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Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 04:16PM
2014 Volt here, I do have the owner's manual, page 10-3 shows the location of the jack points. Picture is small and useless. The manual says the car should be lifted with a hoist or service jack, no other kind of jack allowed. I assume they do not want owners using a scissors jack and damage the car.

nevertheless, if I want to do a tire rotation, and I understand the risk, can I use a scissors jack? and where would I put it?

A video says you should NOT put it on those sharp edges, but that seems to be the perfect place to put it, assuming you have a jack with a notch at the top.

[www.youtube.com]

Also there are cutouts in the plastic molding, for a lift like those used at Costco for example, and the center of those cutouts seems to be located right there on sharp edges.

So if you ever used a jack, where did you put it?
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 15, 2018 04:28PM
I crumpled metal when I jacked my 2013 using a hydraulic floor jack when I changed oil. I also thought I was following the manual. The car is quite heavy! I cannot be of any help except to suggest that you take it to a tire shop given how cheap tire rotation is. Note that you will need to reset the TPMS and a tire shop will do that also. I bought new tires at about 57k miles and they come with lifetime free rotation.

Edit: My floor jack is rated at 3t and it was stressing to raise the Volt. I also used jack stands next to the jack just in case but I kept the weight on the jack.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: fauch
Date: July 15, 2018 04:54PM
What jack came with the car???
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 04:56PM
I tried, Costco refused to rotate the tires, they said the front tires show sign of wear (misalignment). I told them it is probably because the previous owner, and I am also guilty, pushed the gas electric pedal in sports mode too much, and caused too much wear on the front tires.

they suggested balancing the tires and putting them back in the same position, or buying 2 new tires which they put in the back and move the old tires from the back to the front.

The mileage is almost 15k, (I bought it used, CPO at 10k miles). I think I can get another 10k if I rotate the tires myself.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 04:56PM
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fauch
What jack came with the car???

None.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 15, 2018 05:48PM
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space-time
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fauch
What jack came with the car???

None.

The Volt comes with a can of Fix-a-Flat.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: July 15, 2018 06:32PM
2011-2015 come with a jack. Here's a how-to from Car Car Kiosk. Having never jacked up a Volt, I can't testify to it's authenticity.

**edit

Make sure the jack you are using is notched.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: July 15, 2018 06:42PM
With that big battery, you’d think they could figure out a way to use magnetism to lift the car. :-)



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: max
Date: July 15, 2018 06:50PM
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Ammo
With that big battery, you’d think they could figure out a way to use magnetism to lift the car. :-)
no problem....

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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 07:08PM
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Golfer
2011-2015 come with a jack. Here's a how-to from Car Car Kiosk. Having never jacked up a Volt, I can't testify to it's authenticity.

**edit

Make sure the jack you are using is notched.

No. I have 2014. There is no jack.

I have seen that video BEFORE I posted.
They do say in the video there is no spare or jack. (second Video segment)

EDIT: the video shows a VOLT at some point, but then a Hyundai. it is a combination between a VOLT specific video (when they show the compressor kit, no jack) and a generic video.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: July 15, 2018 07:21PM
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Speedy
I crumpled metal when I jacked my 2013 using a hydraulic floor jack when I changed oil. I also thought I was following the manual. The car is quite heavy! I cannot be of any help except to suggest that you take it to a tire shop given how cheap tire rotation is. Note that you will need to reset the TPMS and a tire shop will do that also. I bought new tires at about 57k miles and they come with lifetime free rotation.

Edit: My floor jack is rated at 3t and it was stressing to raise the Volt. I also used jack stands next to the jack just in case but I kept the weight on the jack.

Curb weight for the 2013 is listed at 3781 lbs. A 3 ton floor jack should have no issue lifting it.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 15, 2018 07:37PM
.....sorry, but don't know....JACK.....



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Golfer
Date: July 15, 2018 08:01PM
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space-time

No. I have 2014. There is no jack.

