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First time posting here - as this is the first time i've even had a problem with my 2012 Volt!

Just recently my Voltec charger had a pin break off of the plug. I've now lost the pin altogether. I'm wondering what the best course of action would be. Is this something that a mechanic might fix? Should I just buy a new charging unit ($300+)?

If a solder gun, a cheap pin and some elbow grease can get it done, does anyone knwo of any good tutorials for this (couldn't find any that were directly speaking about my broken pin issue) and the best place to buy this part.

Can I just replace the whole plug unit?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Hi everyone,
First time posting here - as this is the first time i've even had a problem with my 2012 Volt!
Just recently my Voltec charger had a pin break off of the plug. I've now lost the pin altogether. I'm wondering what the best course of action would be. Is this something that a mechanic might fix? Should I just buy a new charging unit ($300+)?
If a solder gun, a cheap pin and some elbow grease can get it done, does anyone knwo of any good tutorials for this (couldn't find any that were directly speaking about my broken pin issue) and the best place to buy this part.
Can I just replace the whole plug unit?Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I would definitely get a new one installed and NO WAY should you try to fix this (solder gun mentioned). You need the best connection possible and limited resistance to avoid heat (read burning).

I would consider this part of the Voltec system which is 8yr/100K miles but not sure GM would based on other threads.
 

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I would definitely get a new one installed and NO WAY should you try to fix this (solder gun mentioned). You need the best connection possible and limited resistance to avoid heat (read burning).

I would consider this part of the Voltec system which is 8yr/100K miles but not sure GM would based on other threads.
Thanks for the feedback Scott. But I'm not sure this would be covered under warranty since I bought the car used. Right?
 

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You can replace the charging connector and charging cord as a single sub assembly for less than the cost of a new EVSE if you do the work yourself. Other options:

Seek out a seller on ~bay who repairs broken EVSEs.

Purchase a used OE Gen 2 Volt EVSE (the latest version) online. Plan on spending approx. $200 USD.

Purchase a new EVSE from one of the online sellers, less than $200 USD.

Order a replacement EVSE from your dealer, price TBD.
 

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You can replace the charging connector and charging cord as a single sub assembly for less than the cost of a new EVSE if you do the work yourself. Other options:

Seek out a seller on ~bay who repairs broken EVSEs.

Purchase a used OE Gen 2 Volt EVSE (the latest version) online. Plan on spending approx. $200 USD.

Purchase a new EVSE from one of the online sellers, less than $200 USD.

Order a replacement EVSE from your dealer, price TBD.
Thanks, I'll look into each of these options. My brother-in-law does electrial work –*it's really not recommended that I repair this connector with my brother-in-law's help?
 

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are you talking about one of the pins on the wall plug end? If so, just pick up a new cord end at your local hardware store. All you need is a screwdriver and a pair of wire cutters to replace it.

If it's the car end, you can buy a whole new plug handle for a lot less than a new EVSE.
 

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I posted the info in the forum many months ago under j1772 assembly.
I don’t know how to link it here. Try the search function.
I included source info for parts.
 

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2012 Voltec Charger Pin Broken

Should I just buy a new charging unit ($300+)?
Let's see...... it's 2018 now. I'm going with....... yes.

GM will not replace it under warranty, because the EVSE warranty has long since expired. GM might replace it under a recall, if the 120V pigtail plug end has an orange cord.
 
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