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  • #46
    Originally posted by pfbz View Post

    I really dislike this particular behavior... I almost never use tour, and would really like to go back and forth between Z and track or Z and sport. Though I must say i am very thankful they have the Z-mode function and an easy to reach button.


    Same here... Mine is a 2021 if it makes any difference.

    If you are in Z mode... instead of hitting the Z-mode button again to get out of it, if you turn the drive mode selector know to the left, it will go back to "my mode". I like the Z-mode going back to tour. On my way to the house, I hit Z-mode as I enter the garage at the house. The next morning, it starts in tour mode and only wakes up half my neighbors.
    2020 Z51 2LT Ceramic Matrix Gray / Mag / Front Lift / GT2 / Red Interior

    Downpayment: 08/17/2019
    Initial TPW: 04/27/2020
    3000 Status: 01/21/2020 (TPW: 04/27)
    May 26 TPW: 07/13/2020
    3300 Status: 08/14/2020 (TPW: 08/31)
    3400 Status: 08/20/2020
    Car Built: 09/01/20 / 1st C8 of Sept 2020

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    • #47
      Here's one you may not know. You can pull back both paddles to shift the DCT into neutral... most of us know that. But once you do, you can release one of the paddle shifters while keeping the other engaged and it will stay in neutral until you release the other paddle.
      2020 Z51 2LT Ceramic Matrix Gray / Mag / Front Lift / GT2 / Red Interior

      Downpayment: 08/17/2019
      Initial TPW: 04/27/2020
      3000 Status: 01/21/2020 (TPW: 04/27)
      May 26 TPW: 07/13/2020
      3300 Status: 08/14/2020 (TPW: 08/31)
      3400 Status: 08/20/2020
      Car Built: 09/01/20 / 1st C8 of Sept 2020

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Neil H View Post

        You guys don't have to climb out the window or roof.
        This is from pg 172 in the manual (the bold and underline is only to make it more readable):

        To shift into N (Neutral), press and hold the N (Neutral) switch until the N indicator is red.
        To shift out of N (Neutral): 1. Bring the vehicle to a complete stop. 2. Shift into the desired gear.
        Maintaining N (Neutral) with Engine Off
        This vehicle includes a method of keeping the vehicle in N (Neutral) while the engine is off.
        This method is not to be used for vehicle towing. If the vehicle needs to be towed, see Towing the Vehicle pg 272.
        Driver Remains in Vehicle : To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine off and the vehicle occupied:
        1. Ensure the vehicle is on level ground, the engine is running and the vehicle is in P (Park).
        2. Apply the brake pedal.
        3. Shift to N (Neutral).
        4. Turn off the engine and release the brake pedal.
        5. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, start the engine and repeat Steps 2–4.
        6. The vehicle will now remain in N (Neutral).
        Driver Leaves Vehicle : To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine off and the vehicle unoccupied:
        1. Ensure the vehicle is on level ground, the engine is running and the vehicle is in P (Park).
        2. Apply the brake pedal.
        3. Open the door.
        4. Shift to N (Neutral).
        5. Turn off the engine and release the brake pedal.
        6. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, start the engine and repeat Steps 2–5.
        7. Exit the vehicle and close the door.
        8. The vehicle may automatically shift to P (Park) upon re-entry.

        I tried this one and noted that it stayed in accessory/ignition on mode and it remained in neutral for over an hour.
        I was able to push it to verify that it was actually in neutral.
        At the end, I opened the door, the electric park brake applied at the rear wheels, the accessory/ignition mode turned off and the "P" indicator was on.
        Good find! This doesn't help if you can't start the engine for any reason, but it's a lot better than nothing.

