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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:23 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Very cool! I did not know the ice-part tip, yes it works as you said on both my '12SL and '13S, it works as you said, hold the stalk back until it gets near the top and then let go. Note if you hold it too long it will return to the bottom but again with 30 seconds you can simply pull the stalk back and try again.


I think you may have had a little trouble with it because you held the lever back. Try just pulling it toward you, then immediately releasing it.

Yes that works better, I probably just held it too long.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:46 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:* The ACCURATE Range Estimator. The 2013+ Leaf SV and SL (and possibly the earlier versions)(My '12SL does, so I'd assume all Leafs have this feature) have, in addition to the laughably inaccurate 'Guess O Meter' (aka "GOM") on the dashboard, a second, very accurate range estimator. By pressing the blue "E" button on the steering wheel, a small map display is brought up in the main navigation screen. On the display there are two concentric white circles, a pale white one that gives the GOM estimate as a visual representation on a map of how far the GOM thinks the car can go, and... the accurate range estimate, in brighter white, representing a smaller circle. Both figures are also given as numbers on the lower left side of the screen. Thanks to one of our members bringing this feature to our attention in 2016 (!) we now have a way to do more than consult a not-so-magic 8-ball for range. NOTE: the representation of available range will still be adversely affected by large elevation changes on the route - the estimator isn't "smart" enough to take them into account.



VENTILATION CONTROL TIPS

* Heater Off Switch for pre-2013 Leafs. There is a fairly easy to install switch, available through this forum, that will allow you to turn off the liquid-based heater in the 2011 and 2012 Leaf. Amazingly, these cars don't already have such a switch: if you want to stop the heater from drawing power, you have to turn off the climate control system entirely, losing all power ventilation. See http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=20446

* Partial Recirculate Mode. The 2013(My '12 SL has this feature so again I'd assume all Leafs do) and later Leafs have 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.
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'12 EVSEupgrade'd 20a L1/L2 EVSE, '13 EVSEupgrade'd adjustable 6-20a L2, 6-13a L1 EVSE
Zencar 13, 20, 30a L1/L2 portable EVSE
GE Durastation 30a

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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:56 pm

Not sure how to phrase it, but the 12V battery failing causes all kinds of various issues.... It should be a go to item for bizarre behaving cars with unexplained annunciator lights, charge issue, and safety issues like inconsistent brakes... I discharged my 12V Lead Acid battery by leaving my LEAF spy OBII plugged in and powered up for a week and a half... Just knowing to jump the car with another 12V and letting the traction batter re-charge the 12V avoided a tow and major inconvenience.... Anyone able to wordsmith this with some degree of clarity?

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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:32 pm

JimSouCal wrote:Not sure how to phrase it, but the 12V battery failing causes all kinds of various issues.... It should be a go to item for bizarre behaving cars with unexplained annunciator lights, charge issue, and safety issues like inconsistent brakes... I discharged my 12V Lead Acid battery by leaving my LEAF spy OBII plugged in and powered up for a week and a half... Just knowing to jump the car with another 12V and letting the traction batter re-charge the 12V avoided a tow and major inconvenience.... Anyone able to wordsmith this with some degree of clarity?



Yes, I plan to do so. It's just that I'm going to have to word it carefully, as many people have no 12 volt battery issues, and many firmly believe that it's just a case of a few defective batteries and charging systems. So expect it to be milder-sounding than my usual rants on the subject. ;-)
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sat Jan 21, 2017 5:19 pm

Hello! Is there a picture out there of the blue "E" on the steering wheel? Or maybe someone can describe it to me? I'm having trouble finding it.

Thankssss

Edit: nvm, I realized that on mine it is a small arrow or "carrot"

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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:31 pm

Yes, it is a blue arrow. I've read somewhere, in some manual or document that it's called the "Energy" button, or at least I thought I had. Anyway, I'll change that.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:38 am

Thanks for pointing that button out to all us newbies! :)

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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Sun Jan 22, 2017 1:21 pm

I'll be adding a tip on carrying a J-1772 extender cord, which can usually fit in the case for the OEM portable EVSE. With more and more L-2 stations coming online, being ICEd out of charging stations is more a problem for most of us these days than having only 120 volt outlets available. I now carry one, and will be putting the EVSE in with my spare tire - another upcoming trick. If anyone wants to give me a link to those topics, I'm in quite a bit of pain today, and tired.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:25 am

Drive backwards. The Leaf is more aerodynamic going backwards than it is forwards.
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Re: The Best, Least-Known Tips & Tricks

Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:07 am

I dunno - those wheel wells are pretty big at both ends. Driving sideways might work.
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