Craigs wrote:I checked to see if I had obscure VIN checked off in Leaf Spy. I did, but when I turned it off, I got the other VIN still.
The help file said that on the cell page one of the items listed is VIN/batt #.
To be clear, Leaf Spy Pro on Android used to only list the VIN. It can be obscured and thus will display an invalid VIN (some characters replaced with non-sensical ones). A valid VIN for a US-built car should begin with 1, 4 or 5 followed by N for Nissan. All the characters should be either numbers or capital letters.
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_i ... Components
. There was discussion long ago when Leafs for the US market were made in Japan and thus began with a J at viewtopic.php?t=1473
When the obscure VIN setting is turned OFF, the current version of Leaf Spy Pro for Android and all the versions from around April or May 2017 forward (viewtopic.php?p=493308#p493308
) will show the both the VIN and the battery serial number in the same field on the screen w/all the cell voltages. The VIN and battery serial # alternate back and forth.
The VIN that you see should match what you see on the driver's side door sticker, what's visible thru the windshield on the driver' side, and the paperwork when you bought the car. If there's a mismatch between any of these, that's a red flag. All of these should begin with 1N.
Would be interesting to buy a Carfax and Autocheck report for your VIN.
My VIN begins with 1N4AZ0CP. I'd expect yours to, as well.
My battery serial number begins with 230SM11.
Leaf isn't made in Canada. A VIN starting with 2 implies made/assembled in Canada. My 5/2013 built Leaf should have a battery that was made in Tennessee.
Craigs wrote:I developed a theory that most of the Leafs have a battery installed at the factory that has the same serial number as the VIN on the car, but for some unknown reason my car received a battery that did not have the same number.
I doubt this is true. @Turbo3 can probably better comment on this.
Also, not all countries use VINs. In Japan, vehicles for those markets don't have or don't generally have VINs.