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Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:50 am

For those of us whom haven't had an EV before the Leaf, what do the EV veterans think the maintenance schedules will be like?

Normal driving?

Extreme conditions?

Obvious regular items will include: Tire pressure monitoring and topping off every 2 weeks.
Weekly car washes and vacuuming. Waxing every 3 months.
Rotating tires and brake pad check every 7,500 miles.
Change/flush brake fluid every 3 years or 36,000 miles(or if fluid is dirty/gray-black).
Flush inverter fluid every 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Replace the factory 12 volt battery at 4 year mark(usually factory 12 volt dies at 3+yrs)
2 free factory traction battery pack check-ups paid for by Nissan.
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Last edited by gasmiser1 on Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:11 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:05 am

I can't find the exact text right now, but I believe we're supposed to come in at 12 and 24 months for a free battery check. I don't know if you would consider that part of Factory Maintenance or not.

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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:08 am

JasonT wrote:I can't find the exact text right now, but I believe we're supposed to come in at 12 and 24 months for a free battery check. I don't know if you would consider that part of Factory Maintenance or not.
Yea, I forgot about that one. I think we get two or three free traction battery checks at Nissan's expense. I'll add this service to the schedule.
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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:18 am

Does Nissan have any super-long life coolant available? On my Toyota they have some super-long life coolant and it will go 100,000 between changes. I just hit 100k and mine still looks bright pink.

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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:28 am

Cabin air filter
check/adjust wheel alignment
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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:40 am

Tires every two weeks? How about once or twice a year.
Wax every 3 months? Maybe a full detail and wax at five year interval.
Wash once a month works fine on my current vehicle.
I will go at least 10k on tire rotation, brakes should last 30 to 50k+ with regen braking. Is that unrealistic?
Brake fluid gets done when I do brakes.
Coolent should last at least 100k or 5yr considering the very mild environment compared to ICE.
12v battery may well last 10 years as it will not be used for starting. Check the water level if caps are removable.
Battery pack inspection? I know it is a warranty requirement so I may drag it in or maybe not.
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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:46 am

Software updates. This car is a rolling computer and the firmware will likely be updated over time to patch flaws discovered in the field, to improve the management and telemetry functions, and to include to additional features. I suspect we'll have an update or two very early in our ownership as issues are discovered from actual real world customer usage. After that, we might have an update every year or so. Question is will we need to go to the dealership for the software update or will they be able to do it over the Internet?

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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:48 am

indyflick wrote:Question is will we need to go to the dealership for the software update or will they be able to do it over the Internet?
I'd say dealership - over the internet it is too unreliable / risky.
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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:50 am

Coolant for what? As I understand it, the batteries aren't being actively cooled, so there's probably no coolant liquid.

I don't expect that there's a separate 12V battery. Instead, there's probably a DC-DC converter used to provide low-voltages (12V, 5V, etc.) for the dashboard/entertainment electronics.

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Re: Factory Maintenance Schedule-Ideas?

Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:55 am

How long should the shocks and suspension last? It's pretty heavy for a subcompact.

The 12v accessory battery may last a lot longer than 3 or 4 years. I suspect it's a deep cycle lead acid battery. The on board management system will use the 24kWh pack to keep that battery topped off and in optimal charge condition. Many golf cart batteries last 6 to 8 years and they aren't being actively managed.

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