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3 Of the Most Common Hybrid Repairs and How to Avoid Them

Common Hybrid Vehicle Repairs | Central Automotive Service Center

Hybrids! They are amazing - offering good fuel efficiency and reliability. But just like any other vehicle, they tend to have issues and sometimes, brake. Let's take a look at three of the most commonly repaired parts and systems in an HV and how to avoid them!

1. Hybrid Battery Replacement

The hybrid battery is the heart of a hybrid vehicle's powertrain. Over time, the battery's capacity may degrade, leading to reduced fuel efficiency and performance. While hybrid batteries are designed to last a long time, eventual replacement may be necessary. To avoid premature battery failure:

  • Proactive Maintenance: Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule for your hybrid battery. Regular check-ups can help identify potential issues before they escalate.
  • Temperature Management: Extreme temperatures can affect battery performance. Park your hybrid in shaded areas whenever possible, especially during the hot summer months.
  • Consistent Driving: Hybrid batteries benefit from consistent use. If you plan to park your hybrid for an extended period, consider using a trickle charger to maintain battery health.

2. Inverter or Converter Issues

The inverter and converter are crucial components that convert electricity between the battery and the electric motor. Problems with these components can result in reduced efficiency and overall performance. To prevent inverter or converter issues:

  • Quality Maintenance: Regularly inspect and maintain the cooling system for the inverter and converter. Overheating can lead to premature wear and damage.
  • Software Updates: Stay up-to-date with software updates from your manufacturer. These updates often include improvements to the control systems, optimizing efficiency and performance.

3. Brake System Repairs

Hybrids use regenerative braking to recharge the battery while slowing down. However, traditional brake systems are still present and can experience wear and tear like those in conventional vehicles. To avoid brake system repairs:

  • Brake Fluid Maintenance: Regularly check and replace brake fluid as recommended by the manufacturer. Old or contaminated brake fluid can affect braking performance.
  • Regenerative Braking Awareness: Be mindful of your driving habits and terrain. Utilize regenerative braking whenever possible by coasting and easing off the accelerator, which helps extend the life of the traditional brake components.
  • Proper Driving Technique: Gradually braking instead of harsh braking can reduce stress on the brake system and extend its longevity.

Hybrid Vehicle Repairs at Central Automotive Service Center!

Whenever your hybrid or plug-in hybrid is having issues, make sure to visit us so we can take a look! Don't forget that hybrids are a little bit more picky when it comes to maintenance because of their complexity.

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