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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:10 pm

From the FAQ:

* Partial Recirculate Mode. The Leaf has a barely-documented feature that is actually very helpful in Winter, especially when combined with the next Trick after this. With the ventilation set to one of the modes that allows Recirculation (any of the non-defrost modes), and with Recirculate mode on, press and hold the Recirculate button until the light above it starts to flash, then quickly release it. The light will flash twice, then go out, making it look like the car is in Fresh Air mode. In fact, if done correctly (and it may take a little practice, to avoid re-engaging full Recirculate) the ventilation system is now taking in roughly 1/3 fresh air, and recirculating the other 2/3. This mode does two things: it reduces the amount of external smog getting sucked into the car, and it increases the efficiency of the heater in cold weather, because most of the air doesn't have to be heated from outside ambient. It is also called "Auto Recirculate" (not to be confused with Auto Climate Control).


If the valve does open and close automatically, what are the parameters that determine an open position? They are unlikely to be present only in Summer. Once I have more info I'll change it to reflect that.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:28 am

On the Re circulation subject.
I noticed a marked improvement in the very cold. 0ºF. Below and a bit above. The Energy use meter would drop substantially when the "partial" was engaged. We have no way of knowing what parameters Nissan uses to operate this control in auto mode. May be there is a CAN buss output that LeafSpy could read. I know when I use Auto for heat or AC it starts in full recirculate mode then fades. I can tell this by the fan noise at the defrost outlets . I believe the car uses this vent as an intake during recirculation. That's why we cant have recirculation and defrost at the same time.
I will have to try it with AC in the summer to see if I get an energy reduction from using it. I tend to just use full auto in the summer anyway though if I am using AC. In Vermont AC days are not that often.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:47 am

Recirculation happens if it's cold outside. Technical manual has logic drawing.
It is fixed at 30%. Partial recirculation is VERY good if it is cold outside and cabin is very warm.
With cold cabin it is absolutely useless. Still, if there are more than 2 people I switch to fresh
due to fogging on the rear windows.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:54 pm

This post is to "bump" the topic up, and explain how to use it. Those looking for Leaf driving Tips & Tricks just have to go to the first post in this topic and read that. The rest is discussion of that FAQ-type document.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:11 pm

This post is to "bump" the topic up, and explain how to use it. Those looking for Leaf driving Tips & Tricks just have to go to the first post in this topic and read that. The rest is discussion of that FAQ-type document.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:31 pm

This post is to "bump" the topic up, and explain how to use it. Those looking for Leaf driving Tips & Tricks just have to go to the first post in this topic and read that. The rest is discussion of that FAQ-type document.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:48 pm

This post is to "bump" the topic up, and explain how to use it. Those looking for Leaf driving Tips & Tricks just have to go to the first post in this topic and read that. The rest is discussion of that FAQ-type document.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sat May 06, 2017 7:28 pm

Bump.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Tue May 09, 2017 11:26 pm

This post is to "bump" the topic up, and explain how to use it. Those looking for Leaf driving Tips & Tricks just have to go to the first post in this topic and read that. The rest is discussion of that FAQ-type document.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Wed May 10, 2017 7:38 am

After 6 "bumps," maybe this will be something worthwhile. I didn't think of it, although at some point hopefully the person can be recognized. It is definitely a "Least-Known" item.

But, under the hood, on each side, where the shock struts come through, on the 2011 - 2012 there is a small plastic cover. I believe it might have been changed for newer LEAFs. The way Nissan designed it though, it holds water and causes unacceptable rust to the threaded part of the strut and the nut attaching it. I clean it out on occasion and put grease on the parts, but the damage has already been done and I'm only slowing it down a bit.

The Australian LEAF group has run into the same issue on their forum, and there is a better part that people can get from Nissan, but I'll have to look up where I've got that data. I took it to Hill Nissan near where I'm at (a great dealership IMHO), and when the service manager looked at it he said it was possible to hurt the strut seal in removing the nut if it isn't done correctly, so they would have to do it and it would cost me a bit of money, and also said by now it really isn't worth it after almost five years.

But, if you have a relatively new LEAF, I would get some grease on the strut and nut assembly under the hood on each side. If you can prevent the rust from starting, you are so much better off. I'm a bit upset that $0.02 of grease could have been used, and would have greatly helped, but wasn't done at the factory, and is so obscure that people don't think to look at it.

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