The Proper Way to Service Your Hybrid Car
In an effort to protect the earth and to offset the high gas prices of the last decade, hybrid cars have become very popular. With the large number of environmentally friendly cars on the road nowadays, there has been a problem when it comes to garages and mechanics. In many ways these new vehicles are similar to traditional vehicles, but in some ways they are vastly different and this is where the problems begin.
There are a lot of garages out there that have fully embraced the new technology and have trained their mechanics and purchased new equipment. The problem comes about with the owners, they are still not quite sure how to handle the needs of their new vehicle. This is the reason that current owners and future owners should look into the service needs of their new automobile.
Traditional vehicles were very easy to work on; owners could do the routine services in their own garage if they wanted to. Owners use to change their own oil, replace their battery, and check their brakes all in the comfort of their own garage. Hybrid vehicles are completely different, owners who liked to do things themselves are now forced to take their car to a professional that will perform all of these routine services. If you were to mishandle the engine of a hybrid vehicle the result could be a serious or even fatal accident.
The reason that the engine is so dangerous is because it is not a basic internal combustion engine like older cars, it also houses the electrical system, and this is something that even some seasoned mechanics cannot handle. The combination of high voltage and power is what gives many people problems when attempting to service the vehicle. While we have said that you should attempt to work on you own vehicle, some small garages will be unwilling or unable to help with you service. Garages are still improving on this technology, although some are lagging behind because they did not take the technology serious when it was first introduced.
The largest difference between traditional and hybrid vehicles is the batteries, fluids and brake pads. Because there is such a difference in technology, the hybrid will require different fluids than a traditional if you want to keep it in top shape. New owners will not be used to the new fluids and some mechanics might not be familiar with them either. Whenever you are first doing anything with your hybrid, you need to read the manual and follow all of the instructions and guidelines exactly. You should take your car to a mechanic or garage that specializes in hybrid cars.