How to get to the battery in a 2010 Chevy Camaro (S02E-Quick Tip: 02)

This Motorz TV Quick Tip shows you how to get to the battery in the trunk of a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.

It’s in the trunk, so what?

A lot of vehicles place the battery in the trunk as opposed to the engine compartment.  There are many benefits to this, mainly weight distribution and it keeps the battery cooler because it’s not positioned directly next to the engine, so the battery lasts longer.

Don’t shut that trunk!

We did this Quick Tip not because the battery is difficult to get to, but because there’s a design issue with the 2010 Camaro and I wanted to make sure Camaro owners knew about it… because I got hit with it myself.  Once you disconnect your battery, do not close your trunk! Since there is no keyhole in the trunk to open it with a key, and the push button on the driver’s door to open the trunk runs off electricity (not to mention the button on your remote won’t work either), there’s no way to open it back up!

Trunk monkey to the rescue!

I did this and as soon as I heard the trunk slam closed I said to myself, “oh crap!”  I’m always eager to break out my Sawzall, but I don’t think the owner would have appreciated that method of opening it back up. In order to open the trunk back up, I had to call upon my skinny daughter to navigate her way into the back seat, pull it down, then climb into the trunk to pull on the trunk release handle.  It was quite a learned lesson!

The larger concern here is this scenario: what happens if your battery dies on you, and your trunk is jam-packed full of so much stuff that you can’t get to the trunk release?  Time to whip out the Sawzall for real!

There’s no spare in there!

You were probably wondering where the spare tire is, if the cavity is occupied by the battery.  Well, the truth is that there isn’t one.  If I had to guess, the 20″ wheel on the Camaro is too large and heavy to put in the trunk.  It lightens the load quite a bit for a performance-minded vehicle like this, plus it’s cheaper to produce!