One of the big benefits of owning an electric car is that they are less demanding when it comes to maintenance since they have fewer parts than a regular car. But, this doesn’t mean that you can forget about maintenance altogether. For hybrid cars, you have both electric components and the combustion engine to maintain, so their demands are higher than an electric car. Either way, keeping your car well-maintained is an essential part of keeping it running efficiently and smoothly for as long as possible.
With this in mind, here are some tips for maintaining your hybrid or electric car.
Check the tires
Like any car, well-maintained tires are important for electric and hybrid cars. You should check the air pressure and tread wear of your tires regularly and take them in for maintenance every now and again, to be balanced and aligned, for example.
Both electric cars and hybrids will need their brake fluid, coolant, and windshield washer fluid topped up regularly so that the levels don’t fall too low. Hybrid cars will additionally need engine oil and transmission fluid levels checking regularly. Engine oil will need refilling less regularly than with a regular car, however, since the combustion engine is not always being used.
You can monitor your battery yourself to ensure that all connections and cords remain tightened and that no parts are becoming corroded. If you notice any problems with your electric battery or if something isn’t working properly, then it is important to take it to a garage that is experienced with electric cars or hybrids. The electrical components of these cars take some specialized knowledge to take care of them properly, so it is not something you should try to DIY.
The brake pads on electric cars and hybrids generally last longer than on cars with an internal combustion engine because of the regenerative braking system used by electric cars. So, with an electric car, your brakes could last 80,000 miles or more before they need servicing.
You should still have your electric or hybrid car serviced as frequently as you would with a regular car, around once a year or after 12,000 miles, but each servicing is likely to involve less work and, therefore, lower costs. If you need hybrid or electric vehicle repair or maintenance around Winston Salem, NC, then contact us at Bill’s Auto Clinic for our professional services.