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Old 05-21-2008, 05:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Worst Case = Dead Battery + Locked Trunk

OK, so my wife asked where the battery was on the SRT8 and I told her, of course, in the trunk. So she asked since you couldn't open the trunk with a key, what happens with a dead battery (a REALLY,REALLY dead battery)? How do you get the trunk open to change the battery? Don't the key fob and dash button still rely on 12 volts to open the trunk?
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open the door and pull the back seat down ,pull the safety latch release.
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OK, so my wife asked where the battery was on the SRT8 and I told her, of course, in the trunk. So she asked since you couldn't open the trunk with a key, what happens with a dead battery (a REALLY,REALLY dead battery)? How do you get the trunk open to change the battery? Don't the key fob and dash button still rely on 12 volts to open the trunk?
Cant you get into the trunk via dropping down the back seat? Also, what about the battery in the front of the car?
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there is no battery in the front, but I suppose you can you the front point to jump the car, or at least hook up to a battery tender to get enough juice to pop the trunk
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Yep, the battery's in the trunk. Want a really stupid design? My Mom's Buick has the battery under the back seat!!!! Let's see... leaky battery -- oh, let me light a cigarette.
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can't you open the door with your key and then hit the trunk open button inside, I don't think you need power for that to work?
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Yep, the battery's in the trunk. Want a really stupid design? My Mom's Buick has the battery under the back seat!!!! Let's see... leaky battery -- oh, let me light a cigarette.
It is not stupid. It is actually smart. It is called weight distribution. Makes car better handle and grasp the road. Front is already too heavy. I think all bimmers have the battery in trunk and 3 series has some of the best weight distribution among production cars.

Pull down back of rear seat on left side, slide into trunk and pull safety latch as explained above.
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can't you open the door with your key and then hit the trunk open button inside, I don't think you need power for that to work?
this will not work. it requires power on.
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there is no battery in the front, but I suppose you can you the front point to jump the car, or at least hook up to a battery tender to get enough juice to pop the trunk
pukka has the easiest answer. However, if you're in the mood to read a very entertaining thread on this very issue, here's an oldie from the past:

http://www.300cforums.com/forums/european-diesel-powered-300-models/33744-help-self-inflicted-lock-out-boot-trunk.html?highlightk
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can't you open the door with your key and then hit the trunk open button inside, I don't think you need power for that to work?
The trunk button is electrical, therefore dependent on the battery.

And as far as weight distribution, fine -- put the battery in the trunk, but don't put a hydrogen gas-producing device in the passenger compartment, turning the car into a bomb. They're enough of that already. That stupidity is perhaps the reason GM is scrambling just to survive.
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