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Old 02-25-2017, 11:04 AM   #161 (permalink)
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The Volt does a lot better in warmer weather!
Yep, it's not a cold weather car, my worst run yet because of insta freezing rain on the windshield

The less Heater use the more efficient the car runs, even off the gas pig

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Old 03-20-2017, 05:43 PM   #162 (permalink)
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So I really, really love my Volt. In a twisted attempt to return my love, it tries to kill me a couple times a week. I mean, it thinks it's doing me a favor but it's a favor that makes it pretty hard to hypermile!

Like any hypermiler I tend to corner pretty fast since I don't want to lose momentum, but I also tend to drive with the cruise control on since I'm lazy. Apparently this is a bad combination in a Volt!

There's one particular curve on my daily route where the speed limit is 35 mph. It's a pretty sharp curve of about 100 degrees, but my car will handle it fine at 30-35mph, so I always leave the cruise on around the curve. But occasionally when the tires start to bite the Volt will light up the "Traction Control" warning light, which also kicks off the cruise control. To make matters worse I always drive in "L", which gives me max regen.

So basically I enter the curve at a reasonable 30-35 mph, and within the span of about half a second the traction control warning light comes on, the car kicks itself out of cruise control and immediately goes into max regen, dangerously slowing the car and making me shout the f-word out of the blue.

Have any of you other Volt owners noticed this?
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:51 PM   #163 (permalink)
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Have any of you other Volt owners noticed this?
Yes, but not due to cruse control, I have had strange depowering events when taking corners fast driving normally or coasting.

In L during traction control you loose regen and each tire brakes independently to hold the line.

Million times better than prius traction control but its still traction control and traction control on a volt when you aren't accelerating isn't much fun.
Traction control + L is even less fun because you get a disconcerting loss of braking power until you push the pedal in further.

Some folks hated it so much they bought grippy non-lrr tires,
then it usually stops.

There is also some sort of "gyroscope" like device in the head unit by the radio that occasionally is defective, if its bad your car will corner great turning one direction but handle like el toro crapo in the other.

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Old 03-21-2017, 04:54 AM   #164 (permalink)
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So is the traction control something I can just turn off?
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So is the traction control something I can just turn off?
MY 2012 Volt Traction Control (TCS) and StabiliTrak (ESP) Manual Deactivation

Because you have a 2012 I think you can (sort of)

To turn off both traction control and StabiliTrak, press and hold the TCS/ESC button located on the overhead console, until and illuminate in the instrument cluster and the appropriate DIC message is displayed. See Ride Control System Messages. Press and release the TCS/ESC button to turn on both systems

If you do turn it off I recommend going to a large empty parking lot and testing the cars handling, volts are ass heavy which can be disconcerting if you loose it.
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Thanks!

I'll try that tonight when I leave work.
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That seems to have worked, I tried it taking a pretty tight turn this morning and it didn't kick the cruise off

I'm going to try it again on the way home in the other direction tonite
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So I really, really love my Volt. .....

There's one particular curve on my daily route .... the Volt will light up the "Traction Control" warning light, which also kicks off the cruise control. To make matters worse I always drive in "L", which gives me max regen.

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Have any of you other Volt owners noticed this?
I've found that for cruise control driving I get better results in D, overall. When ending the cruise drive, or around town I use L for braking in most instances. Use of D approaching the corner you visit every day would make your life somewhat less exciting, perhaps an idea to consider?

I also find that cruise control kicks off when I'm on the inside of a corner that tightens enough to light up a vehicle in the outer lane when that vehicle is within the Volt's perception of a forward collision. The vehicle in the outer lane appears stationary to the Volt's system so it goes into alert mode.

Overall though .... Love this Volt!!
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