The C8 Corvette might be a highly impressive mid-engine performance machine, but its relative accessibility and framing as a “supercar for every day” means some owners will inevitably want to do their own service and maintenance. As such, those owners will need to know how to properly jack the C8 up, so we’re covering exactly that with the following how-to.
Before we dive into this, we have to go over a few things that should be obvious, but need to be said anyway. First off, working on your own vehicle can be dangerous, especially when putting said vehicle on jack stands. Be careful if you plan on lifting your C8 Corvette, and make sure it is secure before crawling underneath it or around it.
What’s more, it’s also worth noting that there are currently less than 3,000 units of the C8 Corvette out in the wild, but once more examples roll out to customers and dealers, knowing how to properly jack the car up will become even more important.
With that, let’s dive right in.
First, find a level place to lift the C8 Corvette. Then firmly set the parking brake, put the transmission into Park, and turn off the engine. Add blocks behind the wheels to make sure it isn’t going anywhere.
Now, it’s time to grab the jack. Place a block or pad between the jack and the vehicle, and make sure to lift the vehicle in the proper location.
Finding the right spot to lift the C8 Corvette can be tricky, given the new mid-engine platform. With more weight over the rear end, traction for the rear tires is improved, but it also means that there are new jacking points as well. As such, we’ve provided illustrations of safe spots to place the jack on the new C8 Corvette.
Also note that the front jack pads must not make contact with the floor pan, rocker panels, or fenders, as it could cause damage. Use a service jack with a lifting pad diameter of 2.5 inches or smaller, and make sure it doesn’t come into contact with the body. Position the jack and pad under the frame rail shipping slot reinforcement.
Now, you’re ready to put the new C8 Corvette on a jack for some at-home service! Let us know what maintenance you like to do at home, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and 24/7 GM news coverage.