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Trouble for me that is..... :D

So much reading and learning here,

So far I've flipped my rearview mirror (sensor on top)

Have the new "shorter" front air dam to install

Should have my Voltshelf / Voltscreen from Steve (Scarlett1) Delivered today. Thanks Steve!!

Need to check my 12 Volt battery, if original look into proactive replacement, Need to get a Husky Liner for the hatch

Then tires later on this year.... and on and on

I Love my Volt, works great for my purposes so far, Still on the original tank of gas from Feb 27 2018 when I bought it.

Big THANKS to Everybody who contributes Info and Runs / Moderates this site!!!

Jeff
 

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You think that's bad ... I've also got a '16 Mustang GT - one of the most moddable cars around! Thankfully, I've held back ... a bit.
 
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Trouble for me that is..... :D

So much reading and learning here,

So far I've flipped my rearview mirror (sensor on top)

Have the new "shorter" front air dam to install

Should have my Voltshelf / Voltscreen from Steve (Scarlett1) Delivered today. Thanks Steve!!

Need to check my 12 Volt battery, if original look into proactive replacement, Need to get a Husky Liner for the hatch

Then tires later on this year.... and on and on

I Love my Volt, works great for my purposes so far, Still on the original tank of gas from Feb 27 2018 when I bought it.

Big THANKS to Everybody who contributes Info and Runs / Moderates this site!!!

Jeff
Ok I'll bite. If I flip my rear view mirror over, won't the backup display be upside down? What is the point in this?

Shorter Air dam also available for the 2013? I need to replace mine as it's torn in 2 places. Is it a different part number? How hard is it to replace the black plastic bottom of the bumper too? Mine has some frontal damage from the previous owner (probably bumped a curb or parking barrier (since those are tall enough to do damage to the volt).

All I have done since buying mine is detail the car (still need to wax it). Topped off all coolant levels (battery and engine were both low), changed spark plugs, drained and filled the transmission fluid (still looked new with 142k on it). Replaced the air filter and added an in-cabin filter. Changed the brake fluid too.
 

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Ok I'll bite. If I flip my rear view mirror over, won't the backup display be upside down? What is the point in this?
This has no affect on the backup display. The display comes from a camera mounted near the license plate on the rear bumper, so the mirror is not involved.

Flipping the mirror supposedly* helps the auto dimming feature (if equipped) work better by exposing the light sensor more completely to headlights behind your car.

*I say supposedly because this did not seem to help my mirror, so it may not help in all cases.
 
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Ok I'll bite. If I flip my rear view mirror over, won't the backup display be upside down? What is the point in this?

Shorter Air dam also available for the 2013? I need to replace mine as it's torn in 2 places. Is it a different part number? How hard is it to replace the black plastic bottom of the bumper too? Mine has some frontal damage from the previous owner (probably bumped a curb or parking barrier (since those are tall enough to do damage to the volt).

All I have done since buying mine is detail the car (still need to wax it). Topped off all coolant levels (battery and engine were both low), changed spark plugs, drained and filled the transmission fluid (still looked new with 142k on it). Replaced the air filter and added an in-cabin filter. Changed the brake fluid too.
Pic of the rearview... It also puts the little dip in the rearview at the bottom, seems to be easier to see out the hatch window and the little window too. Probably stupid but seemed to help my vision.

As for the shorter air dam, I have a '14 Built in January, so I'd think all built before mine have the longer airdam, mine drags on most driveways. I got mine here... (Ugh can't post a link) I got it from "PartsCenterPlus" on Ebay He shipped fast I got it days before it was supposed to be delivered, and was a factory GM part
 

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You think that's bad ... I've also got a '16 Mustang GT - one of the most moddable cars around! Thankfully, I've held back ... a bit.
Modding disease - there's no known cure. :)
 

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This has no affect on the backup display. The display comes from a camera mounted near the license plate on the rear bumper, so the mirror is not involved.

Flipping the mirror supposedly* helps the auto dimming feature (if equipped) work better by exposing the light sensor more completely to headlights behind your car.

*I say supposedly because this did not seem to help my mirror, so it may not help in all cases.
I have a 2014. I don't see how the sensor sees more light. It's way at the top of roof and almost blocked by the bulge that has the airbag display. The headlights from another vehicle would have to shine through the very top of of the hatchback glass. And- YOU'RE MIRROR IS UPSIDE DOWN
 

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I don't see how the sensor sees more light. It's way at the top of roof and almost blocked by the bulge...
The curve side down is the original GM position. But as you mention, the sensor is indeed then mostly blocked. So it doesn't work too well. There were apparently multiple dealers (including mine) flipping it around, curve side up, sensor down, so that it DID see lights from the back, and work better for auto dimming. But then it didn't provide the full view out the rear for the driver it was meant for. Attached is a picture from the Chevrolet website in 2014. My Volt is a Dec 2013 build. I received my 2014, new from the dealer, sensor down, curve side up. I flipped it around later that year. Been that way ever since.

