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The manual says "The vehicle is not designed to stay in N (Neutral) for extended periods of time. It will automatically shift into P (Park)."

I'm assuming that Car Wash Mode lets you stay in N indefinitely.

Does anyone know how you can stay in N before it automatically shifts to P? Is it just based on time or are there other factors (like if the wheels are moving, if there's someone in the driver's seat).
 

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The car will apply the parking brake and can also shift to park when the door is opened.
You MUST use car wash mode to eliminate damages to the car and wash rack system.
 

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What about one you sit in car and have in neutral?
 

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I thought putting it in Neutral with the driver's door open and then closing the door puts it in car wash mode. It should then stay in neutral until some action is taken. I will have to test this further as I haven't had the courage to use a car wash with the car yet fearing the attendant would wind up inadvertently putting the car in park as it was being pulled into the car wash.
 

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I thought putting it in Neutral with the driver's door open and then closing the door puts it in car wash mode. It should then stay in neutral until some action is taken. I will have to test this further as I haven't had the courage to use a car wash with the car yet fearing the attendant would wind up inadvertently putting the car in park as it was being pulled into the car wash.

Whatever is written in the manual, is how it's activated :nerd:
 

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From the manual. (There's also directions for doing it with the vehicle off)

Car Wash Mode (Vehicle On)
To place the vehicle in N (Neutral)
with the vehicle running:
1. Open the door while pressing
the brake, then shift to
N (Neutral).
2. The indicator should now show
N. If it does not, select
N (Neutral) again.
3. Shift into P (Park) upon
returning to the vehicle.
 

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I have ran mine through several times. The first time I used the above procedure. Just know when you open the door the parking break sets. I had the car wash attendant ready to kill me.

I have not tried it again. I don't open the door just put my foot on the brake and put it in neutral. So far so good. Why has it got to be so complicated.
 

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I have ran mine through several times. The first time I used the above procedure. Just know when you open the door the parking break sets. I had the car wash attendant ready to kill me.

I have not tried it again. I don't open the door just put my foot on the brake and put it in neutral. So far so good. Why has it got to be so complicated.
I agree, Car Wash Mode should be a simple switch like "SPORT."
 

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I have ran mine through several times. The first time I used the above procedure. Just know when you open the door the parking break sets. I had the car wash attendant ready to kill me.

I have not tried it again. I don't open the door just put my foot on the brake and put it in neutral. So far so good. Why has it got to be so complicated.
If you are going through the car wash with the driver inside the vehicle, you just put it in N and stay in the car.

The problem is that the Bolt automatically exits N and goes to P when you open the driver side door. So, the car wash procedure where you put it in N and then get out of the car **will not work**. Annoying, and then solved that with this 'car wash mode' exception....if you enter N with the door cracked, you can exit the car, close the door and it will stay in N for an unspecified period (longer than a normal carwash) until you open the driver door a second time.

Sorry, but what a PITA!

Going back to the OP, if the car is stationary, you put it in 'N' and apply the parking brake (it will roll otherwise even on a slight grade) and then climb out the **passenger side door**....it will sit in N indefinitely....I have tested up to 8 hours.

This mode is useful for 'camping' in the vehicle overnight, or using the Bolt for backup power...since the DC-DC converter is active, the car can supply >1000 Watts from an inverter indefinitely.

However, the noisemaker is on in N. And you cannot open the diver side door, however, or it goes into P.

Does the noisemaker operate in 'car wash mode'? If not, I might use that trick for backup power applications, and save myself the step of pulling the fuse.

Experiment: how long will car stay in CWM?
 

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Just keep humming this while at the car wash and it will be over before you know it :D

 

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Wow, what a convoluted process, just to try to outsmart certain uncommon runaway situations. I'm glad my Volt doesn't require anything like this.
 

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Ok 3 times I have done this with JUST putting it into N, no opening door and it works just fine.
I do watch the Brake light on the dash but it has not happened
 

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What is the seatbelt thing? Just close the seatbelt and then put it into Neutral and it will prevent the car from coming out of neutral or applying the parking break? Or is there more to it?
 

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I think I should be clear that the car wash that I have here is the one you Stay IN the car as it moves you though the tunnel and out the other side.
We don't have one around here where you exit the car.

Maybe that is why when I did the open door thing, I never took off my seatbelt ?
 
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