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2013 Volt: new owner questions re door lock and washer fluid

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Hi folks,

Just bought a 2013 Volt today, and have some initial questions:

- WASHER FLUID. I see the filler cap on the right hand side next to the front grille on opening the hood. QUESTION: how can I tell if it's full, or how empty it is? Mine appears to have a filler neck that disappears, with no visible reservoir whose level I can check.

- OUTER DOOR LOCK BUTTON ON DRIVER'S DOOR HANDLE. The switch on the driver's side door handle seems to do nothing, as does the button on the rear passenger door. I don't care much about the passenger door, as few passengers need to lock/unlock their doors from outside, but I do care about the driver's door. QUESTION: any hints on what might be wrong? Could this be a configuration issue, fixable in the DIC, or is it a hardware issue in the button?

Many thanks!
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There is no easy way to check the level and I don't believe there is a 'low fluid warning' sensor on your 2013. You might try to find a long clear flexible tube that you can use as a dip stick. Push it in, put your finger over the end and pull it out. The reservoir is mounted low on the chassis so you would need an extremely long tube. The reservoir is large and holds at least 1 gallon of fluid.

For the lock button, several members here have had to get theirs replaced due to mechanical failure of the button itself. The only setting in the config menu is for the action of the driver's door button to unlock the driver only or all doors on the first push.
Thanks for the quick replies!

1. Turned out it was already full! I started pouring and immediately it was full to the brim. RELATED QUESTION: how easy is it to drain the current fluid? I know it didn't work last night in 10F and would like to be certain it's now full of freeze-protected fluid.
Maybe with one of these?

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