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Old 11-14-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Default C7 dies in middle of road - 2nd major problem

Sorry to report that I've now experienced my second major problem wiht my C7. My car is an early VIN (low 300s) and first problem was a bad fuel sending unit which had to be replaced with only 40 miles on the car and took 5 days.

This morning on way to work (670 miles on car) it just dies when coming to a stop. The RPMs just dropped down to zero and it died. Put it in park and started it again (although it didn't want to start). Did same thing at next stop light. Again, it didn't want to re-start, but it did. So I figured I would try to limp home, trying to keep the RPM up when slowing (mine is an automatic) by putting in neutral. Needless to say I didn't make it home and it died in the middle of the road and would not start. Had to get it towed to a local dealer and there it sits for now. We will see what they say.

Any thoughts or input would be appreciated. I started loooking thru the issues thread, but there are so many pages now I figured I would try a separate post. Many thanks for your time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:48 PM   #3
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Probably related to the gas gauge issue you previously experienced
http://forums.corvetteforum.com/c7-g...e-problem.html
but it will be interesting to find out what it turns out to be.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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How sure are you that they 'fixed the fuel sending unit'? Sounds like 'NO GAS' to me.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:50 PM   #5
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Wow that hurts, hope it is fixed quickly and you never encounter another issue!
Keep us posted and let us know what caused the problem and the fix.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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dang we all will be living in the shop in a minute
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:54 PM   #7
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That sucks! Fingers crossed you get it back soon and are done with these issues.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:57 PM   #8
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dang we all will be living in the shop in a minute
I may be the lucky one ............ Mine is so far down the list, they haven't cut the tree to lay the keel so to speak ..........
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:04 PM   #9
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I may be the lucky one ............ Mine is so far down the list, they haven't cut the tree to lay the keel so to speak ..........
Actually, there is no shortage of "lucky ones" who already are driving their C7s who have reported so right here at CF.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:08 PM   #10
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Has the OP tried to put gas in the car? Is it possible this gas gauge issue from before is misreading the amount of gas in the tank and it is empty? The symptoms would certainly follow that notion.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:20 PM   #11
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Has the OP tried to put gas in the car? Is it possible this gas gauge issue from before is misreading the amount of gas in the tank and it is empty? The symptoms would certainly follow that notion.
or bad fuel?
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:29 PM   #12
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Years ago I had a relatively new SUV and had exactly the same thing happen to me. It just stopped and yet looked like it had about a quarter tank of gas. I had noticed that the gauge seemed out of place a time or two before so I got a gas can and put about 3 gallons in it. Started and ran fine. Fortunately, it was under warranty and they ended up replacing the whole tank, which had the fuel sensor inside of it. Just a thought...
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:31 PM   #13
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Has the OP tried to put gas in the car? Is it possible this gas gauge issue from before is misreading the amount of gas in the tank and it is empty? The symptoms would certainly follow that notion.
Pretty sure it is not out of fuel. I recently filled up and always keep an eye on the fuel range. It shouldn't be anywhere close to empty.

Also when I tried to re-start it each time it really seemed like the battery was dead or there was some electrical issue. It couldn't even try to crank. No word from dealer yet although I did give them the info on the prior problem when I dropped it off. Thanks.
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:35 PM   #14
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Pretty sure it is not out of fuel. I recently filled up and always keep an eye on the fuel range. It shouldn't be anywhere close to empty.

Also when I tried to re-start it each time it really seemed like the battery was dead or there was some electrical issue. It couldn't even try to crank. No word from dealer yet although I did give them the info on the prior problem when I dropped it off. Thanks.
Well, good luck and keep us informed.
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Pretty sure it is not out of fuel. I recently filled up and always keep an eye on the fuel range. It shouldn't be anywhere close to empty.

Also when I tried to re-start it each time it really seemed like the battery was dead or there was some electrical issue. It couldn't even try to crank. No word from dealer yet although I did give them the info on the prior problem when I dropped it off. Thanks.
Did you take it to the same dealership?
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Old 11-14-2013, 01:41 PM   #16
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So what's your great suggestion?
Same thing happened to my C5 Z06 when basically brand new. If memory serves it was my alternator that died causing the car to lose power and shut down on the highway. See experiential vs assuming he did something wrong.
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Old 11-14-2013, 02:00 PM   #17
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Y2k, sorry to hear all is not well. I'm sort of with the others that are leaning with a fuel supply problem.

The low battery you experienced is probably the result of the repeated starting tries you needed. Just a guess.

Wondering if the the dealer actually did replace the sending unit?

Keep us informed what they find. Sorry for the frustration.
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Actually, there is no shortage of "lucky ones" who already are driving their C7s who have reported so right here at CF.
Well aware of that. I am on here daily as are you. Have a great day.
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Most Corvette buyers are repeat buyers. You would not believe how much went wrong with 70 and 80s Vettes, yet we kept on coming back. Once they were fixed, they stayed fixed. That was the joy of owning a Vette. Since the 90s they have been pretty dependable. The LS engines are no good for Hot Rods or racing unless you get the cast Iron block versions.
It remains to be seen what the C7 and the new LT1 bring.
The 63, the 68 and 84 new releases were dismal. The first and second LT1s were amazing. The C5 and C6 initial releases were uneventful. The C5 was more dependable than the C6 on the race track.
We live in different times now and we are older and our expectations are higher despite the ever increasing complexities of the new cars. I've loved all Vettes till the C7, mostly because of it's looks. If it has major mechanical flaws also, I will stray.
I put a LS2 engine in my roadster and it was totally inferior to my LT4. Could not get it to run cool.
I sure hope the 3 gen LT1 holds up. We shall see this year no doubt. I think a lot of the race boys will go with a stock diff.

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