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The Care and Feeding of Your Hybrid

Driving a hybrid vehicle appeals to motorists for a variety of reasons. Some see it as a way to show concern for the environment. Others see it simply as a way to save on fuel. But no matter why you might choose to purchase a hybrid, you should know that, when it comes to maintenance, there are significant differences between hybrids and conventional cars.

That's because hybrids typically use a combination of an internal-combustion engine and electrical energy to power the vehicle. The electrical energy is provided by a battery pack, which increases the weight of the car significantly. That can have an impact on the life span of tires and makes more frequent rotation of tires advisable.

Another consideration is that the increased weight can adversely affect the life span of rear brakes, which should be checked and likely replaced more frequently than in a standard vehicle.

Though battery packs in most hybrids are designed to last for 100,000 miles or more, motorists who have a one-way daily commute of say, 50 miles, can rack up 100,000 in less than five years. Currently, hybrid battery repair or replacement can range from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the hybrid model and what's wrong with the battery.

It is also important to note that the electrical power generated by the battery pack is far greater than the 12-volts generated by the battery in a conventional vehicle. Some components in the hybrid's electrical-power system are capable of generating up to 500 volts. Electrical power at that level can cause very serious injury and even death.

There is typically also a conventional 12-volt auxiliary battery that may require a special, factory-approved battery charger in a hybrid application.

Though there are tools and procedures for working on the electrical system safely, motorists who like to service or repair their own vehicles must become very well versed in the hybrid technology before doing so.

Though there is a diversity of information available to do-it-yourself enthusiasts, in the case of hybrids it is particularly wise to consult technicians who are certified in the service and repair of these vehicles, and who have the hands-on experience to back up their knowledge.

Call today to talk with a certified master technician and to make an appointment in our Lake City Way auto repair shop. Our master certified technicians have the expertise to help you cost-effectively maintain your hybrid vehicle to maximize its lifespan.

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