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    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?

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    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
    the door.

    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
    driverís door......"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Shooter View Post
    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
    the door.

    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
    driverís door......"
    Thanks for the quick response! That did the trick. This is my wife's car and I never got to know it as well as my C5. I knew there was a way to access the hatch, but couldn't for the life of me remember how. So much for keeping the owner's manual in the glove box! It doesn't do you much good when it's locked inside the car! Thanks again!

    ICOMP

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    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.



    -Patrick

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    ***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...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    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.



    -Patrick
    Yep. Thanks again to all.

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    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

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NORTY View Post
    ***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...
    Yes, I bought a cable which connects up to battery and the cable is built to prevent "back-flowing" current (diode I think, prevents any short). It accesses underneath the front passenger side and has covers on the end. This provides access to provide power if bty gets zapped. It's not a 'must have' item, but sure provides conveinence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6 Shooter View Post
    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
    the door.

    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
    driverís door......"

    wouldn't the book be in the glove box in the locked car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chas View Post
    wouldn't the book be in the glove box in the locked car?
    Very possibly, Chas. But the computer on which they're viewing this web-page presumably wouldn't be in the car. Another reason the CAC is the perfect accessory for your Corvette.

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    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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