AthensGA1
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Joined: Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:44 am
Delivery Date: 21 Sep 2018

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:50 am

After replacing my door handle last week on my 2015, I got a I-Key System Error. I have had no issues with the car since new. It has 14700 miles on it. They told me warranty is over because it’s from the date of being built. (Crap warranty) This is my second leaf and I love them as a second vehicle. So I went and got the OBD2 and downloaded LeafSpy and I’ll admit it’s a cool ap, what does all that mean? I downloaded the DTC’s and OMG! 23 of them. Yes I unplugged battery a total of two times in a two week period. Still the same. I bought the obd to clear out the DTC’s but then I read more and It’s not recommended. I had my 12v battery replaced about 10months ago and let me tell you, you will know when it’s bad. The whole car freaks out. I did test my 12 volt battery and it’s at 12.8 volts. I hooked charger on it walked away checked on it and charger said full. Not sure if it topped it off or if anything at all. So any advise would be great.
Thanks!

GerryAZ
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Delivery Date: 12 Jun 2011
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:57 pm

AthensGA1,

The Nissan warranties start when the car is first placed into service (not manufacture date). Bumper-to-bumper is 3 years or 36,000 miles; power train, EV system. and battery capacity are5 years or 60,000 miles; and battery manufacture defect is 8 years or 100,000 miles. I suggest that you confirm the in service date to verify warranty coverage.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015; traded 8/10/2019 at 82,436 miles
White LEAF 2019 SL+ purchased 8/10/2019

shortdistancedriver
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Joined: Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:06 pm
Delivery Date: 03 Nov 2015
Leaf Number: 324865

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:14 pm

AthensGA1 wrote:After replacing my door handle last week on my 2015, I got a I-Key System Error....I bought the obd to clear out the DTC’s but then I read more and It’s not recommended. ... So any advise would be great.
Thanks!
I also replaced the passenger door handle on a 2015 SV. One of the plugs did not fit, but after removing some material I made it click in. Everything now works. Keyless entry. All the buttons inside the door and on the handle work. --- There is only this I-Key system error that gets displayed as a warning.
I disconnected the battery. That didn't help.
My OBD connects, to the phone (running Torque) but not to the ECU. So I cannot clear the DTC codes.
Any help would be appreciated greatly.

dyhopper
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Joined: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:15 pm
Delivery Date: 26 Jun 2015
Location: Beaverton, OR

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:36 am

found this thread after our rear door handle literally fell off when we tried to open the door. I have a very early 2011. Thanks for starting this topic and for the youtube video! It looks like an easy fix if I can get the door open. We have the child locks on so I can't open from the inside. :(

stjohnh
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Joined: Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:27 pm
Delivery Date: 10 Jun 2013
Leaf Number: 409675
Location: Palo Alto, CA

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:37 pm

My 2013 S started having the driver door handle problem (separation of the plastic chrome colored piece from the backing) about 2-3 yrs ago. I fixed it with superglue, but only held for a month or two. Has been loose ever since, and not a problem other than annoyingly reminding me that it is not right. Perhaps I'll try the JB Weld fix.
Blessings,
Holland

2 LEAFS, bought 1 week apart. 2013 S for me, 2013 SV is wife's. Both manufactured May 2013. I lost first bar at 36,000. Wife still has all bars at 50,000.

BakoDuck
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Joined: Thu Jul 16, 2015 9:33 am
Delivery Date: 31 Jul 2015
Leaf Number: 326738
Location: Bakersfield, CA

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Sun Apr 14, 2019 4:40 pm

My 2015 SV just began having the same problem with the driver's side (most used) door handle. I will definitely try the JB Weld fix to secure the handle. This is the first "quality" issue we have experienced. Hopefully , this will be an easy fix.

Thanks for starting this thread and for all the sharing.


