Charging cord replacement?

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  1. Loriann

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    I had an incident last night and my charger cord needs to be replaced. (Before anyone asks, I parked too far from plug and cord was in the air. My son got clothes lined on it and the pressure pulled the wires out of the plug in handle that plugs into the car, My BAD!). So I contacted the dealer but they want $900 to replace the cord! I found some after market clues for $200. Are these safe? Does anyone have a suggestion for replacement?
     
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    yes, they are safe. some insist on u/l listing, but others say it matters not.

    something like this should be fine:

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    and schumacher has a good reputation in 12 volt car chargers
     
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    Also, you can find Toyota OEM charging cords cheap on eBay. You do have to watch for the good-priced one because some sellers are asking way too much Buy It Now price for it. If you don't mind a used one, I have an extra one for sale. PM me if you are interested.
     
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    I found a Ford J1772 protocol cord on Facebook marketplace for $20:).

    I keep that one in the car and the Toyota cord always plugged in at our house;):

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    Works well(y).
     
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    I don’t have Facebook to check it out for one
     
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    Craigslist has them too;).

    There are options (y).
     
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    smart
     
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    I know! Lol.
     
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    YOu don't have to be a "member" to look at what is posted on Facebook.......in the "public" areas.

    THEN.....are the actual wires pulled loose from their connection.......or is just the plastic/rubber strain relief pulled apart ??

    An electric motor shop or an independent hybrid mechanic likely could fix your old one.
    You might ask your Toyota dealer about a repair too........but the odds of that are about ZERO.
     
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    Although I think you'd be best served by buying a used EVSE charging cable or buying an after-market cable of similar design, you can repair your existing OEM Toyota cable by replacing the J1772 connector.

    Replacement connectors are not inexpensive, but probably much less costly than ordering that $900 EVSE from Toyota.

    For example, Amazon has one (B08XWD2XHX) for about $95:


    I suspect that replacing this connector is not much more difficult than replacing any power cord connector. There are five individual wires which are the two power conductors and the three other conductors which handle the signalling between the car and the EVSE.

    Also, the damage your son's colliding with the cable may be covered by your comprehensive insurance just as if he had rammed into the side of the car and bashed in the door -- or if you car had been hit by a wayward shopping cart rolling across the parking lot at your local supermarket. Keep in mind, however, that you'd still be responsible for the "deductible" portion of the cost and the claim could result in your having to pay higher premiums in future years.

    As they say, just because you can do something does not mean that you should do it.
     
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    That’s a thought. However, I see some after markets between $200 - 250. Cheaper than deductible
     
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    E325C659-6C56-49DB-9EC9-A02833A0858E.jpeg My five dollar switch repair, because l’m too cheap to buy a new one
     
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    Thanks bisco. I thought to just go hybrid but not having a charging cable would lower the value of the car so I ordered this one.
     
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    Looks like duct tape is your friend when it comes to repairs:).

    Functional(y).
     
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    i'll have you know that is gorilla tape :cool:
     
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    Sorry for using the generic term;).

    But you did a good job with the thrifty fix(y).
     
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    As I posted a while back:

    The J1772 connector is engineered to be extremely resistant to damage. The SAE spec provides:

    Receptacle and cord plug

    – Specified to comply with international standards including:

    • J1772™
    • IEC 62196
    • UL 2251
    • Electrical safety

    10,000 cycle life with exposure to dust, salt and water

    Vehicle drive over does not expose a hazard

    – Sealing
    – Corrosion resistance
    – Touch temperature limits


    Also worth noting is that the J1772 standard provides that there is no charging voltage present at the connector until the connector is plugged into the vehicle and the vehicle signals the EVSE that it's ok to energize the cable/plug assembly. (Is the toggle switch shown in the impromptu repair being used to over-ride this safety feature?)

    There is a nice discussion of J1772 in Wikipedia here: SAE J1772 - Wikipedia

    There is also a detailed description of the tests used by a manufacturer to assure that the J1772 can withstand the physical abuse which is is likely to receive: SAE J1772 Electric Vehicle Charge Connector Cable Assembly

    But I guess nothing is unbreakable.
     
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    it is pretty robust. the microswitch quit in mine after 7 years
     
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