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    Default Discoloration of charging cord?

    Has anyone else experienced the 110v cord (OEM) having color changes on the cord as if overheating?[ATTACH]2011-06-18_22-39-41_96.jpg[/ATTACH]
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    Mine just stopped working. No discoloration or burn marks. I am surprised yours still works.
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    I've had my Volt since March 8th and have only used the 120V charge cord that came with the car to charge it nearly every night. So far, I've had no problems at all with it, but I do have the cord completely unwound from the charger base to help with keeping it cool.

    Both AndrewW and Luvthevolt should take their charge cords to the dealer so they can be checked out or replaced under warranty.
    03/05/2011 - (5000) Vehicle has been delivered to dealer.
    03/08/2011 - (6000) Vehicle has been delivered to customer.

    2011 VIN #1515 Viridian Joule (VJ Volt)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl S View Post
    I've had my Volt since March 8th and have only used the 120V charge cord that came with the car to charge it nearly every night. So far, I've had no problems at all with it, but I do have the cord completely unwound from the charger base to help with keeping it cool.

    Both AndrewW and Luvthevolt should take their charge cords to the dealer so they can be checked out or replaced under warranty.
    Done already. Should have my replacement Monday. I guess I am just unlucky. Lol
    Jimmy Vin# B-3514 06/09/2011 (6000) Vehicle delivered to customer

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    OP, I would be very cautious of using that.

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    I should have my replacement on Monday as well. I have not been using it since I noticed the problem.

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    My cord didn't discolor like yours but the plug (fot the wall) did discolor and was always very hot when charging. Dealer replaced it. I have been using Level 2 charger since then with no problems.
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    Mine is being replaced and I hope to have it tomorrow. It was 158 degrees a couple of months ago when I measured it with a laser thermometer and was much hotter yesterday when I felt it. It was melting and deforming the wall end plug and discoloring. I would guess it is now more than 170 deg. I have only one layer of cord wrapped on the reel. I checked and my receptacle is grounded and connections tight so it must be the charge cord. I have seen several others that have had a replacement and second one runs cooler.

    GM should get serious on this as it looks dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyflyguy View Post
    I have been using Level 2 charger since then with no problems.
    Ya know for those who've said "I'll just take the SPX Voltec 240V EVSE and put a plug on it", look here. The 120V EVSE is certified for plug in use, and *it's* having some issues. OK, warranty and insurance covers it if it's really a problem.

    But if you take your 240V EVSE and throw a plug on it and it discolors, or overheats, or what nots?

    As the preacher says in Blazing Saddles: "Son, you're on your own."

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    @AndrewW

    That is very good news that you will be getting a replacement. I will have your advisor follow up with you to make sure everything went all right.
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