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3 Simple Ways To Fix Chevy Volt's Loud Door Ajar Alarm: The Chime Volume

Some Chevy Volt owners complain that the door ajar alarm is very loud. It's also called Continuous Chiming, when the driver door is opened while the vehicle is in ON. Is there an easy fix to lower the door alarm sound?

"I can't find any way to decrease the volume or slow the pace of the beeps," wrote one 2017 Chevy Volt owner in a Volt owners forum. "When I open the door to talk with people I have to shut it to continue the conversation. I'd like to show them the dash and controls without having to let them sit in the seat with the door closed. Where can I submit requests for an additional line of code in the settings panel. Anyone found a workaround?

Here are few things you can do, suggested by current Chevrolet Volt owners.

First, turn the car off to not hear it. Since it is not a gas engine having to be restarted, it doesn't hurt anything to turn your car back on an it takes but a second to shift to drive and take off without any delays. The downside of this solution is that when you turn off the car, the person whom you want to show the settings int he dash, may not see them as some things can be seen only when the car is on.

Second, make sure that your chime volume is set to normal, not high. Find the Chime Volume in your Volt's setting and there you will see two options: High and Normal. Check the Normal if the High option is checked. Some people, who have tried this, say the door chime volume is still very loud. They suggest for GM to fix this by simply adding an off button or an option to further reduce the volume.

Third, and perhaps the simplest option is to to tape over the button in the door jamb. This may not work in Gen 1 Volts because I don't think they use the standard button to detect when a door is open. Some people have said that you can engage the door catches while the door is open, using a screwdriver and that should stop the door open chime. But in Gen 2 Volts taping should work.

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One can wait for GM to make a software update with a option to lower the door chime volume, but I think it might be faster to use few cents worth of tape for a temporary solution to the problem.

Do you think the chime volume is very loud when you have the door of your Volt open?


Josipa (not verified)    October 19, 2016 - 12:51PM

The chime is super loud. I have turned it all the way down (they now have volume) but it's still super loud and wakes up my baby!

Holly (not verified)    December 14, 2016 - 12:35PM

Call the Volt team at 866-754-8100. The more who complain, the better our chances of getting them to update the software with more volume control.

It is painfully loud to me. Maybe they made it so loud to be heard over booming stereos, but not all of us do that. We need a quieter option.

Josipa (not verified)    December 14, 2016 - 5:02PM

They said to turn the chime low. I told them I have done this. They said to make an apt with the dealership. So I did. Will update in two weeks.

Holly (not verified)    December 15, 2016 - 10:47AM

In reply to by Josipa (not verified)

I just brought my car into the dealership, hoping they could adjust it. They couldn't. In fact, it sounds even louder. Now I have to find that setting again because it probably got reset to factory default. Gah!!!
Call that number I posted. Chevy needs to create a software update that has more volume control. That's it.

William Harclerode (not verified)    July 26, 2022 - 2:02PM

In reply to by Josipa (not verified)

I have the same problem, Chevy volt door chime is way way way too loud. Chevy dealer couldn’t fix it. Called this phone number and they told me to take it back to Chevy dealer. And I would have to pay out if pocket. I told them, why would I ever buy another GM car (like a Bolt) if they can’t fix something simple like this? Who the hell designed this, who the hell are the designers bosses? Unbelievable,

Josipa (not verified)    December 16, 2016 - 1:22PM

Hi Holly, I did call the number and told them I'd make an appointment, but still wanted to file an official complaint. Hopefully they made of a note of it.

Don (not verified)    February 25, 2020 - 7:06PM

I have a 2019 full. The chime to indicate that the door is open is extremely loud, even with the volume set to the lower option. So annoying. Can someone please tell me where the actual sensor button is on the door jamb, so it can be taped over? I have looked all over the door and the jamb and cannot find any button. Thank you