WetEV
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:50 am

What cards you want depends on where you are, and where you hope to travel to.

No charging cards needed if this is just a commuting car and you will never push the range.

Coworker has just the Chargepoint card, as we have Chargepoint stations at work, which he sometimes uses.

I have Chargepoint, Blink, EVgo, Av, Greenlots, Electric Circuit, SemaConnect, pay with Plugshare on mobile phone, and some other supplier I can't think of at the moment.

I actually have two Blink cards, one of which used to be reserved for work. And two Chargepoint cards, one of which is reserved for work.
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macnut
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:11 pm

First thing is to inflate the tires to a higher pressure than 36 p.s.i. to reduce rolling resistance.
Some use 45 p.s.i., but I go for around 42 p.s.i.

Clean out leaves and junk around the air intakes under the hood below windshield and this:

sub3marathonman wrote:The very first thing I would do after buying a used LEAF would be to open the hood, look to the left and right for the little plastic covers over what I think are the front struts, take the plastic covers off, get all the water out that is sitting in there, and then clean off the rust as much as possible and put grease on to at least slow down the continuation of rust there.



Just done mine. Used WD-40 to help displace water, and a wood dowel to scrape off dirt and rust, then coated with grease.
Not a long-term solution, but a periodic maintenance item.
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LeftieBiker
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:00 pm

Does the water get in there from road splash, or from washing the motor compartment?
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macnut
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:51 pm

From rain on the windshield or washing the car - the square plastic covers have holes in them just like the adjacent air intake grille.

You can just about feel those covers with the hood closed by passing your fingers under the cowl at the corners.

I think the intent is that the water runs off the left and right edges of the windshield flows around the outside of the strut tower to a drain tube.

But some of the water inevitably gets into the recess where the strut bolt is.
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IBeLeaf2
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:55 pm

sub3marathonman wrote:The very first thing I would do after buying a used LEAF would be to open the hood, look to the left and right for the little plastic covers over what I think are the front struts, take the plastic covers off, get all the water out that is sitting in there, and then clean off the rust as much as possible and put grease on to at least slow down the continuation of rust there.

I think this will eventually be a major safety issue, as to me it looks like the threaded strut, depending on where it rusts out at, will eventually be weakened so much and break. I wish more people would complain and/or open a case with Nissan. (I admit I haven't opened a case either with Nissan, never get around to doing it.)

I can't take credit for discovering this, somebody else on the forum mentioned it, complete with pictures, but I can't find it right now.

Went out and checked my 2014 for this problem. It has the covers with vent holes but there were no signs of rust under it. Still I'll spray the area with lithium lube to be safe.
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ruly1000
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Fri Dec 30, 2016 2:08 pm

OP here, thanks for all the great advice! After driving the Leaf for a week commuting to work, I would add the following to the list of things to do after buying a used Leaf:

1. RTFM and go through all the settings and make sure they are what you want. Especially on a used Leaf who knows what was set by the previous owner (you can reset to factory defaults to start then go through the settings and set your own). Especially pay attention to the charge and climate control timers so your Leaf doesn't seem to have a mind of it's own as to whether it decides to charge or not.

2. Get a Nissan Connect (Carwings) account and change the setting in the Nav computer to your account (mine was set to the previous owners account).

3. Get a battery report from your Nissan dealer (IIRC its required for warranty if you still have some left).

4. Show off your EV to your friends and family. :) (be prepared to answer a million questions)

5. Figure out how to keep your spouse from commandeering what is now the nicer car. /s

oak
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:00 am

Also, as a reminder for anyone that installed a 240v EVSE this year in the US, you can get a 30% federal tax credit on the unit and electrical work:
https://www.clippercreek.com/30-federal-tax-credit-for-purchase-installation-of-clippercreek-evse/

jjeff
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:26 am

oak wrote:Also, as a reminder for anyone that installed a 240v EVSE this year in the US, you can get a 30% federal tax credit on the unit and electrical work:
https://www.clippercreek.com/30-federal-tax-credit-for-purchase-installation-of-clippercreek-evse/

I'm guessing this will go away with the new administration? If so I think they should come back with the so-called Hummer tax credit.....you remember the one Bush?? enacted to promote vehicles over 8000?? GVW :? Several of my neighbors purposely upsized their pickups from their normal 3/4 to 1 ton to take advantage of the credit :(
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tattoogunman
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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Sat Dec 31, 2016 12:18 pm

jjeff wrote:
oak wrote:Also, as a reminder for anyone that installed a 240v EVSE this year in the US, you can get a 30% federal tax credit on the unit and electrical work:
https://www.clippercreek.com/30-federal-tax-credit-for-purchase-installation-of-clippercreek-evse/

I'm guessing this will go away with the new administration? If so I think they should come back with the so-called Hummer tax credit.....you remember the one Bush?? enacted to promote vehicles over 8000?? GVW :? Several of my neighbors purposely upsized their pickups from their normal 3/4 to 1 ton to take advantage of the credit :(


I was thinking the same thing ;)

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Re: First things I should do after buying a used Leaf

Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:00 pm

One more to-do:

Call Nissan USA to find out exactly when your 5-year 60K miles battery warranty expires.

If your battery capacity decreases to 8 bars before warranty expires, Nissan will replace your battery for free ($5K to $6K value).

I was lucky that my 2011 Leaf battery ran down to 8 bars just in time right before expiration.

Best,
Philip

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