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    I have had our new 2017 Volt for a few weeks in a VERY snowy part of Ontario and have had the plug
    port iced up such that it would not open. I pushed a credit card like piece of plastic into and around the edge of
    the cover to get it to open. I figured it was ice from snow getting in from when the car is plugged in outside.
    We have only a one car garage and our other vehicle, a Tesla Model S, is usually inside. I really am impressed with our new Volt overall, but I was wondering if anyone has devised a way to keep snow out of the open charging port. I know it seems a bit ridiculous but I have been leaning a broom over the port to keep the snow off. The Tesla port is much smaller and does not seem to be as prone to the icing up as the Volt with its large port door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P_L View Post
    The Tesla port is much smaller and does not seem to be as prone to the icing up as the Volt with its large port door.
    How would you know? You just wrote the tesla sits in the garage all the time will the volt is outside

    Just put a dish rag to cover the port should solve your issues?
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    I am in Ontario and own a Gen 1. My charge port can freeze up too, mainly due to the freeze/thaw cycles we have and snow and ice getting into the port when plugged in. Get some silicone spray or similar dry lube and spray the gaskets and it will help somewhat. I ignore the crunch and force the door closed each morning and like you, I need to pry a little to open the door to charge. Just make sure you don't damage anything when you have to do that.
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    I've built a shield that is just some weak magnets(think refrigerator flexible magnet) in a beefy plastic bag. I attach it above the port and it forms a roof and two vertical sides.

    I've thought about building a flexible water repellent shroud/snorkel to do this - something that could live on the
    j1772 connector and mate with the car sheet metal when plugged into the car. haven't needed to, yet, still want to...


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    There are older threads on this. See http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread....02#post2289602
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    Around the perimeter of the charge port there is a rubber gasket, you can try lubricating the gasket with rubber conditioning/silicone grease to eliminate water buildup that can freeze it to the charge port door inner surface.

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    Maybe a koozie would help? See below -

    http://voltshelf.weebly.com/voltport...rt-koozie.html
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    I have been spraying silicone on all my car door seals every season. It works very well. Try it.
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    Default Snow in charging port

    I have to charge outside often and live in a very snowy area. Anybody have any fixes to keep snow out of the charge port while plugged in? Already had to use a credit card once to break an ice seal that prevented me from opening the port after the snow melted then refroze, and so freezing the cover shut. I did try to scoop as much snow as I could before closing the port door. I have taken to leaning a broom against the port to keep the snow out on snowy days.

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    You already started a thread on the same subject and have many good suggestions

    http://gm-volt.com/forum/showthread....73#post3808673
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