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Re: service battery charging system

Tue May 19, 2015 6:55 am

12.0 volts is an unhappy battery.
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Re: service battery charging system

Wed May 20, 2015 3:35 am

When I dropped it off, the service guy implied that it was software related. He asked the sales guy if he setup the charge time, which he didn't. I've got a whole checklist of things to do that we never did on checkout. I would find it hard to believe the car would be engineered like that.

I have been getting alerts from OnStar once a day: "Your 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV is scheduled to be plugged in. Check your charge status; plug in as convenient." During these times, the car has plenty of miles in the traction battery.
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Re: service battery charging system

Wed May 20, 2015 9:47 am

Hopefully they are saying it's totally a SW problem and not 'Operator Error'.

If the car is indicating battery state of charge and an amount of miles of range, of course it should not leave you stranded, no matter what settings are in the configuration pages.

Thanks for keeping us informed,, and watch those guys.....
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Re: service battery charging system

Wed May 20, 2015 4:33 pm

So the latest is they replaced the 12 volt battery today after running some tests, they then needed to charge the car fully, and then they will run a battery of tests Thurs. morning all while communicating with a Volt advisor. I hope this is an isolated incident. I'm going to pick the car up Fri. or Sat., if all goes well, so it will have another night to sit after tomorrow.
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Re: service battery charging system

Fri May 22, 2015 3:52 am

Day 3 without Sparky. It wasn't the battery.
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Re: service battery charging system

Fri May 22, 2015 11:14 am

Sounds like there are several cars experiencing this problem and they've got engineering working on it. They believe it is software related. That's all I know right now.
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Re: service battery charging system

Wed May 27, 2015 4:19 am

Day 8. No news yet. No contact yesterday. I had to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the second EV sociability run in DC with my Fusion Energi yesterday.
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Re: service battery charging system

Thu May 28, 2015 8:14 am

I get Sparky back tomorrow. They updated the C/F temp. thingy too.

According to the service manager, I guess the car was throwing some codes which related to the communication of components (sorry I don't have the technical details). This was setting off the 12 volt warning light and "service battery charging system" dialog when you first power up the vehicle. Voltage after sitting overnight appears to be normal now. GM engineering worked with the dealer to do "some things" and the car has sat a few days and appears to be ok. I'll be doing some extended road testing this weekend of course. GM engineering will be checking back with me too. I guess anytime something like this happens with a very new vehicle, they are concerned, of course.

Apparently this has been an issue with a few other cars. This is not an isolated incident.
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Re: service battery charging system

Sat May 30, 2015 5:50 am

I actually got a copy of the technicians notes, but they are a little hard to read.

I know they ran some diagnostics first. These might be some of the codes:

1)
ECM - PIE00
HPCM2 U0111 lost com. with BECM
U185A lost com. with BECM on high voltage Can buss
U0100 lost com. with ECM
- diagnostics

2)
-14 power modul data charger charging voltage
-purch/punch? m for dynostes (can't tell what this word is, may just be abb. for diagnostics)
-data buss diag. tool, monitor it keep charging while on test
-battery and sys. dynostes doc no. X104
3666404
14 charger data - under startup

3)
batt com fuse box com
R/R battery remove fuse box and major fuses. Inspect all fuses and connection
R/R connector at 14 volt power module - ck yellow and violet wire circuit 1262 from ECM to APM. Resistence very good. Terminal tension also good.


THE PRINTED STATEMENT SAYS:

CAUSE: .
5430922 CONNECTOR RECONNECTION
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Re: service battery charging system

Sat May 30, 2015 7:42 am

Sorry you were without your car, and, that's a great story and very good work by GM and the dealer.


All the times I've had a vehicle in for service and have it come back with "no problem found" from an indifferent service department :roll:
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