aarond12
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

Page 71 of the 2015 Nissan LEAF owner's manual shows an illustration of how to manually unlock the stuck charge port door.

https://owners.nissanusa.com/content/te ... manual.pdf

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Agkirk
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

On page 69 of my 2015 pdf manual the illustration shows how to release the J1772 connector but nowhere did I find a hint on how to release the CHARGE PORT DOOR.

I did discover that the charge port door can be released by removing the 6 or so plastic fasteners and the forward motor area trim plastic to expose the area on the drivers side. A 2 inch piece of PVC pipe about 18 inches long can be laid along the air dam and pushed toward the charge port door to the trip its latch.

I've moved past the door and now am searching for pictures, drawings or words that would help me remove the charge port door release solenoid and its associated plastic shroud. It is a strange piece of hardware that seems to be pop riveted to the door assembly. There is a 10mm bolt on the forward side and a couple of sheet metal screws on the back side, along with a cylindrical protrusion with a plastic plug in its center.

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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

Agkirk wrote:On page 69 of my 2015 pdf manual the illustration shows how to release the J1772 connector but nowhere did I find a hint on how to release the CHARGE PORT DOOR.

I did discover that the charge port door can be released by removing the 6 or so plastic fasteners and the forward motor area trim plastic to expose the area on the drivers side. A 2 inch piece of PVC pipe about 18 inches long can be laid along the air dam and pushed toward the charge port door to the trip its latch.

I've moved past the door and now am searching for pictures, drawings or words that would help me remove the charge port door release solenoid and its associated plastic shroud. It is a strange piece of hardware that seems to be pop riveted to the door assembly. There is a 10mm bolt on the forward side and a couple of sheet metal screws on the back side, along with a cylindrical protrusion with a plastic plug in its center.

Help!
The 13 manual shows "charge port lid opener actuator- removal and installation" on page 206 of DLK. as well as exploded view on page 173 of DLK. ( This is where I put the cable ties in the same latch hole as the #4 charge port lid cable), then ran them up under the rubber seal of the main hood leaving a tail to grab iwhen needed ( secures un- accessible when hood is closed. Hope that helps ;)
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

Hey folks,

Having quite the opposite issue. My charge door won't close. The tumbler won't budge when pushing down as it normally does so the door won't latch. Any ideas here? I've tried pushing the unlock button simultaneously while shutting the door but it just won't close. Not much room to operate in that little space either to see how it works. Any help appreciated!
valerian
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

After reading this and several other posts regarding how to manually open the charge port lid when there is no power - I wasn't happy with the complex answers or the "take it to the dealer" answers - so I dug in a little deeper.

I have the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Opening up the hood (that was a whole other issue as my clicker wasn't working, I didn't have the manual key and couldn't even get into the car to release the hood - all kinds of f*d) I removed the plastic cover over the front bumper. It was really easy to pop off with several plugs set aside to pop it back into place. (I looked for the name of this part to identify it properly. It's NOT the front bumper fascia but the plastic molding that acts as a cover over the front of the hood.)

I'm right handed, so I reached down along the right side the "wall" of the charge port "containment area". I couldn't see underneath, but directly at the bottom/underside of the charge port "containment area" there was a small plastic cover, As I explored, I could tell that it would pop off. Opening that up, I felt a latch, not unlike a latch for the hood. When I applied pressure, the charge port lid opened!

Forgive the non technical description, I'm not verbally technical. If someone can clean up this description for me that would be great. But it was incredibly easy to open and not at all as complex as some of the previous discussions would indicate. I'm surprised I did not find this in any of the manuals (believe me I looked!) or maybe I needed this spelled out more clearly than some of the other responses.

As refuted elsewhere in this thread, the diagram provided in the users manual is for disconnecting the charge connector, not the charge port lid.

Bottom line: The manual latch for opening up the charge port lid is on the underside of the charge port containment area.

In my instance, my car was already completely dead; however, follow any and all safety guidelines to avoid any electrical mishap.
Firetruck41
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

valerian wrote:After reading this and several other posts regarding how to manually open the charge port lid when there is no power - I wasn't happy with the complex answers or the "take it to the dealer" answers - so I dug in a little deeper.

I have the 2013 Nissan Leaf.

Opening up the hood (that was a whole other issue as my clicker wasn't working, I didn't have the manual key and couldn't even get into the car to release the hood - all kinds of f*d) I removed the plastic cover over the front bumper. It was really easy to pop off with several plugs set aside to pop it back into place. (I looked for the name of this part to identify it properly. It's NOT the front bumper fascia but the plastic molding that acts as a cover over the front of the hood.)

I'm right handed, so I reached down along the right side the "wall" of the charge port "containment area". I couldn't see underneath, but directly at the bottom/underside of the charge port "containment area" there was a small plastic cover, As I explored, I could tell that it would pop off. Opening that up, I felt a latch, not unlike a latch for the hood. When I applied pressure, the charge port lid opened!

Forgive the non technical description, I'm not verbally technical. If someone can clean up this description for me that would be great. But it was incredibly easy to open and not at all as complex as some of the previous discussions would indicate. I'm surprised I did not find this in any of the manuals (believe me I looked!) or maybe I needed this spelled out more clearly than some of the other responses.

As refuted elsewhere in this thread, the diagram provided in the users manual is for disconnecting the charge connector, not the charge port lid.

Bottom line: The manual latch for opening up the charge port lid is on the underside of the charge port containment area.

In my instance, my car was already completely dead; however, follow any and all safety guidelines to avoid any electrical mishap.
FYI, don't know if you are aware, but for future reference, the "clicker" (keyless entry remote fob) has a key in it, unless you have actually lost that as well. You have to depress a little tab on the back and the key pops out the top end of the fob.
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valerian
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

Firetruck41 wrote: FYI, don't know if you are aware, but for future reference, the "clicker" (keyless entry remote fob) has a key in it, unless you have actually lost that as well. You have to depress a little tab on the back and the key pops out the top end of the fob.
Yup, that's correct, and that's why I specified that "I didn't have the manual key" - It was just an added frustration to an already frustrating situation.
bonro001
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

Curious if anyone has found a guide to replacing the solenoid? Saw the mention of a rabbit, but in my case I am pretty sure that the cable was flapping and rubbed itself against the plastic cover on the solenoid. So have to replace, but as I have read, not a clear way to access.
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Re: Stuck Charge Port Door

A critter chewed on some of my wires and my charge door wouldn't open. I have a 2013 US built Leaf. I was confused by some of the YouTube videos and explanations. I finally found the hinged door that is snapped shut! I took some photos and will upload them later. I think the photos will end the confusion and turn this into a 5 minute procedure. If you don't know about this door, you will be feeling around in the blind forever and not find the manual release latch. The photos should help let you know where to push to get the door open.
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