Hybrid car engines run on two or more fuel sources. One is combustion-based and the other is electric. The combustion-based one could involve gasoline or diesel. However, most of these vehicles rely on an electrical power source for good mileage on inexpensive fuel. In the case of electric cars, maintenance is minimal. However, in hybrid cars, the engine is a combination of electric and regular fuels, thus requiring more than an electric motor requires. Here are some things you need to know about hybrid car maintenance.
Tire inflation and tread maintenance: Tires are an important part of your car and it is easy to maintain. Regardless of the type of car, the impact of the tires will be almost the same. The main aspects to be taken care of are checking the wear and tread.
Proper tire maintenance will give more mileage on hybrid cars than even normal cars. Also, it will give a good driving feeling.
Change the tread when it is below the warning line. Otherwise, the car may skid and it is dangerous to drive in icy, mountainous and humid places.
Checking and maintaining the battery: Batteries are very important for hybrid and electric cars. Check the batteries at least once a month. Clean if there is any corrosion on the terminals. Check and tighten connections, fill battery water if low. Also, check the battery for damage or cracks and replace it if you find anything.
Suspension: No regular maintenance is necessary for the suspension. It is one of the usual maintenance points for your car. On rare occasions, the shocks or struts eventually need to be replaced.
Check with your brake clothes every twenty thousand miles. If you notice any change in the condition, consult the professional or your mechanic.
The brushes should be replaced when your car has traveled approximately eighty thousand miles. Check it out when you’re close to hitting this mileage.
Hybrid vehicles also use radiators. Monitor coolant levels and top up if necessary. The radiator rusts and accumulates debris, preventing it from working properly. Therefore, it must be rinsed or cleaned periodically.
The fluids prevent rapid wear on car parts and allow them to run smoothly by lubricating them. So check with your car fluids.
Make sure to check the fuel filters regularly. If necessary, replace them. Doing so helps prevent engine stalling.
Most hybrid car manufacturers offer up to eight years of warranty. Therefore, whenever problems arise, they are covered by the warranty. However, proper maintenance will extend the life of your car.