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Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:50 am
by WetEV
LeftieBiker wrote:Given a situation in which the 12 volt battery has been left alone for a long time (no external charging or large drains with the car off) then the rest voltage has proven a pretty good indicator of usefulness - IF you assume that anything below 12.4 volts is problematic.


Not true. I recently replaced a battery on an ICE that measured 12.6V no load and provided less than 10 CCA (cold cranking Amps) on the tester. The car's computer would fail to boot.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:17 am
by silvermask123
Lots of useful information. Thanks everyone.

So far, I tried battery tender. Got the battery to 13.5+V on rest. After 15 minute disconnect/reconnect, I tried restarting the car with no luck. After failed attempt to start the car, the battery drops to around 12.5V.

Will try the headlamp test to see what happens.

And also thinking about getting LeafSpy.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:36 am
by LeftieBiker
WetEV wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:Given a situation in which the 12 volt battery has been left alone for a long time (no external charging or large drains with the car off) then the rest voltage has proven a pretty good indicator of usefulness - IF you assume that anything below 12.4 volts is problematic.


Not true. I recently replaced a battery on an ICE that measured 12.6V no load and provided less than 10 CCA (cold cranking Amps) on the tester. The car's computer would fail to boot.


I'm talking about Leaf batteries. They are the same starting batteries used in ICEs but have a different use profile. You show me a 12 volt battery that reads 12.6 volts and won't reliably start a Leaf and I'll change my tune.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:37 am
by LeftieBiker
silvermask123 wrote:Lots of useful information. Thanks everyone.

So far, I tried battery tender. Got the battery to 13.5+V on rest. After 15 minute disconnect/reconnect, I tried restarting the car with no luck. After failed attempt to start the car, the battery drops to around 12.5V.

Will try the headlamp test to see what happens.

And also thinking about getting LeafSpy.


It sounds to me like you have a different problem. Are the battery terminals and cables clean and tightly connected? What exactly happens when you try to start the car? What codes are showing now?

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:05 pm
by davewill
You might want to check fuses. Sometimes it's the little things...

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:22 pm
by alozzy
You can easily extract the 12V battery, take it to a store and have it tested, and then put in a new 12V battery if needed. If the battery is NG, it needs to be replaced anyways and you never know, it might just fix the real problem.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 4:02 pm
by Levenkay
alozzy wrote:You can easily extract the 12V battery, take it to a store and have it tested, and then put in a new 12V battery if needed. If the battery is NG, it needs to be replaced anyways and you never know, it might just fix the real problem.
One might have hoped for some of the car's diagnostics to cover the 12V battery, but as it's so extremely unlikely to be involved in any actual functioning of the car, I completely understand Nissan's decision to (apparently) exclude it from diagnostics coverage.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:17 pm
by Nubo
Levenkay wrote:
alozzy wrote:You can easily extract the 12V battery, take it to a store and have it tested, and then put in a new 12V battery if needed. If the battery is NG, it needs to be replaced anyways and you never know, it might just fix the real problem.
One might have hoped for some of the car's diagnostics to cover the 12V battery, but as it's so extremely unlikely to be involved in any actual functioning of the car, I completely understand Nissan's decision to (apparently) exclude it from diagnostics coverage.

A poor choice by Nissan, as we have seen a number of instances where a weak battery resulted in abnormal behaviors, including the braking system. Happened to me as well.

Re: Nissan Leaf 2013 does not start even though 12v battery in good condition

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:05 pm
by GerryAZ
Disconnecting the 12-volt battery by itself may not be enough to clear/reset trouble codes. My experience is that disconnecting the 12-volt battery may or may not clear error codes and allow the car to function. With errors caused by CAN Bus communication problems, it is often necessary to disconnect the 12-volt battery for 30 seconds to a minute and then use LEAF Spy Pro to clear DTCs after reconnecting the battery (and turning car on to activate OBDII port).