Hybrid and electric cars are everywhere you look these days. These innovations have really changed the face of the automotive industry, but a lot of people are still intimidated by how they work. Things definitely look different when you look under the hood, but a lot of the standard maintenance is the same as regular cars.
Below, you'll find some of the things you need to know about hybrid car care.
1. Much of the standard maintenance is similar
Though the power sources are very different than standard cars, the engine itself runs using all the same basic principles. You still need to check and replace standard things like oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, windshield washer fluid, radiator coolant, air filters, cabin filters and brake pads on a routine schedule similar to any other car. You want to regularly check your tire pressure and have the tires rotated every 5,000-6,000 miles.
2. Different drivetrain
One of the areas where most hybrid vehicles differ from standard cars is the drive train set-up. The internal combustion engine, electric motor and transmission are a fairly sensitive entity when working together as one drive train unit. Any slight issue can throw off performance, so you'll want to take your hybrid to an expert to inspect and repair any drive train issues.
3. Complex electronic systems
Hybrids definitely have very complex electronic systems to control the electric motor. They typically have their own cooling systems and the battery set-up is easily confusing to the inexperienced mechanic. Unless you are a hybrid vehicle expert, the electronics are not something you want to tinker with in your own garage.
Though some standard routine maintenance measures can be performed yourself (if you know what you are doing), most hybrid vehicle repairs and maintenance are best left to professionals who are well-versed in how these more complicated automobiles work. San Francisco Automotive Solutions (formerly All American Automotive) is a certified hybrid vehicle specialist. We are experts at performing everything from regular maintenance to major repairs, and our state-of-the-art repair facility is equipped with all the latest technology that enables us to better serve complex hybrid systems.
If you have a hybrid car, San Francisco Automotive Solutions can take care of all your needs. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online.