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Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 3:00 pm
by DanDietrich
Hi all,
I have a 2014 Leaf, and I am still left fumbling for the door lock switch to unlock the doors at night. I know this was discussed back when I bought the car in 2014, so I am curious if they stuck a lighted switch in the car for 15 or 16. I remember it was discussed in this forum, where supposedly Nissan employees watched for ways to improve the car. It's a simple fix. Did they do it?

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:18 pm
by jjeff
I sure hope so, I agree finding the door un-lock button is a MAJOR PIA in the dark! So much so that I disabled the automatic door lock feature so I wouldn't have to keep finding that button when dropping off or picking up multiple people in the dark. They have the power windows lock button lite but not(at least in my '12 and '13) the much more used power door lock button :roll:

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:16 pm
by HornsKeith
My 15 still has no light on the lock rocker switch. I usually reach up and turn on the overhead light so I can see to find it....

Keith

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:11 pm
by GerryAZ
2015 SL still dark. Having driven Leafs since 2011, I have memorized the lock button location.

Gerry

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:12 am
by cwerdna
With Leaf Spy Pro, you can configure the auto lock/unlock behavior.

IIRC, I have mine set to only auto-lock when going above 15 mph and disabled auto-unlock of all doors. I'm trying to reduce unnecessary wear/tear on the actuators since it seems like they might be a weak point on the Leaf.

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:01 am
by jjeff
cwerdna wrote:With Leaf Spy Pro, you can configure the auto lock/unlock behavior.

IIRC, I have mine set to only auto-lock when going above 15 mph and disabled auto-unlock of all doors. I'm trying to reduce unnecessary wear/tear on the actuators since it seems like they might be a weak point on the Leaf.

+1 and you can do it without Leaf Spy Pro, the manual has instructions to do it only using the door lock button and key FOB.

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:24 am
by powersurge
Of all the stupid things Nissan has done is not light up normal things that need it, especially NOT light up SPECIFIC buttons that are lit right next to them!!

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:35 am
by gshepherd
2016 SV: still not illuminated.

+1 on modify auto-unlock behavior to unlock when shifting into Park. Only thing that catches me now is if I forget to hit Park and instead hit Power, the car goes into Park automatically but doesn't auto-unlock the doors. Crazy.

Manual thumblock levers on the interior door release handles is likewise not obvious which way the are currently set. Most cars I've driven have a bright orange tab visible if unlocked.

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:57 am
by Durandal
You could probably superglue a plastic bead to the unlock button to make it stick out for tactile location, if you're not concern about visual appeal. If it is a black bead it would blend in better. (Just one of those small 1.5mm beads should do the trick just fine.)

Re: Did they fix the lock switch in 2015/16

Posted: Mon Sep 26, 2016 10:21 am
by jjeff
Durandal wrote:You could probably superglue a plastic bead to the unlock button to make it stick out for tactile location, if you're not concern about visual appeal. If it is a black bead it would blend in better. (Just one of those small 1.5mm beads should do the trick just fine.)

While one could certainly do that, I personally have to wonder why a company would produce a vehicle year after year with such a basic flaw :? I mean it couldn't cost more than illuminating the power window lock button, which gets FAR less use than the door unlock button.....
It's not a critical mass problem but it is one of those daily irritants for anyone driving the Leaf after dark, just sleighs me why Nissan doesn't correct it....
That said, again my simple fix to this design flaw is to simply make the doors so they don't automatically lock, if the car had an illuminated unlock button I would NOT have done this, but it doesn't and it's my work-a-round for Nissan's lack of foresight.
Does anyone know if any Nissan vehicles have an illuminated unlock button? that would be interesting to know :idea: