Nissan LEAF manuals now available online

by Ernie Hernandez on February 6, 2011

Owner's Manuals

All LEAF manuals now viewable in pdf format

Nissan has finally activated the link via their corporate website to the LEAF’s various owner’s manuals. If you want information about the LEAF, there is no place to find a more comprehensive compilation of material than here.

There are 11 links to be found at this site. 8 links are to LEAF specific documentation:

You will also find this Nissan generic guide:

  • Towing Guide (guide for towing a trailer with a Nissan, not towing your Nissan)

Finally, you will find links to two Nissan sources for child safety seat information and Bluetooth device connectivity:

While the availability of the information is outstanding, once you get into the materials, sometimes the mind of a detective is helpful. We will give you one example, and let you experiment on your own to find others.

Much has been written and said about the “turtle mode” of the LEAF.

Turtle Mode

A light on the dash that looks like a turtle illuminates when any of the following four conditions are met:

  • Lithium Ion battery charge is extremely low
  • Lithium Ion battery temperature is very low (-4° F, -20° C)
  • Temperature of EV system (motor, inverter, battery) is high (no temperature provided)
  • EV system has a malfunction

As the documents referenced above are electronic, one can use a computer’s useful “find” function (Control-F on a PC) to search the document for “turtle”. You will find zero occurrences. Why? Because Nissan does not call it “turtle mode”. Some journalist came up with the name because the picture is of a turtle. Nissan calls the light the “Power limitation indicator light” – which you will not find in the index. You will find it in the Illustrated Table of Contents if you look at the table of Warning and Indicator Lights.

Our point is this. When looking for information, keep in mind exactly what you are looking for, not what you think that you are looking for. If it is an indicator light, look for “indicator light”. Sometimes even then it may prove difficult. A search for “head rest” will find “head restraints”. But only because “restraint” starts with “rest”. Nissan calls them head restraints, not head rests. Still the availability of an online resource can save much time and anguish when looking for information.

For those of you looking for the continuation of our series on alternative electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. consumer market, look for that series to continue after we’ve had a chance to catch our breath after our server crash.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Frank Twohy February 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Dear Ernie,
I am glad you are back. I missed your great work. Thank you for the Leaf Maunal site. I read them while I await my Leaf delivery some time in the next 5 months.

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Ernie Hernandez (LEAFguy) February 7, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Frank – thanks for the kind words. I have found that these online manuals can be a great source of info, especially if you are near a computer (or smartphone), need some info, and you don’t have your paper manuals around. We hope they prove to be of help.

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D.Jayantha.L.Perera April 26, 2014 at 7:57 am

I like to see the service & repair manual I am aHybrid /EV expert engineer

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Ernie Hernandez April 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm

You must purchase service manuals direct from Nissan. These links are for consumer manuals.

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Naveen February 16, 2016 at 8:01 am

My nissan leaf have only japanese language how to change it to english

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Ernie Hernandez February 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm

Naveen – welcome to Living LEAF. LEAF in the United States does not have Japanese language as an option. I suggest you speak with your local service department to learn how to change it to English.

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