Cheers! :D

jjeff
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Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:10 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jul 2014
Leaf Number: 422121
Location: MSP MN

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:07 pm

jjeff wrote:Yes I occasionally have the two pieces separate if I pull too hard on the handle, say it's locked but I don't think it is and I give it a quick hard pull.
I was really worried at first but found out they easily snap back together, so thats all I do. Well I'm also much easier on pulling the handle also so it rarely happens anymore. Never happens on my '12 but rather my '13.
Well my quote was from 2 years ago and now the driver's handle comes loose probably every 3rd or 4th pull, basically anytime I don't think about holding my fingers in the center back of the handle and not pulling near the edges! Guess it's time to try some JB Weld(or I've got some similar epoxy(if it hasn't hardened in the tube :roll: ).
I wonder just how many other cars, Nissan's, in particular, have the same problem? I mean I can't believe the Leaf uses a one of a kind door handle......
2012 SL purchased used 2/'16
2013 S w/QC purchased new
Juicebox Premium 60a L1/L2 EVSE, Ebusbar 16a L1/L2 EVSE
'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

GerryAZ
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Location: Phoenix, AZ

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:40 am

I was reading my extended warranty (aftermarket, not Nissan) to confirm coverage of the intelligent brake controller (master cylinder) and found it interesting that the warranty covers everything in the keyless entry system except the door buttons. I normally skip extended warranties, but I was financing with 6-year, 0% interest terms through Nissan and I wanted gap insurance to avoid being stuck paying off the loan if the car got totaled and was worth less than the outstanding balance. The dealer offered discounts on gap insurance and the warranty as a package so I bought it. The warranty paid for itself because the brake controller was recently replaced due to an intermittent internal problem which caused communication errors on the CAN bus (caused abrupt brake and ABS behavior that could only be eliminated by clearing DTCs and disconnecting 12-volt battery).

As far as my door handle repair goes, I have a little movement now (started in the last month or so) between the plastic and metal parts of the handle so there may have been some oil or soap residue that prevented a secure bond. The amount of movement is much less than before the repair and it is not enough to interfere with the button. I think it will be OK for a while. I never had this issue with the 2011.
Gerry
Silver LEAF 2011 SL rear ended (totaled) by in-attentive driver 1/4/2015 at 50,422 miles
Silver LEAF 2015 SL purchased 2/7/2015; traded 8/10/2019 at 82,436 miles
White LEAF 2019 SL+ purchased 8/10/2019

mmmike
Posts: 17
Joined: Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:29 pm
Delivery Date: 05 Nov 2017
Leaf Number: 407184

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:52 pm

When I had this problem last year I took these pictures of the repair process I did using JB Weld.

Used screwdriver to hold assembly out where it can be accessed.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwUM06 ... g?e=bVC1X6

Apply JB Weld to seams so as to join the outer shell to the inner part.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwV2TX ... A?e=UkFH9U

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwWZDQ ... Q?e=8wfUvf

I left tie wraps on for the night and removed the next day.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwXvnM ... w?e=tS8yrb
2013 SV 36k 10bars - 48.6 aHr
Charging - Maxx-16 3.8kw exclusively
Central Texas

jjeff
Posts: 1952
Joined: Wed Jan 13, 2016 9:10 am
Delivery Date: 13 Jul 2014
Leaf Number: 422121
Location: MSP MN

Re: Driver Door Handle Problem

Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:45 pm

mmmike wrote:When I had this problem last year I took these pictures of the repair process I did using JB Weld.

Used screwdriver to hold assembly out where it can be accessed.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwUM06 ... g?e=bVC1X6

Apply JB Weld to seams so as to join the outer shell to the inner part.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwV2TX ... A?e=UkFH9U

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwWZDQ ... Q?e=8wfUvf

I left tie wraps on for the night and removed the next day.
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgDkM0Iv4V-sipwXvnM ... w?e=tS8yrb
Thanks for sharing :)
And the tie wraps are to hold the handle together until the glue drys?
2012 SL purchased used 2/'16
2013 S w/QC purchased new
Juicebox Premium 60a L1/L2 EVSE, Ebusbar 16a L1/L2 EVSE
'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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