December 7, 2022 at 5:17 pm #737457
Have a 2013 chevy volt, almost all use is battery, instead of gasoline.
The car is currently in this state:
1. Battery Fully charged
2. Starting the car, it’s forced into a “Fuel Maintenance” / stale gasoline mode, where it insists on running the engine.
3. The engine coolant gasket has failed, which will lead to the engine over-heating after a few minutes of usage.
4. The car refuses to switch to using battery (even when battery at 100%), even when the engine is in imminent danger of failing.
It seems the car should have a manual over-ride, to allow the driver to switch to battery mode. If the fuel really is stale, the battery is preferred anyway, as the engine shouldn’t be running on stale fuel.
Is there actually a way to over-ride this and cause the car to use the battery vs. running the engine?
I also notice the car appears to have no engine temperature reading, just get a generic warning that the engine has over-heated. First car I’ve had that masks the actual engine temperature.
Obviously the engine coolant gasket will need to be replaced, but the car is in a state now where it’s not even really safe to drive this to a service center. Siphoning the gas out may be a work-around, but that seems crazy.
Any hints/tips or other work-arounds to this?
I’d iimagine a software update to put more control in the driver hands would be good…
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