        FYI to 2021 owners, this is on page 198 in the 2021 OM.
        Current C7:SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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        • #49
          very nice bit of info on that. Thanks.
          Brian Huber
          Previous Corvettes
          2002 Z06 - SCCA autocross car - 58SSR ( Sold 4/20 )
          2003 Vert - Wife's stress relief/therapy car ( Sold 7/20 )

          2021 Coupe Black #6936 - Natural two-tone. 2LT, Mag-ride, NPP, Edge Red Calipers. NCM delivery ( Status 3000 as of 1/11/21 , 3300 as of 2/16/21, 3400 as of 3/9/21, 3800 as of 3/15/21, NCM Delivery 3/29)

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          • #50
            Originally posted by refereechad View Post

            Yes, it does.
            Did I not say that? or are you just agreeing with me?
            Murray - Uxbridge, Ontario, Canada
            2020 Torch red Stingray coupe, Adrenaline red 2LT Q8Q E60 NPP
            Deposit: July 30/19, 1100: Sept 15/19, 3000: Feb 14/20, TPW WAS May 18, August 24 and lastly July 27,
            3300: July 15, 3400: July 22, 3800: July 30, 4200: Aug 06, 5000: Aug 7, 6000: Aug 12!

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            • #51
              Originally posted by Neil H View Post
              ...I tried this one and noted that it stayed in accessory/ignition on mode and it remained in neutral for over an hour.
              I was able to push it to verify that it was actually in neutral.
              Neil H you never let us down. I've read through countless posts on this and the other forum. There were 2 claims of "when I opened the door, the car shifted into PARK" countering the text on page 172. Yes, I'm at 4200 and the first thing I was going to try was this neutral thing!

              I agree with your hypothesis, about the spring on the PARK pawl. Also, I believe the solenoids that shift simply gate hydraulic pressure to move the forks. Therefore, you can't shift without the pumps (via the engine) turning. I imagine shifting to PARK disengages all gears (as in the NEUTRAL state).

              As Meyerweb said, it's too bad We can't shift the car into neutral without the engine running, maybe in a few years (didn't even notice that there was a revised owners manual!).

              No need for a separate thread, this "Little known feature" is solved.

              2021 Coupe, AYellow,z51,Mag,2LT,JetBlk,GT2,LIft,Dual RoofTransparent Deposit:4/20; 2000 12/18/20; 3800 2/22/21;4200 3/1/21; 5000 3/3/21

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              • #52
                I certainly don't want to be off subject but I still don't know how to move my C8 if the engine will not run and I need to push it off the road in neutral.

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by 5632 View Post
                  I certainly don't want to be off subject but I still don't know how to move my C8 if the engine will not run and I need to push it off the road in neutral.
                  Maybe this thread would be a better place to discuss it: https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...-c8#post246305
                  Current C7:SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black over Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                  Status 3300, TWP 5/??: 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, FE2, NPP Nickname TBD

                  Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                  Never grow up - It's a trap.

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                  • #54
                    Well, there is this on page 170/171 in the 2020 manual and it will probably work if the ignition is still on after the engine stalls:

                    If ENGINE START/STOP is pressed twice while at a relatively high speed, the engine will turn off and the transmission will automatically shift into N (Neutral).
                    Once the vehicle is stopped, P (Park) can be selected.


                    So, yeah, I had to go check this out!
                    And I found a few interesting things after pushing the Engine Start/Stop button twice while moving/driving (maybe some of these points should have been in the manual):
                    • The dash info screen will prompt you. You push it once, it says push it again to shut off the engine, otherwise is ignores it after a couple of seconds.
                    • If you are going under 5 mph, forward or reverse, the engine shuts off and the electronic park brake engages (and stays on) and you come to a stop (without pushing the brake pedal), still in N, and says "Shift to Park".
                    • If you are going at any speed over 5 mph, the engine shuts off, it goes to N and verifies that to you on the dash info screen.
                    • You don't lose power braking and brakes work as normal as if the engine was running -- even after the 15 brake applications that I tried.
                    • You don't lose power steering until you shift to Park.
                    • Once stopped, you can use the Electronic park brake as many times as you want and it will allow you to push/pull the car once it is released.
                    So all this allows you to coast to a safe location, with normal power steering and power braking, if the engine stalls while driving.
                    Once your are stopped, you can still push/pull the car as long as you don't put it in park.

