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Old 04-24-2018, 10:26 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Hello Guys

Winter is about to end here and I want to use my car ! But I let it plugged on my portable voltec charger all winter, because it maintain the 12v battery now.

Turns out that the charger failed, and then my 12v battery is dead. So I cannot open the door, and then charge the 12v battery.

What is the trick here ? The car is not home so I don't have my charging station nearby and I don't have other portable voltec charger !

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You should be able to use the key (inside the FOB) to open the door.


I'll le the experts weigh in on the rest, but you probably need to replace the battery. There are steps on here for how to do that, but I can send you the info (if needed).


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I did try, but it does not work !!! Can only turn the key for about 20 degrees right and nothing happen !!! Should I push harder ?
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Per guidance from @Harleyguy:
"To get into the car when the battery is dead, remove the valet key out of the key fob and use the key in the right front door lock located on the handle. Itís pretty hard to turn but it will open the door."

Obviously, try to be careful not to brake the key.
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You should be able to use the key (inside the FOB) to open the door.


I'll le the experts weigh in on the rest, but you probably need to replace the battery. There are steps on here for how to do that, but I can send you the info (if needed).


Good luck!
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Per guidance from @Harleyguy:
"To get into the car when the battery is dead, remove the valet key out of the key fob and use the key in the right front door lock located on the handle. Itís pretty hard to turn but it will open the door."

Obviously, try to be careful not to brake the key.
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Thanks @Fabulist for the video link
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Tks for the video.

However my door lock is completely blocked. I cannot find a way to turn it, even if I push very hard. Can someone confirm that I have to turn clockwise ?

I purchased another portable charger, and I plugged it, but it does not charge my 12v battery, so this option not working.

I lubricate the lock and I will wait for a day.

Any additionnal ideas and options would be welcome.

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Looks like i will have to be away from my Karma for a few months. The thread above is not 100% clear to me.

I have software version 535. How many months should I be able to leave the car (unlocked to avoid ventilation and alarm running) in my garage? I am planning to leave the car in neutral, handbrake off and chock the wheels. Would it hurt to have a trickle charger connected as well?

I have stored my Karma for a month like this before and it seemed okay, but this time my absence will be longer.

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