Chevrolet Corvette Transmission Fluid

Chevy Corvette C7

The Chevrolet Corvette is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors. It was first introduced in 1953 and has been in continuous production ever since, making it one of the longest-running sports car models in history.

The Corvette is known for its sleek and sporty design, powerful engine options, and impressive performance capabilities.

Over the years, it has undergone numerous design changes and upgrades, including the introduction of new engines, transmissions, and features.

Today, the Corvette is available in several trim levels and engine options, including a hybrid version, and continues to be a popular choice among sports car enthusiasts.

No matter what generation Corvette you own and enjoy, make sure to keep it on the road (or track) with proper automatic transmission fluid maintenance. 

What Type of Fluid Does a Chevrolet Corvette Use?

Depending on the transmission the comes in your Chevrolet Corvette, the transmission fluid is pretty consistent. Since the Chevrolet Corvette has (in auto transmission trims) a 4l60e, 4l80e, 6l80, or 8l90  automatic transmission, it will take either Dexron 3 or Dexron 6

The great thing about  Dexron transmission fluid is that you can use Dex VI in older GM transmissions that call for Dex III. 

These transmission fluids are common in most GM vehicles. 

Chevrolet Corvette Transmission Fluid Capacity

The fluid capacity of your Chevrolet Corvette depends on what automatic transmission you have. In most cases, your Chevrolet Corvette’s transmission fluid capacity is anywhere from 10-14 quarts. 

Here are the capacities by transmission that come in a Chevrolet Corvette 

  • 4l60e: 11.5 quarts
  • 6l80e: 11-13 quarts
  • 8l90: 11.5 quarts

How To Check Chevrolet Corvette Transmission Fluid

Checking transmission fluid in a Chevrolet Corvette is simple and quick to do. It’s always recommended that you check transmission fluid when the vehicle is on and in park on a flat surface.

transmission fluid on dipstick showing correct levels

How To Add Transmission Fluid To Chevrolet Corvette

Adding transmission fluid to your Chevrolet Corvette is a done by filling transmission fluid through the transmission dipstick tube, which is located on the passenger side near the firewall.  

When adding transmission fluid to your Chevrolet Corvette, it is important to make sure you have the correct level, as mentioned before. 

Chevrolet Corvette Transmission Fluid Change

The beauty of the Chevrolet Corvette like most GM vehicles is that it is easy to maintain, making them great vehicles for the average DIYer.  The Chevrolet Corvette was designed for ease of use, making transmission fluid changes an easy task for the average weekend mechanic. 

This video below shows step by step how to change the transmission fluid on your Chevrolet Corvette.

Note: Video shows transmission fluid change on C7 Corvette

How Often Should You Change Transmission Fluid In A Chevrolet Corvette?

The common automatic transmission fluid change interval for the Chevrolet Corvette is every 30,000-60,000 miles depending on condition of the fluid.  

For “severe” use such as racing , or sitting in stop and go traffic, it’s better to change the fluid every 30-45,000 miles. 

The best indicator to determine how often to change transmission fluid in your Chevrolet Corvette is by looking at the transmission fluid every so often to see what condition it’s in. In the fluid color chart below you will see how transmission fluid gets darker over time die to wear and overheating. 

Transmission Fluid Color Comparison chart


Chevrolet Corvette Transmission Fluid Temperature 

The ideal transmission temperature for your Chevrolet Corvette when fully warm is in the 150 – 180 degree range. This is a safe transmission temperature that will allow for tens of thousands of miles of fluid life.  

The transmission temperature chart below shows how long you can expect your Chevrolet Corvette’s transmission to last at a given temperature.

Transmission Fluid Temperature Chart

Get A Transmission Cooler For Your Chevrolet Corvette

Looking to lower the transmission fluid in your Chevrolet Corvette? Install a transmission cooler! Our helpful transmission cooler buyer’s guide gives you all the information you need to install a transmission cooler and find the right one for your needs.

In our recommendation, a medium sized plate and fin or stacked plate style cooler would be best for your Chevrolet Corvette to keep transmission temperatures down.