nohubris
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Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Mon Aug 06, 2012 7:19 pm

I unplug in the morning and close the port door properly. Drive to work and park and lock the car. After leaving work I see the port door is closed yet when I get out at home the port door is open.

Air pressure due to its design opening while on the highway?

Sharp bumps from the road jarring it open?

This usually happens only on the way home from work, 40% of the trips.

Is this happening to anyone else?

Any of you Ford employees have an answer or good guess?

PS: My guess is that the cars knows I am home and is ready to eat. 8-)

Evocus
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:58 am

I'm not having this problem, although the plastic design doesn't give me the greatest confidence that I won't in the future. I would consider a trip to the dealer for a replacement part.
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nohubris
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:07 am

The door itself or the attaching parts are not broken. Nothing to replace. My hunch is there may need to be a design change.

Evocus
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:16 am

I guess I was considering the ineffective latch mechanism as a likely manufacturing problem that could be corrected by replacing the door or the port latch.
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Fluke
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Tue Aug 07, 2012 11:19 am

No problems with mine so far. I think the design with push to open push to close is interesting, but also wonder at its longevity. I also won't want to push to close it when it is covered in dirt and road salt in the winter since the cover spins under your finger and will probably lead to scratches in the paint at the indention.

EV car makers seem to think a clever charge port door is required, but these designs seem to have issues. At least Ford wisely chose to not make the door power-actuated.
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Gatorman82
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Tue Aug 07, 2012 6:28 pm

I have found mine open at the end of a drive, but just assumed I forgot to close it after unplugging. Now I'm not so sure. If it has opened by itself, it has only been once or twice.

Charged Up
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Location: Virginia

Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Wed Aug 08, 2012 4:22 am

nohubris wrote:I unplug in the morning and close the port door properly.
Can you describe how you close the door "properly" because some Ford videos actually show it being closed improperly.

felkster
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Location: Seattle

Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:22 am

I'm with Gatorman on this one. I have found it open a few times after a drive, but I've been blaming it on forgetfulness. It's something that I really hope to solve before Seattle's rainy season starts in a few months. I wonder if the port is waterproof/water resistant.

Rwbill
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:51 pm

I have wondered about the weather worthiness. I'm planning on charging inside at home, but the dealer's already installed Leviton chargers are outside. Can you charge outside, in the rain? I wouldn't want to.

Fluke
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Re: Charging Port Door Opens Randomly

Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:29 pm

No worries charging outside in the rain. I've done it many times at work with my Volt.
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