NISSAN LEAF 2013 1.G Roadside Assistance Guide
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2-1.1 Li-ion Battery Pack Specifications
Li-ion battery voltage
(240V - 398.4V usable range)
Number of Li-ion battery modules in the pack 48
Li-ion battery dimensions 60.91 x 46.77 x 10.39 in. (1547 x 1188 x 264 mm)
Li-ion battery weight 606 lbs (275 kg)
2-2 High Voltage Safety Measures Circuit insulation
The high voltage positive (+) and negative (-) circuits are insulated
the metal chassis.
Reducing the risk of electrocution The high voltage components and harnesses have insulated cases or orange-colored coverings which provide insulation and easy
The high voltage battery case is electrically connected to the vehicle ground.
This connection helps protect the vehicle occupants and emergency
responders from high voltage electrical shock.
Identification The high voltage components are labeled “WARNING” similar to label
shown below. All high voltage harnesses are coated in orange.
2-2.1 Warning Label AAYIA0147ZZ
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3. Roadside Assistance Response Steps
• NEVER assume the LEAF is shut OFF simply because it is quiet.
• If the vehicle is damaged and you are not sure about the condition of the electric
vehicle system, contact first responders immediately. If the vehicle is damaged, the high
voltage system should be shut down by first responders while following the procedures in
the First Responders Guide and while wearing appropriate Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) .
• If the READY indicator or charging indicator are ON, the high voltage system is
• If possible, be sure to verify that the READY indicator on the instrument cluster
OFF and the high voltage system is stopped.
• Some of the under hood parts get hot and may cause serious burns. Use caution when working on or around these parts.
3-1 Indications the High Voltage System is ON 1. If the READY indicator is ON, the high voltage system is active.
The high voltage system is active if any charge indicator
is ON (blue LEDs on top of the instrument panel) .
Before disconnecting the 12V battery terminal, if necessary, lower the windows, unlock the doors, and open
the rear hatch as required. Once 12V battery is disconnected, power controls will not operate.
3-2 Vehicle Immobilization and Stabilization
If possible, immobilize the vehicle by turning the 12V system OFF and stabilize it with a wheel chock(s) .
Stabilize the vehicle with wooden blocks or by removing air from the tires. • Do not stabilize the vehicle with wooden blocks under the Li-ion battery.
To avoid electrical shock, do not put wooden blocks or wheel chock(s) under the high
voltage components and harnesses as shown following. AAYIA0155ZZ
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3-3 Turning OFF the Power Switch
1. Check the READY indicator status. If it is ON, the high voltage system is active.
Press the power switch once to turn OFF the high
voltage system. Then verify whether the READY indicator is OFF. =
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3. If possible, keep the Nissan Intelligent Key® at least 5
meters (16 feet) away from the vehicle to prevent
accidentally turning ON the EV system while the
roadside assistance is in progress.
3-4 Water Submersion Damage level of submerged vehicle may not be apparent. Handling a submerged
without appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will result in serious
injury or death from electrical shock. • The power switch of the submerged vehicle must be turned OFF first, if possible. Then
vehicle must be completely out of the water and drained to avoid electrical shock.
• If the vehicle is in the water, to avoid electrical shock do not touch the high voltage
harnesses or service plug.
Only first responders wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) should shut down the
vehicle. After shut down, standard towing/recovery procedures can be used. Refer to 4-3 Towing.
Vehicle Fire • Always utilize full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and self-contained breathing
during fire fighting operations. Smoke from a LEAF vehicle fire is similar to
smoke from a conventional vehicle fire.
• In the case of extinguishing a fire with water, large amounts of water from a fire hydrant (if possible) must be used. DO NOT extinguish fire with a small amount of water. In the event of a small fire, a Type ABC fire extinguisher may be used for an electrical fire
by wiring harnesses, electrical components, etc. or oil fire.
In case of vehicle fire, contact fire department immediately and extinguish the fire if possible. If you must
walk away from the vehicle, notify an appropriate responder or a rescue person of the fact that the vehicle is
an electric car and contains a high voltage system and warn all others.
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3-6 Li-ion Battery Damage and Fluid Leaks
The Li-ion battery contains electrolyte solution. To avoid exposure to electrolyte solution
serious personal injury, always wear appropriate solvent resistant Personal Protective
Equipment (PPE) and read the following precautions:
• Electrolyte solution is a skin irritant.
• Electrolyte solution is an eye irritant – If contact with eyes, rinse with plenty of water and
see a doctor immediately.
• If electrolyte leak occurs, wear appropriate solvent resistant PPE and use a dry cloth to clean up the spilled electrolyte. Be sure to adequately ventilate the area.
• Electrolyte solution is highly flammable
• Electrolyte liquid or fumes that have come into contact with water vapors in the air will create an oxidized substance. This substance may irritate skin and eyes. In these cases,
rinse with plenty of water and see a doctor immediately.
• Electrolyte fumes (when inhaled) can cause respiratory irritation and acute intoxication. Move to fresh air and wash mouth with water. See a doctor immediately.
In cases of battery case breach or electrolyte leakage, contact the fire department immediately. If you must
walk away from the vehicle, notify an appropriate responder of the fact that the vehicle is an electric car and
contains a high voltage system and warn all others.
Li-ion Battery Electrolyte Solution Characteristics: • Clear in color
• Sweet odor
• Similar viscosity to water
• Since the Li-ion battery is made up of many small sealed battery modules, electrolyte solutionleakage should be minimal.
Other fluids in the vehicle are the same as those in a conventional internal combustion
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4. Roadside Assistance
To start the EV system with a booster battery, the instructions and precautions below must be followed. If done incorrectly, jump starting can lead to a 12V battery explosion, resulting in severe
injury or death. It could also damage your vehicle.
