Thread: Dead Battery and Doors Locked
03-06-10, 05:35 AM #1
Dead Battery and Doors Locked
Uncovered our '07 Z51 today with the happy expectation of driving it for the first time in a ew months. Sadly it wouldn't start. Had to go back into the house for a minute and when I went to open the hood to access the battery, I found that the doors to the car had locked and won't open. Since I can get into the car, how can I open the hood to charge the battery?
03-06-10, 06:13 AM #2
Google - Give this a try...
'07 Owner Manual, page 80.
".....If power to the vehicle or the keyless access
transmitter is lost, there are two ways to open
From inside the vehicle, use the door release
handle located on the floor next to each seat. Pull
the handle up to unlock and unlatch the door.
From outside the vehicle, use the key in the
cylinder above the license plate to open the hatch
the use the door release tab located on the
carpet inside the trunk on the driverís side of the
vehicle. Pull the tab to unlock and unlatch the
03-06-10, 06:35 AM #3
03-06-10, 09:55 AM #4
If it's any consolation, ICOMP, I've gotten caught with a drained battery a couple of times during this long, aggrevating winter. Your experiences with having to manually pop the rear hatch with the key, pull the cord to open the driver's door, and then open up the hood isn't unique.
03-09-10, 02:23 PM #5
***I have heard that if you have access to underneath the car, it can be opened by connecting a good battery to the starter battery cable and ground.***
I don't know if this works or not but I just "heard" about it.
Next winter, I'd use a battery tender...if I lived in a freezer like some of you...
03-12-10, 05:36 AM #6
03-13-10, 03:51 PM #7
It really only takes about 2 weeks for the battery to lose a substantial amout of juice. I bought a battery tender at Harbor Freight for 10 bucks end of problem. It's a float charger so it won't hurt the battery even if ya left it on for several months.Dale
03-14-10, 02:44 PM #8
i just leave the hood unlatched during winter storage so i have easy acess to the battery but i use a float charger so i should not need to open the hood.retired race engine builder,former NASCAR tech inspector,corvette owner since 1959, new corvettes owned,59,62,63,64,65,66,97,99,02,05, 2008 is in my garage, 2008 sold and waiting for my C-7
03-14-10, 06:53 PM #9
Not sure about Harbor Freight... I have a friend who fried his battery with his $10 purchase. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND a DelTran Jr. for +/- $28, I've had three for over five years now and never had any problems with any of them. If any of my Corvettes are going to be parked longer than a week, I plug them in.
03-19-10, 11:44 AM #10
03-19-10, 12:16 PM #11
03-19-10, 12:41 PM #12
03-20-10, 04:17 PM #13
i bought my float charger at walmart and it is a american made "schumacher" which cost about $20. it has run continuously for over 4 years with no problem
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