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Seems like a tone/chirp/beep cheat sheet would be handy. I'll start.

BEEPS

  • High-toned beeps from the front speakers are for objects detected near the front bumper. (Ultrasonic Parking Assist)
  • Low-toned beeps from the rear speakers are for objects detected near the rear bumper. (Ultrasonic Parking Assist)
  • Beep with voice prompt. Navigation System Voice Recognition System
  • Several Beeps. Forward Collision Alert (FCA) System tailgating alert. Your vehicle is approaching another vehicle too rapidly, the red FCA display will flash. 2013 MY.
  • Three Beeps. Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The vehicle crossed a detected lane marking, the LDW
    indicator will flash. The Owners Manual may have a typo, also see Three Chimes. 2013 MY.
  • Four Beeps. There is insufficient time to fully charge by departure time.
CHIMING (aka BONGING)
Chime volume can be changed. Owners Manual: Instruments and Controls > Vehicle Personalization > Comfort and Convenience > Chime Volume. Not sure which of the chimes this will affect.

  • Chime. Delayed Locking. If delayed locking is enabled, a door or hatch is open when the doors are locked with the power door lock switch
  • Chime. Electric Parking Brake. The EPB is applied while the vehicle is in motion. The DIC message RELEASE PARKING BRAKE will be displayed.
  • Chime. Electric Parking Brake. Attempting to release the EPB without the brake pedal applied. The DIC message STEP ON BRAKE TO RELEASE PARK BRAKE will be displayed.
  • Chime. General Navigation Commands. The system responds to commands when feedback is OFF.
  • Three Chimes. Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The vehicle crosses a detected lane marking without using the turn signal. The LDW indicator will change to amber, flash.
  • Four Chimes. Driving and Operating. Entering the car, the key fob is in the car.
  • Five Chimes. Driver or Passenger Safety Belt. 1) The driver or a passenger is unbuckled, or 2) an object is on the seat such as a briefcase, handbag, grocery bag, laptop, iPad, cell phone, or other electronic device, etc.
  • Continuous Chiming. Driving and Operating. The driver door is opened while the vehicle is in ON/RUN.
  • Continuous Chiming. ENGINE OVERHEATED —TURN VEHICLE OFF. The engine cooling system reached unsafe temperatures for operation.
CHIRPING

  • One Horn Chirp. Charging has begun.
  • One Horn Chirp. Tire Pressure Monitoring System Relearn procedure. Confirms that the sensor identification code has been matched to this tire and wheel position.
  • Two Horn Chirps. Charging is delayed, scheduled to begin later.
  • Three Horn Chirps. Setting Panic Alarm. The exterior lamps flash and the horn chirps three times.
  • Three Rapid Horn Chirps. The RKE transmitter(key fob) was left in the vehicle. This feature can be turned off. Owners Manual: Instruments and Controls > Vehicle Personalization > Remote Locking, Unlocking, Starting > Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder. Car: Config > Vehicle > Remote Locking, Unlocking, Starting > Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder [uncheck]
  • Four Horn Chirps. Insufficient time to fully charge by departure time
  • Repeated Horn Chirps. Electricity was interrupted before charging was complete.
HORN HONKING

  • Soft‐note Horn. The Pedestrian Friendly Alert.
  • One Horn. Remote Lock Feedback. User configurable setting.
  • Horn. Panic Alarm pressed and held for three seconds. The horn sounds and the turn signals flash for 30 seconds.
  • Two Rapid Honks. Key left in car.
  • Three Rapid Honks. "Your car is still on!" Driver exited the car with the key and closed the door while the car is still on. 2014 and later, and those 2011-2013 that opted for the "Unintended Car Running" recall software update.
  • Two Horns. Tire Pressure Monitoring System Relearn procedure. The receiver is in relearn mode, or indicates the sensor identification code has been matched to the driver side rear tire, and the TPMS sensor matching process is no longer active.
  • 30 Second Horn. Anti-theft Alarm System. An attempt was made to open the doors, hatch, or hood while the alarm system was armed.
  • Continuous Horn. Charge cord unplugged alarm. The car is locked and the charge cord plugged in. Unlock door before unplugging. To disable the "unplugged" alarm on a 2011 you must take it to the dealer. Or, lock the door with the medal key and it's disabled for that lock/charge session. (Unknown if the key method also disables the horn chirping for power loss during a charge.)
GURGLING, WHIRRING, WHOOSHING

  • Front of car. The car is heating/cooling the battery coolant and circulating it. This can happen plugged in or not.
  • Rear of car. Can sound like a piston. The gas tank pressurization system may be engaged to pressurizing the gas tank.
CLICKING

  • Rapid clicking, drivers side rear. Heard when approaching the Volt with the key fob. (2012 +)
SILENCE

  • Car is on. Or off. Check the Blue power button if unsure. Enjoy. :)

Please let me know if some Chimes/bongs, etc are nonstop or have a finite number. Not sure what the Panic Horn sounds like. Sure I could test all these, but now it's your turn, haha. I'll update the list as needed. Feel free to contribute which can be turned off by driver configuration. Also missing are the new safety lane departure sounds.
 