Discharged 12V battery may cause the following issues: • The instrument cluster cannot be displayed while the power switch is turned ON. The start-upsound is not audible. (The electric car system cannot start.)
• The Li-ion battery cannot be charged.
• The vehicle cannot be shifted out of PARK normally. • To avoid electrical shock, the high voltage Li-ion battery CANNOT be jump started.
Explosive hydrogen gas is always present in the vicinity of the 12V battery. Keep all
sparks and flames away from the 12V battery.
• Do not allow battery fluid to come into contact with eyes, skin, clothing or painted surfaces. Battery fluid is a corrosive sulfuric acid solution that can cause severe burns. If
the fluid comes into contact with anything, immediately flush the contacted area with
• The booster battery must be rated at 12 volts. Use of an improperly rated battery can damage the vehicle.
• Whenever working on or near a 12V battery, always wear suitable eye protectors (for example, goggles or industrial safety spectacles) and remove rings, metal bands, or any
other jewelry. Do not lean over the 12V battery when jump starting.
• Do not attempt to jump start a frozen battery. It could explode and cause serious injury.
• LEAF is equipped with an automatic cooling fan. It could come on at any time. Keep hands and other objects away from it.
• Always follow the jump starting instructions below. Failure to do so could result in damage to the DC/DC converter and cause personal injury. • Do not use LEAF to jump start another vehicle.
Do not attempt to perform a jump start on the 12V battery at the same time that the
Li-ion battery is being charged. Doing so may damage the vehicle or charging
equipment and could cause an injury.
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4-1.1 Jump Starting Procedures
1. If the booster battery is in another vehicle (B) , position the two vehicles (A and B) to bring their
12V batteries into close proximity to each other.
DO NOT allow the two vehicles to touch.
2. Apply the parking brake.
3. Push the P (Park) position switch to place the vehicle in the P (Park) position.
4. Switch off all unnecessary electrical systems (headlights, heater, air conditioner, etc.) .
5. Place the power switch in the OFF position (if possible) .
If the 12V battery is discharged, the power switch cannot be moved from the OFF
position. Connect the jumper cables to the booster vehicle (B) before pushing
the power switch.
6. Remove the vent caps on the 12V battery (if so equipped) . Cover the battery with a firmly wrung out moist cloth to reduce the hazard of an explosion.
7. Connect jumper cables in the sequence as illustrated (a b c d) . • Always connect positive (+) to positive (+) and negative (-) to body ground (for example,
illustrated) , not to the 12V battery.
• Make sure the jumper cables do not touch moving parts in the motor compartment and that the cable clamps do not contact any other metal.
8. Start the engine of the booster vehicle (B) .
9. While the booster vehicle (B) engine is running, turn the power switch ON while pressing the brake pedal in order to place the LEAF in READY mode.
If the system does not start right away, push the power switch to the OFF position and wait
least 10 seconds before trying again.
10. After starting the EV system, carefully disconnect the negative cable and then the positive cable (d c b a) . Keep the EV system on for over twenty (20) minutes to charge the 12V
11. Replace the vent caps (if so equipped) . Be sure to properly dispose of the cloth used to cover the vent holes because it may be contaminated with corrosive acid. AAYIA0160ZZ
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12. If necessary, connect the vehicle to a charging station or EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply
Equipment) to charge the Li-ion battery. The vehicle cannot be driven unless the Li-ion battery is
If it is not possible to turn the LEAF system ON by following this procedure, contact a
NISSAN certified LEAF dealer immediately.
4-2 P (Park) Position Release Procedure
If you need to release the vehicle from the P (Park) position, proceed as follows. When power switch is
turned OFF or 12V battery is low, LEAF automatically shifts to P position.
NOTE: This procedure requires two (2) people.
1. To start the EV system with a booster battery, refer to 4-1 Jump Starting.
Turn power switch ON by pushing the power switch 2 times without pressing brake pedal.
3. Confirm parking brake is applied.
4. Close all doors and press and hold the brake pedal.
5. Place the selector lever in the N (Neutral) position.
6. Remove the following 2 fuses:
• F/L 40A PBW MTR (under hood fuse and relay box)
• METER 1 10A (in the cabin fuse box)
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Under Hood Fuse and Relay Box Location
TE: : Arrow in illustration depicts vehicle front direction. F/L 40A PBW MTR
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Cabin Fuse Box Location
Insert a screwdriver wrapped with a protective cloth (A) into the slit (1) . Pull to remove the fuse
box cover (2) . Remove the fuse with the fuse puller (3) .
7. Release the parking brake.
8. Turn the power switch OFF.
9. Release brake pedal. To avoid possible personal injury or vehicle damage, use wheel chocks or take appropriate
to prevent the vehicle from rolling freely.
Be sure to firmly position wheel chocks when P (Park) position is manually released.
4-2.1 Reset Procedure 1. Install the 2 fuses removed previously.
2. Turn the power switch ON and wait 5 seconds without pressing the brake pedal. Ensure selectorlever is in the N (neutral) position.
3. If 12V battery is low voltage, please charge with battery charger.
4. Turn the power switch OFF and wait 5 seconds.
4-3.1 Vehicle Specifications Length
in. (4,445 mm)
Width 69.7 in. (1,770 mm)
Overall Height 61.0 in. (1,550 mm)
Wheel Base 106.3 in. (2,700 mm)
Minimum ground clearance 6.3 in. (160 mm)
Overall vehicle weight 3,256-3,346 lbs. (1,477-1,518 kg) (Weight varies
by equipment and trim level.) UP