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I KNOW, I know it is old fashion, unnnecessary, OBD2, Torque, My Green Volt gives you this and more,,,,but I am from the XX century, I miss the gauges of my MiniCooper S,,, and since I am planning to do longer trips and less commuting , these GLOWSHIFT will help. I got the 7COLOR gauges,,,the OIL PRESURE and TEMP. sensors come in the Sandwich at the OIL FILTER...I had to remove the oil, but since it was 75% live I reused it,,the oil filter had to be changed. Probably the ideal moment will be when you change the oil...See picture 1, DO NOT turn too tight to prevent oil leaks...I ordered the GLOWSHIFT HARNESS , that connects the sensor to the inside of the car , I used anterior route at the base of the radiator to cross to the driver side without exposing it to the heat of the exhaust pipe. THE FIREWALL entrance I used was the one at the right and above of accelerator base ,,,the old proverbial metal hanger helps to tape and tie the sensors cables...that once inside will go straight up very easy once you have removed the padding in front of the steering wheel (remember the one in the driver side has NO AIRBAG , and has plenty of space for connection cable storing and ground bolt. You have to connect the big bunch of cables 5 for gauge,,color to color, almost PLUG &PLAY, with good instructions from GlowShift . Finally you could use TAP IN FUSE to get power at the lateral driver's side fuse box...Be sure all cables are anterior to the brake pedal and steering axle, to prevent any friction... Notice the water temperature sensor is attached to the cooling system under the resonator on the outside so i didn't have to open any pipe or lose any coolant. Hopefully the pictures will help to illustrate.
 

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That is very cool...good job. I miss that type of instrumentation as well....Chev could have included a nice screen selection for this if they had wanted to. I wish they had. But then again, I wish I didn't need the gas engine at all and my next car won't have one, that's for sure!
 

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Agree , the simplification of the car has many good points , but is kind of sad we are "sitting ducks "waiting for some CEL or alarm to show up unexpected... no idea , just call ON STAR...LOL. When I look to the TESLA 3 the first thing I do not like is a single central screen... the driver nothing ,so sad !!!...soon with Autonomous driving, the drivers who like driving , would be like "parcels" moving from point A to B in total passive way...hard to have love for our beloved cars...
 

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Agree , the simplification of the car has many good points , but is kind of sad we are "sitting ducks "waiting for some CEL or alarm to show up unexpected... no idea , just call ON STAR...LOL. When I look to the TESLA 3 the first thing I do not like is a single central screen... the driver nothing ,so sad !!!...soon with Autonomous driving, the drivers who like driving , would be like "parcels" moving from point A to B in total passive way...hard to have love for our beloved cars...
Why don't you post a poll and ask how many people have actually looked under the hood of their vehicle in the last year...:rolleyes:
 

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I also miss the clutch and a stick shift, the added growl from the engine cavity with my K&N cone filter with heat shield, and a proper rear wheel drive, the way the big guy upstairs intended it. When you punch it in a FWD vehicle, all the weight shifted to the back so traction is reduced.
 

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Very cool mod!:cool:

Would you mind posting the links of the item(s) you had to order to accomplish? I may get around to doing something similar someday...

How difficult was running the wiring thru the firewall? This could be the hardest part of the mod to accomplish IMHO...
 

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Why not just use an OBDII bluetooth and Torque Pro? It will give you even more data.
 

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http://https://www.glowshiftdirect.com/white-7-color-gauge-series/ The easiest FIREWALL hole is at the foot of the accelerator a little above and to the right, I used the wire of a metal hanger to fish and pass the thin cables through... since I did not touch any system of the VOLT, no problems with CEL or any risk of issues with the VOLTEC warranty .... I can monitor the ICE without fooling around with phones or tablets. Good luck.
 

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Thanks for sharing your project.

I really wish companies had customizable gauges in cars, especially a car like the Volt with two nice LCDs. It would be really easy for them to add a gauge similar to what you use with an OBD2 scanner and a smart phone. Just set aside an area on the display that could be customized, like replace the efficiency ball with some customizable gauges/ sensor readings, or maybe something on the center screen.
 

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Thanks for sharing your project.

I really wish companies had customizable gauges in cars, especially a car like the Volt with two nice LCDs. It would be really easy for them to add a gauge similar to what you use with an OBD2 scanner and a smart phone. Just set aside an area on the display that could be customized, like replace the efficiency ball with some customizable gauges/ sensor readings, or maybe something on the center screen.
And while you are at it, add skinz so you can pick from gunmetal gray to blue to hot pink to packer fan colors with logos to whatever. I know it sounds silly, but it was silly faceplates and games, not quality which Nokia used to steal market share from Motorola in the 90s. One decent software guy (or gal) and a few weeks is all it takes to do skinz, and they could start a downloadable ecosystem or make it something to keep onstar stickiness.
 

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My two previous GM cars just had a water temperature gage, and I never had problems in over twenty years each as long as I did the scheduled maintenance. I see the oil gages necessary for racing, but for every day driving, they are useless gadgets for the vestigial gas engines. Hybrids, such as the Volt, have much lesser engine usage and don't need such gages unless you tend to overuse the engines.
 

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My two previous GM cars just had a water temperature gage, and I never had problems in over twenty years each as long as I did the scheduled maintenance. I see the oil gages necessary for racing, but for every day driving, they are useless gadgets for the vestigial gas engines. Hybrids, such as the Volt, have much lesser engine usage and don't need such gages unless you tend to overuse the engines.
And even in racing, if you start to lose oil pressure, you're pretty much toast. You can't let up on the gas as you will inevitably lose, and if you stop to get it repaired, you will also lose. That said, it would be nice to have all this telemetry available via bluetooth to your iDevice, but that's only because some of us nerd out on this stuff.
 

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And even in racing, if you start to lose oil pressure, you're pretty much toast. You can't let up on the gas as you will inevitably lose, and if you stop to get it repaired, you will also lose. That said, it would be nice to have all this telemetry available via bluetooth to your iDevice, but that's only because some of us nerd out on this stuff.
Look all you want; there's still nothing to decide based on the information provided, though, as there's no action you can take to actually affect any of it. We know very little about the Volt's engine other than it's configured to operate differently from any similar engine in several different profiles. Even the goddamned thermostat is controlled by the computers. Sometimes it opens at a low temp, sometimes it opens at much higher temperatures. Can a temperature reading tell you whether it's working right or not? No, not this side of actual disaster.
 
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