The wimpy “City” horn from the first-generation LEAF carries over to the second-generation car, and the desire to upgrade it is just as strong.
For the ’18 car the position of the horn has changed from being in front of the radiator to down on the front lower right side of the body bulkhead. The area that the horn is in now is very tight, and access to the stock horn bracket is just about impossible without removing the front bumper cover. Continue reading “DIY: 2018 Nissan LEAF Horn Upgrade”
The winter wet season is upon us again, and now is the time to tune-up the windshield wipers on your LEAF for optimum performance. The job of your wipers is to essentially squeegee off the rain, snow, dirt, grime, bugs, bird droppings, etc. that accumulate on your windshield. While the majority of this stuff gets wiped and then blown off of your car, a good amount of it can simply get stuck to the wiper, which can cause the blades to smear, skip, and be less than effective in providing a clear clean windshield. Over time, a wiper blade will start to wear and the wiping blade will separate from the wiper body, making the wiper even more ineffective. Continue reading “Nissan LEAF Winter Wiper Tuneup”
The great thing about the Nissan LEAF is the minimal amount of maintenance that is required to keep the car running in tip-top shape. One of the “Major” maintenance items for the LEAF is the annual or 15,000 mile replacement of the cabin air filter.
This DIY is applicable to 2011 through 2018 LEAFs. The HVAC system on the LEAF is shared with other Nissan vehicles that use the same “B-Platform” There are close to 12 vehicles world-wide that are based on this chassis.
I don’t know what it is with the horns on Hybrids and other Eco cars. They all seem to have horns that were designed by Droopy Dawg. For me that just does not work, I want a horn that shouts respect when I am in the Slow lane and someone tries to mix it up with me!
Contrary to popular belief, owners of the Nissan Leaf are not all tree-huggers. In fact, many owners of the world’s best-selling electric vehicle are more likely to wear Piloti driving shoes than Birkenstocks—and are keen to mod their Leaf for better performance and cooler looks. Thanks to the platform that the Leaf shares with several other Nissan vehicles, it’s easy to enhance aerodynamics, braking, suspension, and lighting. Here are a few DIY’s that any EV-Gearhead can accomplish. Continue reading “Performance Mods for the Nissan Leaf”
Ferrari enthusiasts gathered last month at the 2017 Monterey Car Week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the company’s founding. A mind-boggling assortment of extraordinary vintage Ferraris could be seen nearly everywhere we turned at the week’s events—at the Quail Gathering, Concorso Italiano, Pebble Beach, and on just about any road in Monterey. Continue reading “A Feast of Ferraris Were On Display at 2017 Monterey Car Week”
The 63th annual Porsche Parade was recently in Osage Beach MO. I can’t believe it’s almost been four year since I was at the 2014 event, which took place in Monterey, Calif. Time flies when you’re obsessed with Porsche classics. Continue reading “The Trials and Tribulations of a Porsche Concours Fanatic”
Every August, the center of gravity in the classic car universe shifts to Monterey, Calif. for a weeklong non-stop display of automotive excess. We were there for this year’s occurrence, which wrapped up last week, to see first-hand the world’s greatest automobiles on the roads of Monterey, and to stroll the many events Continue reading “Enjoy Monterey Car Week on $5 a Day”
One of the easiest automotive upgrades you can do is to upgrade your headlights with brighter and more modern light bulbs. Over the years, lighting technology has been steadily improving, starting with brighter halogen bulbs, and then HID Xenon bulbs. These bulbs were brighter but had drawbacks from poor color temperature, poor beam pattern, or a need to do significant rewiring of the headlight enclosure. Continue reading “LED Headlight Upgrades: A Brighter Idea”