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Charge Port Door 2013 Volt actuating pin malfunctioning. Wont release door.

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I give up and want to change my 2013 door to the 2014 style. The one without the fancy release that is a lemon design.

How do I do that? I want the push to release door instead.

I have THREE VOLTS so this is really going to be an irritation if this is a consistent problem.:mad::mad:

FWIW, I've tried lubing up the pin and everything else. THE LATCH WONT RELEASE SO THERE IS NO SHOT AT PRYING IT OPEN WITH ANYTHING.

The problem gets worse as it gets colder. Here in the frozen midwest, I've had to have a space heater blowing on it for hours before it releases.

When it's warm, the actuator moves the full travel just like my other two Volts. But when the thing gets cold, it makes very little noise as it tries to move the pin and the PIN DOES NOT MOVE.
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My 2013 has had the frozen door issue a few times but the actuator pin has never failed (it appears to be a solenoid device) and has always moved with the push of the door button or the fob button. I have a piece of foam weather stripping stuck onto the hinge side to help pop it open (it acts a bit like a bumper between the hinge and the socket to make the door spring open faster).

Down the road, after all warranties are exhausted and if failure, I may cut off the plastic point part where the door hits the pin and then fashion some sort of other connector, possibly a magnetic catch one would use for a glass door on a bookcase for example. If that would not work, I would try something simpler. Maybe even a finger hole and just a magnet. Of course, I will need to make sure the sensor still detects the charge door as opened or closed.
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