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Some Nissan Leaf Owners Say Their Leaf Brakes 'Snatch' at Low Speed, Here Is Why

Does anyone find the Nissan Leafs brakes 'snatch' when braking at low speed? "My husband is convinced it shouldn't be happening, but I'd always just thought it was a quirk of the car," asked one owner on Nissan Leaf Owners' Group on Facebook today, in a discussion about Nissan Leaf brake problems..

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.

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"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.


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For me, I have found a simple resolution to grabby brakes on the LEFA is to rotate (or replace) the tires.
Yeah, it's quite annoying on my Leaf. Like a lot of cars the Leaf's brakes are over servo'd. I've given up trying to solve the problem.
My problem is line your title not yoyr article. My brakes snatch. As in they suddenly grab much harder than i am applying them. I know the car has assistive braking and i think my very light usage of the brake pedal instigates this. 3 full presses of the pedal to the floor seems to reset it for a while. Annoying but not dangerous.
They seem to be less grabby, when it's not in Eco mode or B mode.