ElectricEddy
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Re: T/M Vehicle System Malfunction Warning

Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:10 pm

Ivan2408 wrote:Purchased used 2013 Leaf S in Dec 2015. It has been 100% trouble free until just recently with no prior warning my car wouldn't start. Every single light on dashboard was illuminated. Would not engage on any gear as other posts have described. It wasn't until a few days later when I check on it again that it displayed "T/M System Malfuction". I was dreading having to pay to get it towed all the way to dealer (about 40 miles).

After Googling, I found these posts here. Sure enough I pooped the hood and the battery's terminals were REALLY corroded. So I replaced the battery with new one and after installing it I'm back in business with no problems at all. Saved a ton of money by looking in this forum vs towing and paying diagnostics, parts and labor at dealer. Thanks!!!

My 13 didn't have any grease on the terminals but my 16 has some blue grease on them.
Nissan probably started doing this after the above problems had been reported.
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arnis
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Re: T/M Vehicle System Malfunction Warning

Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:23 am

Battery terminals can be covered with sticky spray grease so they corrode less.
This is what is done on many cars that have battery exposed to the elements.
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LeftieBiker
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Re: T/M Vehicle System Malfunction Warning

Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:48 am

In a pinch you can use white petroleum jelly. Just keep in mind it will rot rubber/plastic terminal covers.
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shren
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Re: T/M Vehicle System Malfunction Warning

Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:44 am

I had the T/M error message this past week (Nov 2017). Had left the car for a bit over a week between drives as I was away on vacation. It's a 2013 so the starter battery was near the end of its life span (4-5 years). I used a plug-in battery charger to charge the starter battery for a few hours, and the problem cleared up enough to start it. Drove it immediately to an AutoZone and they replaced the battery for me and the problem is all cleared up.

arnis
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Re: T/M Vehicle System Malfunction Warning

Sat Dec 09, 2017 5:41 pm

There is no "calendar lifespan" for lead acid batteries.
Many last for more than a decade. In cars, in UPS devices, submarines, forklifts.
It all depends on conditions.
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