Repair Challenges for Hybrid Vehicles
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Since hybrids have the components of a regular gas engine along with their electric aspects, they do require the same routine maintenance as any other gas vehicle. This includes the changing of air filters and oil. However, the oil doesn’t need to be changed in a hybrid at the same interval as its pure gas counterpart. This is because the electric side of the car takes some of the load off of the engine. Therefore, the car can go between 5,000 and 10,000 miles between oil changes. The air filter for hybrid cars typically needs to be changed approximately every 40,000 miles. Like the oil, brake pads of a hybrid car need to be changed less frequently. This is because of the regenerative braking properties of these cars. If you’d like more information on Repair Challenges for Hybrid Vehicles, you should check out this great blog by the Canadian Automotive and Trucking Institute.
“Of course, nothing is perfect. Since a mechanic can only work on a hybrid if he or she has been trained by an auto mechanic course specialized in hybrid vehicles, the cost to service the sensors, computers or electrical components of the car will probably set you back more than for a regular car. The battery and other elements of the hybrid car engine that allow the transfer of power between the gas engine and the electric battery can be expensive to fix or replace in cases where damage or a defect arises.”