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by IanL
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Charging cable not released
Replies: 5
Views: 1964

Re: Charging cable not released

My guess would be to apply some lubricant to the mechanism - silicone grease or spray. That's what I did to my charging door release, and its been fine ever since.
by IanL
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Charging cable not released
Replies: 5
Views: 1964

Re: Charging cable not released

Duplicate post removed.
by IanL
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:03 am
Forum: News and Main Soul EV Forum Discussions
Topic: The Internet Turned on the Kia Soul Today and Things Got Mean
Replies: 3
Views: 2892

Re: The Internet Turned on the Kia Soul Today and Things Got Mean

Silly people with silly ideas. Not worth bothering with.
by IanL
Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 18
Views: 10832

Re: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?

Mine is a Topdon ArtiBattery 101, It is appropriate for lead/acid batteries, but makes no claim as regards Lithium. I only suggested it for people who are still using lead/acid, and want some assurance about its condition. SoulEV Spy only tells you the voltage of the aux. battery. I guess no other p...
by IanL
Sun Mar 07, 2021 4:12 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?
Replies: 18
Views: 10832

Re: Has anyone replaced their 12V battery with lithium?

I have an inexpensive electronic battery tester. It gives a readout of battery SOH and recommends when the battery should be replaced. It would be a good idea to use it (say) once a month, to forestall sudden death.
by IanL
Tue Mar 02, 2021 12:12 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: The origin of the 'B' mode setting.
Replies: 18
Views: 30199

Re: The origin of the 'B' mode setting.

Is it ok to leave the Soul EV in "B" mode while driving in the city? I had been using it only when slowing to a stop, thinking it was much like a "lower gear" on ICE cars. So ok to leave in B all the time? Yes, it's exactly what you should be doing. I drive everywhere in B mode....
by IanL
Mon Mar 01, 2021 12:07 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Soul EV Spy Questions and Answers
Replies: 77
Views: 108889

Re: Soul EV Spy Questions and Answers

The newest BMS update is necessary for Kia to approve battery replacement, my dealer applied for a battery replacement last year but Kia told them to update the BMS first. Obviously the SOH was above 70% after the update, so Kia didn’t approve the application. So please don’t blame your dealer, thi...
by IanL
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Soul EV Spy Questions and Answers
Replies: 77
Views: 108889

Re: Soul EV Spy Questions and Answers

See https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2018/MC-10143399-9999.pdf Top of Page 2. Multiple cycles <20% to >90%. Having done that, I suggest you print it and show it to them if they argue. The KIA procedure for reading the SOH is at https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2018/MC-10133173-9999.pdf It sounds l...
by IanL
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: General / Main Kia Soul EV Owners Forum
Topic: Original Bag/Case for Charging Cord
Replies: 6
Views: 3435

Re: Original Bag/Case for Charging Cord

Mine came in a fabric zip-up case, about 14" diameter and about 4" deep. Black with red piping (from memory). If you can't find it, see if you can get one from a dealer for less - they can't charge more than $50, can they? Or see https://www.amazon.com/Bucket-Boss-69000-Cable-Bag/dp/B00GK4...
by IanL
Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:08 am
Forum: Batteries and Charging
Topic: Range for Fully Charged(?) 2017 Soul
Replies: 10
Views: 5056

Re: Range for Fully Charged(?) 2017 Soul

It depends where you are - how warm/cold it is. The GOM value will reflect ambient temperatures. Also, the battery will not charge quite as well in cold temperatures. You can get a better idea by looking at the energy information in the display EV mode. You can see the range with and without heating...

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