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Bolt Illuminated Charge Port Housing Package Installation, Bolt Illuminated Charge Port Kit: 84359233

Just finished my install this evening. A previous person had noted a person should be a technician or have that type of experience. I could not agree more. This is NOT a project for those not skilled in hands on technical work. It is literally 10x more difficult than installing the same accessory on VOLT Gen 2.

The quality of the installation components and the part itself are quite good. I see why it is expensive. Speaking of which, my dealer matched GM Parts Direct price (with shipping, not free, about another $20). I was very impressed by the drill template which is a formed plastic part that slides into the existing opening. It has tiny pilot holes already drilled for centering the drill bit (like a center punched hole). The drill template out of the package looks like a protective cover for the illuminated part. The illuminated part has three plastic posts that snap into the holes you drill in the existing socket plate (so they really have to be in the right locations, but the template takes care of that), plus a couple of sections of two sided adhesive tape.

While the instructions are posted here elsewhere, and online at some of the parts sites, note that there are several entries which say, do this step according to another set of GM instructions. Most are relatively easy to figure out, such as removing the 12V battery (which, as it turn out, has a fold down handle, very cool). However, removing the 12V battery tray is not a trivial exercise without the instructions. There are literally five different harnesses attachment points by plastic clips, some below the top edge. There is also a current transformer over the 12V battery ground cable that has an odd clip of its own located behind and low on the back of the tray. Then, you have to unclip and pull out the ECM plate. I was really close to quitting and just going to the dealer as I struggled to disconnect, untangle, and remove the battery tray. But, with some patience, going slow each time something was still holding it in, and a LOT of time, all went well.

The connector between the body (coming from the direction of the firewall) towards the front of the car has to be disassembled, the protective plastic plugs removed, and then the new wires gently pushed in. My factory pins had the crimp a little wide on one of them and needed a bit of bending before it slid in fine. The drawing showing the openings to use is a view from the back of the connector, once open and exposed.

Someone mentioned it should be possible to snake the wire without jacking the car, removing the front wheel, and removing the back of the wheel well liner. However, one reason to remove the liner is that they have you move a cable out of the way before drilling some holes in the existing mount. I would suggest not skipping that step. Actually, jacking the car, putting in a jack stand, and removing half the liner is about the easiest part of the job, and takes less time and effort than I expected.

I was too tired to give it a thorough test, but what I saw at first look, was on opening the charge door the light comes on, or on pushing the button on the handle to disengage. It was not blinking at 5 blinks, which might mean "technically" I need the BCM flash (2018, Premier). However, I think I like it better not flashing, as long as it comes on when I need it.

Yes, you can do the $10 dog collar thing. It worked well for me, but two minor issues. I got one that blinks, so you have to push the button twice more after turn on to get a steady light. Also, yes there is a lot of plastic in the combo CCS plugs, but the more I thought about, I am less comfortable reaching in there to turn the light off, once started on DC fast charge. (Do check this out from another thread though - https://www.chevybolt.org/forum/162-chevy-bolt-ev-likes-dislikes/22594-charge-port-black-hole-5.html chargerlight.com )

Summary: I like the way it looks and the quality seems good. I would do it again. DO NOT attempt this project yourself if you have limited technician or hands on technical experience.
 

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Thank you for the write up! Please share some pics.
iphone snap shots

I did not use the white #14 wire snake. Some of the pics show the first path I was looking at with the snake, but there was a much easier path up and into the front compartment. Later, I tried to follow the installation instructions path pics more closely (the sheet of pics blown up from the instruction PDF).

Also, I removed the three connectors from the ECM (slides into vertical brackets in the side of battery tray), and removed the ECM and mounting plate. They may have intended the connectors to remain in place, and just fold the ECM assembly over out of the way.

I did not edit or select, just copied all of the snap shots into the album. Some of the snaps are aimed a particular connector or anchor, others almost random, just looking around.

The battery handle thing was really funny. I was trying to get a good hold on it and thinking it sure would be nice to have a jig (straps or some such thing) to lift it out. Then, I noticed the fold out handle (shows in the pics). This battery was made in Germany.
 

