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 Post subject: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 3:39 pm 
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OK.. it's not as spectacular as the Tesla that burned a few weeks ago just south of here, still... for me, a very depressing sight. I need a recommendation for a top notch body shop in the Seattle area. :(
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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:54 pm 
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My sympathizes.

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:23 am 
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Suck man =(

Just remember if they do any paint work not to put the car in one of those temperature rooms that "bake" the paint in... It'll fry your battery.


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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 3:13 am 
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That's terrible! Hope you get a quick repair!

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:21 am 
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So sorry - every proud owners nightmare.

Post up what happens with the insurance co and the body shop. With some insurance co they will total the car on the electric cars and hybrids even for small damages like yours. They don't want to be liable for damages down the road if something goes wrong with the battery, motor, electronics from the body work. I'm sure we would all be interested in how it's handled for you.

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:37 am 
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Have them put a rear door on from a junkyard that can hold a spare tire. Probably far easier to find than the special one that we have.

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 2:02 pm 
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ground_gainer wrote:
Suck man =(

Just remember if they do any paint work not to put the car in one of those temperature rooms that "bake" the paint in... It'll fry your battery.

Yes... I'll be sure of that, and it will be the first thing I mention to the claims adjuster, since he is probably in the dark about EV repair specifics. Another concern is the rear left quarter panel which has a nice crease, otherwise not bent or shifted. Because as we know, the plug is a part of that panel, so I really don't want any "body guy" going near any EV components. The tail gate is toast, but it has only shifted .10 inch to the left measured at the tail lights, LH side is narrower, RH side has opened up. It still latches so I feel lucky about overall misalignment.

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:19 pm 
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I got rearended about 2.5 months ago. Make sure whoever does the work, does not bake the car with the batteries in! I luckily stopped my Toyota body shop form doing that. They didn't know that it would kill the lithium batteries. they ended up baking the painted parts then putting them on. They bake at 140 F. That will destroy your traction batteries. :(

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Follow up... and question?
If the body shop need to tack weld (edit... using arc type tack welder) on the body, does the traction battery need to be disconnected? The 12v needs to be disconnected of course, but the traction battery doesn't use the chassis as GND soooo... The reason I ask is because this is what my chosen body shop said they would do, only because that's what they do with all 12v systems. I also have assurances that the vehicle will NOT be put into the bake booth, and I can be present when this painting process is being performed. They claim they have a special clear coat that doesn't required heat.

When shopping around for body shops, I went to 3, and I put the same question to each. "What is the most critical NO-NO when painting EV's"? None got it right. The first performs Leaf work, and they said because the batts are "more inside" the vehicle, the heat doesn't have time to soak that far into the mass. I told them that won't work for me. The second said all their paint work must go into the heat booth. The third understands the risk, and like I said above, can do non-removable parts at room temps, I can be present during painting, and I told them I will be putting recordable thermometers in the vehicle to be certain everyone is being honest.

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 Post subject: Re: "Oh the humanity" Rear ended on I-5
PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:30 pm 
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Don't know about the welding. You might check with a Tesla forum as it is a Tesla battery system.

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