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Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:44 am
by stevewa
CGameProgrammer wrote: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.


Agreed, when we sold our 2002 Prius it had 160K miles and original brakes, with no sign of needing a replacement yet.

Re: They Chevy Bolt Requires Zero Maintenance

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 4:12 pm
by oilerlord
CGameProgrammer wrote: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.


Since this has suddenly become "serious", front brake pads on a TDI don't typically last 131,000 miles unless you're a hypermiler or drive mostly highway miles.

Re: The Chevy Bolt Requires Little Maintenance

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:48 am
by CGameProgrammer
I do neither but I don't brake abruptly nor ride the brakes like some people do, which really wears them down. Also mine are near the end of their life, to be fair, but the car is being sold back to VW so it no longer matters.

Re: The Chevy Bolt Requires Little Maintenance

Posted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:53 am
by dabk
I leased a Spark EV for the last three and a half years. In that time I brought it into the dealer once for a hood latch recall and had the cabin hvac filter changed. Total cost $65. No brake replacement... almost never used them because the car slows itself down without brakes in L. Three and a half years, $65! That's no maintenance to me.

Re: The Chevy Bolt Requires Little Maintenance

Posted: Fri May 28, 2021 10:52 am
by Sanseverino1960
Not being one who likes making a duplicate thread, I did a search for, Cleaning under the hood, and this topic was the only one that mentioned those words, but not in search order.

So, for cleaning under the hood, how is it done?

Once a year, I would take my gasoline car to the neighborhood self-serve Car Wash, and clean the engine.

Does anyone on the Forum here clean under the hood? And, if so, how do you do it?

Thank you,

Re: The Chevy Bolt Requires Little Maintenance

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:03 pm
by marspilgrim
Ah, no. Got my 2017 used which now has 26K miles and my under hood looks basically new, including Chicago winters. I could almost eat off it in there. I just remove a few leaves up at the vent intake. Might depend on the area since if I still lived in AZ I'd probably need to blow some dust out of it every year or two.

The last time I had to clean an ICE engine was my 2002 Camry but it was very old at that point. No oil gaskets to leak on an EV although you might splash some of the wiper fluid. I am completely loving zero maintenance EV life!

Re: The Chevy Bolt Requires Little Maintenance

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 10:57 pm
by PackardV8
2017 four years in and zero maintenance and zero trips to the dealer; the underhood is only lightly dusty. The brakes will last forever. We drive for weeks without ever using the friction brakes.

jack vines