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Maximizing Your Electric and Hybrid Vehicle's Lifespan

Maximizing Your Electric and Hybrid Vehicle's Lifespan: Essential Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your electric or hybrid vehicle is crucial to ensure it runs efficiently and lasts as long as possible. At Wayside Garage, we specialize in providing top-notch maintenance services for all types of vehicles, including electric and hybrid models. In this blog post, we'll cover essential maintenance tips to help you get the most out of your investment.

Understanding Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance

Many people believe that electric and hybrid vehicles require less maintenance compared to traditional gas or diesel engines. While it's true that these vehicles have fewer moving parts, they still need regular maintenance to keep them running smoothly.

Key Maintenance Areas for Hybrid Vehicles

Hybrid vehicles, like the Chevy Volt, combine a traditional internal combustion engine with an electric motor. This setup means they have all the usual components of a gas-powered car, plus additional systems that need attention. Here are some key areas to focus on:

1. Engine Oil: Hybrid engines don't run all the time, which can cause more sediment and fuel to accumulate in the engine oil. Regular oil changes are essential to keep the engine clean and running efficiently.

2. Cooling Systems: Hybrids often have multiple cooling systems for the inverter, battery, and engine. Regularly checking and maintaining these cooling systems is crucial to prevent overheating and costly repairs.

3. Fluid Checks: All fluids, including coolant and transmission fluid, can deteriorate over time. Regular checks and replacements help maintain optimal performance and prevent issues like electrolysis, which can damage high-voltage systems.

Essential Maintenance for Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles (EVs) like the Chevy Volt are primarily powered by batteries, which require specific care to ensure longevity and performance. Here are some maintenance tips for EV owners:

1. Annual EV Inspection: At Wayside Garage, we offer a comprehensive annual inspection that includes checking fluids, hoses, and undercarriage components. This inspection helps identify potential issues before they become major problems.

2. Brake Service: Electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which means brake pads may last longer, but the calipers and pistons still need regular servicing to prevent them from seizing up.

3. Filters and Tires: EVs and hybrids have specific filters for the battery compartment that need regular cleaning or replacement. Additionally, because these vehicles are heavier due to the battery, they require special tires that can handle the extra weight and reduce road noise.

Proactive Maintenance Saves Money

While electric and hybrid vehicles can be economical in the long run, neglecting regular maintenance can lead to costly repairs. Simple services like fluid exchanges, tune-ups, and inspections can save you from expensive replacements and keep your vehicle running efficiently.

Trust Wayside Garage for Your Vehicle Maintenance Needs

At Wayside Garage, our ASE certified hybrid and EV technicians are dedicated to providing the best service for your vehicle. We offer pre-scheduled reservations to ensure your maintenance needs are always met promptly. Contact us today at 831-899-2425 or visit our website to schedule your next service.

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