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People who own hybrid vehicles are generally passionate about their environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient cars. However, owners need to be aware that maintenance for this particular set of vehicles differs from the upkeep needed for traditional cars.
Hybrids do have the same components of a gas engine as a traditional vehicle, and so they do require oil and air filter changes. However, the good news is that the frequency with which hybrids must be serviced is lower than a traditional car because the electrical components reduce some of the burden from the engine.
Therefore, you can drive between 5,000 and 10,000 miles before dropping your hybrid by Advanced Computer Automotive for an oil change. We recommend for air filters to be replaced every 40,000 miles. Brake pads also receive less wear on a hybrid and so will need to be replaced with less frequently than a traditional gas vehicle.
Replacing a hybrid’s battery is a costly repair. However, several manufacturers guarantee a hybrid’s advanced battery for 100,000 miles or a minimum of eight years. Check with your hybrid’s manufacturer for warranty specifics.
In a 2011 report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggested that hybrids’ batteries would typically last between 12 and 15 years if located in a moderate climate and 8–12 years if the car is kept in an extreme climate. If your vehicle is reaching the end of its warranty, check with the manufacturer for details of possible extended warranty options.
Because hybrids possess different braking systems, air conditioning and cooling systems, charging systems, and batteries, it is imperative to take your vehicle to a mechanic who specializes in hybrids. Our highly skilled and experienced hybrid car technicians at Advanced Computer Automotive can answer any questions and meet all your repair and maintenance needs.