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With all the buttons and switches this car has, every time I get home and shut the car down I feel like a pilot shutting down his plane. My routine usually goes like this...

Open garage door
Pull forward till the ground crew, er I mean the laser park assist tells me I'm in position.
Shift into park
Set parking brake
Open charge door
Turn car off
Close garage door
Open car door
Plug in car
Profit

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With all the buttons and switches this car has, every time I get home and shut the car down I feel like a pilot shutting down his plane. My routine usually goes like this...

Open garage door
Pull forward till the ground crew, er I mean the laser park assist tells me I'm in position.
Shift into park
Set parking break
Open charge door
Turn car off
Close garage door
Open car door
Plug in car
Profit

:D
fwiw the correct word/spelling is brake not break.
 

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You must have a 2013 or before, because my 2014 edition dropped the remote controlled charging door for a manual one.

My routine is similar:

  1. Open garage door.
  2. Pull in to touch hanging "stop here" sign. (More manual control. :) )
  3. Shift into Park.
  4. Press Power button to turn off car and listen to the sci-fi movie sound effect.
  5. Close garage door.
  6. Press the now displayed "Charging" button. (Yep, I stuck with Level 1 120 volt charging.)
  7. Select "Level".
  8. Select 12 Amp level. (Heard newer cars have automated these last 3 steps.)
  9. Press Return to see when car will be fully charged.
  10. Open door, exit and close door.
  11. Plug in.
  12. Listen for the beep and green light telling me my ol' White Charger is feeding contentedly.

I park on the level, so no need for the parking brake.
 

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I park on the level, so no need for the parking brake.
Use it or lose it. Especially in some climes where it can rust to the point of not working.
 

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I park on the level, so no need for the parking brake.
You don't have a need for a parking brake until something in the tranny fails, and your car (albeit slowly on level ground) starts rolling away. There's never a good reason not to use it.
 

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My garage routine also includes:

Push the unlock button for 5 seconds to disable the auto-lock feature.
 

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When I have been using the AC, I run the HVAC blower (fan only) on maximum speed for 3 - 5 minutes in an attempt to dry off the condenser. In my experience this prevents the HVAC mold/mildew odor that can develop.
 

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OK, since we are sharing routines:

(1) Open garage door.
(2) Pull forward slowly until I feel the bump from the 2x4 I glued to the floor.
(3) Shift to N and let off the brake so the car rolls back an inch or two to release tire pressure on the 2x4.
(4) Reapply brake and shift the rest of the way to P.
(5) Push the on/off button.
(6) Open door, exit, close door.
(7) Open charge port door and plug in to charge.
(8) Verify blinking green on dash, walk away, and close garage door on the way inside.

One day my 2x4 bump stop is gonna come unglued and then I'll stop when I see the hurricane plywood in front of the car start to bend. :D

Mike
 

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The first time I pulled my Volt out of the driveway I felt like I was sitting inside an aircraft wing.
 

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You don't have a need for a parking brake until something in the tranny fails, and your car (albeit slowly on level ground) starts rolling away. There's never a good reason not to use it.
If your car slowly rolls (in any direction) on level ground, you need to patent that process - It's even more energy efficient than driving an EV! :p

I've yet to use the parking brake in my 2017 once . . . . and if and when I do, it sure won't be in my garage, because my garage is level and it's all I can do to move the car pushing it as hard as I can . . . . it sure won't move on it's own

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Even if you don't regularly set the parking brake it is a good idea to activate the Volt's parking brake every now and again to make sure the parking brake mechanism does not freeze up from disuse.
 

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I only park in the garage in the summer heat. Hang a ball or other object from the ceiling, when it hits your windshield you are in position. We call the Volt our spaceship lol

I do wish GM had voice prompts instead of all those silly beeps. Like "buckle up your seat belt", "passenger door is open", "Fob left in vehicle" etc
 

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I only park in the garage in the summer heat. Hang a ball or other object from the ceiling, when it hits your windshield you are in position. We call the Volt our spaceship lol

I do wish GM had voice prompts instead of all those silly beeps. Like "buckle up your seat belt", "passenger door is open", "Fob left in vehicle" etc
OMG NO! The beeps and bings are enough, I do NOT want my car talking to me!
 
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