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Old 09-30-2014, 05:05 AM   #1
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Dead battery.

I went out of town for 9 days and now my battery dead. I jump started now my top won't go down. Going to dealership in the morning.
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Old 09-30-2014, 05:47 AM   #2
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9 days in a '14 and it's dead?!? Please tell us you left a light on.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:59 AM   #3
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I didn't leave the lights on. My tops ok I didn't have the net pull out. Lol. The dealership is looking at it. I'm not the only one this happen to. I've been reading about it. I'll let you know what they say.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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I will be storing mine for winter so I am very interested in how to keep these very expensive batteries alive. I suppose I'll have to dig it out of the trunk and put a trickle charge on it.
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:58 PM   #5
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I will be storing mine for winter so I am very interested in how to keep these very expensive batteries alive. I suppose I'll have to dig it out of the trunk and put a trickle charge on it.
No need to remove battery to hook it up to a trickle charger. There are "remote" terminals under the hood for that ...check the owners manual and the forum. ps- IMO go with a CTECK 4.3 amp charger not a Deltran ( they're more for motorcycles and not for the size amps of our battiers as their biggest charger is only 1.5 amps, plus the CTECK has more features.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:44 PM   #6
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I store mine every winter. First year I just made sure to start it every month. Last year I used a trickle charger. It was fine either way.
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:43 AM   #7
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No need to remove battery to hook it up to a trickle charger. There are "remote" terminals under the hood for that ...check the owners manual and the forum. ps- IMO go with a CTECK 4.3 amp charger not a Deltran ( they're more for motorcycles and not for the size amps of our battiers as their biggest charger is only 1.5 amps, plus the CTECK has more features.
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I store mine every winter. First year I just made sure to start it every month. Last year I used a trickle charger. It was fine either way.
Thanks, guys. I just got mine this spring with the original intention of it being a DD. But my lovely wife volunteered, "you can't drive that car in winter, we should get a used 4WD". So, last week, I found a cherry 2007 Tahoe with only 55,000 miles and now the Camaro will be a garage queen. So, just starting to think about winter storage procedures.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:44 AM   #8
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Thanks, guys. I just got mine this spring with the original intention of it being a DD. But my lovely wife volunteered, "you can't drive that car in winter, we should get a used 4WD". So, last week, I found a cherry 2007 Tahoe with only 55,000 miles and now the Camaro will be a garage queen. So, just starting to think about winter storage procedures.
Indy, et al, I've attached a GM / Saturn "tip sheet" for the Saturn Sky / Pontiac Solstice convertibles in reference to winter storage preparation.

Perhaps this will help some of you in colder / winter climates better store your Camaro.

If the weather is dry, I'll drive my 'vert around the block or to the store early on Saturday mornings just to get her running a little.

(Sorry. Didn't mean to hijack the thread).
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Old 10-01-2014, 07:19 AM   #9
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I didn't leave the lights on. My tops ok I didn't have the net pull out. Lol. The dealership is looking at it. I'm not the only one this happen to. I've been reading about it. I'll let you know what they say.
Where did you see other info on this happening?
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Old 10-01-2014, 08:33 AM   #10
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Ok they (dealership) gave me a new battery. I Googe it. I read about it on modern Camaro Site. Don't worry about high jacking this thread. I'm here to learn about my Camaro.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:12 AM   #11
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Ok they (dealership) gave me a new battery. I Googe it. I read about it on modern Camaro Site. Don't worry about high jacking this thread. I'm here to learn about my Camaro.
What did you see about a possible issue?
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:49 AM   #12
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I had a bad battery. I would've never known it I didn't go on vacation for 9 days. The other guy I read about happen in two days. And his dealership told him it was because he left his key in the cup holder. But people do that all the time with no problems.
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:43 PM   #13
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My car has the original battery from July 12,2010 mine is an eleven got the car in July 2010. The car is stored every winter no battery tender. The key is left in the cup holder all winter every year. Tell that dealership he is dumber than a box of rocks Plus a real [DUFFIS]

I live in central N.Y. never start my car all winter. If you do and let it run it warms every thing up. Cools down builds moisture that causes rust.

Far as storing You don't have to support it on jack stands to keep the tires off the floor. Mine sits on the concrete floor & has never flat spotted the tires just put 40 pounds of air in the tires.

Take dryer sheets & lay them on the inside of the trunk, floor of the car, dash & seats, plus at least 4 or 5 sheets under the hood.

In the tail pipes stuff raw steel wool in the ends. This keeps rodents out they will not chew on steel wool. I have been doing this to my vehicles I store and have never had a problem with rodents in over 25 years. Didn't mean to jack the thread I don't have a vert.
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Old 10-01-2014, 11:59 PM   #14
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That's some good information for storing a car for the winter.
Here in California we don't have to worry about that problem. .we have drought, fire and earth quake...
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Old 10-02-2014, 02:32 AM   #15
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Take dryer sheets & lay them on the inside of the trunk, floor of the car, dash & seats, plus at least 4 or 5 sheets under the hood.
What's this for?
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:45 AM   #16
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No need to remove battery to hook it up to a trickle charger. There are "remote" terminals under the hood for that ...check the owners manual and the forum. ps- IMO go with a CTECK 4.3 amp charger not a Deltran ( they're more for motorcycles and not for the size amps of our battiers as their biggest charger is only 1.5 amps, plus the CTECK has more features.

OK, I spent 15 wasted min trying to find something related to charging on the forum and came up with NOTHING.

So where do you hook up your charger under the hood?
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:54 AM   #17
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it's to help keep the mice away...apparently mice do not like the scent from the dryer sheets.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #18
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OK, I spent 15 wasted min trying to find something related to charging on the forum and came up with NOTHING.

So where do you hook up your charger under the hood?
Look at post#11 on this page http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63324
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:18 PM   #19
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Always Google it. Something will always come up
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Old 10-02-2014, 08:38 PM   #20
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I store mine every winter. First year I just made sure to start it every month. Last year I used a trickle charger. It was fine either way.
same thing here
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Old 11-26-2014, 06:53 AM   #21
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No need to remove battery to hook it up to a trickle charger. There are "remote" terminals under the hood for that ...check the owners manual and the forum. ps- IMO go with a CTECK 4.3 amp charger not a Deltran ( they're more for motorcycles and not for the size amps of our battiers as their biggest charger is only 1.5 amps, plus the CTECK has more features.
Followup...

I did exactly as Camguynj recommends and can say I'm very impressed with this unit. The 8 stages it goes through gives you a good understanding of the state of your battery. This is truly a "set-it-and-forget-it" appliance. Super easy to use. Includes desulphation, recondition, float and pulse maintenance. I believe this device could have saved or at least diagnosed CaliDave's battery.

This is another one of those 'homerun' C5 member recommendations. Thanks Camguynj.

Lots of good info and videos on their website:

http://smartercharger.com/
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