Anybody have the name of a technician at Solectria who can help with
My NiCD force is having some difficulty and I need to talk to somebody
who (A) will return calls and (B) has some idea of what I'm talking about.
Looks like a two-part problem here:
The car bailed out on a charge last week. I had driven to around 71Ah
and plugged it in for a charge. When I looked at the Ah counter the
next day, it was sitting at ~47Ah. I unplugged and replugged and the
charge restarted, so I went back in the house. Later, I went back out
and the charge had stopped, this time around 46Ah. I got the notebook
computer and hooked it up to the charger, which showed that its pilot
counter had reset to zero. My guess was that I had encountered one of
the rare Ah counter glitches and it was showing more Ah than it should.
I reset the Ah counter by disconnecting the red System Disconnect connector.
I took the car for a drive later that day and at around 26Ah noticed a
serious loss of power. I barely made it home with the Ah counter
showing around 30Ah. If you add this to the 46Ah that the counter had
shown, it made sense that I lost power because that's around 76Ah total,
which is the limit of the NiCDs in my car.
I started wondering if the charge had stopped short because of a bad
connection between the Ah counter and charger, making the charger think
fewer Ah had been used. No, the charger shows about 30Ah on the "Pilot"
So, since the charger no longer has reasonable I figured I'd do a charge
with the Ah counter disconnected, forcing the charger to use voltage
cutoffs. I disconnected the Ah counter and started a charge. Problem
-- The fan and pump weren't running! A quick check with a meter on the
fan and pump connectors coming out of the temperature control box show
that no voltage is being supplied to the pump or fan. The fuse is OK,
so it must be in the cooling control box. No problem, I'll just hook up
temporary jumper for the pump and fan, right to 12V. Well, the fan
works but not the pump.
So here's the questions:
1) The pump seems dead. This sucks, because it means opening that
sealed system and screwing around with all those hoses.
2) The cooling system control box also seems dead. Did the pump fail in
some way that fried the control box?
3) What caused the original charge bailout? Unfortunately, I didn't
notice the error code from the charger, if there was one. Did the pump
fail in the middle of that charge and cause a temperature rise that
terminated the charge?
Hopefully, I can find someone at Solectria who can help troubleshoot and
Any suggestions appreciated.
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