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Great list! Don't forget BONG BONG BONG when you leave the car on and exit the car or leave the door open.
 

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Great list! Don't forget BONG BONG BONG when you leave the car on and exit the car or leave the door open.
That is listed as "Chime. Driving and Operating. The driver door is opened while the vehicle is in ON/RUN." I'm not sure if all chimes sound the same. I'll include bong in the description.
 

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Nice post!
 

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I wish I knew how to disable a lot of the chirps. The most obnoxious is the "keys left in the car." I like to leave my keys in my Volt at home. Only Navy SEALS could steal my Volt where I live... (and probably Navy geeks are the only ones who can disable this particular annoying set of chirps...)
In my 2011 Volt:

Config --> Vehicle --> Remote Locking, Unlocking, Starting --> Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder [uncheck]
 

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Awesome post, Steverino!
 

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I'm looking for a way to disable the "door open" chime after a few seconds. There is no need to keep nagging me forever and ever until I begin to entertain violent fantasies.

My last vehicle had an electromechanical buzzer. I packed clay around it to reduce the obnoxious factor. It would be so easy to fix in software, but I don't see GM doing this (as this feature is likely designed by lawyers and nanny regulators instead of engineers).

So I am thinking about a time delay relay in series with the door switch. Has anyone tried this?
 

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You realize you just became the Volt Whisperer, right? :)

Seriously, thanks for putting this all together in one place. I'd heard most of it before, but it's never been assembled that I've seen.
 

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Great Post. Thank you. I'm going to ask Chris C to add it to the FAQ he maintains.
Done! See FAQ link in my sig below. Thanks WVhybrid for the heads up via PM. And thanks Steverino for an excellent reference!

I added it to the FAQ alongside a similar entry that WopOnTour wrote about the strange sounds you might hear (e.g. squeaks) and their resolution:

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?13642-List-of-Various-Volt-Noise-Bulletins-(with-potential-caues-and-possible-solutions)&p=146619#post146619

FYI, I was here this evening finally writing up my turn signal bulb repair procedure, also now in the FAQ:

http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?17015-changing-bulb-in-front-turn-signal&p=196636#post196636
 

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Is there are way to an easy way to disable the spaceship sound when you power on/off ?
I don't know for certain it will work, but generally the volume knob is context sensitive - it turns down whatever is playing at the moment (nav voice during announcements, etc.) So if I wanted that startup sound turned down, I'd try turning the knob down as I start the car.
 

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I don't know for certain it will work, but generally the volume knob is context sensitive - it turns down whatever is playing at the moment (nav voice during announcements, etc.) So if I wanted that startup sound turned down, I'd try turning the knob down as I start the car.
I recall that others have done that, yes. Me? Full warp drive. Beam me up Scotty!
 

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Thanks, I'll try it once I get mine finally.

I don't know for certain it will work, but generally the volume knob is context sensitive - it turns down whatever is playing at the moment (nav voice during announcements, etc.) So if I wanted that startup sound turned down, I'd try turning the knob down as I start the car.
 

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Thanks for this thread, I had my dog in the passenger seat today and I believe there were beeps because of her lack of seatbelt. Will have to mess around with the personalization settings
 

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I have a loaner till Thursday and every time I close the door and lock the car I get the three chirps. I have the fob in my hand, could there be another in the car? Tells me the fob is in the car??

Three Rapid Horn Chirps. The RKE transmitter(key fob) was left in the vehicle. This feature can be turned off. Owners Manual: Instruments and Controls > Vehicle Personalization > Remote Locking, Unlocking, Starting > Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder. Car: Config > Vehicle > Remote Locking, Unlocking, Starting > Remote Left in Vehicle Reminder [uncheck]

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Could be the delayed lock feature if you are using the interior door lock button. Not sure if the delay also works with the outside lock button.
 

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Could be the delayed lock feature if you are using the interior door lock button. Not sure if the delay also works with the outside lock button.
Thanks, went into settings and turned it off.

Ian B
 
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