Your hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) has an internal combustion engine (ICE) that requires oil changes just as conventional vehicles. Depending on your make and model you can choose from Regular Oil (synthetic blend) or Full Synthetic Oil
Hybrid and Electric vehicles for the most part have an all electric Air Conditioning (AC) system powered by the High Voltage (HV) battery. It is important to understand that most AC systems in these vehicles also work to provide both heat and AC. Proper training and tools are essential when servicing this equipment and Platinum Plus Auto Repair has been through extensive training to be able to service and repair Hybrid and Electric vehicle components.
While HEV and EV cars are well built and efficient, high voltage batteries eventually need to be replaced. We can recommend the best replacement battery for your vehicle make and model. Additionally, we can repair existing HV batteries if a module has become weak or defective. It is also important to keep your 12 volt system functioning properly. We offer a variety of absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries.
Hybrid and Electric vehicles rely on a high voltage battery to power its electrical systems such as Braking, Steering, Transmission, A/C Compressor, and many other components. To keep your battery performing efficiently we recommend regular inspection of cables and connections, and occasional battery testing to measure and analyze voltage and capacity.
High voltage batteries generate a great deal of heat and need adequate air circulation to maintain the correct temperature. Like other air filters in your vehicle this filter catches dirt and debris and can become clogged, therefore restricting air flow. We recommend this air filter be inspected at each service and replaced at least once per year to keep the battery compartment cooling at its best.
Your hybrid (HEV) and Electric vehicle (EV) has a different braking system than conventional cars and trucks. While you still have brake pads, rotors, and fluid, the system is computerized and electrical. When you press on your brakes you actually send energy (electricity) back to your high voltage battery which is called Regenerative Braking. Your brake system should be inspected regularly and fluid should be drained and replaced at least once a year.
You have a Hybrid or Electric vehicle because you value the great mileage. Keep your mileage with the proper replacement tires. Always replace HEV and EV tires with new Low Rolling Resistance Tires. Energy is saved by the design of the tire and how it makes contact with the road, eliminating drag, and increasing overall mileage. As with any tire, keeping the proper tire pressure is very important in getting the best fuel economy from your tires..
Your HEV and EV Dash Lights may look different than a conventional vehicle. With more and different computerized motor systems, there are many warning lights for a highly computerized car. In some instances a computerized diagnostic will be required to determine the cause of your vehicle drivability or malfunction issues. Some common diagnostics include:
Battery level (Health of the Battery), Steering, Braking, and Transmission.
Orange triangle light “!” is the HV (high voltage) warning light “B” is braking light “intelligent low gear for braking”
Turtle light – Gen 1 Prius “you’re going to fast” the battery can’t keep up , slow down
Some dash lights are simply indicator lights such as the “Ready” light or some form of Ready to Drive which simply means engine is on and the car is ready to be driven.
The inverter converts energy from the high voltage battery. Because of the high level of heat generated the inverter has a coolant fluid which protects and keeps the inverter at a safe working temperature for the vehicle. As with all vehicle fluid it deteriorates over time. We recommend draining and replacing this fluid once per year to keep your inverter functioning well.
Your HEV and EV car have Electric Steering and Suspension. This allows for very precise handling and integration with the Regenerative Braking System. This system should be regularly checked for any issues.
In addition to our automotive expertise, we provide friendly service counsel. For the life of your vehicle, we believe you should have a trusted technician who really knows how to extend your vehicle’s life on the road. We are willing to go above and beyond to keep our customers and their families safe on the road. From a simple oil change to complex transmission repair, we are ready to take care of your vehicle – no matter the make and model! We also specialize in hybrid and electric repair and maintenance services. With digital inspection with reports sent by text or email to a family-friendly customer lounge that is open and comfortable for customers choosing to wait, we provide many conveniences for our customers.
When refrigerant reaches the Air Conditioning Evaporator, it is a cool, low-pressure liquid. The evaporator returns the liquid back into a gas again because gas does a better job of absorbing heat. With the heat gone, the adjacent fan can now blow cool air into the cabin of the car. Although evaporators don’t fail very often, replacing them can be costly due to the complexity of the labor involved; this component is usually buried deep beneath the instrument panel.
The Air Conditioning Drier contains a desiccant that is designed to absorb moisture that gets into the system from humidity in the air, and is usually built with a filter that traps debris. This component should be changed anytime the air conditioning system is opened for service because desiccants are not effective once they become saturated with moisture.
Anti-lock brakes prevent the wheels of your car from locking up when braking so that you don’t skid or lose control of the car. This system works through an electronic control unit that applies individual brake pressure to all four wheels through a system of wheel speed sensors.
Gasoline powered engines require oxygen for the engine to run properly. But the air around us contains dust and particles that become abrasive and damaging if they get inside the engine. Your car’s Air Filter lets oxygen in while keeping the particles out. This is an inexpensive item that should be changed regularly to keep your engine operating its best.
Airbags are a safety feature on your car consisting of cushions that inflate when your car is involved in a collision. They are designed to protect your face and body from hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or other hard surfaces that could cause serious injuries. Most new cars are designed with at least front airbags, and some have side airbags that eject from the doors, rear seat airbags, and head airbags located above the windows.
The Alternator helps keep the car’s battery charged to provide power to the electrical components of your car—headlights, instrument panel lighting, windows, radio, etc. The alternator is powered by the serpentine belt. Like any mechanical part, the internal parts in the alternator can wear out over time. This will cause your car to suddenly “die.”. This could be the result of a bad alternator, or it could be a bad battery or broken serpentine belt.
Antifreeze is a chemical that combines with water to make the freezing point lower and the boiling point higher. This helps keep your car’s cooling system from freezing up in cold weather and prevents rust and corrosion from causing damage. When a car leaks antifreeze, you run the risk of having the car overheat.
Automatic Transmission Fluid lubricates the gears of an automatic transmission and helps keep the valves operating smoothly. It is usually red in color so that it can be easily distinguished from other oils and fluids. If you spot a leak, have it looked at immediately. Low automatic transmission fluid can damage your transmission, resulting in costly engine repairs.
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Common problems that may require a Computer Diagnostic are:
Our professional diagnostic tools allow us to target the computer or mechanical problem. From there our experienced Techs can problem solve the diagnosis and repair the issue.
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