vijayl
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Leaf Number: 1977
Location: Fremont - CA

2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:42 pm

My 2011 Leaf SL has 90K and gets may be 50miles on a full charge to 20%. It has not seen the Dealer except for first 2 free battery checks and getting the service bulletin updated. The only time I spent money for maintenance on my Leaf is for set of tires and wheel alignment..

The efficiency has gone down - the car needs more energy to go the same distance. I'm not sure if others experience the same. It could be because of the older electronic components or the alignment on the wheels may not be great. Car also has a Grabby Brake Syndrome and I do the trick of VSP off, flooring the Brake pedal, which took care of the problem.

Since it has done 90k miles, I decided to check and lubricate the brakes. I'm glad I did that . The pads and pad spacers were completely dried up. I removed all the pads, cleaned it up, applied grease to the metal contact, where it slides in and out. Applied the grease between pad and the spacers. Now I get a pretty good braking experience. No more harsh braking.. I strongly recommend doing it. specially if you have driven it for 6 years.
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LeftieBiker
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Delivery Date: 31 May 2013
Location: Upstate New York, US

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:49 pm

You should probably change the brake fluid as well.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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vijayl
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:57 pm
Delivery Date: 28 May 2011
Leaf Number: 1977
Location: Fremont - CA

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:24 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:You should probably change the brake fluid as well.

I looked at it and its clean. May be some day. I don't experience any degradation, so left it as is.
79 MGB @95K
94 Honda Civic @ 250K 30mpg - Sold
07 Honda Odyssey @ 75K 24mpg
67 MGB GT EV 20K EV miles
Leafing 92,000 miles
Reserved on 7/2/2010; R4Q-1/26/2011; Ord 01/30/2011; Delivered-5/28/2011; EVSE Installed - 5/31/2011; BattPak@92k-9/12/2018

estomax
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Joined: Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:23 pm
Delivery Date: 21 Jan 2017
Location: Seattle

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:53 pm

great observation. I imagine your pads were not very worn at all, but the sliding hardware probably does seize up over time!
2013 Leaf SL Premium
27k, 93% SoH, 2/17
32k, 96% SoH, 6/17
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Valdemar
Posts: 2419
Joined: Tue May 10, 2011 10:32 pm
Delivery Date: 09 Sep 2011
Location: Oak Park, CA

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:53 pm

vijayl wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:You should probably change the brake fluid as well.

I looked at it and its clean. May be some day. I don't experience any degradation, so left it as is.


It may be clean but have water in it, which isn't good for the brake system. Changing the brake fluid every couple of years is the right thing to do.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB)
59.7AHr, SOH 93%, 118k miles
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LeftieBiker
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Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:54 pm

Even those of us who are comfortable with longer intervals think 5 years is the longest safe period to leave fluid in the car.
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

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Valdemar
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Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:14 pm

You can test the fluid for water, if it is low you can run it as long as you want, well, unless it becomes dirty.
'11 SL, totaled
-1CB@33k/21mo, -2CB@53k/33mo, -3CB@68k/41mo, -4CB(41.5AHr)@79k/49mo, -5CB(38.85AHr)@87.5k/54mo
-0CB(66.14AHr)@87.5k/54mo (BBB)
59.7AHr, SOH 93%, 118k miles
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Bob
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Delivery Date: 30 May 2013
Location: New Hampshire

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:38 am

Efficiency will go down when you replace tires. Tires get more efficient with time. The rubber gets harder (less grip) so less safe.
Bob

vijayl
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:57 pm
Delivery Date: 28 May 2011
Leaf Number: 1977
Location: Fremont - CA

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:46 pm

estomax wrote:great observation. I imagine your pads were not very worn at all, but the sliding hardware probably does seize up over time!

It still has 60% left
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94 Honda Civic @ 250K 30mpg - Sold
07 Honda Odyssey @ 75K 24mpg
67 MGB GT EV 20K EV miles
Leafing 92,000 miles
Reserved on 7/2/2010; R4Q-1/26/2011; Ord 01/30/2011; Delivered-5/28/2011; EVSE Installed - 5/31/2011; BattPak@92k-9/12/2018

vijayl
Posts: 81
Joined: Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:57 pm
Delivery Date: 28 May 2011
Leaf Number: 1977
Location: Fremont - CA

Re: 2011 Leaf Brake Maintenance

Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:48 pm

Valdemar wrote:
vijayl wrote:
LeftieBiker wrote:You should probably change the brake fluid as well.

I looked at it and its clean. May be some day. I don't experience any degradation, so left it as is.


It may be clean but have water in it, which isn't good for the brake system. Changing the brake fluid every couple of years is the right thing to do.

Agree on the potential moisture (not water though), which leads to corroding the liners.. Changing brake fluid every 3 years is a good practice..
79 MGB @95K
94 Honda Civic @ 250K 30mpg - Sold
07 Honda Odyssey @ 75K 24mpg
67 MGB GT EV 20K EV miles
Leafing 92,000 miles
Reserved on 7/2/2010; R4Q-1/26/2011; Ord 01/30/2011; Delivered-5/28/2011; EVSE Installed - 5/31/2011; BattPak@92k-9/12/2018

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