Fan Speed Control Fail - 2011 Chevrolet Volt Long-Term Road Test

2011 Chevrolet Volt Long Term Road Test

2011 Chevy Volt: Fan Speed Control Fail

December 21, 2011

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Are you familiar with the climate control screen of the Chevy Volt? Yes? Good. Do you see what's broken here?

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Well, if you read the title you already know what went wrong and in the image above you can see how it's supposed to look.

Here's what happened:

I was driving to work this morning when the windshield started to fog. I hit the button that does away with such things and then, once it was clear, attempted to turn it off. I was trying to make it over 35 miles on battery and that, with my driving style, requires careful modulation of the climate control. The trouble is, when I went to turn it off -- you have to press the fan speed down until it the 'off' icon shows -- there was no down button available. And the 'hard' button on the center console didn't work either. Oh, I could turn it up just fine, but I couldn't get it back down. Pressing the "auto" function set the fan speed back to the middle so it wasn't stuck on high anymore, but there was no way to get the fan speed to below the auto setting.

Everything else worked. Every single function of the HVAC system worked except the fan speed control.

As soon as was convenient, I pulled over, turned the car off, waited three seconds and turned it back on. Everything worked like new. I've never had that trouble with a fan-speed control knob.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor, Inside Line @ 13,441 miles

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