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Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:15 pm
by Candera
Hi All,

I have recently had an issue at multiple chargers, both 220 and 110. I have yet to try a 480.

When entering the car after a charge session (windows up) the car smells strongly as though something electronic is burning.

Has anyone experienced this before? Should I take it in?

~Sara

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:17 pm
by desiv
I've never noticed anything like that...

desiv

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:13 pm
by RonDawg
Take it in. Definitely not normal.

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:18 pm
by Levenkay
Yes, take it in! These situations kind of make it seem like it would be useful for the service departments of Nissan dealerships that want to offer LEAF servicing to have DCQC equipment nearby (ideally, on-premises). It's an important feature of the car; the dealership ought to be able to test it...

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 5:22 pm
by EVDRIVER
Is your car new?

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:13 pm
by RonDawg
EVDRIVER wrote:Is your car new?


OP's sig line says "2011 SL Black" so I would say no. I did get my 2012 new and it didn't have any burning smells the entire 35 months and two weeks that I had it.

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 6:37 pm
by EVDRIVER
RonDawg wrote:
EVDRIVER wrote:Is your car new?


OP's sig line says "2011 SL Black" so I would say no. I did get my 2012 new and it didn't have any burning smells the entire 35 months and two weeks that I had it.



If it's the old LEAF then it's an issue. Many new LEAFs have had that smell.

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 9:31 am
by Candera
Dropped it off this morning. I'll try and follow up. The guy at the dealership said "I couldn't really smell anything." so I'm worried it going to be a situation where they think I'm crazy and imagining things.

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:01 pm
by Candera
Dealership called me back and reports they still don't smell anything. I have confirmed with 3 people I've had in my car and they've all smelled it.

I think I may need to seek a second opinion.

Re: Burning Smell after charging

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:10 am
by Candera
Came in this morning to the dealership. They were prepared to hand the car back to me. I asked to smell the car before taking it back. I opened the back door and could still smell the burnt smell. The person helping me and the tech both dismissed it and said there was no smell. I asked to speak with the manager.

While waiting for the manager, I ran into a friend who happened to be getting an oil change and she reported that should could smell it a little bit but it wasn't strong.

At this point the car has been unplugged and not charging overnight and the doors have been opened and closed many times so its expected to smell as bad.

Met with the manager and he admitted that both of those helping me smoke and may not have sensitive enough noses. He also admitted that one of his techs did report smelling something and there were codes in the computer.

The manager is going to drive and drain the battery and then plug it in and smell for himself. He said it's the first Leaf he's every heard of with this issue.

I am convinced something did burn, That is undeniable. Whether it is continuing to burn and if they can find out what burned is now the question.

~Sara