Some Nissan Leaf Owners Say Their Leaf Brakes 'Snatch' at Low Speed, Here Is Why
Here is what some Leaf owners replied to her in the group about Nissan Leaf's brake problems on low speed.
"Yes. It jumps between regenerative and conventional braking and the transition isn't always smooth. It can be dangerous if you are pulling up behind another car and all of a sudden your rate of deceleration lessons without you reducing brake pedal pressure," replied a user named Darren. He also added that he has never experienced a pulsing (warped rotor feel), but the regen suddenly disengages instead of tapering off as you get slower and it can be quite disconcerting.
Warning about Leaf brakes
"Be careful at low speeds trying to stop with regen only, if you happen upon a pot hole or oddly shaped grate. Regen kicks off leaving you without any stopping power because you aren't using the brake," wrote Nissan Leaf owner named Matthew.
Number of people in the group discussion complain about brakes of Nissan Leaf at low speed. Some say it's the same feeling as having warped brake discs and it's terrible. Other Leaf drivers wrote that they put their vehicle into N and lightly brake. I am not sure how safe is this and is not recommended.
"Pedro Gonzo This past winter it happened to me a lot. Now that the weather is warming up it hasn't happened yet," writes Pedro. But to this, a user named Jimmy replied, writing "don't chance it, replace your 12v lead acid battery. It happened in winter because the battery can't deliver as much current in cold temperatures, but is a sign of impending failure."
A group member Bill says "make sure you have all the firmware updates for the car. Depending on the year, there have been refinements to the braking." He also added that their 2013 Nissan Leaf needed a brake firmware update. "The dealer should be able to check their computer and tell you if yours needs an update," he wrote.
Replace 12v Battery for Better Brakes
Others suggested replacing your 12v lead acid battery ASAP if you ever experience momentary loss of brakes. "Make sure you have completed all brake recalls and service bulletins for your Leaf," wrote Jimmy.
Stopped at Light and Nissan Leaf Suddenly Moving Forward
" I have a problem where I'm sitting stopped at a light with constant pressure on the pedal, and suddenly the car starts creeping forward, making me jump to hit the brakes harder and stop the car," reported reported at least 2 members, Brian and Jimmy.