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The evening didn't go as planned

3rd Chance

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West of Atlanta, GA
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2005 DSOM Coupe
I diligently took care of all my Saturday 'have to' chores, and at 7 p.m. happily picked out a favorite CD and headed for the garage. My plan called for my first 'solo' drive in my '05...I've had her since the 14th and we haven't had any 'alone' time together yet! I patted my terrier goodbye, and smiling broadly, headed down the stairs.

I removed her car cover, and noticed no 'light of recognition' on the driver's door. I checked...yes...the fob was in my pocket...but she wasn't speaking to me. Not at all. Dead battery syndrome!

It's nice to know that the manual means of getting into a dead Vette does work. And, after charging the battery for 10 minutes, she started well.

So, now, here's the rest of the story, and the questions...

1) The trans was in reverse, she locks when the fob leaves with me. Am I missing something here? How did I kill the battery?

2) DIC readout upon starting said Service Column Lock. The owner's manual says "have it towed to the dealer". I chose to shut down, restart and the code is gone. Any comments? Maybe this code was thrown because of the dead battery? Computer confusion?

I drove her around the neighborhood, just to make sure nothing else was wrong, and the low tire pressure left rear message came on (again). This brings up another question. We removed that tire and polished the inner rim (to see if it was worth the work, before doing all four...by the way, yes, it is!), and that code came up right after reinstalling the wheel. It was 25, should have been 30, where the others were and per the door sticker. The code stopped when I brought it back up to 30. This was a week ago, the tire has 32 in it now per the manual gauge I checked with. Is there a reset for reinstalling a wheel?

I'm very happy with this Vette, but this evening felt like many I've spent with the 'old flames'...the '63 whose engine blew after owning her 10 days, and the '69 who liked riding on tiltbeds better than driving on her own power, for a variety of reasons. I did read my owner's manual, and it hasn't helped me much with these questions. Whoever chooses to answer here, thanks for listening to me whine.

I insist, tomorrow will be better!
 

3rd Chance

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Oct 22, 2006
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23
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West of Atlanta, GA
Corvette
2005 DSOM Coupe
It's a sunny morning. I haven't tried to wake her up yet, but I'm well armed with information.

I wasn't aware of the dreaded 'DBS' issue. Now, I am. It feels good to know I'm not the only owner who thought she was crazy. Well, some people who know me will vouch for that, anyway...
 
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Lilburn GA
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2002 Yellow Z06 (sold); 1999 Pewter FRC (sold)
What is the dreaded "DBS" issue?

I don't know the answers to your questions, so I won't even try. Hopefully C4C5Specialist or someone else who is knowlegeable will come along.

I see you're on the west side of Atl, and I'm on the east side... but if you get desperate, I just purchased the complete service information DVD- it covers 98-2006, and has all kinds of info from schmatics to diagnostics to repair info to TSB's . You're welcome to come over and browse around if you need any information.

Tammy
 

hardnoks

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Feb 26, 2005
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queensbury,new york
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2008 CRM/EBONY Z51 MZ6 COUPE-NPP
DBS has happened to lots of 05 mn6 owners and a few 06 owners.Car goes dead for no apparent reason.Doesn't matter that you shut down correctly.There is currently a tsb ON THE SITUATION which involves a reflash of the computer in the car.Wether it helps or not remains to be seen.Everyone who's had this happen has gotten a PRIORITY START and hooked it up to the battery and this helps avoid the dead battery.It doesn't happen to every 05,but better safe than sorry I guess.I have an 05,8050 miles, over a year old and have never had it.Call your local chevy dealer and let him know about the TSB.
 

NORTY

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Sep 7, 2006
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Carlsbad,Ca.
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2006 C6Z DSOM
What is the dreaded "DBS" issue?

I don't know the answers to your questions, so I won't even try. Hopefully C4C5Specialist or someone else who is knowlegeable will come along.

I see you're on the west side of Atl, and I'm on the east side... but if you get desperate, I just purchased the complete service information DVD- it covers 98-2006, and has all kinds of info from schmatics to diagnostics to repair info to TSB's . You're welcome to come over and browse around if you need any information.

Tammy
Sounds to me like "3rd chance" is still up to bat! LOL!
 

3rd Chance

Member
Joined
Oct 22, 2006
Messages
23
Location
West of Atlanta, GA
Corvette
2005 DSOM Coupe
Update!

The past few days have been great, we've taken nice drives on beautiful fall days, without incident. Thanks for all the helpful information...I'm following up on the research and will approach a dealer about all of this soon.

Happy news...Found my original window sticker stuck under the driver's seat when I was in DBS. Maybe there was a reason for all of this!
 

c4c5specialist

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May 29, 2001
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New Haven, Ct. USA
Corvette
Nope, but someday.
HI there,
Simply get the reprogram done and have the electrical system checked for power draws.
Keep your transmitters at least 20 ft away.
And do NOT install an aftermarket battery chargers, its not a good thing for the computer systems on these vehicles.
If you are going to store your vehicle for more than 20 days, disconnect the negative battery terminal.
Allthebest, :bang
 

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