Chevy Volt Vlog #61: @ 40,000 miles – 27.5 MPG – Oil 7% – Solar Panels

Chevy Volt Vlog #61: Its about 40,000 miles @ about 21 months with my 2017 Chevy Volt. For my long distant trips 700+ miles i use HOLD mode and get about 27.5 MPG. My oil level is good and will need to replaced in a couple of weeks as its about 5% now.  This will be my 3rd oil change for my Volt. 

 I will be changing it out with 4.2 quarts of Mobil 1 – 0w-20 (  instead of the recommended 5w-20 as i prefer lighter weight oil in my cars with 5w-20 motors.  I will also be changing out the oil filter the links are below for the PF64 filter thats about $6.50 at Walmart or Amazon – –

In the past month my proximity remote was low power and i had to replace the CR2032 battery. Here is the DIY: 

I also tried using a 80 watt solar panel on my Volts windshield, which was a good idea, however I did not want to risk ruining my $300 12-volt AGM battery in my trunk. I did not know if the charge controller knew how to charge a AGM cell.  So i put it in my GMC Savanna Van to charge its 12 volt battery.

For the audio system of the 2017 Volt, I wanted to play cassette tapes i had from my 90’s so  i found my Sony Walkman and Sony DiscMan and found out the belts were bad, so i bought a cassette player from Walmart. The AC inverter was not clean so there was a LOT of static and noise. I eventually got a Cassette to MP3 converter that used USB power and it worked!

I also found my old Transcend MP3 Player from 8 years ago! and it works like a USB drive for the Chevy Volt audio system. The infotainment system is able to control the tracks from the dash display, the audio controls, and the steering wheel controls which make it very convenient when driving!   Transcend still sell mp3 players with radios:

Lastly, I have test drove the 2018 Honda Clarity plugin and the 2018 Honda Accord 1.5 Turbo and love them.  I like how they have air deflector vents in the front wheel well for better aerodynamics.  I also test drove the Kia Niro Hybrid (49 MPG) and was not really satisfied with the pickup speed or mpg (30 mpg on my test drive )  performance. It was also smaller than expected in cargo space.

Coming up will be DIY on 2017 Chevy Volt Oil Change, so stayed tuned!!!!

All the strange stuff in this video and Vlog:

2017 Chevy Volt – oil filter and oil :
AC Delco “PF64” Oil filter:
Mobil 1 “M1-113a” Oil Filter: 

Mobil 1 0w-20 Synthetic Motor oil (what I use for my cars):

Mobil 1 5w-20 Synthetic Motor oil (what the 2017 Volt manual listed as the oil weight):

2017 Chevy Volt replacement remote control batteries:
CR2032 3volt cells:

Solar Panels Portable:
12 volt – 4.5 watt  Car Battery Solar Charger:
80 Watt Folding Solar Panel I bought it on amazon: 

Audo Players:
Feir – Portable Cassette to MP3 Converter – No PC required:
Transcend MP3 / Radio Players :

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