foamposite1
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charging port door grinding sound when opened

Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:11 pm

I just took my 2014 BEV into dealer today. The charging port door was making loud grinding sound when opening it.

I noticed the grinding sound maybe 6 months ago, but it was short, maybe half or one second, but now it is 2-3 seconds.

The sound is coming from the locking part of the door, not from the hinge. It sounds like a gear or sprocket that is striped to make that grinding sound. The sound happens every time the charge port door is opened.

The bmw service advisor said it was the first i3 that he has seen with this issue.

I wanted to know if anyone else had observed this.

thanks

Stevei3
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Location: the Netherlands

Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:09 am

Hi,

yes. We had the grinding issue exactly as you described. Had it replaced under warranty about a month ago. The part took it's sweet time to appear from backorder.

Regards, Steven

foamposite1
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Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:46 pm

I just got a call from BMW service adviser, it was the charge flap actuator causing the loud grinding sound.

inteillaalls
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Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Fri May 22, 2020 1:07 pm

Have the same problem. Is the only solution a new part? Warranty is gone :cry:
BMX i3 2017 - black 94Ah

SwissDI3
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Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Sat May 23, 2020 7:56 am

You can swap the lock yourself if you have the time:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziVu9-v69eE

Will probably save 5000.- bucks in labour by BMW garage :-) :-) :-)

The video shows how to replace both actuators - the one for the door and also the locking actuator for the charging connector.

alohart
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Location: Honolulu, HI

Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Sat May 23, 2020 12:26 pm

Why does a simple door require an electric actuator? There are mechanical latches that alternate between opening and closing with each push. Modern vehicles use far too many electric actuators and motors, many of which will eventually fail.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

jadnashuanh
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Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Sat May 23, 2020 1:12 pm

alohart wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 12:26 pm
Why does a simple door require an electric actuator? There are mechanical latches that alternate between opening and closing with each push. Modern vehicles use far too many electric actuators and motors, many of which will eventually fail.
Many vehicles lock the gas filler door, and BMW does this as well with the charge port. In theory, it helps prevent tampering. While the current models don't support V2G, eventually, that may happen, too, where you could plug in and get power back out of the vehicle. I think that vehicles sold in Japan require that feature, anyway, I think I read that somewhere.

FWIW, California did run a trial with some modified vehicles with V2G, and their recent report indicates that vehicles could provide enough buffer to the grid where that could save everyone some money by negating the need for peaker plants having to come on-line.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

alohart
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Re: charging port door grinding sound when opened

Sat May 23, 2020 5:12 pm

jadnashuanh wrote:
Sat May 23, 2020 1:12 pm
Many vehicles lock the gas filler door, and BMW does this as well with the charge port. In theory, it helps prevent tampering.
Good point! I don't usually try to open the charge port door when it's locked, so I forgot that it locks when the doors are locked. Needs an electric actuator to do that.
Aloha,
Art

2014 BMW i3 Arravani Grey, Giga World, Tech + Driving Assist, Parking Assist, DC Fast Charging, JuiceBox EVSE

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