Hybrid cars are known to be pretty reliable and long-lasting, so much so that they are typically covered by warranties of 8-10 years depending on the manufacturer and seller, or between 100,000-150,000 miles. So, if any of the parts fail during this time, then you are covered by the vehicle’s warranty.
But hybrid vehicles still need regular maintenance to help them reach the end of this warranty and beyond. So that you don’t end up having to pay out for expensive repairs or a new vehicle as soon as the warranty expires, here are our hybrid car maintenance tips to help your car outlive its warranty.
Reconditioning your battery pack
The cost of replacing a hybrid’s battery pack is pretty pricey, but there is a method of keeping it in good shape without having to replace it. Battery pack reconditioning is the process of replacing worn modules within the battery rather than replacing the entire thing. This is a fraction of the cost of replacing the battery. We recommend bringing in your battery pack for reconditioning approximately every 60,000 or 6 years. We’ll be able to tell if your battery pack needs reconditioning or rebalancing so that all the modules are in the same good condition.
Have your transmission fluid serviced
Transmission fluid is essential for keeping all your car’s moving parts moving smoothly. If this fluid becomes contaminated with iron oxide, then it can damage the car’s electric motors, which can be very costly to repair or replace. To avoid this, you should have your transmission fluid drained and replaced every 50,000 miles or 5 years.
Flush your brake fluid
Your car’s linear valve is surrounded by brake fluid. If this fluid isn’t flushed out regularly, then this valve can become corroded and may need replacing. To save yourself this cost, potentially amounting to around $3,000, you should have your brake fluid flushed every 2 years or around 24,000 miles. Having your car’s wheels aligned is especially risky for this linear valve if your brake fluid isn’t flushed regularly.
Hybrid vehicles warranties may cover you up to 100,000-150,000 miles, but if you look after it properly during this time, then your vehicle is capable of running smoothly and safely for 200,000-300,000 miles. Get in touch with the hybrid specialists at Bill’s Auto Clinic to schedule routine maintenance for your hybrid car in Winston Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad.