arnis
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:10 am

When warranty on my vehicle runs out I might add push-button microswitch beneath the the door.
So if I push the door slightly* harder it touches the microswitch and activates the locking mechanism.
Though I always push the release button if I exit the vehicle. Even at destination where I do not charge :lol:

If microswitch doesn't work I will glue a magnet to J1772 plug and a sensor beneath the plastic bumper.


*note that charging door is springy even if it is closed. Seals push it up against latch.
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:24 pm

arnis wrote:When warranty on my vehicle runs out I might add push-button microswitch beneath the the door.
So if I push the door slightly* harder it touches the microswitch and activates the locking mechanism.



If you base the microswitch on the electronics in the key fob (which requires you to HOLD to unlatch), you could do Press to latch / Press & hold to unlatch.

Post photos if you proceed...
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:52 am

OMG. Nissan put in a fob controlled lock release on the car and people are still unhappy.

Now they are looking for ways to DISABLE the high tech feature.... What about opening the door from INSIDE your house??

You cant please people If you gave them free cash, someone would complain that they didn't like the color green....

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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:41 am

powersurge wrote:OMG. Nissan put in a fob controlled lock release on the car and people are still unhappy.

This LEAF behavior is just a nit so far as I am concerned but I admit to not seeing any advantage in requiring the fob for charger port access.
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:12 am

SageBrush wrote:
powersurge wrote:OMG. Nissan put in a fob controlled lock release on the car and people are still unhappy.

This LEAF behavior is just a nit so far as I am concerned but I admit to not seeing any advantage in requiring the fob for charger port access.

+1
And I'd trade the button on the FOB for a non locking charge port in a NY minute :D
I just see no need to lock the door and I don't carry the FOB in my pocket when just walking around the house, when I might just decide I want to plug my Leaf in. No it's not the end of the world and it wouldn't have kept me from purchasing my Leaf, but it's a "nit" regardless :)
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:14 pm

powersurge wrote:OMG. Nissan put in a fob controlled lock release on the car and people are still unhappy.



Well, Leaf comes with comfort access functionality. That means you don't have to use the fob to open the central lock nor
have to stick the key in the ignition hole and turn. Though they forgot comfort access functionality on the 6th door.
Philosophically, this is a scam. You promise a comfort access but actually limiting one function. On purpose.
It could be acceptable for an ICE vehicle where refill door is used once a week. But not on EV, where fuel filler door is used more
often than passenger door, rear doors and rear hatch all combined.
My 2001 BMW has a fuel filler door that locks with central lock. If car is unlocked, the fuel filler is just open, like a regular car door.
You touch it and it pops. You turn the cap and it opens. No-brainer. If doors are locked the fuel filler door is locked. The end.
How hard can it be? For 7 f*cking years Nissan does it wrong :lol:
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Thu Apr 27, 2017 9:32 am

arnis wrote:When warranty on my vehicle runs out I might add push-button microswitch beneath the the door.
So if I push the door slightly* harder it touches the microswitch and activates the locking mechanism.
Though I always push the release button if I exit the vehicle. Even at destination where I do not charge :lol:

I think its important to remember the fact that this "door" goes up in the front of the vehicle and therefore you don't want it to be set up in such a way that if you hit a bump at 70 mph a release might trip and allow the door to pop open. I'm not sure the hinges will hold up against that type of wind and that door will sure do some nifty damage the the car when it breaks off likely striking the windshield etc.

There's a good reason the release is disabled when the car is in ready mode, I recommend you don't bypass that
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Re: Question: How to Deactivate Charger Door Lock

Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:54 pm

They will be fine. Drag area is small. And it will not get up anyway.
2011-12 Leafs had mechanical pull tab. Those work while driving.
Also it is near impossible to trip microswitch with a bump on the road.
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