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;
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.