If you’re one of those lucky people enjoying a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on a daily basis, then you’d better pick up the phone and call the GM recall hotline. The company has found an issue with the supercharger sitting atop the muscle car ’s 6.2-liter, V-8 engine and needs to check all models sold for the 2012 and 2013 model years.
The manufacturer says the defective superchargers may not perform as intended and, if left unrepaired, a contamination of the internal bearing shaft grease could cause the bearing to rattle when the engine is idling. In more extreme cases, the issue is known to cause bearing failure and severe damage to the point where the engine will no longer start.
The good news is that GM is replacing all affected superchargers at no charge to customers, a campaign that will cost the company $2,095 and additional labor hours per car. What’s more, General Motors is extending the warranty coverage on the 2012 and 2013 Camaro ZL1s to 10 years or 120,000 miles.
In addition to the aforementioned Chevys , GM is also recalling all 2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V models, which are equipped with the same engine and blower as the ZL1. The affected Caddys benefit from the same no-cost supercharger fix and extended warranty.
So far, there is no official recall from the NHTSA, so it appears as if this is GM showing that it is on the ball following that ignition switch mess.
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Why It Matters
No one likes having their $50,000+ sports car taken to the dealership for extensive physical examinations or repairs, but detecting these issues in good time and eliminating them accordingly is essential to the health of your vehicle and your wallet too. Fortunately enough, General Motors, which is already struggling with a series of recalls summing more than one million vehicles, is doing the right thing by replacing these expensive parts at no cost to the customers.
Placed at the top of the Camaro range , the 2014 ZL1 is the only supercharged pony in Chevrolet’s current lineup. The 6.2-liter, V-8 engine generates 580 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque, which ius sent to the rear wheels though either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Unlike its Ford and Dodge rivals, the Camaro ZL1 is also available in a drop-top version.