Common problems for your Hybrid Air Conditioning repairs

There are certain things you just cannot handle in the Arizona summer heat. AC in your hybrid is certainly one of them. If you are travelling to and from work every day, it is vital your hybrid Air Conditioning system is in good standing. With 100 degree + temperatures just around the corner (sorry to remind you), having your hybrid Air conditioning inspected and blowing cold can be the difference between a smooth, comfortable commute to work and a disastrous journey.

In the video above, we worked with Mike from our Happy Valley store to discuss the main issues with your AC system, how you can prevent it, and what to do when it does go wrong. The first thing he touches on is the cabin filter. One thing you may not know is your cabin filter can affect your allergies. A lot of the newer hybrid vehicles are now using charcoal filters, which do a much better job of filtering the air from outside. The charcoal filters catch the dirt and retain it so it does not affect your allergies. The picture below shows the difference between filters as Mike highlights during the video.

 I know there are a lot of do it yourself automotive mechanics out there which is great. We love anyone who is interested in the industry and we are here to help expand your knowledge. However, your Hybrid Air Conditioning system inspection is something we highly recommend to get performed by a trained/certified expert. The climate control system can be dangerous to service and it’s not something that is always diagnosed easily. If your air is blowing warmer or “not like it used to”, there are many issues than can cause this not just that your Freon is running low. It could be one of the following issues and even more;

  • Fans not working
  • Engine running hot
  • Computer can turn it off due to a pressure issue or other electrical fault.

If it is low on Freon due to a leak, one other thing to keep in mind is, this could affect your level of your hybrid air conditioning compressor oil, which could lead to further damage. If you start to notice that your hybrid Air Conditioning systems effectiveness is becoming worse, then get it inspected sooner rather than later as it can cause lead to more costly to repair with time. As Mike mentions in the video, if you catch something like this early, it is a relatively easy fix. If you continue to drive with your system attempting to operate in a weakened state then the problem could become more complicated and the fix may become more difficult.



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The future of the automotive world – Will my child ever have to learn how to drive?

Predicting the future with anything is often not worth trying. If you look back, how much has really changed over the past 10 years? The answer is pretty much everything. This includes the automotive world. Now we are using electric and hybrid cars more and more with many automobile manufactures going away from the “only gas powered market.” This blog looks at where we might be turn to in the future. It covers everything regarding automotive repair as well as self-driving cars and what are the main positives and negatives moving into a world of the unknown.

Many people have their own opinion when it comes to self-driving cars. There are obvious advantages that come with that but also not everyone would feel safe in an environment when they have so little control. For those of you who commute, imagine been able to get 45 minutes extra work done. That time is priceless on your commute. Or even, an extra 45 minutes rest on your way into work. After your day is done you can completely “switch off” and maybe listen to your music after a long day at work. Instead of that dreaded traffic you can now lay back and relax and let the car take you home. Your very own personal chauffeur who takes you to and from everywhere you need to be.

Also, safety is a huge plus. There would be no reason to drink and drive. Texting and driving or driving while distracted would also become a thing of the past. A lot of accidents on our roads come because of manual error, and not through the fault of a vehicle.

With the advantages come the fears. At first, it would be uneasy for somebody to completely give control of the vehicle to a computer. But after a while, the technology will be seen as normal. Our kids and their kids will soon not know any different. They will be born with a computer driving them to wherever they need to go. Its scary, but I think its the future. Also, what happens when it comes to automotive repair on these self-driving cars? The technology will be so far advanced it will require only the best automotive technicians. The industry as a whole is already ran by technology and keeping up to date but this is nothing to what it will be a few years from now.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this. Are your kids ever going to need to learn how to drive? And if not, would you feel safe sending them out with technology controlling their fate. Its a debate that will rage on for many years to come but whether we like it or not, the future is going to happen.


Hybrid Warranty – Get more for your money with 36,000miles/36 month

We have recently extended our hybrid warranty another year. That’s right, all our work has a 36,000 mile/36 month warranty. This includes all your battery work. At Wilhelm we have always stood behind our work, but now we have extended that warranty even further.

The quality of our work done by our hybrid certified technicians is what makes us who we are. Since entering the hybrid business in 2014, Wilhelm has put an emphasis on getting only the best technicians around and regularly training them to keep them up to date with the latest hybrid technology. That is one of the many reasons we have decided to extend our hybrid warranty. We believe you should leave the shop with a peace of mind that your work is done to the highest standard and we hold ourselves accountable for that. With our work, we are sure you will be confident and back on the road in no time. Whether it is a simple oil change, or a more complicated battery replacement. Our 36,000 mile/36 month hybrid warranty will have your back and cover you moving forward.

