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by jray3
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Supplemental cooling for the charger.
Replies: 16
Views: 425

Re: Supplemental cooling for the charger.

Thanks siai47, so glad to see you still dropping by to contribute. A reed switch on the pump circuit to activate the radiator fan relay could be a way to maximize that cooling without excessive runtime.
by jray3
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Supplemental cooling for the charger.
Replies: 16
Views: 425

Re: Supplemental cooling for the charger.

Good point Don, I’ll try to run a test to confirm the lower max temp on lower amps. The top of the charger is thermally insulated so effectively that I wouldn’t be very surprised if it reaches a similar temperature after 10-12 hrs and just spends more time cooking! Our usage patterns usually dictate...
by jray3
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: And now my I will not charge!!
Replies: 28
Views: 984

Re: And now my I will not charge!!

1pk wrote:Kiev, have you had a look at Jrays inverter yet?

I finally shipped the the old unit yesterday, so Kiev is at least a week out from rendering any verdicts. IIRC, the lower board was screwed in place. Those Phillips screws are quite soft, btw- had me wanting a small impact driver.
by jray3
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: And now my I will not charge!!
Replies: 28
Views: 984

Re: And now my I will not charge!!

I’ve found someone in my local area who can replace the resistor so I’m removing the inverter at the moment. Can someone tell me the secret to this connector? Where is the release mechanism? https://imgur.com/a/P9mZyxe Thanks Yes, I wrestled with that one too, but there is a release tab on the skin...
by jray3
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Modifications & Accessories
Topic: Supplemental cooling for the charger.
Replies: 16
Views: 425

Supplemental cooling for the charger.

After the charger failure, I'm keeping a closer eye on the new one and have been reminded that after several hours of charging, the top cover is extremely hot to the touch (actual temperatures coming soon), much warmer than the outbound coolant line. My pump is running and there is vigorous circulat...
by jray3
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Conversions
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: Conversions

Hey Spitfire, did you pull the trigger on either donor- the i-MiEV or a Volt? I'm now actively looking for a way to control an i-MiEV motor in an EV conversion, as I'm just not enjoying my gasser Karmann Ghia Cabriolet anymore compared to what is should be, which is quiet and green. An i-MiEV motor ...
by jray3
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: Buying/Leasing the iMiev
Topic: Should I buy a 2010-2011 i-Miev here in Brazil???
Replies: 35
Views: 1704

Re: Should I buy a 2010-2011 i-Miev here in Brazil???

Noisy vacuum pump? Not unless they changed the design after 2010 or something is wrong. Our pump is just a soft whine, not the rattling contraption that a Chevy Volt came with.
by jray3
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: A/C sticker shock
Replies: 15
Views: 413

Re: A/C sticker shock

Sure, I'm wanting a black parts car- I see you're in Chicago? BUT, I'm suspicious of that diagnosis. A failed air conditioning compressor shouldn't be a no-run condition. Please post as many details as you can, such as did it actually shut down or is driveable, but with warning lights, and whether i...
by jray3
Mon Jul 09, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: General / Main Owners Forum
Topic: Steering issue
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: Steering issue

Welcome to the forum, gotnocars. From the symptoms I'd first think a bad bearing on the steering column, but with some of the earliest electric power steering systems you could feel 'cogging' from the assist motor during very slow turns, and I'd expect a power or motor control issue to be more likel...
by jray3
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Batteries and Battery Management
Topic: Troubleshooting and repair for On-board Charger, DC-DC Converter
Replies: 27
Views: 1054

Found the culprit- a popped disc capacitor.

While packing my failed charger for shipping to Kiev, I took a look under the top circuit board and found the culprit, or at least one of them. One of the two blue disc capacitors on the lower board, with about half of the disc sticking up out of the black potting compound is completely popped apart...

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