The Chrysler Pacifica EV Charging Cord (aka EVSE) is challenging to repair because the case is sealed. In addition the J1772 Handle is potted and cannot be repaired.
We recently received a Pacifica EVSE with a damaged J1772 handle (they drove away with it plugged in). Upon inspection it looked like the J1772 cable had been pulled out of the case so to be on the safe side we decided to open the case. This EV Charger is manufactured by Lear, the same company that manufactures some Chevy and FIAT chargers. Those charger can be opened by cracking the weld on the edge of the case. That proved to be not the case.
We cut the case with a thin blade saw to just below the ridge at the base and found that one of the wires had pulled off the 1/4" quick connect spade terminal. We reconnected the wire and viola it worked. NOTE: Don't let the saw blade enter inside the case as you may hit some components
We glued the case together with high strength epoxy. This was a little challenging because there was a jagged piece on the end of the case. See photo with the white line. Besure to cut straight across both ends. See photos for completed repair and additional info on the fault codes. bit.ly/Pacifica-EVSE-FaultCodes
We also installed a new J1772 handle. The pins were crimped with a 20 ton crimper. The proximity switch was connected to 2 short pieces of hook up wire that were added because the wires on the switch were too short
1. All repairs include our '5 Point Safety Certifications test' and a 6 month warranty. Click here EVLAB '5 Point Safety Certification'
2. EV BULLETIN Chrysler Pacifica EV Charger Fault Codes
3. Here are the identifying #'s of the Chrysler Pacifica EV Charging Cord. P05062107AC, S9065010, V96555BD
This post applies to most J1772 handles but specifically the LEAF with the YAZAKI 73A-2002 or 73FA-1501 handle
We received the charger the latch lever on the J1772 handle was loose and floppy. We check the proximity switch between pins 5 and ground and found a constant 480 ohms (switch open). The vehicle will not charge if the switch is open. Browse this link for details. http://bit.ly/J1772HandleTest
The Yazaki J1772 Handle case is particularly difficult because it is held shut by internal pins vs. screws. We used a 1" chisel and a 2lb hammer to gently open the handle. You need to avoid the small pins next to the chisel. there are a total of 9 pins to avoid plus a little clip that retains the spring on the latch lever.
This model of the Yazaki has a plastic pivot pin on the latch handle. (the model 73FA-1501 has steel pins). We epoxied the pins back on and because this plastic is hard to glue we drill out the center and inserted a steel pin. See the finished latch lever.
We thought we were done until we found that the attachment for micro switch was broken. This would probable be Ok because the switch is constrained in the handle but just to be sure we hot glued it under over and behind.
We cleaned up the edge of the handle that had been damaged during opening and using a vise and hammer we convinced the handle to snap together (and it was tight), We tested the LEAF charger on our EVDOC Lab simulator and it charges at 12A without error. We did a 240V upgrade and now with an EVDOUBLER it charges in 1/2 the time!
The SD Auto Show was held Jan 1-5, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center
I took the opportunity to take public transportation from Carlsbad to the Convention Center. Very easy. Arrived in less than 45 minutes. Cost round trip $7.50 (for seniors)
We were looking for details on the 2020 models especially the OEM Level 1 chargers. How many have a built-in Level 2 charger ie are they 120/240V ready? We did not find a single level 1 charger (guess that is not something to showcase)
Many of the Electric Vehicles were highlighted an area called the 'Ener-G Station'. See the posters listing the current rebates for EV and PHEV vehicles.
The Highlight of the show was the Ford Mustang Mache.
More to come - David R Ahlgren, We love hard questions!