Chevrolet Bolt Fires
GM believes new software updates will allow Bolt owners to fully charge their batteries once again. Owners were asked to temporarily limit their battery's charging capacity to stop defective cells from sparking a flame and make the EV extra…Continue reading article "Chevrolet Bolt Fires"
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- propulsion power reduced - service immediately in the 2017 Bolt
- control placement on/off info screen in the 2019 Bolt
- extremely uncomfortable seats in the 2018 Bolt
- info screen glitches in the 2019 Bolt
- battery range decreased in the 2017 Bolt
1st Generation (2017–2021) Bolt Key Numbers
Chevy says battery scans and software update will allow 2017-2019 Bolt owners to once again charge their batteries to full capacity.
The EVs were recalled last November following reports of the batteries catching on fire while charging near 100%. As a temporary measure, owners were asked to limit their battery's charging capacity to 90% until a more permanent fix could be found.…keep reading article "Chevy Says They Have A More Permanent Fix to Prevent Bolt Battery Fires"
Another owner is suing GM following their decision to cap the Bolt's battery capacity at 90%, even if that's a temporary fix to prevent fires.
The automaker recalled the Chevy EVs last November after learning that the batteries can spark a flame as they are charging and nearing 100%. By temporarily capping them at 90%, GM can stop those fires while they search for a more permanent solution.
But a plaintiff in Michigan says Bolt owners need to contend with range anxiety and diminished resale value while they wait. Call me crazy, but a temporary restriction on range feels a lot more desirable than a permanently charred engine.…keep reading article "Another Chevy Bolt Owner Sues GM Over Range Anxiety"
The combination of cold-weather and a recent software update is diminishing the Chevy Bolt's range by an estimated 33%
according to a new class-action lawsuit. That has sparked some serious range anxiety for Canadian owners. Most EV owners are aware that cold weather is going to slow the battery down a bit, but that problem has been compounded by GM's decision to limit the Bolt's charging capacity to 90%.…keep reading article "Canadian Bolt Owners Already Had Winter Range Anxiety, a Recent Software Update Only Made it Worse"
GM may have used the wrong bolts to secure the seat belts in certain 2020 and 2021 Chevy models.
Could the new bolts work? Maybe. But when it comes time to rely on the seat belts, it's better knowing the right parts were used to tether them to the frame.…keep reading article "Some Newer Chevy Vehicles May Have the Wrong Seat Belt Bolts"
Chevrolet has recalled 460 Bolt EVs to fix leaky front-left brake calipers.
The automaker believes the calipers weren't cast properly, allowing them to leak during hard stops. Losing brake fluid is never great, but the real concern is that the caliper could eventually fracture and no-one enjoys a sudden loss of braking power.…keep reading article "460 Bolt EVs Recalled for Leaking Brake Calipers"
General Motors has been sued for last month's Bolt EV recall which temporarily limits the battery's capacity to 90%, bringing the car's range down from 238 miles to roughly 214.
The plaintiff says the software update is giving him "range anxiety" and that's only heightened by the impending cold weather months which can also limit range. Last I checked, winter was going to happen regardless of the recall and it could just be me but I'd be more anxious about the possibility of my car catching on fire than losing 14 miles of range.…keep reading article "A Bolt EV Owner Cites Range Anxiety in His Lawsuit Against GM's Latest Recall"
General Motors is recalling roughly 68,700 Bolt EVs to temporarily limit their battery capacities hoping it'll prevent further battery fires.
The automaker has confirmed five fires are the result of a defect inside the EV's high-voltage battery systems. The batteries contain cells from LG Chem and as they approach a 100% charged state there's an issue that can cause a short-circuit and spark a flame.
The issue has been under investigation by the safety regulators since last month.…keep reading article "Why Bolt Owners Need to Park Outside Until They Get This Recall"
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administation (NHTSA) has opened a federal investigation into the 2017-2020 Bolt EV following three reports of fires while the cars were parked and unoccupied.
All three reports seemed to have happened as the car was charging or parked with nearly a 100% charge.
The investigation will determine if the nearly 78,000 vehicles are too dangerous to drive or park in an enclosed structure.keep reading article "Three Reports of Bolt EV Battery Fires Under Investigation"
Excess gas –– we’ve all had it, no-one likes it, and the same holds true for your braking system.
GM says it needs to bleed the brake systems of 230,000 cars because the vehicles have rear brake caliper pistons that have hydrogen gas trapped inside that could be released into the brake systems. ZF, the manufacturer of the brake pistons, didn't properly temper and chrome-coat the pistons, causing hydrogen gas to remain trapped in the bodies of the pistons.
This problem may cause your brake pedal to feel “spongy” but it’s unclear if it affects stopping distances.keep reading article "There is Excess Gas Buildup in the Brake Caliper Pistons of 230,000 GM Vehicles"