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AutoBlog: REPORT: GM voluntarily recalling Camaro for battery cable issue

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Filed under: Coupes, Sports/GTs, Recalls/TSBs, Chevrolet

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Camaro5 forum member Bumleb drove his brand new 2010 Chevy Camaro SS about 40 miles when it suddenly just shut down (that's his car above being trailered back to the dealer on a flat bed). The culprit turned out to be a battery cable run from the trunk. Its insulation had broken down from rubbing up against the starter and eventually just shorted out, which ultimately caused the car itself to shut down. Before this was known, however, the forums blew up with speculation about what could be the cause and Mustang and Challenger fanboys had a field day. It turns out, however, that what happened to Bumleb's new Camaro may not be an isolated incident. General Motors has reportedly issued a voluntary product safety recall for any 2010 Chevy Camaro equipped with a V8 engine to ensure this doesn't happen again.

The recall is a pretty easy fix, but GM is reportedly offering two options for owners: a temporary fix that requires a second visit to a dealer and a permanent fix. The temporary fix involves wrapping the battery cable with protective insulating tape and rerouting it to ensure enough clearance between it and the starter. The permanent fix involves the same thing, except will use a new engine wiring harness that's being shipped to all dealers by May 11. Thus, owners can choose the temporary fix and keep driving their Camaro or just leave it at the dealer until the new wiring harnesses arrive.

The real question is whether or not this recall will damage the Camaro's reputation and ultimately hurt sales. Every aspect of GM is under the microscope, so what does it say when such an important new product launches with a recall right out of the gate? Thanks for the tip, Mark!

[source: Camaro5]

REPORT: GM voluntarily recalling Camaro for battery cable issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 06 May 2009 12:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Not exactly encouraging:

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"Camaro Wears Soap-Written Scarlet Letters On Southfield Freeway"

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Interesting.. the same kind of problem stranded my folks and I in 1986 in our Winnebago (454). Had to get a tow to a Chevy truck dealer in Montgomery, Alabama after getting stranded on a Sunday afternoon at an intersection.

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Really? GM has been testing this car for how long? 10 years? 15 years? How long ago was the concept? I forget. Anyways, one would think that in that time they would have noticed a battery cable issue.

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Really? GM has been testing this car for how long? 10 years? 15 years? How long ago was the concept? I forget. Anyways, one would think that in that time they would have noticed a battery cable issue.

Not to mention it's not like the starter, engine or platform is new... if there is a clearance issue, you would think it would have been noticed.

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I'm not familair with trunk-mounted batteries outside of drag cars.

This IS a brand new body shell, so the specific routing of the cable is definately not something that's been around for "15" years.

"Will it harm sales"? :rolleyes:

Did the exploding camshafts in the tundra specifically harm sales?

(Actually; I hope so.)

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I'm not familair with trunk-mounted batteries outside of drag cars.

This IS a brand new body shell, so the specific routing of the cable is definately not something that's been around for "15" years.

I'm not sure about GM, but other cars have definitely had them..my '84 Escort had a trunk mounted battery. It sounds like the problem is where the cable connects to the starter, though. Which should be a common thing...

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Yes- a battery cable connection to the starter is a common thing (assuming this isn't something new here), but the cable was rubbing the starter, and the cable is routed differently than usual, and in a brand new shell.

RE: the escort- interesting, I hadn't realized OEMs were doing that.

NHRA requires a metal 'firewall' or a sealed vented battery box when rear-mounting a battery in case of impact/explosion/- what type of battery box did the escort have??

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RE: the escort- interesting, I hadn't realized OEMs were doing that.

NHRA requires a metal 'firewall' or a sealed vented battery box when rear-mounting a battery in case of impact/explosion/- what type of battery box did the escort have??

IIRC, it just sat on a metal pan attached to the metal floorpan and had a U-shaped bar that went over the battery and attached w/ wingnuts to hold down the battery. Behind a plastic panel in the rear hatch area on the right side. I don't know if all '81-85 Escorts had it there, or if it was just a diesel thing. The battery was huge, about 50% longer than a regular car battery.

Some SUVs today have the battery under the back seat, and some in the rear hatch area also, I believe.

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Cobalts have the battery in the trunk. I think it's good design, since it keeps the battery nice and dry, thus reduces the chance of corrosion. However that wire must be a bitch to replace if it ever needs to be.

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all 95-99 Riviera's had their batteries under the rear seat. It is a real PITA to get to, when installing my fog lights and running the wire to the switch from the battery, especially for a bigger guy like me. I would much prefer it either be up front or in the trunk.

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When you have to take the wheel off to get the battery out, then you may bitch. :P

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When you have to take the wheel off to get the battery out, then you may bitch. :P

Thats a 50 dollar surcharge fail.

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Oh my! A recall! GM is doomed!!!!!...........

I'm sure the press will make it out that way. Especially since GM had to ramp up production to meet demand (a fact I doubt the press will dwell on).

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Whoopie! Take the damn thing to the dealer and get it fixed ITS UNDER WARRANTY and the repair will be FREE. People bitch too much.

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When you have to take the wheel off to get the battery out, then you may bitch. :P

Ouch...wot model is that?

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my Impy's battery is in the trunk... thats 60-80 more lbs over the back wheels Wooo!

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>>"When you have to take the wheel off to get the battery out, then you may bitch."<<

How about taking the wheel & inner wheelwell off/out TO CHANGE THE OIL FILTER ?

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>>"When you have to take the wheel off to get the battery out, then you may bitch."<<

How about taking the wheel & inner wheel well off/out TO CHANGE THE OIL FILTER ?

IIRC the Intrepid's is mounted upside down near the bottom of the engine. :stupid:

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How about changing the alternator from underneath the car like my moms old 96 Monte Carlo Z34. :P

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Ouch...wot model is that?

The LHs and the Cloud cars had the battery mounted behind the wheel. Completely retarded.

GM has been putting batteries under the back seat for a while, this recall shouldn't have happened, they've been prepping this car for a while, and they added brake weights at the last minute and now this. Did they not test these cars at all before delivering them to customers?

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GM has been putting batteries under the back seat for a while, this recall shouldn't have happened, they've been prepping this car for a while, and they added brake weights at the last minute and now this. Did they not test these cars at all before delivering them to customers?

I also wonder how they could have missed this during all the testing. Maybe it was something that got changed on the assembly line... like, somebody figured out that they could shave a couple minutes off the manufacturing time by not running the wire in the right place...

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