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  • Battery Placement Guess on the ME

    OK, after just having to change the battery on my C7, it got me wondering where it will be placed on the ME and how easy it will be to change. Trunk placement again or accessible directly near the mid engine... or possibly front trunk location. Taking bets now.

    Just when I thought it would be easier to change on the C7 than it is on my C4, boy was I wrong. Don't understand why Chevy did not make the hole where the battery sits in the trunk of the C7 just an inch wider so that it can be removed without all the manipulations and gyrations to get it out of that hole. It must be a Corvette thing to have difficult battery access since in the C4, you have to remove a body panel to access the battery and with the tight fit in the trunk of the C7, they certainly are not making it easier with newer models.

    My guess is that the C8 will have an access panel inside a rear wheel well that you have to remove the tire first, remove the access panel door with different sized hex screws, then get a special tool to lift it up and out. I shouldn't have said that because it may give them an idea on how to make it even more difficult.

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    Well, we have to see what the NEW electric system is going to be and if C8 is going to be based on hybrid platform. That will affect the whole 12v battery system and it's placement and size.

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    • #3
      We know where the primary 12V “starting” battery is due to this last June failure of getting the car started (below picture). It is located along the centerline of the car, in the frunk, closest to the windshield cowl as possible, and as low as possible to to CoG. Picture thanks to CorvetteBlogger.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Fireeagle View Post
        OK, after just having to change the battery on my C7, it got me wondering where it will be placed on the ME and how easy it will be to change. Trunk placement again or accessible directly near the mid engine... or possibly front trunk location. Taking bets now.
        The frunk seems reasonable - easy access and potential benefit to weight distribution...
        Last edited by John; 02-18-2019, 08:44 PM.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by John View Post
          It is located along the centerline of the car, in the frunk, closest to the windshield cowl as possible, and as low as possible to to CoG.
          More proof that great minds think alike.
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          • #6
            Knowing a good percentage of Corvettes aren't daily drivers, and use battery tenders, hope the C8 has a very user friendly charging port.

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            • #7
              I seem to remember that one of those leaked CADs we saw about a year ago seemed to show a battery tray front and centre as John says. Not sure that the starting battery will be 12v. But that's a whole other discussion that we have already had. The question is more like "where is each battery placed?" Or it could be a single dual voltage battery. If it's possible to have 12V terminals on a 48V battery. No one seems to have done that though. Maybe they need to be 2 different types.
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              • #8
                I couldn't agree more with many of you, especially with how small the compartment is for the C7 battery ... and no handles on the original ... ugh!! The C8 battery will be in a most inaccessible place and be a PITB to change.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Fireeagle View Post

                  Just when I thought it would be easier to change on the C7 than it is on my C4, boy was I wrong. Don't understand why Chevy did not make the hole where the battery sits in the trunk of the C7 just an inch wider so that it can be removed without all the manipulations and gyrations to get it out of that hole.
                  It's even worse in the 'vert, I think.

                  But looking under the car, given the location of the mufflers, the heat exchangers, suspension mounting points, etc., I'm not sure they could have made the hole much bigger.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bobbytinvab View Post
                    The C8 battery will be in a most inaccessible place and be a PITB to change.
                    Maybe not. Perhaps for weight distribution they will want most if not all batteries at the front of the car.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by John View Post

                      Maybe not. Perhaps for weight distribution they will want most if not all batteries at the front of the car.
                      But probably underneath four other parts that need to be removed first. Or maybe accessible only from UNDER the car!
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                      • #12
                        Nothing like optimism. ?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by meyerweb View Post

                          But probably underneath four other parts that need to be removed first. Or maybe accessible only from UNDER the car!
                          Too funny meyerweb exactly what I was thinking, but I'm sure it will be a weight dependent location as John has stated. I just like to complain sometimes, but my C7 battery was a pain to change, so hopefully the C8 one will gives us a bit more room. I'm not holding my breath though

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by bobbytinvab View Post

                            Too funny meyerweb exactly what I was thinking, but I'm sure it will be a weight dependent location as John has stated. I just like to complain sometimes, but my C7 battery was a pain to change, so hopefully the C8 one will gives us a bit more room. I'm not holding my breath though
                            Yes they are a pain. Lots of things seem hard to service any more. Seems they are built with assembly ease in mind with little thought to service.
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                            • #15
                              Aside from weight distribution, keeping the battery in a cooler location extends its life. Heat is a great killer of batteries.

                              As for removing the c7 battery from its well, I have never had to do it. But I always assumed that it could be lifted out by its terminals.

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