At All County Auto Repair in Tequesta, FL, we know that many people are switching from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to hybrid or fully electric vehicles. Before purchasing a hybrid vehicle, many wonder what the difference in maintenance will look like. At All County Auto Repair, we are prepared to service your hybrid and want you to understand what the potential maintenance differences are.
Understanding What Makes Hybrids Different
A hybrid vehicle is made up of the best parts of a gas-powered car and an electric vehicle. There are different configurations of this combination to power different cars. Still, all of these cars have traditional engines but are powered by electricity whenever possible to reduce gas consumption and save gas money. For example, if you are driving slowly your car may be able to utilize the electric source of power reducing your gas consumption.
Your Hybrid Engine
We are prepared at All County Auto Repair in Tequesta, FL, to handle the engine in your hybrid because you will still be driving primarily using the same internal combustion engine we have been servicing since we opened. The only difference is the electric motor that works in addition to your ICE. When taking care of your hybrid, it’s important to remember that all of the maintenance you remember from a traditional ICE car is still needed, including oil changes, timing belt replacements, etc. Additionally, a hybrid may actually require further coolant checks because the battery pack can generate additional heat. Typically, your manufacturer will recommend a service schedule and it is best to follow that.
The Electric Motor
Electric motors do have several benefits over traditional ICE vehicle. Most notably, an electric motor has fewer moving parts, leaving less room for part failure. If parts of this motor wear out or are damaged, it is typically a minimal task for a technician to repair or replace these parts. Like with any other motor, it is recommended to keep a regular maintenance schedule and follow any instructions provided by your car manufacturer.
With traditional cars, you only have 1 battery to worry about. In a hybrid, you need to pay attention to the battery that powers moving the car when it relies on electricity and the 12-volt battery you are used to from traditional ICE vehicles. At All County Auto Repair in Tequesta, FL, we know that like all batteries, the batteries in a hybrid do have a life expectancy, likely indicated by your manufacturer. Typically, you can expect the battery powering the car to last about 100,000 miles or 8 years.
All County Auto Repair
Here in Tequesta, FL, and its surrounding areas, we can provide many services to maintain and repair your hybrid to maximize its lifetime. Our specialists can replace, repair, and maintain many hybrid batteries in various cars, including the Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf, and more.
If you are unsure of how to best take care of your investment in a hybrid, or just need routine maintenance, contact All County Auto Repair in Tequesta, FL, and we will make sure you get the most out of your investment in a hybrid vehicle!