice RaceRamps and some matching 10" wheel cribs so I can start maintaining what's underneath the car. Your vids have helped me take care of the parts of the car I can see, now I wanna take care of the ones I can't.

Thanks again, AJ.
 

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You have a unique way of expressing yourself. I'm with you on the radio. I mainly listen to talk radio but sometimes I just turn it off and listen to my Corsa Pace Cars. It's like music too.

FYI, you can say ass on these boards. We won't holler at you. :thumbsup: :laughing:
 

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You have a unique way of expressing yourself. I'm with you on the radio. I mainly listen to talk radio but sometimes I just turn it off and listen to my Corsa Pace Cars. It's like music too.

FYI, you can say ass on these boards. We won't holler at you. :thumbsup: :laughing:

well shine my ass

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dave ramsey is my hero.
 

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That's my man. I subscribe to his way of thinking too. :thumbsup:
 

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You have a unique way of expressing yourself. I'm with you on the radio. I mainly listen to talk radio but sometimes I just turn it off and listen to my Corsa Pace Cars. It's like music too.

FYI, you can say ass on these boards. We won't holler at you. :thumbsup: :laughing:
At 65 I have developed a leaky ass also, Do you have a write up to help me Junk???:spanked:
 

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At 65 I have developed a leaky ass also, Do you have a write up to help me Junk???:spanked:
Yea, quit drinking alcohol. It gives old guys like me the shits. I can just imagine what it does to really old guys like you. :rolling:
 

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Yea, quit drinking alcohol. It gives old guys like me the shits. I can just imagine what it does to really old guys like you. :rolling:

But but but I haven't had a drink in 25 years...:huh:
 

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well kick, if i had'nt just relocated to mississippi from athens we could have wiped our leaky butts together :rolling:

hey junkman, what / where is that write up? i hate things that leak
 

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UGH, all well and good BUT.... my leak is RED and only required a light days pad for now. BUT i still aint happy.
 
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