Bellflower Hybrid Repair
With today’s rising gas prices and so much emphasis on living green we often get asked if they get a hybrid or electric vehicle do they still need maintenance. And if so do I need to find a specific auto shop for those types of vehicles. Sorry to say but yes all vehicles electric and hybrid still need to be maintained. With that being said hybrids and electrics do have some maintenance advantages. These are critical tasks that should always be addressed on all vehicles. Some of the more common services can be brakes, suspension, tires along with all those fancy bells and whistles on todays new vehicles. Not to mention the hybrids still have complete combustion engine. And to the second question, At Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower we love all types of vehicles and our Certified ASE technicians are qualified to work on combustion, hybrid and electric. Additionally, our technicians are required to maintain continued education for anything new that comes along as part of their ASE certification.
While all vehicles do need maintenance you be happy to know hybrids and electric vehicles don’t require any type of special maintenance. Additionally, hybrid systems can reduce normal wear and tear on some conventional parts of the vehicle. When the electric motor takes over, the gas engine shuts down. Resulting in having far fewer miles than what’s showing on the odometer. Some manufacturer even suggest going long between oil changes. We always recommend following your auto’s manual for factory recommendations for any service.
Brakes are a component that always needs to be maintained on hybrids but at longer intervals. Hybrid vehicles use regenerative braking that re-directs the friction involved in stopping the to replenish the battery. That energy would otherwise be heat on your brakes and pads. So brake jobs will be fewer and farther between in a hybrid. You aren’t completely off the hook though, as you will still need windshield wipers, tires, light bulbs, and cabin air filters. Not to mention the additional battery weight can sped of the wear on your tires.
Hybrid-specific parts are covered by a warranty of at least eight years and 100,000 miles. Some states, including California, have mandated hybrid warranties of ten years and 150,000 miles, which includes the battery pack. As more hybrids have taken to the road, these packs have become less expensive. And there are stories of many hybrids still on the road with their original battery packs at 200,000 miles or more.
With no gasoline engine at all, electric vehicles eliminate oil and filter changes, tune-ups, exhaust system maintenance, emissions tests, timing belt replacements and engine repairs. Yes, there is an electric motor, but that motor has few moving parts and requires little in the way of maintenance. And, like the hybrids we mentioned above, electrics use regenerative braking, which converts the friction into energy to replenish the battery instead of letting it become heat on your brakes and brake pads. Similar to the hybrid cars, electrics will require fewer, less frequent brake jobs which is always a plus.
If you’re considering getting a hybrid one thing to factor in is the cost difference low enough to be offset by the savings in gasoline and maintenance? For electrics, you need to consider range. Can the car get you through a typical day without needing a recharge? Is there a charging station at work? Are you willing to pay to have one installed at home if that’s an option? And lastly there’s always that great feeling you’ll have knowing you are doing your part to help save the world.
Regardless of your decision Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower will always be here to help maintain, service or repair any vehicle. If you would like more information about hybrid or electric vehicles feel free to call Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower today at 562-920-1871. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Bellflower – Los Angeles County CA
9665 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706, USA
Call Today: 562-920-1871 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair