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Bakertech

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1. I had Trickle Charger/Battery problems last Winter. This Spring the trunk would unlatch when I opened the Drivers Door! Then the trunk started opening and closing with no key or person nearby.
I determined the Battery was dead and installed a new Premium one. Problem continued.
In desperation I unhooked the Battery for 2 weeks. Upon reconnection, everything has worked fine since. Perhaps the Computer re-booted or the 28 modules smartened up?
2. Often the inside button to open the Passenger door does not work. I have found that pressing the Unlock button on the Drivers door seems to make the button work!
3. I put a Choke cable from the Hood Latch to the inner fender well for quick access in case of dead Battery.
4. I ran a 10 ga. wire from the main fuse box battery connection to just beneath the front spoiler Marette cover. Quick access for boost or Battery Charger. That was before the Emergency Hood opener was installed.
5. Sometimes the Trunk Lid will not remain open. I found that cycling the top a couple times temporarily fixes that. Anyone have a cure?
6. Not pleased with the new Format here.
Question. Did XLR's come with drilled and slotted disc brake rotors?
 

Gord

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Oct 15, 2019
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Location
Montreal, Canada
My XLR/V(s)
2004 #67
Howdy!
Can't say I have an answer for point #1. I do hope the car is nice and dry - the last thing these need is any form of moisture!
Pretty much ditto for point #2. That door switch is relatively inexpensive and an easy fix. I'd hope the passenger door module isn't misbehaving as I do believe the driver's door module 'talks' to it.
Point #3 is a great modification - I've done similar as I'm sure many others have as well. I would rip out (point #4) the wire at least as a precaution. One less thing to short-out and potentially ignite your entire car!
Point #5: Sorry, no solution there either. I'd tend to suspect you may need to inspect the hydraulic pump for the top etc as perhaps it's bleeding pressure or the fluid isn't of good quantity or quality any longer.

Point #6: It's different, it does take a few posts to feel back at home. Rob has done a wonderful job keeping this ship afloat and while the format may be temporarily unfamiliar, maybe consider to concentrate on the content as it's as good as ever.

Drilled and slotted...never. XLR-V models came drilled and that's kind of a joke as they were only 'front' and 'rear' meaning they used the same rotors left or right, and that means one side (your choice) has the arc of the drilled holes going the wrong direction.

There's plenty of other brands of rotors available - drilled, drilled and slotted, slotted... just be wary of anyone selling 'identical to OEM' because if they are (a la V), they will indeed be 'one sided' so to say.

HTH!

Gord :thumbsup
 

Bakertech

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Gord.
#2. I had checked into a new switch ( if available or corvette substitute) but it seemed like a great deal of work to remove the door panel, handles and wiring to get at it and I am not convinced that is the problem. It could be wiring or the door latch/lock itself. Perhaps a project for next year!
#4 I used Industrial Insulated (TWU) grade #10 red stranded wire and it is encased in 'snakeskin' and carefully routed. No danger of shorting out unless there is a serious crash on that corner.
#5 Inspecting the Hydraulic pump is a huge chore and requires specialty electronic equipment. I understand that replacement pumps are not available but that someone in Canada fixes them. Hopefully I will find out who.
My rotors have only 3 arced slots (indentations) on the face of the rotor. Approx 1/16" wide and deep. I was amazed at how narrow the rear rotor braking surface is.
I am not saying problems I have solved on my ride are Fixed, but they Work for the moment! Thanks for your comments.
Yes, I will get used to the new Format. Thanks Rob.
 

mickeytee

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North Atlanta
Top hydraulics is the only place to have a pump or cylinders rebuilt. Others do it but they are the masters. trunk is opened buy the pump but the long struts are what hold it up just like the hood.
 

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