When you are going through some more expensive repair work, or your battery needs replacing. It is vital you are covered and the company doing the work stands by their work. With us, we are always on the other end of the phone to guide you through the process and after the service is done we are also there to answer any questions. If you are unsure of anything during the process, ask any of our qualified and experience service writers in store and they will be happy to explain what is going on.

Wilhelm has been Arizona’s premier hybrid repair facility since 2014 and is your number one stop for all your repair and service needs.

Get in the Hybrid Maintenance Routine

Lets face it, after purchasing your brand new hybrid or electric vehicle. Hybrid maintenance is hardly at the top of your to-do list. As a hybrid maintenance expert, we understand that. Fortunately, your hybrid can be much easier to maintain than a regular vehicle. Here are a few tips we have put together to help you out when it comes to staying on top of things;

  1. Change your Oil and Filters – Much like regular gas pow
    ered cars, your hybrid or electric vehicle will still need the most basic maintenance details. These are imperative to keeping your vehicle on the road and running smoothly. T
    he most basic is the Oil change. The good news is, your Hybrid or Electric Vehicle (EV) do not need their oil changed as regularly as a regular gas powered vehicle. It is recommended to change your oil anywhere between 5,000 and 10,000 miles (depending on the age of the vehicle) and your filter every 40,000 miles or so.
  2. Brake Pads – Also a key maintenance issue with regards to your hybrid. Brake pads are an obvious safety concern and again there is good news. They need to be replaced less frequently than a regular car. While you are getting your oil changed, for peace of mind, it is always a good idea to have your brakes checked. At Wilhelm we do this as a courtesy for all vehicles anyway. Safety is our number 1 priority so its important you leave the shop feeling 100% satisfied.
  3. Use an expert hybrid technician – Hybrids are different to your regular cars. When you go get your car serviced, make sure the shop has the correct certificates to service your needs and put you at ease.
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Hybrid Maintenance

So there it is, the main tip is to make maintenance routine – like regular cars, its important for regular trips to your repair shop to save you major problems in the long run. While you are having your oil changed, why not get everything else inspected as well. Hybrids are generally easier to maintain than your regular car with less chance to go wrong. The main issues lot of  hybrid owners have, end up being with replacing the battery. If you stay on top of everything else, you will be just fine.

Hybrid options: The Main Differences Between Traditional And Plug-Ins

Hybrid cars are becoming more talked about than ever. With more Hybrid vehicles on the road than ever before, the topic is getting more acknowledgment from the automotive world. Big manufacturers all over the world are continuing to buy in to the hybrid and electric car world, which will continue to push the popularity. What we are going to discuss today is your two options when it comes to the hybrid vehicle. The traditional hybrid vehicle, and the hybrid plug in option. We will start by finding out what are the main similarities between the two and move on to the main differences and why they might affect which vehicle you want to purchase.

Okay, so lets start with the main similarities between the two. Both of these vehicles use two propulsion methods. These are an electric motor and an internal combustion method. In certain situations when more power is needed for the vehicle, both of these are used simultaneously.

In the traditional Hybrid, which is often abbreviated HEV, at the lower speeds; the electric motor is usually where the power will be provided. As the speed increases, we will then be looking to the second method for propelling the vehicle and that is the internal combustion method. The plug in vehicle depends on just the electric motor for speed and propulsion. Only when the hybrids battery depletes to a predetermined level does the plug in use the second propulsion method (the internal combustion method) In short, the plug-in is ran by its electric motor alone and the gas is used to extend its range.

Comparing the efficiency of the two depends on how many miles you will be driving in your vehicle. Overall, the plug-ins energy savings will be much more substantial than the traditional hybrid mainly because its main power source is the battery powered electric motor. In the HEV, the engine is still powered by gasoline and the electric motor is used to complement the combustion engine.




What is the ROI for Hybrid Vehicles?

Hybrid Auto Repair HEV Battery ConditioningIf you are reading our blog, it is a good possibility that you already own a hybrid vehicle or are possibly interested in purchasing one. That’s great! Hybrids are the way of the future, and even now, we are seeing more and more hybrid vehicles making their way into homes across the country – and for good reason. One of the more common questions we are asked by those who are contemplating purchasing a hybrid, is whether they are a good investment or not. So today, we are going to look at the tangible return on investment (ROI) of owning a hybrid vehicle.

One of the main reasons why many people shy away from purchasing a hybrid vehicle is the initial outlay of money. Hybrids cost on average about 20% more than their gasoline powered counterpart. That fact alone can make some people decide against purchasing a hybrid. However, while the cost savings aren’t necessarily seen at the dealership, they will make themselves evident in just a few years of hybrid ownership.

Obviously, one of the biggest advantage to owning a hybrid vehicle is reduced fuel costs. When average gas prices hit a historic high in 2012, the ROI of a hybrid vehicle was realized in short order. During the times when gas prices are more modest, ROI takes a bit longer to be realized. That being said however, most hybrid vehicles break even and begin pulling ahead of their gas counterparts in just a couple of years, even with the larger initial investment.

