Here at Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove we have a lot of customers asking if they get a hybrid vehicle do they still need maintenance. And if so where can I get it done. Sorry to say but yes all vehicles electric and hybrid vehicels still need maintained. Not only do you want your new baby to last longer you also will want to ensure it’s always safe. These are critical tasks that should always be addressed on any vehicle. All vehicles have conventional brakes, suspension, tires along with all those fancy bells and whistles on todays new vehicles. Not to mention the complete combustion engine in hybrid vehicles. And to the second question, Absolutely Yes, our Certified ASE technicians are qualified to work on all types of vehicles. Our technicians are required to attend continued education for anything new that comes along as part of that certification.
While all vehicles do need maintenance you be happy hybrids don’t require any type of special maintenance. Additionally, the hybrid system 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 the reading 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 do need 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 cars 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.
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? And lastly there’s always that great feeling you’ll have knowing you are doing your part to help save our planet.
Regardless of your decision Orozco’s Auto Service of Garden Grove will always be here to help maintain, service or repair any vehicle you decide to get.
Orozco’s Auto Service Garden Grove – Orange County CA
12776 Nutwood Street Garden Grove, CA 92840
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