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In almost 2 years of ownership, I've had my first problem with the Volt. Thanks to this forum I was able to get this fixed quickly and under warranty.

The dreaded click upon acceleration during stop/low speeds was really bad.

The dealership said it was not covered under warranty even AFTER I explicitly asked them if it was. They of course wanted to charge me $140 for a "Vehicle Inspection Fee" just in case it was not under warranty. So after reading the forums here and then talking to the warranty specialist at the dealership, it was free. Take that plastic washer!

We got it from the dealer and took it home. It sat for 2 days and a new problem showed up.

The Volt just shut down on my wife. Basically said battery saving mode enabled and then it would no longer turn on. My guess is the 12V battery died but we shipped it to the dealer and they had to keep it overnight. But she did say that when they turned on the car manually (her words) that the gas generator kicked on. The car had fully charged overnight. So hopefully nothing too wrong.

Sh*t happens.

In 2 years of ownership, I'm very happy that this is the first problems I have had and they will probably be warranty/routine maintenance. Considering this is also a used Gen I Volt, I consider myself very lucky.

One question though.....if the 12V did die, have any of you jump started the car? I read on how to do it....but wasn't sure if the Portable jumpers (USB ones) were a negative ground system?

Thanks to this forum....you guys are awesome.
 

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One question though.....if the 12V did die, have any of you jump started the car? I read on how to do it....but wasn't sure if the Portable jumpers (USB ones) were a negative ground system?

Thanks to this forum....you guys are awesome.


Small & Cheap lithium-ion replacement for the 12V AGM battery

FWIW: I am able to power ON my Gen1 using just the above pictured tiny battery jump pack while the 12V AGM was disconnected so I see no reason why something similar couldn't be used to jump start...I think an even smaller = less mAh jump pack would have done the job just fine as the Volt requires very little current to turn ON.

High CCA isn't required as is needed on a standard ICE vehicle!:cool:
 

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One question though.....if the 12V did die, have any of you jump started the car? I read on how to do it....but wasn't sure if the Portable jumpers (USB ones) were a negative ground system?
Yes you can jump start the car and I have done it. I have a portable jumper lithium pack I keep in the glove box. It came with black and red clamps. So yes, if you have one of these, black is ground and red is positive. You should have also got instructions with the lithium jumper pack.
 

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I was reading over your thread and I too, have a 2013 Volt and have noticed a click every time I brake and accelerate. Sounds like a relay clicking somewhere in the dash. Is this the click that yours had? Also, what did you do to fix it?
 

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Just got this issue repaired on my 2013. The click during decel and accel was coming from driver-side front wheel. After inspection they found the driver side axle was bad and replaced it under the powertrain warranty (i'm at 53k miles). Clicking gone.
 

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I was reading over your thread and I too, have a 2013 Volt and have noticed a click every time I brake and accelerate. Sounds like a relay clicking somewhere in the dash. Is this the click that yours had? Also, what did you do to fix it?
Yes, that's it !!! I just bought a 32mm, 6 point socket....took out my handy torque wrench and torqued the axle nuts to 185 ft.lbs. Both my nuts where around 100 - 110. Socket only cost me $5 at Harbor Freight.
 
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