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Clarksville, MD

12411 Clarksville Pike
(410) 531-6116

Columbia, MD

6810 Oak Hall Lane
(410) 381-1124

Gaithersburg, MD

19300 Woodfield Rd
(301) 963-0660

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Special Considerations for Hybrid Cars

October 11, 2018

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Green technology is becoming more and more popular with every passing year, and one of the most popular forms of green technology is the hybrid car. Hybrid vehicles are powered by both gasoline and electricity and thus, require less fossil fuel to operate.

Though hybrids are the same as normal cars in many respects, there are a few notable differences that you should be aware of. Let’s take a look at some of them.

 

Most Repairs Need the Attention of a Mechanic

Though many people enjoy working on their own cars, trying to repair a hybrid can be much more complicated than they are used to. Though savvy auto-enthusiasts can still monitor fluids and change the odd spark plug, almost anything else is going to require specialized knowledge and possibly specialized equipment.

The engine of a hybrid vehicle has a plethora of computerized parts that monitor the health of the vehicle. This can be very helpful when it comes to maintenance because in most cases, the vehicle has already alerted you to the problems it is experiencing.

However, when it comes to actually repairing it, it’s a process best left to the professionals.

Hybrids Don’t Need More Than Average Maintenance

Though you may think of computers as delicate instruments, hybrid vehicles don’t need more than average maintenance. The special battery within the vehicle is no more likely to fail than any other car battery. However, two special points of consideration for your hybrid’s maintenance are the battery fan and the transmission fluid.

In your hybrid, both of those fixtures are integral to your vehicle’s functionality. The fan in particular requires extra attention if you transport your pets often or you have over 50 passengers in your backseat a week. That being said, you may find your brake pads last longer than those of other vehicles due to the regenerative braking feature they utilize.

At the end of the day, hybrid vehicles are great options for drivers looking for a more eco-friendly car, but may be disappointing for people who like working on their own vehicle.

Do You Have a Hybrid in Need of Maintenance? Hillmuth Has Your Back!

If your vehicle is in need of hybrid repair or maintenance services, call on Hillmuth to help you. We have a highly trained staff of mechanics who will troubleshoot and fix your vehicle so that you can drive home with confidence. We’ve been working on hybrid vehicles for over 30 years, so bring your vehicle in today.

 


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