johnny26
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2019 leaf no going into gear

Tue Nov 17, 2020 1:30 pm

My sister has a 2019 leaf and she has had problems getting it into drive or b mode twice now.1 time she reversed and went to go forward and the other time she had pulled up on the side of a busy street.she had cars around her both times and could not get it to go,so she turned it of and sat for maybe 15min and turned on again and it worked and she was able to move.The dealer thinks she is the only person in Europe with this problem and nobody else has this issue according to him,My sister thinks its her but my brother and mam where with her on one of the occasions and they think it was the car and not her????.Can anyone relate to this problem??
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:18 pm

If the 12 volt battery is low the car will refuse to shift, but I know of no other situations in which it will go into D but not into R. The Leaf's shifter is a bit odd, especially if you haven't been driving a Prius, so I'm inclined to agree that it's operator error.
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:13 pm

When going from Park or Neutral to Drive, B-Mode, or Reverse, the brake pedal must be depressed. If she does not press the brake pedal far enough, the car will not engage a mode to move either forward or reverse. It is possible (though not likely) that the brake pedal sensor is failing to sense the brake pedal being depressed.
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Bouldergramp
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:01 pm

I had the same problem after buying my new 2018 Leaf. I was not pressing the brake pedal when trying to shift.

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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:48 am

I had similar problems when I first bought my Leaf last year. The wretched thing wouldn't change from reverse to drive or vice versa, even with my foot firmly planted on the brake pedal. Subsequent experience of the car revealed that it can be at times painfully slow to respond to input from the gear selector and that I simply had to be patient. These days you don't expect anything electronic to be slow, but there it is, the exception that proves the rule. Especially slow moving out of "Park", but that's probably an issue with the mechanical pawl disengaging from the geartrain - sometimes these stick if a load has been applied.

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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:36 am

We have a 2012 Nissan Juke with push-button starting, it starts the ICE, puts the car in gear, and is driving within a second of pushing. The Leaf simply has to have its little moment of "hurry up and wait", watch the speedo zoom up to 100 and back and then watch the little car icon turn and drive toward you, hold firmly on brake pedal, MAYBE it will actually drive? We all know how fast electrical current flows, somewhere around 186K miles per second, must be some long wires in there! I use these moments to breath deeply- and, I have gotten used to it.
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:53 am

dmacarthur wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 4:36 am
We have a 2012 Nissan Juke with push-button starting, it starts the ICE, puts the car in gear, and is driving within a second of pushing. The Leaf simply has to have its little moment of "hurry up and wait", watch the speedo zoom up to 100 and back and then watch the little car icon turn and drive toward you, hold firmly on brake pedal, MAYBE it will actually drive? We all know how fast electrical current flows, somewhere around 186K miles per second, must be some long wires in there! I use these moments to breath deeply- and, I have gotten used to it.
There is a brief period of time during which large capacitors must be charged at a calibrated rate. If they were allowed to charge "instantly" the current could damage the main contactor.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:10 pm

There is also the time required to boot up the onboard computer(s). AFAIK there are still no "instant start" computers.
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:40 pm

I always depress the brake pedal and hit the start button as soon as I get in. I then buckle my seat belt while the LEAF is "booting up". It is ready to accept shift commands by the time I am buckled in. I use a similar approach with internal combustion vehicles by starting the engine first then buckle seat belt, adjust mirrors, etc. That gives the engine a chance to build oil pressure.
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Re: 2019 leaf no going into gear

Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:51 pm

Ditto. I have quite a little 'dance' I do every time which includes the seatbelt and parking brake. There are still times I get out of sync and try to shift before the car is read but that's the exception, usually it all works out just right.

And to Leftie's point.....computers really do come on almost instantly these days, but it takes time load RAM and do various self-calibrations before they are ready to accept any user commands. On a desktop, if there is a hard disk drive, it has to spin up the disks to operating speed which will take several seconds and then there are also more calibrations done but if the drive has flash instead of a HDD the start-up is almost instantaneous even if it takes a while before the system is loaded and ready.

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