manual overrides when battery dies

VoltChick

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My 2012 Volt is supposed to have its rear glass repaired tomorrow morning. This evening, I went to retrieve a James Brown Christmas CD from the car only to find that the car is completely dead. I cannot open anything except the front door with the non-electronic portion of the fob. The hatch and charger doors are electronically controlled and I can’t find a manual override for either. I froze my deditos off thumbing through the car manual searching for a way to do this.

I found a page that talked about inserting the key in the dash to start the car, but it did not work for me as there is absolutely no power in my machine.

My volt advisor and I have been playing phone tag the last few days on the issue of my shattered rear window. I really do hope to connect with her tomorrow. Now I will be looking at getting a boost for the battery and maybe a little discussion about general design flaws. You see, we wanted to boost the car ourselves, but the 12V battery is in the trunk that I cannot open!

Logical_Thinker

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You can boost the battery from under the front hood, even with D batteries

Look at the PDF posted by Steverino. Quick and easy, you’ll be able to open your trunk.

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jegund

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There is some good info at the thread below. To jump start the car I believe you use the connectors under the front hood.

VoltChick

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Thank you so much, this is a huge relief! I should have done some more digging first I guess. But I am so glad to know that I can just hook up my old school charger to the 12 volt and give it some juice. I will give it a go tomorrow morning.

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Steverino

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Manually opening the rear hatch: pop off cover, insert flat blade screwdriver in square hole, turn.

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and if you can fit in the back trunk space with the seats down you can get to the battery and its + and — terminals with out opening the hatch.

Just disconnect before or ASAP after starting the Volt.

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and if you can fit in the back trunk space with the seats down you can get to the battery and its + and — terminals with out opening the hatch.

Just disconnect before or ASAP after starting the Volt.

VoltChick

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12Volt battery kinda sucks

So, my brother in law helped me jump my car this morning. Thanks all for the quick tips on how to get that done. After boosting the car, I drove it over to Speedy Glass. They covered the hatch better than the plastic put on at the dealership (ripped to shreds) and let it sit in the lot for a bit before getting to it.

A couple of hours later, I received a call on my cell telling me that my car won’t start, no power anywhere. I gave them the trusty directions on how to jump start it and mentioned they could call me back and I could come down to do it if they can’t find the connectors. Well, I haven’t heard back from them so I figure my directions, which are your directions, were good enough to get the job done.

But now I am feeling the way some of the rest of you feel that maybe there is something wonky with that 12Volt battery. especially since it should have been good in the first place given that my car has been parked in a garage for the last week. I didn’t have any problem at all last winter when my car was parked mostly outside. For the last few months I park mostly indoors, at work (heated garage) and home (attached garage), and it gets flaky.

tboult

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So, my brother in law helped me jump my car this morning. Thanks all for the quick tips on how to get that done. After boosting the car, I drove it over to Speedy Glass. They covered the hatch better than the plastic put on at the dealership (ripped to shreds) and let it sit in the lot for a bit before getting to it.

A couple of hours later, I received a call on my cell telling me that my car won’t start, no power anywhere. I gave them the trusty directions on how to jump start it and mentioned they could call me back and I could come down to do it if they can’t find the connectors. Well, I haven’t heard back from them so I figure my directions, which are your directions, were good enough to get the job done.

But now I am feeling the way some of the rest of you feel that maybe there is something wonky with that 12Volt battery. especially since it should have been good in the first place given that my car has been parked in a garage for the last week. I didn’t have any problem at all last winter when my car was parked mostly outside. For the last few months I park mostly indoors, at work (heated garage) and home (attached garage), and it gets flaky.

It might also be a loose fuse or connector, check out this thread
http://gm-volt.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-14227.html

There are a few other threads where some battery connections were loose.

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