slobodanc
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Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:12 am

1st snow and sure enough the charging door won't open.
I struggled a bit using a plastic pick to clean snow/ice around the door but still took several tries to open it.

So what is your safest (avoid damage) method of opening charging door in winter?

thanks

SoulEV2016
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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:17 am

After have opened this door, apply somes TALC (baby powder) on rubber seal.

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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:21 am

For informations, only the rubber seal is the problem ... not the latch for unlock.
You can check this from the engine box (next to the ACID 12v battery).

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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:22 am

slobodanc wrote:1st snow and sure enough the charging door won't open.


take a Hot water pan and splash this on the door ... Canadian method. :mrgreen:
use a thermometer to control the temperature of water (less than 60°C).

not an exemple but it's the same result : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85-TDRVm34I

You can use a heat gun, too ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9OGa9vB42Q
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slobodanc
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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 5:58 am

Hmmm TALC is interesting.
How often do I have to apply it? Every day?

How much time does "heat gun" need? Is it powered by 12V?
Never used a heat gun before so ...

notfred
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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:59 am

You need 2 people, one pressing the button and one pulling out on the edge of the door that's at the middle of the car. Alternatively pop the hood and use the emergency charging door release if you are by yourself.

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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:54 am

slobodanc wrote:Hmmm TALC is interesting.
How often do I have to apply it? Every day?

How much time does "heat gun" need? Is it powered by 12V?
Never used a heat gun before so ...



1) 1 time every year (i use it since 15 years on many "car" or "other truck").
but the problem is ... you charge on open sky or not ?

Because, the charging door is always open with the rubber seal unprotected from the wind.




2) heat gun is an emergency tool : 1000w or 2000w power usually (only 230v AC).
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slobodanc
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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:15 am

Most of the time charging in garage, so protected from weather.
However sometimes I also charge outside at a library, not protected.

Actually another option I am looking at is silicon grease. This is the type that won't harm rubber seal.
Thoughts?

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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:19 pm

I'm not finding it sticking to the rubber, more just gunked up around the join with all the snow and slush.

If you google for "rubber door seal lubricant" there are various threads on the Internet. Basically you need something with silicone and no petroleum.

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Re: Safest method of opening charging door that is stuck

Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:15 pm

slobodanc wrote:Actually another option I am looking at is silicon grease. This is the type that won't harm rubber seal.


yes but ... grease is saturate with pollution component of the road = black mark on shirt/hand.
good point : better resistance to wind+rain instead of talc when the charging door is open.

you must test because of your location.

for me, talc is more economic and neutral (no mark or problem to wash the rubber/hole for water runoff) than grease.
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