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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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If you press the release button and the door stays closed, it will set some kind of trouble code. If the dealer reads that trouble code, they can fix it under the Voltec warranty (not the b to b warranty). They will replace the actuator or the door, etc. That is your best bet at this point.

I don't know if it can be changed to the manual door or not, but I'm guessing that it either can't or it would require too much re-engineering that the pre-2014 models were not made for. Maybe Chevy will get tired of replacing these under warranty and issue an updated version that works better.

If mine acts up again after the Voltec warranty, I would consider possibly removing the door all together. Or at least removing the rubber boot on the door, which I believe is the problem in some cases (not yours). Or you could remove the pin and close it with velcro. Put a little knob on the outside to pull it open with. I know that would be kind of "rigged," but to cure the frustration, it is justified, IMO.

Chevy did the right thing by changing the design for later model years.
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