                    This is great engineering and terrific applications of that engineering!

                    Let us not forget one of the most important components on this car - the battery and it's cable connections that provide operation of all the electrical/electronic components this car employs.
                    None of the above will work if you have a bad enough cable connection at the battery and you will not have the advantages mentioned above in a stall situation.
                    Keep your battery maintained/charged and properly cleaned.
                    And maybe most importantly, keep the cable connections cleaned and sealed with a grease of some sort (even if your service department doesn't do this) -- especially important since we know water does get in that area when you see water in the shock tower wells (even on the 21's that no longer have the drain holes from the bottom of the windshield area).

                    If anyone wants to put part or any of this in another topic or in a new topic, please do so.

                    And thanks Boomer for starting this topic!
                    Last edited by Neil H; 03-02-2021, 12:33 PM.
                    TPW March 2. 3LT, Z51, FE4, Black GBA, ZZ3, Black interior with Red seats/red stitch HU0 & 2 tone TU7, E60, J6N, RIK, Q8Q, etc.
                    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

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                    • #55
                      Thanks again NeilH! This is excellent information.
                      GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                      • #56
                        Good idea meyerweb, I didn't see your post until after I had completed mine.
                        TPW March 2. 3LT, Z51, FE4, Black GBA, ZZ3, Black interior with Red seats/red stitch HU0 & 2 tone TU7, E60, J6N, RIK, Q8Q, etc.
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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Murray20c8 View Post

                          Did I not say that? or are you just agreeing with me?
                          Agreeing with you. There is so much negativity on the interwebs now-days, I'm trying a little positive reinforcement and throwing people for a loop.
                          2020 Z51 2LT Ceramic Matrix Gray / Mag / Front Lift / GT2 / Red Interior

                          Downpayment: 08/17/2019
                          Initial TPW: 04/27/2020
                          3000 Status: 01/21/2020 (TPW: 04/27)
                          May 26 TPW: 07/13/2020
                          3300 Status: 08/14/2020 (TPW: 08/31)
                          3400 Status: 08/20/2020
                          Car Built: 09/01/20 / 1st C8 of Sept 2020

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                          • #58
                            Driver Leaves Vehicle : To place the vehicle in N (Neutral) with the engine off and the vehicle unoccupied:
                            1. Ensure the vehicle is on level ground, the engine is running and the vehicle is in P (Park).
                            2. Apply the brake pedal.
                            3. Open the door.
                            4. Shift to N (Neutral).
                            5. Turn off the engine and release the brake pedal.
                            6. The indicator should continue to show N. If it does not, start the engine and repeat Steps 2–5.
                            7. Exit the vehicle and close the door.
                            Very good info, though not very intuitive. I hope I remember this if I ever have a dark, cold night in the future if I need to push or winch the vehicle in neutral.
                            Corvette: 2021 HTC Z51 Elkhart Lake Blue, born 1/7/21
                            Porsche: 2001 911 Turbo Coupe, 2014 911 Turbo S

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                            • #59
                              Reviews complain about the steering, but the steering is adjustable, tightening up in track mode and available in Z mode.
                              Torch red 1LT, no options. Built June 4, received July 2

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                              • #60
                                Originally posted by Neil H View Post
                                Well, there is this on page 170/171 in the 2020 manual and it will probably work if the ignition is still on after the engine stalls:

                                If ENGINE START/STOP is pressed twice while at a relatively high speed, the engine will turn off and the transmission will automatically shift into N (Neutral).
                                Once the vehicle is stopped, P (Park) can be selected.
                                This may be a bit out of place, but I wonder if you know if this was also true for C7s. I always wondered if you are letting someone else drive and they got carried away whether one could stop the car as if taking a key out. Sounds like in the C8 it is possible but don't know about a C7. I will have to rummage through my manual to see. --Bob

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