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Unhappy Well, my trunk is leaking and my Tazer is ruined...

A couple days ago, I noticed that my car was starting in Street mode, rather than my Custom mode. Figuring it was just a glitch in the matrix that caused the setting to get changed, I went to access the Tazer menu and found I couldn't pull it up.

"Oh no biggie, my spirited driving must have knocked something loose."

Unfortunately that wasn't the full problem. I have a 2018, which necessitates the use of the bypass which hooks the tazer directly to the battery. When I opened up the trunk I saw this:



There was small puddle of water in the battery compartment of the trunk, and the end of the Tazer was sitting in it.

I took it apart and attempted to dry it out and clean it. The rust and water seems to be limited solely to the small port. Virtually the entire circuit board is still mint.

It cleaned up well, and looks almost good as new, but alas, it doesn't work anymore.


Oh well, at least the non-live features, like track mode and eco mode, are still accessible. But I guess if I want to enjoy the live features again, I'm gonna have to spend another $300 on a new one.

And now a related question: Should I ever want to, is there anyway to restore the factory settings now? The device was married to my car with the factory setting saved to it. If I buy a new Tazer, how would it be possible to save the factory settings to it if I cant restore them with the old one?

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I know nothing about tuning these cars or the Tazer devices, but if they’re anything like the EFI Live Tuning I use on my Cummins, the dealer should be able to flash a stock file on to the car. I think my dealer quoted $120 last time I inquired about it.
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The unanswered question here is......how did water get in your battery case area?

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The unanswered question here is......how did water get in your battery case area?
I agree. I'd be chasing that down first and foremost, especially as it looks like it sat long enough to rust up.
The Tazer maybe able to get rebuilt/repairs by Tazer directly. Couldn't hurt to ask them. May only cost you round trip shipping. idk.

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Do you have a sun roof? Is it possible water gets in the vent tube for the battery?
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Do you have a sun roof? Is it possible water gets in the vent tube for the battery?
No sunroof.

Also I have a weathertech cargoliner which would, in theory, catch any leaks from the trunk lid seal. Its bone dry.

Maybe a taillight?

Later today I'm gonna take a better look and set up an appointment with the dealer.
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the outboard tail lights have a stud / wingnut setup that secures them to the body. The studs / boss on the fixture have a foam seal that is to keep water from entering around that attachment point.

One stud is visible - remove that one and you can move the liner and the other nut is visible underneath (its the outer one towards the quarter panel)

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No sunroof.

Also I have a weathertech cargoliner which would, in theory, catch any leaks from the trunk lid seal. Its bone dry.

Maybe a taillight?

Later today I'm gonna take a better look and set up an appointment with the dealer.
There should be a vent from the battery that exits thought the floor of the trunk to outside the passenger cabin of the car. (The trunk is considered the passenger compartment)
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I have a 2016 Chevy Cruze and they actually had a recall on the car because the battery compartment in the trunk could potentially FILL UP with water from a leak around the 3rd brake light gasket. They solve this by "drilling" a hole for drainage.....go figure.
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I hope you don't have emissions testing in the state where you live, I know with my Diablosport Tuner I have to return the car to the stock tune so it will pass the emissions test here in NC.


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