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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:06 am

Signed up for a first generation Leaf the year before it was commercially available (6.5 years ago) for the same reason purchased a Bolt last month. Been calling the reason "mechanics independence", analogous to "energy independence". As someone who is not so in the know about the mechanics of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, I find it a relief to avoid going into the shop as frequently, and face mechanics who in the past would "find something" extra to offer to fix at the same time as other services and "at a discount", but actually learn later from auto-savvy male counterparts that there was no discount. "Mechanics independence" is my rationale. Many other ladies may follow suit, now that long-range battery EVs for the masses are approaching the driving range of economy ICEs (e.g., one charge session yielding almost as many miles to the tank), so that range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past for those who opt for battery EVs ... and mechanics independence.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:22 am

There are a lot of guys that feel the same way. I'm one of them. Enjoy your new Bolt!
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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:23 am

So I just read through the owner's manual. There's basically no maintenance aside from general brake/tire stuff. Brake fluid gets changed every 5 years regardless of mileage; 5 years is a long time. Coolant and other fluids get changed at 150,000 miles. And that's basically it. There's no 600-mile service, no 3k, 5k, or 10k service, etc. It just works.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:11 pm

CGameProgrammer wrote:So I just read through the owner's manual. There's basically no maintenance aside from general brake/tire stuff. Brake fluid gets changed every 5 years regardless of mileage; 5 years is a long time. Coolant and other fluids get changed at 150,000 miles. And that's basically it. There's no 600-mile service, no 3k, 5k, or 10k service, etc. It just works.


That's pretty damned good. I'm surprised about the brake fluid not having to be changed for that long. Perhaps they are using a new type that doesn't require changing as often as the stuff used in standard cards these days.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:47 pm

oilerlord wrote:
Tessy wrote:I'm not sold on all the praising of electric vehicles and the Chevy Bolt for that matter in regards to no or low maintenance. I couldn't really care about a typo in the main article heading. IMO give it a few years we will see what is good what is not good about electric vehicle maintenance. I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for.


I'm guessing the majority of buyers will lease the $40,000 Bolt (or any other new EV), so low or zero maintenance is a moot point for them. The only people that need be concerned with maintenance are buyers (like me) that might grab a Bolt in 2-3 years when it becomes an obsolete, and unloved $16,000 used car.



I love 'low maintenance' because it means that I still own my Chevy Bolt, which is coming soon! 'No maintenance' means that I must be riding my bicycle but even that requires air in the tires once in awhile.
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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:53 am

CGameProgrammer wrote:So I just read through the owner's manual. There's basically no maintenance aside from general brake/tire stuff. Brake fluid gets changed every 5 years regardless of mileage; 5 years is a long time. Coolant and other fluids get changed at 150,000 miles. And that's basically it. There's no 600-mile service, no 3k, 5k, or 10k service, etc. It just works.


600 mile, 3K, 5K service? :o What are you driving, something from the 1950's? Make sure you get a fresh set of points and condenser in that thing. No wonder you are dying to go electric.

Hit the page down key for the rest of the recommended service.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:48 am

I mean all motorcycles and some cars have a 600-mile service, and then the regular service is either at 3k, 5-6k, or 10k miles depending on the vehicle.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:48 am

sam wrote:Image


From the manual:

"Required Services" are listed in nearby in the manual, stuff like inspecting brake pad thickness, tire tread, etc..
(1) is more frequently in dusty conditions or something like that.
(2) indicates every 5 years if the mileage is not reached.
(3) is every 5 years, regardless of mileage.

So not maintenance-free, but less maintenance than an internal combustion engine car, since there are no engine oil changes (easy but messy), spark plug (or glow plug) changes, clutch lining or automatic transmission fluid changes, or engine air filter changes. No worries about failing smog inspection either.

The tire rotation, cabin air filter, and inspections should be relatively easy for those with DIY car maintenance experience (and the needed information, like how to change the cabin air filter and the torque for the wheel nuts/bolts is in the owner's manual).

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Thu Jan 12, 2017 7:01 pm

boltage wrote:
sam wrote:Image


From the manual:

"Required Services" are listed in nearby in the manual, stuff like inspecting brake pad thickness, tire tread, etc..
(1) is more frequently in dusty conditions or something like that.
(2) indicates every 5 years if the mileage is not reached.
(3) is every 5 years, regardless of mileage.

So not maintenance-free, but less maintenance than an internal combustion engine car, since there are no engine oil changes (easy but messy), spark plug (or glow plug) changes, clutch lining or automatic transmission fluid changes, or engine air filter changes. No worries about failing smog inspection either.

The tire rotation, cabin air filter, and inspections should be relatively easy for those with DIY car maintenance experience (and the needed information, like how to change the cabin air filter and the torque for the wheel nuts/bolts is in the owner's manual).


Exactly - and brake pads will wear MUCH less on the Bolt EV - like all EV's with regen. The cabin air filter is hardly crucial.

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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:45 am

Seriously, as far as brake pads go, I am still on the original pads on my regular diesel car with 131,000 miles on it. I will never replace the pads on my Bolt that almost entirely uses regen for braking.

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