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I had this installed on my 2018 today by the dealer. It's neat, but pricey. It definitely should have been included on at least the premier. My only complaint is the DC fast charging is a little tight
 

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I had this installed on my 2018 today by the dealer. It's neat, but pricey. It definitely should have been included on at least the premier. My only complaint is the DC fast charging is a little tight
I'm glad someone finally did this. Can you say more about what you meant by “DC fast charging is a little tight”? Also, what did it cost in total?

(Looks like something went a bit wrong with your attempt to link the image, so I've provided it as an attachment.)
 

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The flip down tab on the DC fast charger is tighter along the bottom of the charging handle on the illuminated Port versus the original. The chargpoint unit that I used fit pretty snug. Any tighter and I would have been concerned it could possibly come loose (the DC port cover). I had extra GM points that expired at the end of this year from the previous program so it was a use-it-or-lose-it situation. Had I ordered it from the dealer the illuminated charging port would have been $350 oh, I have seen them for sale from the online part sellers for roughly 250 to 400 so do a little digging to save some money. The actual install cost me $100 plus tax at the dealer then took them roughly an hour and a half to complete. In the end my only out-of-pocket expense was the cost for the install so it was worth it in my opinion. Had I not had the GM points for the actual cost of the charger I'm not sure of the value.

I also made a YouTube video, about a minute-and-a-half showing some of the Hands-On use however I cannot put urls in here because I have not posted enough.
 

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The flip down tab on the DC fast charger is tighter along the bottom of the charging handle on the illuminated Port versus the original. The chargpoint unit that I used fit pretty snug. Any tighter and I would have been concerned it could possibly come loose (the DC port cover). I had extra GM points that expired at the end of this year from the previous program so it was a use-it-or-lose-it situation. Had I ordered it from the dealer the illuminated charging port would have been $350 oh, I have seen them for sale from the online part sellers for roughly 250 to 400 so do a little digging to save some money. The actual install cost me $100 plus tax at the dealer then took them roughly an hour and a half to complete. In the end my only out-of-pocket expense was the cost for the install so it was worth it in my opinion. Had I not had the GM points for the actual cost of the charger I'm not sure of the value.

I also made a YouTube video, about a minute-and-a-half showing some of the Hands-On use however I cannot put urls in here because I have not posted enough.
I paid $276 (after negotiating with my dealer parts department to match gm parts direct) plus NY tax, so about $300 in parts. $100 for labor is VERY reasonable. Even with experience, there is a lot of disassembly to get to that connector UNDER the 12V battery tray, just in front of the firewall. Removing the battery tray involves lots of disconnecting of wire harness mounts, and other parts. It is expensive, but the part is very high quality, so there is some justification for the price. Now that I've used it for a while, I like it quite a bit.

There is a step where you literally push the part to center about the existing connector before locking in the adhesive fit. Sounds like it might be off a bit. Mine is snug for DCFC, but there is no interference.

I did not do the "BCM flash" and mine lights at all the needed times, but does not blink during charging. Does yours blink with the center dash green light?
 

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3d printed charge port lighting available

I found a 30$ solution for lighting. 3D printed ,button batts , held in place with Strong double stick tape , uses a micro switch to illuminate ( 1 led ) when door is opened , then turns its self off in 2 mins .
so far so good , Not as sexy as some, but with the money saved , I got a new OEM real Spare Tire .
 

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That would be an expensive upgrade for us LT owners. :)
I wouldnt be surprised at all if the wiring for the blinkers are already there. Then all it would take is just the mirror cap.
 

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Bolt Illuminated Charge Port Housing Package Installation, Bolt Illuminated Charge Port Kit: 84359233

While the instructions are posted here elsewhere,
I haven't been able to find the instructions. Could you link to some? I'm mostly interested in where and how you ultimately connect the wires. Am I correct in concluding that the combined logic of "turn on the light when the charge door is first opened, followed by blink in unison with the dash charge light" is available in some harness? Is is just 12VDC being switched on and off?

If so, It would not be too hard to 3D print a light pipe and connect some LEDs to it.

Thanks for all of the information.

EDIT: I found some instructions and they look fairly straightforward except they say to "Flash the BCM to turn on the bit that lights the port." Does that mean to update the firmware?
 

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>>I haven't been able to find the instructions. Could you link to some?

