pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,493 miles

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2013 Chevrolet Volt brakes problems

brakes problem

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2013 Chevrolet Volt Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 122017


  • 23,000 miles


While the brake pedal is pressed, if one side of the car goes over a pot hole, the car loses braking power and continues forward even though the brake pedal is pressed. For example, if the right front tire goes into a pothole while trying to stop at an oncoming red light, the car displays a message in red letters on the dashboard referencing low traction while simultaneously losing braking power. The car continues forward with no braking power even though I still have my foot on the brake pedal. It only recovers braking power after two seconds. Unfortunately, by then, it might be too late to stop. This has happened twice. This is obviously a dangerous software error with the traction or anti-lock braking system.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #6

Nov 112013


  • 1,000 miles
The car's electrical / software issues caused (1) all of the windows to roll down in unison (in for repair 3 times to fix this one), (2) caused the car to not recognize that it was in "park", thus not shutting off, and (3) caused the car to lose power without touching any of the buttons on the console (I.e. the "drive" button or the "power" button). The latest incident occurred last Friday (August 1, 2014) when the car just lost power while I was driving at 65 mph on I-85 North at around 4:00pm. I had to get over from 4 lanes of traffic with no power at all in the car and luckily did so without incident. Onstar's diagnostics showed that the electrical system, braking system, engine, and other parts of the car showed the car needed immediate attention. I put the car in park and while still with onstar the dashboard lit up and the power button lit up too. I hit the power button and drove straight to the rick hendrick Chevy dealership in duluth. When I went to pick the car up later Saturday morning, I was told that there's nothing they car do because they can't recreate the problem. They have reflashed various ecus, but at the end of the day cannot "recreate" the problems and cannot fix them. So they just wipe their hands clean of these issues and act like they don't exist. (the service manager actually called me "ignorant" once and later apologized.) I pray it doesn't take people dying in these cars before Chevrolet and/or General Motors does something to fix them.

- Duluth, GA, USA

problem #5

Aug 312012


  • 800 miles
When in low gear (higher regenerative braking), when braking and going over some bumps, the regen braking stops causing a feeling of a lurch forward. A 'low traction" light appears. This causes a reduction in braking force of approximately 35bhp, a very unsafe condition. An anti-lock brake style pulsation of the regen should be employed, not a discontinuation of the regen brakes.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #4

Jan 252014

Volt 4-cyl

  • 10,500 miles


Driving in los angeles consists of lots of uneven roads full of potholes. As I was trying to come to a complete stop while hit an uneven road and a pothole I temporarily lost control of my brakes and it felt like my vehicle was sliding. It was a brief 2-3 second feeling but very unsettling.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 062013

Volt 4-cyl

  • 1,400 miles
This is the second Volt I owned in a year that exhibited this issue. Upon braking and passive deceleration the car makes a loud audible whining noise coming from the engine compartment. The dealer states it is a regenerative brake bearing failure. This issue is related to the bearing cage failing causing the bearing to lose its integrity. GM-Volt.com/forum/showthread.php?17877-loud-whining-during-regen.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #2

Jun 112013

Volt 4-cyl

  • 749 miles
I bought a 2013 Volt 2 weeks ago. While at the cvs drive through today the car started to beep warning lights when off, brake pedal went to the floor and the car started moving forward. The brakes completely stopped working, no pumping or anything. I made it into a parking space to await for a tow truck and turned the vehicle off. When I turned the vehicle on the error messages were gone and the brake pedal felt solid again. I started to move the car and the errors came back and brakes failed again. The experience was overall kinda scary. I towed it to the dealer. 2 days later I called the dealer and they informed me that the master cylinder had failed and must be replaced.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 012012


  • 1,000 miles
Antilock feature of brakes will not engage on ice/snow unless brakes are slammed hard. At least three times, I have slid slowly through an attempted stop. It has also occurred twice while gently breaking while traveling downhill. The wheels lock up and vehicle goes into a slide. It continues to happen, but now I know to slam the brake pedal, and the antilock feature will then operate and terminate the skid and stop the vehicle.

- Wausau, WI, USA

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