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TomT
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Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:09 pm
Delivery Date: 01 Mar 2011
Leaf Number: 000360
Location: Foothills of Granada Hills, CA
Contact: Website

Re: Electric parking brake switch

Wed Aug 06, 2014 12:27 pm

Even a broken switch would not disable it as it will automatically release when the vehicle is placed in D or R... And, yes, it can be set when already in D or R if you like, providing the vehicle is not moving... If it is moving, you have to hold the switch up to apply the brake. Another nice feature of the electric parking brake.

dgpcolorado wrote:The override is to allow release of the parking brake in the event of an electric systems failure or something similar (the brake switch on the console stops functioning)
59,991 miles/12 bars/289 Gids/68.54 AHr/101% SOH/101.64% Hx 7May15 w/ new Lizard (barely made the warranty).
71,770 miles/12 bars/256 Gids/59.04 AHr/88% SOH/87.92% Hx 3Mar16 at lease return.

Now driving a 2016 Volt Premier. Model 3 reserved.

TimLee
Posts: 2810
Joined: Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:40 am
Delivery Date: 17 May 2011
Leaf Number: 2026
Location: Chattanooga, TN

Re: Electric parking brake switch

Wed Aug 06, 2014 3:25 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:
TimLee wrote:Where is the mechanical override?
The electric parking brake override is in the floor of the trunk. If used, the manual says that it will need to be taken to a dealer to be reset. The override is to allow release of the parking brake in the event of an electric systems failure or something similar (the brake switch on the console stops functioning).

... Turns out that it is very reliable and easy to use.

Thanks :D
I keep meaning to read that massive manual but haven't got around to it in 38 months :lol:
Extensive reading of MNL is probably more informative though. :shock:
But this is the first time I've heard the mechanical override mentioned.

Tim Lee
Chattanooga, TN

Man. Date: 03/10/11, VIN # 2026
Delivered 05-17-2011
Blue Ocean, 2011 SL-eTec

emfroth
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Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:19 pm
Delivery Date: 07 Nov 2017
Leaf Number: 024500

Re: Electric parking brake switch

Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:23 pm

Actually, the electric parking brakes can go very wrong. We went on vacation, and apparently there was a twig in the seal of the trunk. Came back to find the trunk full of water--first and only time-- and the brake fried. Nissan wants $2200 to fix it. Give me a manual brake any time. Our car is only worth $6000---at those rates, I'd rather be driving a used Tesla.

emfroth
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Joined: Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:19 pm
Delivery Date: 07 Nov 2017
Leaf Number: 024500

Re: Electric parking brake switch

Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:26 pm

And we did use the manual override, but it only got the car moving in Reverse. Had to tow it to the shop, regardless. Gotta love glitchy computers.

GerryAZ
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Delivery Date: 12 Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: Electric parking brake switch

Wed Nov 08, 2017 2:59 am

emfroth wrote:Actually, the electric parking brakes can go very wrong. We went on vacation, and apparently there was a twig in the seal of the trunk. Came back to find the trunk full of water--first and only time-- and the brake fried. Nissan wants $2200 to fix it. Give me a manual brake any time. Our car is only worth $6000---at those rates, I'd rather be driving a used Tesla.


Since only 2011 and 2012 models have the electric parking brake, I assume you have one of those. The onboard charger is under the hump behind the rear seats and there are several wiring harnesses behind the plastic in the hatch area so I would be surprised if there is not other damage. The mechanical parking brake pedal/cable system on my 2015 has needed adjustment or repair several times and the cable seems to be stretching again while I had no issues at all with the 2011. The electric parking brake and adjustable headlights are two features on the 2011 which I really miss.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015

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