I have seen that video BEFORE I posted.
They do say in the video there is no spare or jack. (second Video segment)

EDIT: the video shows a VOLT at some point, but then a Hyundai. it is a combination between a VOLT specific video (when they show the compressor kit, no jack) and a generic video.

Was just going by info in that video and a couple others hence the authenticity warning. Sorry for the misinformation. Bad Golfer!
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: July 15, 2018 08:06PM




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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 08:26PM
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ztirffritz

Thanks, My manual shows 4 different points, but like I said, the picture is too small and unclear exactly where to put the jack.

I assume the picture you found is for a professional lift?

here is from my manual. There are in fact some round cutouts in the plastic molding, if you were to complete the circle it would probably be the side of a CD-ROM. My guess is that where the lift goes when they do tire rotations.

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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 15, 2018 08:35PM
I think I am going to do what this guy did here

[gm-volt.com]
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 15, 2018 08:40PM
Paint the spot(s) to jack so you will find it easily next time.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: July 15, 2018 11:22PM
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space-time
I think I am going to do what this guy did here

[gm-volt.com]

From that link:



Those jack points look insanely flimsy.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Carm
Date: July 15, 2018 11:57PM
Those are standard jack points on most unibody cars. They allow some flexing of the frame, maybe the batteries can get crushed that’s why they want a lift instead of a single jack. A lot of new cars come with a fix a flat solution. It’s extra for standard scissors jack and spare tire. But there doesn’t seem to be a place to mount it in the car. I saw a vid of a guy DIY mounting it in his trunk area above the mat.

On a side note:
I have seen cars lifted from their side with one jack, near the pillar with a special head on a aftermarket jack.
My car has been lifted from the front end with a 3 ton shop jack.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: July 16, 2018 01:02AM
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macphanatic
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Speedy
I crumpled metal when I jacked my 2013 using a hydraulic floor jack when I changed oil. I also thought I was following the manual. The car is quite heavy! I cannot be of any help except to suggest that you take it to a tire shop given how cheap tire rotation is. Note that you will need to reset the TPMS and a tire shop will do that also. I bought new tires at about 57k miles and they come with lifetime free rotation.

Edit: My floor jack is rated at 3t and it was stressing to raise the Volt. I also used jack stands next to the jack just in case but I kept the weight on the jack.

Curb weight for the 2013 is listed at 3781 lbs. A 3 ton floor jack should have no issue lifting it.

Jeebus, that's heavier than my '69 Buick!
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: July 16, 2018 06:34AM
.....so can't get the JACK.......off....??



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 16, 2018 08:21AM
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NewtonMP2100
.....so can't get the JACK.......off....??

I can however stick objects in various places.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Michael
Date: July 16, 2018 09:35AM
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space-time
I think I am going to do what this guy did here

[gm-volt.com]

As an FYI, post #7 in the linked thread says that those pictured are not the jack points.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 16, 2018 10:13AM
I saw that... the more I think about it, I think I will take it to dealer and let them do it.
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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: July 16, 2018 03:14PM
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space-time
I saw that... the more I think about it, I think I will take it to dealer and let them do it.

Your training is nearly complete!

Can we interest you in our comprehensive detailing package while it's in? You can't beat that empty-bank-account smell!

Srsly, tho - smart move.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 16, 2018 08:24PM
when I bought the car, I got 2 free scheduled maintenance included, valid for 2 years. I bought the car in October, I put 5000 miles on it, oil life is still 60%. I won't need new oil by October, but I might as well go in now, get oil changed, tire rotated and move on. Do it again next year.

Then I buy new tires at Costco and rotate diligently every 5000 miles.

EDIT: this was in response to post above.



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Re: Chevy Volt Owners: where are the Jack Points?
Posted by: Speedy
Date: July 17, 2018 04:00PM
Be sure to reset the oil life indicator.



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