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2014 Spark Charging problems

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:45 pm
by ncerna
Just recently I noticed that my car does not charge like it used to. Before the car would have a max charge of about 90 miles. And now, when I charge, the maximum that it will show is 68 miles. Is there something that I can do to reset the gauge? Could there be something wrong with the battery?

Has anyone ever had to have the battery replaced?

Re: 2014 Spark Charging problems

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:23 pm
by RSC
It could be a number of things:

Cool weather. Are you using the heater much? I think that even without the heater, range will be reduced in cold weather.

Change in driving style, maybe driving at higher speeds.

Change in usual driving routes. I get about 64 miles of range this time of year, but I think that my route contributes to the low number. I usually start out driving downhill with a full charge and then drive back home uphill. Going downhill with a full battery, I don't get much benefit from regen. The battery seems to be OK, though. About 16 kWh according to the energy display, which I think is pretty normal at 18K miles.

I'm sure someone else will be along with a more detailed answer.

Re: 2014 Spark Charging problems

Posted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:11 am
by SparkE
ncerna wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:45 pm
Just recently I noticed that my car does not charge like it used to. Before the car would have a max charge of about 90 miles. And now, when I charge, the maximum that it will show is 68 miles. Is there something that I can do to reset the gauge? Could there be something wrong with the battery?

Has anyone ever had to have the battery replaced?
1) Concerning 'has anyone ever had the battery replaced", read this thread :

http://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/vie ... f=7&t=8938

2) Concerning "my range is decreasing", read this post :

http://www.mychevysparkev.com/forum/vie ... 872#p25872