--Just googled it, I think this is correct (double check): https://ecom-dam.ext.gm.com/parts/documents/ISheets_84376510.pdf

>>I'm mostly interested in where and how you ultimately connect the wires.

--This is the key to the difficulty of the project. There is a harness below the 12V battery tray that has inline multiwire GM connectors (M/F). I think it came through the firewall and the harness and inline connectors are aligned in the long direction of the car. The huge disassembly project is to get to these connectors (see pics in iphone link in earlier post).

--Once you take apart one of those connectors (the forward one), you remove two plastic dust plugs and insert the special connector pins in the two empty positions (more iphone pics show this)

>>Am I correct in concluding that the combined logic of "turn on the light when the charge door is first opened, followed by blink in unison with the dash charge light" is available in some harness?

--The connector discussed above.

Is is just 12VDC being switched on and off?

--Don't know for sure, probably so (alternative bus data connection, or other "smarts" is unlikely).

>>If so, It would not be too hard to 3D print a light pipe and connect some LEDs to it.

--People seem to like the stick on light some fellow is selling, see first post.

>>Thanks for all of the information.

>>EDIT: I found some instructions and they look fairly straightforward except they say to "Flash the BCM to turn on the bit that lights the port."

>>Does that mean to update the firmware?

--Mine only comes on at all the right times (e.g. on opening the charge door, or pushing the EVSE plug button. It does not flash the same flashes as the dash top green blinking light. Likely the BCM flash (yes, firmware) would make it blink. However, I actually like it better not blinking, so long as it comes on solid when I need it (which it does). I'm guessing some day after some service, I will be told, hey we fixed your charge port light so it blinks :)
 

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I jumped at the December incentive to redeem GM Rewards points and needed to order something before they expired.
Even though it is pricey, I really wanted the Illuminated Charge Port OEM solution.
Called a few local dealer parts departments to try to negotiate the price and only one would - similar price to what GreyBolt reported but they wouldn't let me use the Rewards points with the discount.
That's ok, I picked up a second OEM all-weather floor mat for my lower storage compartment in the Premier (the one I already had now sits on the false floor).
Before ordering the illuminated charge port, I asked for a quote for installation. I was told it would be $90, take about an hour and that they do these all the time.
So I scheduled a service appointment for the install.

Fast forward a week and I drove down on a -25F day. :)
Ugh - this is the dealer closest to my house with Bolt certified techs which I wanted to adopt in the beginning of ownership but quickly abandoned based on their service and repeated "we didn't have you down to come in until later in the day" greetings. They didn't pull that one this time but I did ask if they could check codes on my Infotainment screen lock ups which have been more frequent in this cold weather. Response: we don't have time to get into that - we have you down for the charge port install but that's all we'll be able to do today - we have two Volts back there and with weather like this, everyone comes in. (patience....patience...). I sign the paperwork and tell them I will wait for the car - step into the lack luster customer lounge with the Open workspace between cashier, parts and sales. The cashier is about 90 and talks very loudly on personal and professional calls. Everyone in the waiting room is miserable. I'm not - so pull out the laptop and do some work.

10 minutes later, the Service rep walks through the door and says "Mr. Bolt...can you come with me please". Now I'm thinking, what did they break! Or possibly, what did they find. He walks me out to the Bolt certified tech who has a 10 page printout of the installation guide for this part and says this will take hours. I've done these on the Volt and it is much less complicated. They say they can do it but will take 3-4 hours at least. They also tell me sales grossly mis-quoted the install cost. They don't outright state it but I get the impression they are planning to honor it however. I couldn't wait the time so I scheduled an install for next week and will have the wife drop me off so I can leave it all day. They can take a look at the Infotainment stuff and install the chargeport.

So I'm guessing, and curious to poll the crowd - I think GreyBolt may have commented in an earlier post that $100 install someone else got was a great deal.
Any other feedback on install cost from others who have had this part installed by a dealer Service dept?

Anyone think I should be concerned if I am the first Bolt to receive this part install from this Bolt certified technician?

At this point, I figure if they honor the parts and install price I was originally quoted by their parts dept (and I have it in writing) - I might as well let them learn on my car. Everything would be warrantied if they break anything or discover something wasn't done correctly later (assuming I can determine that).
 
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