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I just bought a 2013 Volt (which I will pick up this afternoon). Since we are in the 5 year range does the car tell you when coolant change is necessary (like oil change) to keep 8 year warranty valid or do you just have to guess? I don't think the car is local and pretty sure the Honda Dealer I bought it from won't know where it was serviced. Can any Volt dealer tell where/what was serviced on it by punching the VIN into the system? Also while I'm here, the on line user manual says the wheel nut torque is 100 ft/lbs. which seems kind of high as my other cars are 80 - 85 ft/lbs range. Is this correct? I always have worked on my own cars but realize some of the work will be dealer specific especially while under warranty.
 
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In the maintenance section it says 240K/5 years. That usually means which ever comes first.
 

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If your 2013 Volt has been serviced by an authorized Chevrolet service center the service history of the vehicle should be in GM's database. Any Chevrolet dealership that services Volts should be able to access this information.
 

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The 2013 owners manual states that the coolant should be flushed after 5 years 240K kms or 150K miles. There is no indicator in the car like the oil.

https://cdn.dealereprocess.net/cdn/servicemanuals/chevrolet/2013-volt.pdf
I had mine in yesterday for its third oil change as it has just passed six years and 79,000 km. I wanted to schedule this, but the service advisor had just lost an argument with me that I really should be changing the oil every six months and I'm generally losing confidence in this dealer for Volt service. I got my summer tires installed at the same time, and yet again only inflated to 32 psi, despite noting 38 on the work order - $89 for thAT.

Also, I have not been able to find this requirement in my owner's manual, and I did look in 10-16, but have seen a reference on line. I want to be able to point to something when I do take it in.

So, not to hijack the thread, but has anyone had a positive experience with dealer service for Volts in the GTA, preferably in the west? Up to now I have only had trivial, mostly non-Votec, type issues that anyone could have fixed.
 

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If you have the coolant replaced, make sure they do not use a flush solvent. The solvent is used in ICE systems only, they will harm the drive motor battery and electronics systems if they use the solvent. They may use the solvent for the engine cooling system only, the drive motor battery and electronics systems are drain and fill only.
 
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If your 2013 Volt has been serviced by an authorized Chevrolet service center the service history of the vehicle should be in GM's database. Any Chevrolet dealership that services Volts should be able to access this information.
Yes, you would think so wouldn't you? I did, and when I visited my local dealer this past Monday I asked the parts guy for a build list and service history. He happily provided the build list but said he could not give me the service history. He suggested I talk to the service advisor. So when I went in today to get the recall work done, the service advisor hemmed and hawed and danced around the service history. He said there wasn't much in it, and told me to try using OnStar. I called OnStar on the phone and asked them why the MyChevrolet.com site doesn't show the service history. They didn't know and all they could do is email me another Diagnostics Report for May. Hey, it's not like I'm asking for the missile launch codes here, I just want to get an idea of what maintenance was done. I know my Volt spent most of its life in McKinney, Texas and El Dorado Chevrolet is the only dealer in that area. Clearly the previous owner didn't bring the Volt in for those recalls that were issued 2 years ago. Did he ever bother to get the oil changed? How can I get the service history?
 

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Here’s a related question, if a coolant flush really is due 5 years after manufavure( shouldn’t those monthly diagnostic emails tell us? I thought all that kind of stuff was included in those emails.
 

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FI Spider nut wheel torque is 100 ft/lbs with no lubrication, regarding dex-cool exchange go to a dealer that has a Vac&Fill system. Good luck.
 

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From experience with another vehicle, it appears that GM adopted 100 ft-lbs for lug nuts across all passenger car lines 20 years ago or so.
Makes it simple.
 

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has any one actually measured the change in resistance of the cooling fluid or are we changing it to remove gunk ?

How about we just suck out 1/2 and add add more ---- except for the Battery loops which need a vacuum system to remove bubbles.
and not a good idea to trigger the low fluid sensor.
 

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I have postponed the "exchange",,,the expert said no problem would be 2 gallons DEX-COOL and distilled water, he got confused when I said NO distilled water, should be DEIONIZED water, commenting "well it is the same '!!! The whole change should be 4 + gallons of PREMIXED 50/50 DEX-COOL. The problem is if you do not do it , probably your Voltec Warranty will be history. I will buy the GM premixed 50/50 dex-cool 4 gallons and give it to the dealership, ahead of time...
 
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