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Nissan LEAF 2011-2012 charge port release

by JNissi, published

Nissan LEAF 2011-2012 charge port release by JNissi Dec 18, 2016
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This is a charge port release lever for the Nissan LEAF electric car model years 2011-2012. The original lever is very fragile and you could easily hit it with your shoe and break it. It also breaks easily when used in below freezing weather. A new one costs (in Finland) 120€ and comes with the complete assy including the cables and metal parts and the hood release lever as well. Far from ecologic.

THIS IS FOR A LEFT-HAND DRIVE CAR, for RHD remember to mirror along the width of the part before printing to ensure it'll fit in your car! Thanks @JohnVidler

I printed one in PLA in February 2016. Now, in August 2017 it's still working perfectly and is way less fragile and less sensitive to cold compared to the original one.

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  1. Cut the small support from where the cable goes in the printed part.
  2. Remove the lever assy from car (disconnect cables from levers)
  3. With pliers squeeze the end of the metal rod that locks the levers in place, pull it out.
  4. Replace the charge port lever with the printed one and put the rod back.
  5. Make sure the lever springs are correctly installed.
  6. With pliers, or a screwdriver and mallet widen the end of the metal rod so it stays in place again.
  7. Reinstall to car.

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Just in case anyone makes the silly mistake I just made - THIS IS FOR A LEFT-HAND DRIVE CAR

I'm in the UK, so right-hand drive, happily printed one of these on an UP! printer, only to pull the lever mounting off the car and see its entirely mirrored. If you're printing in the UK, remember to mirror along the width of the part before printing to ensure it'll fit in your car!

Thanks for the heads up. Let's add in the description.

No worries, thanks for updating the info. For reference, I used the following in OpenSCAD to mirror the part:

// Mirrored for UK Leafs
mirror( [0,1,0] ) {
import("LEAF_latausluukun_vipu.stl", concavity=3);
}

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