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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:00 pm

cwerdna wrote:From the '16 warranty booklet...

Thanks cwerdna, that helps. I probably read that months ago but it didn't sink in.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:01 pm

SageBrush wrote:To be clear, the small print of the warranty says if you did not get the battery report performed and having it performed would have found a problem that could have been repaired before causing additional damage then the warranty will not be honored.

That is a very high bar of proof for Nissan; I would say just about impossible. This forum has ZERO reports of warranty refusal based on the above limitation.

That's very helpful . . . thanks again.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:37 pm

On my 2015 Leaf the only maintenance cost was wiper blade refills and one cabin air filter I bought from Amazon. I had annual battery checks done twice and I don’t remember paying anything for it.

I don’t know why Nissan has brake fluid checks as frequently as they recommend. All my other cars never required this.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Sun Jun 02, 2019 8:44 pm

I don’t know why Nissan has brake fluid checks as frequently as they recommend. All my other cars never required this.


It's a sop to Nissan service departments. They claim that EVs are harder on brake fluid, but the opposite is usually the case. One flush every 3-5 years under normal conditions is fine.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:46 am

LeftieBiker wrote:
I don’t know why Nissan has brake fluid checks as frequently as they recommend. All my other cars never required this.


It's a sop to Nissan service departments. They claim that EVs are harder on brake fluid, but the opposite is usually the case. One flush every 3-5 years under normal conditions is fine.


I would also expect that changing the Brake Fluid more often is a benefit to the consumer rather than the dealer.

On the Leaf, the braking system, antilock, and master cylinder is unique to the leaf, and is electric. Changing the brake fluid every 40K miles or so will remove contaminants that can destroy components that will make you poor to replace...

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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:18 am

Replacing brake fluid is cheap maintenance, to protect all components from rust/corrosion. We all know brake fluid is hygroscopic, so time is as critical as mileage. I will stay with 3 year brake fluid replacement interval, regardless of mileage, based on many, many years of experience.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:48 am

gncndad wrote:Replacing brake fluid is cheap maintenance, to protect all components from rust/corrosion. We all know brake fluid is hygroscopic, so time is as critical as mileage. I will stay with 3 year brake fluid replacement interval, regardless of mileage, based on many, many years of experience.

Your experience is with cars that do not use regenerative brakes
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:49 pm

I used a test strip to check my brake fluid at about the 3 year mark. Others have done so as well. AFAIK none of us got anything other than a perfect test result. The strips test for both water and metal in the fluid.
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:46 pm

SageBrush wrote:
gncndad wrote:Replacing brake fluid is cheap maintenance, to protect all components from rust/corrosion. We all know brake fluid is hygroscopic, so time is as critical as mileage. I will stay with 3 year brake fluid replacement interval, regardless of mileage, based on many, many years of experience.

Your experience is with cars that do not use regenerative brakes


Chevy Bolt has a 5 year brake fluid replacement recommendation
Tesla has a 2 year check brake fluid and replace if nessesary
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Re: Question on Service Intervals

Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:52 pm

FWIW, I bled the brakes on my '17 at 15k miles and almost 2 years since delivery. The fluid was darker than I expected having done this on many cars. On the plus side, the brake pedal is now firmer and the transition between regen and friction is much improved. I was becoming frustrated at how much pedal was needed to get friction braking, and how grabby the brakes had become.

I've done the maintenance on my cars for years, and my Euro ones specified a 2-year interval also, so I've gotten into the habit. I know that lots of people never replace their brake fluid and don't have a problem. It's cheap and relatively easy to DIY, so I've continued to do it for peace of mind and to -- sometimes -- improve brake pedal feel.
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