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1st Time Car Engine Came On

Posted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 12:43 pm
by nwfan
Hi,

Heard and felt my gas engine for the 1st time since owning my Volt.
It was at the request of the car for Engine Maint.

My question is how often does this happen?

The engine was on for approx 2 mins and automatically turned off.
Gave me a bar graph with percent starting from 0 to 100.

I hope this is the last time I hear it for another month.

Asking my employer to install charger station in the parking garage.
They keep mentioning in there press release's that there a green company.
Wonder if they will come through with a couple of chargers. I mention they
should contact Chargepoint for information and probably receive free install.

Keith

Re: 1st Time Car Engine Came On

Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:25 pm
by Jeff N
nwfan wrote:
Heard and felt my gas engine for the 1st time since owning my Volt.
It was at the request of the car for Engine Maint.

My question is how often does this happen?


I haven't had this happen myself yet, but the manual says it will happen if the engine has not run in about 6 weeks. It keeps the engine lubricated and heats it up enough to burn out any moisture buildup in the engine or exhaust system.

There is also a separate Fuel Maintainance Mode that will similarly request permission to run the engine if the gasoline in the tank reaches an average age of one year. It will stop using gasoline in this mode when you refill the tank with enough new gas to bring the average age of the fuel well under a year. This prevents the gasoline from losing additives over time and gumming up the fuel lines.