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Hello all & Happy New Year!!

I’m due a MOT and service. I’ve been delaying the service, as I’ve not used the car much while in lockdown.

However, while looking around for local MOT garages, I noticed that Protyre are offering EV servicing and MOT for £118 + £20 - which seems like very good value. So, I’m considering getting a service done at the same time.


What‘s the general feeling in the forum about getting services from garages other than Nissan themselves? This is nearly half the price, and I have no reason to believe the car will have issues.

Has anyone used Protyre EV servicing before? Or any other non-Nissan garages for a service? Any advice?

Thanks,

Craig
 

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I'd tend to look for a local HEVRA garage who truly know about EVs. I have no direct experience of Protyre so cannot comment on them, but it only takes five hours to get the most basic IMI EV qualifications and the checks listed are minimal.
 

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Protyre should be adequate for a basic service and MoT so give them a go. But be prepared to be underwhelmed by the information from their diagnostic system analysis and beware any brake corrosion related MoT failure issues.
 

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Looks rather short list of things are checked by Protyre as part of EV servicing.

Connect diagnostic for hybrid health check (report live data) - Demand to see print out. Does it match or exceed LeafSpy level of detail you can do at home?
Check condition of charging point and charging cable - Most likely visual inspection and a prod, again, you can do this at home
Visually check high voltage cables and connectors for damage - Another visual inspection, most of under bonnet stuff you can do at home. But things you can't do at home is under the car, I wonder if they will check HV connections to the battery under the vehicle by taking off the undertray?
Report if inverter coolant is due - Just look at service manual for service interval yourself?
Rotate road wheels to check for brake binding - Wheel rotation could be useful. Brakes are vital for safety and but it will be checked as part of MOT

So all in all, I don't feel it's worth doing. The only thing that actually needs doing beyond inspections are pollen filter and brake fluid renew every 2 years, which isn't included by this servicing.

LeafSpy can report battery health. Most of visual inspections can be done at home, essentially checking wiring for signs of degradation. Safety related are checked by MOT anyway. In short, EV's doesn't really need servicing at garage.
 

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Safety related are checked by MOT anyway. In short, EV's doesn't really need servicing at garage.
Disagree on both fronts. At very least the brakes need to be checked more thoroughly than the MoT test, and there are other items that should be checked/replaced on a regular basis such as coolant/brake fluid. A good garage will also warn of items that will cause issues in the future but are still legal.
 

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Coolant have a standard service interval, just check service manual.
Brake fluid should be done every 2 years according to service manual, but this servicing doesn't include it. You can pay any garage a fixed price to do this specifically when needed.
None of the items that should be replaced at Nissan major service is done by this ProTyre service.

Yes, one of the point of servicing is to learn of early warnings from good garage or be pressured into doing it at bad garage. It really depends on how mechanical minded you are, servicing EV are entirely optional if you know what to look for because apart from brake fluid and pollen filter every 2 years, there isn't anything that actually need doing on EV's.
 

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I find the braking system benefits from a good strip down, clean and lube after a British winter (Especially up here in the scottish highlands)
All pretty standard maintenance common to many other cars like greasing sliders and pad contact points.
Where the parking brake cable passes through the backplate is worthy of special attention though, worth detaching cable from shoes and getting some grease into the alloy guide by working the cable to and fro as they can seize solid in there and are hundreds to replace.

Other than that, change the brake fluid, coolant and gear oil once in a while and these cars just keep on going ( 126k miles on my 2014 ! )
 
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