Another cost advantage of a hybrid vehicle is reduced maintenance costs. There is significantly less wear and tear on a hybrid engine versus a gasoline engine. Because of the way hybrids are designed, the gas engine shuts down when the car is idling or when it is being driven at lower speeds, therefore preserving the engine. Hybrids also rely on a regenerative braking system, which translates into less friction and heat on the brake pads, allowing the whole braking system to last longer than standard vehicles.

If you happen to live in an area of high traffic and high congestion, hybrids are just the ROI you are looking for. It will only take a short time before you have already made your initial investment back and are basically putting money back in the bank. According to NerdWallet, electric-vehicle drivers can save over $10,000 on car ownership costs over five years, compared with those driving gasoline powered vehicles.

Many critics of hybrid vehicles, tout the cost of replacing a battery pack as the reason for why they would never buy a hybrid. While we can see why this was a concern years ago, when we really didn’t know how long a battery pack would last, now days this point is moot. Most companies offer 10 year warranties on their battery packs and we’ve seen hybrids go well over 200,000 on the original battery. Plus, if the battery pack does begin to fail and power is being lost, battery conditioning is always an effective, affordable alternative to battery replacement. Here at The Hybrid Shop, our battery conditioning service can restore the battery to over 90% of its original performance.

We have seen just about every hybrid available here in our shop, and the overwhelming consensus is that, yes, hybrids might cost a bit more upfront, but they are well worth the investment. And, even more than the monetary ROI, is the environmental savings that offer returns now and to future generations.

Hybrid Service and Repairs From a Name You Trust

Hybrid ShopWe understand the many benefits a hybrid vehicle can give to its owner. We also know that those benefits are the very reason you chose to invest in a hybrid in the first place.  Hybrid repairs can be complex at times and simple at times, but whatever the repair, your vehicle’s systems deserve the very best service – trained hybrid experts who have access to the latest hybrid technology and tools.

Our repair shop prides itself on customer service and excellence in hybrid repair for the last several years. We follow the mission statement of The Hybrid Shop, and those exact goals are what drives our business each day. “Provide the highest quality maintenance, service, and repair experience for hybrid and electric vehicle owners delivered by our international dealer network that is built upon expert knowledge, experience, and a commitment to continuous training.” We want to offer our customers the best from start to finish.

Not all repair shops are equipped for hybrid repairs. As a certified hybrid repair shop,  we are able to do more for hybrid cars than traditional repair shops; we have trained mechanics, coupled with the right tools and technology for this industry. we are able to provide accurate HEV battery diagnosis and repair using control software that can test the power and efficiency of your battery cells. By testing the power and energy of your hybrid battery, we can condition your battery rather than replace it for a fraction of the price! There is no worrying about how much a new hybrid battery is going to cost or if a used hybrid battery is even any good. Our battery conditioning will allow you to keep your existing battery by regaining up to 90% or more of your battery’s original power and energy.

Once you leave our shop, you can feel good knowing our work is backed by a 2-year, 24,000-mile warranty. We believe in our technology, we believe in our customer service and most of all, we believe in the power and purpose of driving a hybrid vehicle. We’ll walk you through everything, start to finish, and make sure to meet your needs as well as those of your specific vehicle. The Hybrid Shop has always been a name you could trust – come see for yourself!

Life after Death for Hybrid Batteries

It’s hard to believe, but Toyota Prius hybrid cars have been on the market for around 16 years already. And while there are a few of those cars with the original Toyota hybrid battery that they were purchased with, other owners are finding themselves in quite the predicament – their hybrid dealer has told them that they need a new hybrid battery. Maybe they’re losing power, showing signs of poor performance, have terrible fuel economy or not starting. All of these are signs and symptoms of an aging hybrid battery but the sticker shock that comes with this diagnosis can be quite terrifying!

When your dealer tells you that you need a new hybrid battery, the price tag could be between $4,000 and $5,000! One of the motives for buying a hybrid car in the first place was probably some economic savings, so why would you want to invest thousands more dollars down the road, right? Hopefully this happens before the many-mile warranty on your hybrid battery runs out, but if not, there is another option. Hybrid battery conditioning in our shop will take your old hybrid battery and utilize our innovative equipment, extensive knowledge of hybrid batteries and advanced designs which can restore up to 90% or more of your HEV battery pack power and energy. We start with module testing, data analysis and charge cycling to get your battery back to a better state and condition.

When your dealer says that you need a new battery, consider this alternative first which can restore your battery and reduce the cost greatly. We can easily save you around 70% of your investment and you’ll still be able to enjoy results which measure up to the performance of a brand new battery. Plus, you’ll be making an eco-friendly decision by helping to reduce the number of hybrid batteries that are ending up in landfills around the world as time goes on. This is typically another huge incentive for hybrid owners.

