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HELP! The 12 V battery on my 2017 Bolt died while the car was locked, and I cannot get in.

The system will not react to the key fob. The car was not on the charger when this happened and now it will not accept current from the 220V charger. I can find no keyhole on any door in which to insert the Valet Key from the fob. The hood is down and latched.

Does anyone know how to get into this 2017 "Boat Anchor" under these conditions???
 

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The right part of the handle needs to be pulled off first.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfQW8TL4Bvk

You aren't going to want to remove the driver's door keyhole cover very many times, though. It has tiny plastic tabs that hold it in place, and they are deformed/damaged every time you remove it. I removed mine twice to check it out, and estimate that it would tolerate about five removals before no longer staying in place. YMMV.

Seeing that it's a painted-to-match part, replacement wouldn't be cheap or easy. Too bad this part wasn't chrome, or black.
 

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I have a 17 bolt, having the same issue, no power, neither fob works, unlock inside door does not respond, will not start and lights dimly blink, any advice? I have no warranty
HELP! The 12 V battery on my 2017 Bolt died while the car was locked, and I cannot get in.

The system will not react to the key fob. The car was not on the charger when this happened and now it will not accept current from the 220V charger. I can find no keyhole on any door in which to insert the Valet Key from the fob. The hood is down and latched.

Does anyone know how to get into this 2017 "Boat Anchor" under these conditions???
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Does anyone know how to get into this 2017 "Boat Anchor" under these conditions???
You'll need to use the physical key that's inside your keyfob. Per the user's manual:
To access the key lock cylinder, insert the key into the slot on the bottom of the door handle. Open the handle and pry the cover off. Replace the cover by snapping on the tabs.
Then you can pop the hood and get a charger on the 12V battery.
 

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You'll need to use the physical key that's inside your keyfob. Per the user's manual:

Then you can pop the hood and get a charger on the 12V battery.
Is it possible to get the liftgate open without a battery working or to get the car into neutral with the battery being dead
 

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Is it possible to get the liftgate open without a battery working or to get the car into neutral with the battery being dead
I don't think you can. I just ran into this with my '97 Oldsmobile Aurora that I had to move to get my Bolt into my shop. I couldn't get it into neutral until I managed to power up the car. The 12V battery has long been dead. I was able to connect a battery charger to the car and everything powered up. Now that I got in neutral, I'm leaving it there in case I have to move the car again. I would think the Bolt would be the same way. If you can't get the 12V power going, everything would be dead.
 

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HELP! The 12 V battery on my 2017 Bolt died while the car was locked, and I cannot get in.

The system will not react to the key fob. The car was not on the charger when this happened and now it will not accept current from the 220V charger. I can find no keyhole on any door in which to insert the Valet Key from the fob. The hood is down and latched.

Does anyone know how to get into this 2017 "Boat Anchor" under these conditions???
You could, of course, consult the Owner's manual…
 

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If you find this thread because your key fob, remote keyless entry (RKE) battery died (not the main 12V lead acid battery). You can press the little button on the side of the RKE to release the key. Then pry up the cover on the right side of the driver's door handle and you are then able to unlock the door and gain entry to the car.

However, when you are in the car the key will not help you start the Bolt (at least on the 2020). There is not an ignition switch cover to pry off and use the key. Instead, you have to open the center console, remove the upper tray and place your key fob (RKE) with the buttons facing down in the spot outlined in the tray in the very bottom of the center console (or you can remove that tray too and there is an indentation that the key fob (RKE) fits in). Then you can start the car as normal with the push button on the dash (theoretically, I have not tried it myself, just paraphrasing the manual).
 

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...open the center console, remove the upper tray and place your key fob (RKE) with the buttons facing down in the spot outlined in the tray in the very bottom of the center console (or you can remove that tray too and there is an indentation that the key fob (RKE) fits in). Then you can start the car as normal with the push button on the dash (theoretically, I have not tried it myself, just paraphrasing the manual).
I gave it a go once using a fob with no battery just to see, and it worked fine.
 
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