It may be possible to disconnect, charge, and reconnect the battery where it sits. Just be careful with the positive terminal and with whatever metal tools you use, and make sure the car is OFF.baustin wrote:You need to disconnect and charge the 12volt battery. Depending on its age, it may be due for replacement. If it is, I would suggest an AGM style battery. The car will not function normally without a charged12v battery.
You may need to connect a tow cable to the car frame and drag it out far enough to get the hood open.
That should work but do be careful. Remove the battery ground connection and secure the cable so it can't flop around, don't touch any of the charger leads to any part of the car (except the battery terminals) and like Leftie mentioned, be sure the car is OFF.Calldon wrote:Since I can't open the hood but a few inches, would it be okay just to disconnect the negative terminal, then charge it, then reconnect the negative terminal?
I think there might be enough room for me to disconnect the negative terminal but not the positive terminal. If the negative terminal is disconnected from the battery, wouldn't the car be disconnected from the battery?
Nope, not necessary unless maybe if the 12 volt battery is dead, as in the first post in this topic. Just avoid sparks at the battery and damage to the current sensor by making the Negative connection last, away from the battery. There is a little unused screw flange at the top of the inverter stack (it looks like a valve cover for a gas engine) that is perfect for making the negative connection.bda0009 wrote:Is it necessary to disconnect the battery when using a trickle charger? There is a YouTube video of someone using a trickle charger on a Leaf without disconnecting the battery.