We know you love your hybrid and want it to last so you enjoy the benefits of your investment.  Having to buy a new hybrid battery eliminates that. Let’s energize that used hybrid battery that is resulting in poor fuel economy, reduced torque or threatening to cost you thousands of dollars to replace. Give us a call and learn more about hybrid battery conditioning. You’ll be so glad you didn’t listen to your hybrid dealer right then and there.


Don’t Fear the Hybrid Battery!

hybridOwning a hybrid vehicle comes with some amazing benefits – outstanding gas mileage, reduced emissions, tax incentives, high performance options and great resale value. When you consider all these benefits, it almost makes you wonder why EVERYONE doesn’t drive a hybrid! We suppose there are some valid reasons why they aren’t the best option for everyone, but one of the most touted reasons is the cost of hybrid battery replacement. If a hybrid battery fails, replacement costs are well into the thousands, and frankly, that frightens a lot of people, who wants to shell out thousands of dollars for an automotive repair?

Believe us, we understand the pain of auto repair costs, we are car owners ourselves. That being said however, if hybrid battery replacement costs are the reason why you haven’t made the switch to a hybrid vehicle already, we can help alleviate that concern. First, hybrid batteries last a long time. Because hybrids are relatively new to the market, there wasn’t enough time to determine the average lifespan, and some early estimates were pretty low. Well, here we are, seventeen years after the first hybrid was introduced in the US and hybrid battery life has beaten expectations – and there are other options.

Currently, Toyota warranties their Prius battery for eight years or 100,000 miles everywhere except California where it’s 150,000 miles. Honda and Ford warranty their packs for 8 years or 80,000 miles, so it’s pretty obvious that these automotive companies don’t expect their hybrid packs to fail anytime soon. Additionally, there are numerous stories of packs lasting well into the 200,000 mile range and even some Ford Escape hybrid taxis breaking into the 300,000 mile range. Consumer Reports just recently tested a 2003 Prius with 215,000 miles on it and reported that performance had barely diminished.

Of course, battery packs won’t last forever and you will eventually find that gas mileage will start going down, power will decrease and it just won’t perform as it once did. When this happens, you can pretty much bet that the pack is failing. Ok, don’t panic yet – there are still options other than having to shell out thousands of dollars to replace the battery. The Hybrid Shop’s exclusive battery conditioning technology allows our certified hybrid mechanics to actually restore your hybrid battery to 95% or greater of its original performance at just a fraction of the cost of a new hybrid pack.

Hybrid battery conditioning will not only save you a ton of money, there is also the added benefit of staying eco-friendly by recycling and reusing your existing battery. Conditioning is something that must be done by a certified hybrid repair shop, and even then not all of them are capable of performing battery conditioning services. Our licensed Hybrid Shop technicians are guaranteed to have the proper training and knowledge to diagnose the health of an entire hybrid system and repair the components of even the most complex hybrid vehicles in today’s market – including hybrid battery conditioning services. So go ahead, if you haven’t already taken the plunge into the world of hybrid vehicles, what are you waiting for?

Green Driving Without a Hybrid

green livingHybrids vehicles are more popular than ever, but even drivers who have not yet made the leap want to know how to drive a little greener and do their part to support the environment. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) recently published a Car Care article which can help all drivers go greener. With so many cars on the road, vehicles tend to be one of the worst pollutants. But knowing how to drive better and following the Car Care habits can reduce emissions and drive green even without a hybrid car.

Their tips are easy and effective! To drive green, do the following:

  • Slow down a little bit. Stops and starts and hard accelerations waste gas. When you’re driving on highways, use cruise control to maintain your pace and avoid braking and accelerating. Consolidating your errands into one trip out during the day can also save. The more you stop and go during the day, the more gas you’ll use.
  • Empty that trunk. Removing unnecessary items from your vehicle will reduce its weight, thus reducing gas usage.
    Don’t pollute. Dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze/coolant, and old batteries properly. Some repair facilities accept these items. You can always call your local government to see where to properly dispose of them. Part of being a green driver means thinking about the environment in more ways than driving. You are also responsible for the products your vehicle requires to run.
  • Replace filters and fluids as recommended by the owner’s manual.
  • Maintain proper tire pressure and alignment. Under-inflated tires waste fuel by forcing the vehicle’s engine to work harder. Plus, they last longer which means you can replace them less often and lessen the tire quantity in landfills.
  • Find a good auto repair shop that can do the work for you and who is ASE certified. They need to be qualified and trained to meet the needs of your vehicle. Plus, you will be able to have a conversation with them about your green driving goals. They can help give you other suggestions and perform maintenance services to help your vehicle get the most out of its performance and lifespan.

Anyone can be a green driver, not just those with hybrids! Enjoy!