Hybrid repair is something more people are looking for every day. Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix is happy to share our experienced technicians are regularly trained in the newest auto technologies and ready to handle even the most sophisticated hybrid vehicles. But what exactly are hybrid vehicles? To put it simply, its repairing vehicles that uses more than one power source. In most cases, they use a gas engine as well as an electric motor. The car is capable of regenerating energy from the kinetic energy produced by your vehicle moving and braking, and automatically switching between power sources based on things such as the amount of throttle you use, and the power left in the batteries. Because they have a back up power source helping move the vehicle, hybrids are able to use less gasoline than conventional vehicles. Today you may see more hybrid vehicles driving around Phoenix as people’s daily drivers, family vehicles and even work trucks.
Moreover, from a practical perspective, there are many positive aspects about the ever more popular hybrids – great gas mileage, cutting-edge technology, and the sense of doing good for the environment. But then many people are questioning the maintenance. With so much new technology, maintenance on hybrid vehicles is significantly more complicated than on traditional gas-powered vehicles.
Since hybrid vehicles are equipped with both a gas and electric motor, many people think that you’ll need twice the maintenance to keep your hybrid running well. However, due to the nature of hybrid technology, you may not need that much more regular maintenance.
Hybrid vehicle repair can still include such things as tire rotations, suspension work and oil changes should be done on the scheduled maintenance plan just as in a regular vehicle, but there are still some major differences in most hybrid vehicles:
The battery system – the batteries used to power hybrid vehicles’ electric motors are very large and expensive, but they are designed to last as long as possible and are often covered by warranty for several years. However, when the battery does inevitably fail, expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars on a replacement. Some small consolation is that in many hybrid vehicles, you can continue to drive on the gas engine alone even after the hybrid battery has died, with the only drawbacks being diminished fuel economy and power.
Hybrid brake systems use a regenerative braking system, which helps collect the energy lost as you slow your vehicle. These types of systems not only store and provide energy for later use, but can reduce heat and friction on your brake pads, allowing them to last much longer while commuting in Phoenix. Put simply, hybrids will actually need less regular maintenance on their braking systems.
Hybrid oil weights may be different than traditional vehicles’, many are now using full synthetic weights like 0W-20, and most hybrids contain components with much higher voltage than in traditional cars (often with bright orange casing or labeling). This is why we recommend that you leave all major diagnosis, repairs, and troubleshooting to our professional mechanics at Perez Auto Repair of Phoenix. We can take care of any of your hybrid vehicle needs. If you have concerns about your hybrid vehicle contact Perez Auto Repair online via phone 602-269-3576 or stop into our facility located at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009.