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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sat Oct 06, 2018 10:52 am

LeftieBiker wrote:Use a brake fluid test kit. If it passes, skip the fluid flush. It will almost certainly pass. Most of us wait 3-5 years for a brake fluid flush, and quite a few don't do it at all.

Exactly.

But don't overdo the brake fluid tests. Every time you open the fluid to air, water enters from the ambient air.
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:30 pm

The maintenance could be worse.

On my Mercedes B I was told that as a leased car I had to do A and in a year I will have to do B. If I owned the car I could have just had the battery checked and the battery filter replaced. .I was told that Mercedes requires the scheduled maintenance.Most items on an Electric cat are just checks.
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:52 pm

Hello Everyone,

Have my 2018 Leaf SL for about 6 months now and put ~13K. My 6 months maintenance was free of charge. With regards to the 1 yr/24Km maintenance, I am most concern about voiding the warranty. I contacted Nissan Canada and the person I spoke to made a point that I would be voiding the warranty if I opt to not do the brake fluid. I tried to get more details as to which part would be affected, but she just avoiding the answer. Should I be concern about warranty for not doing the brake fluid job?

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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:40 pm

tekkie wrote:Hello Everyone,

Have my 2018 Leaf SL for about 6 months now and put ~13K. My 6 months maintenance was free of charge. With regards to the 1 yr/24Km maintenance, I am most concern about voiding the warranty. I contacted Nissan Canada and the person I spoke to made a point that I would be voiding the warranty if I opt to not do the brake fluid. I tried to get more details as to which part would be affected, but she just avoiding the answer. Should I be concern about warranty for not doing the brake fluid job?


Look at the manual carefully. If service requirements in Canada are similar to USA, there are two service schedules. The less severe schedule should be 2 years for brake fluid so you could wait a year.
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tekkie
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:02 am

GerryAZ wrote:
tekkie wrote:Hello Everyone,

Have my 2018 Leaf SL for about 6 months now and put ~13K. My 6 months maintenance was free of charge. With regards to the 1 yr/24Km maintenance, I am most concern about voiding the warranty. I contacted Nissan Canada and the person I spoke to made a point that I would be voiding the warranty if I opt to not do the brake fluid. I tried to get more details as to which part would be affected, but she just avoiding the answer. Should I be concern about warranty for not doing the brake fluid job?


Look at the manual carefully. If service requirements in Canada are similar to USA, there are two service schedules. The less severe schedule should be 2 years for brake fluid so you could wait a year.


My location is definitely with "Severe" schedule. Does anyone know the approximate cost for brake fluid change? How would I know if the dealer actually changes the fluid since I would imagine there will be no discolouration after just 1 year.

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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sat Oct 20, 2018 12:15 pm

Please describe why you believe you'd need to follow the "Severe" schedule. It seems unlikely you'd need new brake fluid every year.
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:39 am

If Canadian maintenance schedules are similar to the USA schedules, Nissan copied the schedules from gasoline engine cars (which require more frequent service with short trips in cold weather or all operation in hot, dusty conditions). I would argue that those conditions are not detrimental to EV operations (except battery life in hot weather) and follow the less severe schedule. I get brake fluid changed every other year when I take the car in for the annual battery check because I have an extended warranty on the car so I want to keep both car and battery warranties intact without argument (brake system has some expensive components). I do all other maintenance myself--not much more than cabin air filter, quick inspections under the car for mechanical or suspension problems, and occasional lubrication of charge ports with food-grade silicone grease to make it easier to plug/unplug and avoid excessive wear of the plastic parts.
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:00 pm

GerryAZ wrote:..., and occasional lubrication of charge ports with food-grade silicone grease to make it easier to plug/unplug and avoid excessive wear of the plastic parts.


Can you elaborate on that? I mean for example, where exactly do you lubricate?
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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:56 am

ebeighe wrote:
GerryAZ wrote:..., and occasional lubrication of charge ports with food-grade silicone grease to make it easier to plug/unplug and avoid excessive wear of the plastic parts.


Can you elaborate on that? I mean for example, where exactly do you lubricate?


First of all, You do not need to lubricate the charger connector. Drier the better. There is a lime green gasket in the j1772 plug that came off on my charger when the car as 1 year old. I tried to replace it and called the charger company. They told me to forget about it because it really does not do anything... Three years later, I am much happier without that gasket because is used to make it hard to connect the charger...

MAINTENANCE... To everyone who is worried about regular maintenance and warrantees... YOU DO NOT NEED ANY MAINTENANCE FROM THE DEALER.... When you talk to the dealer these days, you will probably get a 22 year old girl with a miniskirt that its GIVEN A SCRIPT of things to say about maintenance. Don't listen to them.

Only maintenance items.. Rotate tires, check 12v battery charge, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, brakes, and change the automatic transmission fluid and brake fluid every 4 years or 50,000 miles. (those are under $100 each at a mechanic of your choice).

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Re: Expensive first maintenance in 6 months

Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:52 am

I have carefully used a small screwdriver to push the gasket back into position a couple of times so I could charge at public chargers--never had a problem at home. I lubricate the plastic and the metal connectors of the EVSE handle and the charge port on the car where they slide together. My EVSE has been used since 2011 to charge my LEAFs enough to drive a total of 120,000 miles so far so it has been plugged/unplugged many times. A couple of applications of food grade silicone grease (which is not detrimental to plastic) has helped to minimize wear on the connector and keep it easy to plug/unplug. A little grease is all that is needed every couple of years.
Gerry
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