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I just washed my car. Then I backed it into the garage and opened the charge port door and noticed it was pretty wet in and around the vehicles charge receptacle. I dried it off and blew it out before plugging in and I am sure it's going to be fine, but I don't think the charge port door prevides that much protection from water entry. I wish there was some kind of a nice fitting cover that would slip over the charge receptacle to prevent moisture entree inside it.
I am surprised that Chev hasn't done a better job of protecting this critical area of the vehicle from water entree. It's not like I was directing full hose pressure at the door trying to get water inside. I fear what a high pressure car wash might do.
 

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This is not a problem. The J1772 connector was designed for all weather charging. After washing the Volt open the charging port cover to let any excess water drain. The only time this might be a problem is if snow and ice accumulate on or inside the hinged charging port cover or around the J1772 connector. This could make it difficult to open the charging port cover to connect or disconnect the charging cable and to close the port cover.
 

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This is our 2nd Volt, having bought our first one in 2013. We have an outside 240 Volt charging unit in the driveway exposed to all
the elements nature can deliver. Never had a problem with wind, rain, or occasional snow. Here in Northwestern Oregon by the Pacific Ocean it rains for months on end and with winds well over 60 mph at times. If there was any problem at all with exposed charging with the Volt we would have been well aware of it by now.
 

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The charge port door is not a weather proof seal. If you find excess moisture inside, just wipe it off (so dirt does not build up)
 

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I will certainly do that......just surprised that the door doesn't provide better protection from the elements.
 

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I find mine provides sufficient protection against the rain. I even charge my Volt in the rain if I see a L2 Charger somewhere in my town, so it doesn't matter to me since I wipe it clean after using it anyways. Never any problems. I think if they were to build a weatherproof seal on the charge cover, would kind of defeat the purpose of having it unless you always charged indoors. You'd end up having to clean out the port area anyways.


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There's no gasket sealing it watertight, so it's no different than a gas cover flap. Water and dirt can collect.
 

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I charge outside in the rain no problem. I even once accidentally sprayed water into the connector while hosing off my car (forgot to close the door). A simply sprayed a little more water right into the pin contacts to wash any debris out then blasted it gently with air compressor to dry it out immediately. No problems so far. J1772 was designed for these eventual issues.
 
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