Mills reaches out to members of a popular Chevrolet Corvette forum about an embarrassing problem. For some reason, he can’t get the truck on his 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to pop open. Mills writes, “Just took my 2016 Z06 out of storage! Drove it home and I can’t open the trunk! FOB won’t work on it and I tried the button to the left of the steering wheel! No luck! Put the car away as soon as I bought it, so I'm not familiar with it yet! Any ideas?”
Lucky for Mills there are a couple of tricks to try before you have to run to the dealer.
Outside trunk release button
An owner, from Arizona, reaches out to remind Mills that there is yet another trunk release button that may finally free up the trunk latch. “Try the trunk release button at the back of the car, just above the plate. It is a small rubber covered button.” Also, he suggests double checking the obvious. “Is it in park if A8 or turned off if M7.” It is important that the Corvette is turned off whether it is manual or automatic, Corvette trunks usually will not open if the vehicle is on.
Check if your Corvette is in Valet Mode
Racer2 points out that the vehicle may be stuck in Valet Mode and won’t open for security reasons. Racer 2 says, “Also, just a FYI. *IF* you put the car in valet mode and then take it out of valet mode, SOMETIMES the trunk will not open via remote FOB or the release button inside the car. If you experience this, just remove the KEY from your FOB and unlock it manually. There is a keyhole on the underside of the trunk. Once you unlock it manually, it will reset and the FOB and button inside the car will work.” Good to know that there is also a key hole as well as an outside truck release button.
Check the convertible roof
This is a trick that most would not think of. A Tampa driver says “Is it a convertible? Make sure the top is all the way up or down. Cycle it completely to be sure. If it is not, the trunk won't open.”
It turns out that the convertible roof was what was causing Mills’ problem. He responds, “You da man! Got it! Thanks!”
Several other drivers chimed in saying that the tip about the convertible saved them a trip to the dealer.
It is important to point out however that there is a software problem for some of the 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06s. Apparently, GM has issued a recall to correct the issue. Arizona says, “Had mine in for service a couple of weeks ago, service writer mentioned a recall on the trunk so they did that fix as well. It is a software upgrade, which screwed up all my settings.”
Another owner, nicknamed Vetter, has gotten a recall letter in the mail. “Got the same recall letter about a week ago on my C7.R A8 vert - will have dealer check it out when I take in for next oil change.”