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by BerkeleyBowlt
Sun Jan 26, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: Buying / Leasing / Dealerships
Topic: So are we all going to end up buying our cars after our leases are up?
Replies: 113
Views: 56897

Re: So are we all going to end up buying our cars after our leases are up?

(I posted this on oReddit, but am posting it here because I think it is useful for someone deciding whether to buy a 2020 Bolt vs their existing lease) Yesterday I got a 2020 Oasis Blue Premier to replace my 2017 Cajun Red Premier. (Neighbor: "That car is remarkably blue." I'm not sure she...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: ClipperCreek support is awesome
Replies: 3
Views: 3763

ClipperCreek support is awesome

I've had a ClipperCreek HCS-40 EVSE for my Bolt since January 2017. The original unit started failing two months after I bought it: when I plugged the car in, it would only charge for a second or two, and then the EVSE would sit with flashing warning lights for a few minutes, "thunk"-ing t...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:45 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Rattle from steering column area on rough roads?
Replies: 4
Views: 3196

Re: Rattle from steering column area on rough roads?

That post helps. Found the culprit. It's the bolt on the lower part of the U-joint where the spline actually comes OUT of the floor. not where the U-joint connects to the long shaft that goes up the steering column. The exact same thing happened to me. At around 9,500 miles, "something that so...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: "Service Front Camera" warning
Replies: 4
Views: 3475

Re: "Service Front Camera" warning

As a much belated followup to this, the dealer determined the "front camera module" was dead and it was replaced under warranty. From their notes: "Front view camera module locked up needs to be replaced. Confirmed customer's complaint performed DTC scan and found code B101D SYM 3C an...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:47 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: "Service Front Camera" warning
Replies: 4
Views: 3475

"Service Front Camera" warning

When I start my Bolt (~6,000 miles on it), after a few seconds the driver information center (speedometer) displays the messages "Forward Collision Alert Off", then "Service Front Camera". The lane keeping assist, forward collision alert, and automatic headlight dimming do not wo...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: has anyone found success with TOU (time-of-use) rates at home?
Replies: 33
Views: 12009

Re: has anyone found success with TOU (time-of-use) rates at home?

Has anyone found that switching to TOU rate worked in their favor? I switched to the PG&E Northern California EV-A TOU plan when I got my Bolt in January. I drive about 1,000 miles a month and charge almost exclusively between 1-5 AM on a L2 charger. According to my PG&E bills, last month m...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Broken rear axle weld causing sound when turning
Replies: 3
Views: 2291

Broken rear axle weld causing sound when turning

Around the 3,000 mile mark, my Bolt started making a "metal hitting against metal" sound from under the rear of the car when the weight of the car shifted from left to right and vice-versa, such as when going around corners. It wasn't very loud, but imagine a sound similar to hitting a met...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: 2 questions in regards of Bolt EV
Replies: 16
Views: 5052

Re: 2 questions in regards of Bolt EV

The ONLY reason some suggest not buying a 240v EVSE is to save money. Reality is: Life happens. Plans change, emergencies can and do come up. In your case (and countless other scenarios I can think of) what if you don't have the time (much less 3 days) to recharge the battery? Yeah. I've had my Bol...
by BerkeleyBowlt
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:22 am
Forum: News and Main Chevy Bolt EV Forum
Topic: Bolt Front Seats Recall Media Campaign
Replies: 171
Views: 78389

Re: Bolt Front Seats Recall Media Campaign

LeftieBiker wrote:I second the idea of a dedicated thread for this fix

Done. Howto: Adding more padding to front seats.

Hope this helps someone!
by BerkeleyBowlt
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:21 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Howto: Adding more padding to front seats
Replies: 50
Views: 26094

Howto: Adding more padding to front seats

As suggested in the Bolt Front Seats Recall Media Campaign thread, I'm creating a separate thread for this. If you think the front seat doesn't have enough padding on the bottom part, it's possible to add foam without removing the seat from the car or disassembling it. The change doesn't affect the ...

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