2015 Z06 ECU Problem is Not Really a Problem

There has been a recent buzz in the car world about Chevrolet’s newest addition to the Corvette lineup with with the 2015 Z06. For those of us with our finger on the Corvette pulse, we are more then well versed with what the newest Z06 entails. From the Nurburgring testing footage, to burnouts, dyno runs, and even some engine modifications.

2015-corvette-z06-side-front-2Well some of these new, and fortunate Z06 owners have been reporting noticeable losses in power, but not from motor damage. These cars are rather sophisticated, and in an attempt to prevent you from doing damage, these ECUs are limiting power production until the motor is in the “safe zone.” It may be easy for some to think you can just hit the pedal like a switch from the very beginning, considering how technologically advanced these cars are. But beneath it all still lies an internal combustion engine, and they need their time to break-in properly, tolerances change, metal goes through heat cycles, rings need to seat, and so on.

In fact, there is a yellow ring which surrounds the tachometer indicating that you are still inside of the critical first 500-mile break-in zone. Not a bad reminder, as we can fully understand the desire to see what the all new LT4 can really punch out.

There are tons of opinions out there about what constitutes a proper break-in procedure, and we’re not here to argue if you have something that works. But for those unfamiliar, here are a few simple things you can do:

  • Vary your speed and rpm for the first 500 miles (no cruise control)
  • Avoid full-throttle starts
  • Allow ample warm-up time, avoid loading a cold engine
  • Change your motor oil earlier then normal
  • Enjoy your new car!

 

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Brent Davis

Brent was born and raised in Southern California. After earning a Bachelors Degree in business marketing from California State University San Marcos, and a project management certificate from the University of California at San Diego, he decided to turn a lifelong passion for automobiles and motorsports into a career. Brent has a specific passion for diesel-powered and all-terrain vehicles that have helped him haul and recover recreational toys over the years.
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