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I have a 2014. I don't see how the sensor sees more light. It's way at the top of roof and almost blocked by the bulge that has the airbag display. The headlights from another vehicle would have to shine through the very top of of the hatchback glass. And- YOU'RE MIRROR IS UPSIDE DOWN
Nope, the mirror is correct. Look at the back of the mirror, the part that faces the windshield. The part number is molded into the back. If the part number is upside down, the mirror is upside down. Also, there is another photocell that faces the windshield that allows it to detect day or night conditions. It should be free to "see" through the windshield--if it's upside down, all it "sees" is the back of the black box.

 

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Need to check my 12 Volt battery, if original look into proactive replacement,
My 2011 12V battery is original, so that's 7 years of use so far. Depending on your local climate, your battery may need replacing sooner based on broiling temps. I don't live in sizzling Arizona, but based on the 90°F+ temps yesterday (a record), maybe AZ is moving to me? :)
 
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My 2011 12V battery is original, so that's 7 years of use so far. Depending on your local climate, your battery may need replacing sooner based on broiling temps. I don't live in sizzling Arizona, but based on the 90°F+ temps yesterday (a record), maybe AZ is moving to me? :)
I'm in Northern Virginia, where it goes from too hot to too cold and back again...

I do know my poor car sat on a used car lot from around November to almost the first of March without ever being plugged (dealer said "nah we don't charge 'em) and it was totally drained when I went to look at it. Don't know if that puts any extra stress on the 12 volt battery or not.
 

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Trouble for me that is..... :D

So much reading and learning here,

So far I've flipped my rearview mirror (sensor on top)

Have the new "shorter" front air dam to install

Should have my Voltshelf / Voltscreen from Steve (Scarlett1) Delivered today. Thanks Steve!!

Need to check my 12 Volt battery, if original look into proactive replacement, Need to get a Husky Liner for the hatch

Then tires later on this year.... and on and on

I Love my Volt, works great for my purposes so far, Still on the original tank of gas from Feb 27 2018 when I bought it.

Big THANKS to Everybody who contributes Info and Runs / Moderates this site!!!

Jeff
I'm glad your like your VoltStuff, Jeff! Drive in peace and with confidence.

And check out a VoltMat for the trunk instead of the Husky liner. Nothing wrong with Husky, but we have alternatives for a bunch less.

Steve
 
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I'm glad your like your VoltStuff, Jeff! Drive in peace and with confidence.

And check out a VoltMat for the trunk instead of the Husky liner. Nothing wrong with Husky, but we have alternatives for a bunch less.

Steve
Steve, The Voltshelf / screen looks good! Thanks for the quick shipping on a holiday weekend! Hopefully I'll get to install it this weekend, between life/work/weather it all gets in the way of my fun. I will definitely keep your Voltmat in mind when it's time to purchase a cargo mat. Thanks Again!
 
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Pic of the rearview... It also puts the little dip in the rearview at the bottom, seems to be easier to see out the hatch window and the little window too. Probably stupid but seemed to help my vision.

As for the shorter air dam, I have a '14 Built in January, so I'd think all built before mine have the longer airdam, mine drags on most driveways. I got mine here... (Ugh can't post a link) I got it from "PartsCenterPlus" on Ebay He shipped fast I got it days before it was supposed to be delivered, and was a factory GM part
I have not been able to locate the shorter air dam. Mine drags and was falling off the car when I bought it. In fact it's torn in a few sports. I bought some screws and reattached it so it does not look like garbage. But the plastic bottom of the front bumper is also cracked (aparently the previous owner drove over something low.)

I ordered the new bottom bumper from my dealer for $170. They want $60 something for the new air dam. Should I just get it there it's cheaper online but not much after shipping.... I was interested in a "shorter one" but not sure what that is or if it would defeat the purpose in having one.

Basically I bought the OE version of this part:
https://www.amazon.com/Evan-Fischer...-1-1-3622--9-0&sr=1-2&ymm=2013:chevrolet:volt

If anyone has tips on removing this I'd appreciate it. I have no idea what I am doing :p Looks like some screws and a bunch of clips.
 

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Nope, the mirror is correct. Look at the back of the mirror, the part that faces the windshield. The part number is molded into the back. If the part number is upside down, the mirror is upside down. Also, there is another photocell that faces the windshield that allows it to detect day or night conditions. It should be free to "see" through the windshield--if it's upside down, all it "sees" is the back of the black box.
 
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