PIP charging cable won't click into the car

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  1. bisco

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    not that i recall. you can call customer service. also, there have been no reports of adverse effects from removing it, including those who charge outside in bad weather.
     
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    My daughter dropped my EVSE into the floor, and the thumb switch broke off. It still worked, but I had to reach my fingers in to unlatch it.

    I got tired of this, so I took it apart and removed the silver thumb switch completely. Now it doesn't latch onto the car, but it fits just fine. It leaves a small micro switch exposed. If I press this while the car is charging, it stops charging. Since I use this in a covered garage now, I don't need the ultra-safety of a solution that is 100% safe outdoors in a rainstorm. After all, it's really no different than plugging in a hairdryer... which is perfectly safe indoors, but not outdoors in a rainstorm.
     
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    My OEM EVSE plug isn't fitting into the charge port due to the O-ring constantly binding up. I've only used it maybe a dozen times when I didn't have access to a 240v EVSE. Since I charge outdoors with it, usually in the rain, I wasn't comfortable removing the O-ring.

    Crazy that this engineered EVSE has so many problems when the Leaf EVSE I use daily never has an issue.
     
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    you don't need the o ring in the rain. new units don't have them. i've been using mine for 4 years without issue. i'm sure leaf has had a few problems as well.
     
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    Yesterday my PIP wouldn't charge. Before I dragged myself to the Dreaded Dealer, I searched here for 5 minutes, found this thread, and fixed the problem. Orange ring was out of place. Pulled it out, and the plug clicked into place. It took a bit of fussing to reseat the ring, but got that done and plug clicks in fine. If it doesn't behave itself, I will remove it since I charge indoors.

    Once again, problem quickly solved by the internet and PriusChat! Thanks to you all for the info in the thread.
     
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    After I had your problem and removed the Orange ring, I left it off for 4 years without a problem.
     
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    I've had my PiP since late December. I finally looked and discovered that I already don't have an orange ring, or any color o-ring in my plug.
     
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    I tossed my orange gasket into the garbage this weekend. It's rare that I use the 120v EVSE, but whenever I do, the gasket gets in the way.
     
  10. markabele

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    I believe they shipped only with 2012's. Mine doesn't have it either.
     
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    Orange is the new invisible

    Mike
     
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    markabele owner of PiP, then Leaf, then Model 3

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    So it turns out mine does have the orange O-ring and mine is finally starting to bind up on me after all these years. I tried needle nose pliers and couldn't get a hold of it. Any other ideas?
     
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    Twist a paperclip into a hook and pull it out.
     
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    I'd use a dental pick or a 90 degree machinist's scribe. But I already have those in my tool box. ;)

    I don't know how hard it is to pull it out. If the paper clip isn't strong enough, maybe a bobby pin or a safety pin would work. I think they are stiffer.
     
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    I ended up getting it out ok (used a paint can opener). But wow, I should have done that a long time ago. Goes in like butter now.
     
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