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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2013, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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We've had our VOLT since last April and love it except for a problem with the 12 volt battery. Every month is goes dead. The dealer, and our VOLT adviser, tells us it's because we have the Bluetooth activated for our phones. The last trip into the dealer they replaced the 12V battery and deactivated the Bluetooth. Has anybody else had these issues? I can't believe it's a software problem like we're being told.

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We've had our VOLT since last April and love it except for a problem with the 12 volt battery. Every month is goes dead. The dealer, and our VOLT adviser, tells us it's because we have the Bluetooth activated for our phones. The last trip into the dealer they replaced the 12V battery and deactivated the Bluetooth. Has anybody else had these issues? I can't believe it's a software problem like we're being told.

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I believe there was an issue with bluetooth software in some early Volts. It would not release the phone even after the phone left the car and it would keep the center stack active and run down the battery. There was a software update to fix this bug and I think it was delivered over the air, (not needing a dealer visit). However a dealer should be able to check to see if the update was received and installed. Late model Volts should not have this bug.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-18-2013, 08:56 PM
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I agree with T Square. I asked of the service guys at work and he explained that there was a problem with the early Volt software that failed to disable the Bluetooth. Definitely look into it, your local dealer should be able to help too.

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Since I made the original post the 12 volt battery would go dead every month almost to the day. If I charged it, it would last another month. When I forgot, my wife was calling ON-STAR. To make a loooog story short, the dealer replaced the 12 volt battery and disabled the Bluetooth and several months later, no problems. I kept telling the dealer and my VOLT adviser it's a software problem and it doesn't take months to fix a software problem. The car is a 2012 that we bought in April of 2012 so I would think it has the latest software. The dealer and GM should have checked it the multiple times it has been in the dealer for this problem.

I'm afraid to reactive the Bluetooth.

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I believe there was an issue with wireless software in early rides. It would not launch the cellphone even after the cellphone left the car and it would keep the center collection effective and would definitely slow or even may ran down battery power.

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I have a 2012 that suffered a dead 12V after about 1 yr of ownership. The dealer performed an update to the car's programming based on a service bulletin on the subject. I am not sure if it was a firmware update, or other, but I can say it was purported to be related to the bluetooth issue mentioned above and my car has been fine for several months now.
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