NurStrom
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Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Fri Jul 23, 2021 8:02 pm

Greetings forum members.

Here's an interesting story to start the weekend.

Our battery charge door latch (actuator) finally gave up the ghost last week so I decided to exercise our comprehensive warranty and get it replaced today. Done deal - all is good. By the way, same thing happened on our other Mk6 Golf a few year back.

While I was discussing the problem with the service advisor, I mentioned that the charging cable plug latches to the female socket but does not lock when the vehicle is locked. Can't recall when it started not locking cause most of my charging is at home. After an hour of a technician troubleshooting, he confirmed what I thought all along, that the latching / locking mechanism need to be replaced. Of course, the advisor contacted Century and wouldn't you know the charging socket assy is on their exclusion list...dooh!!! My comprehensive warranty covers all mechanical and electrical failures except if the component is installed in the charging assy. That sucks . $2800 to r&r (not worth it for me.

Anyone else experience something like this?

f1geek
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sat Jul 24, 2021 10:26 am

There are discussion about the J1772 vehicle inlet locking pin on this forum. You might want to try silicone oil to lubricate the pin.

Are you able to charge your e-Golf?
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NurStrom
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sat Jul 24, 2021 2:37 pm

Charging works ... no problems.

f1geek
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:53 pm

If it charges, then I’d say it’s not a problem. Just do not pull out the J1772 plug while charging or you may get a spark.
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NurStrom
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sat Jul 24, 2021 9:15 pm

f1geek wrote:
Sat Jul 24, 2021 8:53 pm
If it charges, then I’d say it’s not a problem. Just do not pull out the J1772 plug while charging or you may get a spark.
The moment that I push the black unlock button, the charging stops. In fact, this is a safety feature.
So no shock worry. I have verified this every day for the last 3 years.
Again the latching barb works and latches in the socket. It’s the locking pin that doesn’t.

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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:41 am

By barb, do you mean the moveable latch on the J1772 plug?

Sounds like you are in good shape. Charge on!
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NurStrom
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:39 am

f1geek wrote:
Sun Jul 25, 2021 6:41 am
By barb, do you mean the moveable latch on the J1772 plug?
Indeed

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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sun Jul 25, 2021 10:42 am

Thanks! Out of curiosity, what model year is your e-Golf? Does it have a CCS vehicle inlet (for DCFC and AC charging)? The threads on this forum have indicated when the e-Golf charge inlet locking pin breaks, the computer will not allow charging. You are clearly not having a charging problem, so I wonder how the computer has been fooled.
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NurStrom
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:39 pm

We have the ‘16 SE
Funny, yesterday visited a friend who has the same model and I verified the same behavior. That is, it latches but does not lock while the car is locked. In other words, I can disconnect the plug from the socket while the vehicle is locked.

Latching means audible click Barb engages,

f1geek
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Re: Battery charge port cover (door) latch INOP and charging socket locking INOP

Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:47 pm

But does it have DCFC? I believe the 2016 SE without DCFC does not have an inlet locking pin, based on pictures I've seen of the vehicle inlet. If there is no pin, then this topic is moot.
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