Stuck Chevy Volt Charge Port Door? Try This Simple Fix – Video

3 years ago by Electric CarsTV 20

The Chevy Volt is not the only plug-in vehicle prone to the stuck charge port door issue.  Unfortunately, it seems this issue affects several electric models.

For the Chevy Volt, there may be a simple fix.

“A common complaint of Volt owners is a charger port door that doesn’t open. The dealer will replace the door if you complain enough, but try this simple fix first.”

Stuck Volt Charge Door?  Here's A Simple Fix

Stuck Volt Charge Door? Here’s A Simple Fix

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20 responses to "Stuck Chevy Volt Charge Port Door? Try This Simple Fix – Video"

  1. GeorgeS says:

    A useful tip!!

  2. Anon says:

    Guess non-stick teflon around the seal was too expensive…

  3. David Murray says:

    Be careful not to spray anything petroleum-based on the rubber or it will degrade it.. use silicon lubricant only.

    1. James says:

      Agreed. When he said “WD-40”, I thought – “Why not just a bit of Armor-All?”… At which point I went out and treated mine! 🙂
      – Preventative measures, y’know!

    2. vdiv says:

      And be careful of “silicone lubricants” as they also often contain petroleum distillates and even acetone. Read the list of ingredients or MSDS first and if the product does not have them, do not use it.

      For more fun discussion on caring for the Volt’s plug check gm-volt.com:

      http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread.php?110850-Overheating-J1772-Charge-Connection

  4. lewl says:

    I think the decision to make it manual was the best course of action if something this minor was causing issues.
    And this is the least complex failure. What happens when that release actuator (or whatever the electronic action is) fails to run at all (and not just be too weak to push it open against some friction).
    I’m guessing not cheap if out of warranty 🙁

    1. David Murray says:

      Agreed. There is really no good reason for the charge door to lock. It isn’t as if people can steal electricity from the car. It costs extra money to make it electromechanical and there is no benefit. In fact, at times it would be more convenient if I didn’t need to get inside the car or have the fob with me to open the door.

      1. Dan says:

        A locking charge door serves as tampering prevention.

      2. Johnny GT says:

        People used to pee in gas tanks of people they didn’t like. I can only imagine what they’d do to a charge port…

        Super Glue in the connectors comes to mind.

      3. Rob says:

        Jealous ‘Petrol Heads’ might want to fill your socket with silicon sealant/super glue/poo…

  5. kdawg says:

    2014 Volt = Manual Door

    K I S S

    1. vdiv says:

      Yeah, and they took all the fun out. The motorized remote-release lid has been an eye-catcher for many and I believe an important opinion-shaping feature that GM is not all about simple and stupid.

  6. iwatson says:

    I like the power release, because it’s cool! I know that’s not a good reason to like a feature, but it’s just cool! I rarely use the release on the remote using the release button on the inside of the driver door instead. The only time I use the remote is when someone stops me to ask questions about my car. As I explain, I use the remote to open the charge door, and it’s just cool. For a 55 year old, cool shouldn’t even be in my vocabulary, but there’s just no other way to describe it…..it’s cool!

    My charge door has only stuck one time and that was last winter when my car was parked at work during an ice storm and it iced over. I just bumped it with my fist breaking the ice and the door popped right open. The actual panel on the door is made out of a flexible plastic so a little fist bump won’t hurt it.

    1. kdawg says:

      It stops being cool when it sticks every other day. Usually if it’s humid or rainy in the summer, all the time in the winter.

    2. Rob says:

      “For a 55 year old, cool shouldn’t even be in my vocabulary?”
      DUDE, use it proudly! It was your generation that coined the word! (looks for ‘thumbs up’ smiley)

    3. GSP says:

      The 2014 remote still has the charge port button. Pressing it starts an immediate charge if the car is waiting for a programmed start time.

      Very useful for opportunity charging, and much better than an electric door release.

      GSP

  7. Rob says:

    Preventative maintenance is the obvious answer!
    Personally, I’d also look at fitting a stronger spring.

  8. Kubel says:

    This is a bad video to feature. WD-40 will destroy that gasket. You want to use a silicone based lubricant.

  9. Bill Howland says:

    I had mine replaced twice under warranty. The 3rd unit ‘sounds’ alot more substantial. No trouble all laat winter.

  10. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Luckily, my charge door never had this problem…

    But I think the remote thing is cool. I like to show it off to my ICE friends… (Well I guess it is fine as long as it doesn’t get stuck). =)