Hybrid Electric Vehicle Service Specialists in San Antonio, TX
Complete Hybrid Car Care at Auto Service Experts
Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) repair and service require specialized equipment & parts, as well as highly qualified mechanics. While many regular maintenance needs are similar to those of typical gas-powered vehicles, some of the most important steps in hybrid car maintenance are very specific to these vehicles. The traditional and electrical components and systems within HEVs are intricately tied to, and dependent upon one another. A problem in any one of these components can simultaneously affect several different systems, therefore it often requires extensive diagnostics by a highly specialized HEV technician to pinpoint the exact problem source and properly repair it.
ABS actuator replacement - 2007 Toyota Prius Hybrid Car Repair
Auto Service Experts mechanics are professionally certified by A.S.E., the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence in all areas of vehicle repair & maintenance. Our extensive HEV experience includes hybrid transmission repair and service, electric motor repair, hybrid electric air conditioner repair, electrical diagnostics, battery replacements, ABS/brake systems, cooling system repairs, and more.
HEV batteries are known to be very reliable, with most lasting around 10 to 15 years (usually between 120K to 150K miles, maybe more). For this reason, they typically come with excellent warranties and are well worth the initial seemingly high cost. Hybrid battery failure, however, is possible at much lower or higher mileage, depending on the individual vehicle. As with all automotive components, some makes and models offer certain performance and durability advantages. In the event of failure, first, check your warranty to see if the vehicle is still covered. Warranties vary not only according to manufacturers and dealerships but also according to differing state laws.
New Hybrid Battery Replacement
New HEV batteries can be costly, however, this is an investment which is likely to last another 10 years or longer. This is often the best long-term option as you will get the most warranty coverage and can expect the lifetime and performance to be on par with the original unit that came with the vehicle. Because different types of batteries vary in cost and lifetime, there are some cases where new battery replacement may not make financial sense. In the case where the vehicle no longer holds enough value to justify spending a few thousand on a new replacement, there are other options to consider.
Reconditioned Hybrid Battery Replacement
Rebuilt or refurbished HEV batteries cost much less than new ones and can help to keep your vehicle on the road for several more years. These batteries are made up of many cells or modules. Often, when battery failure occurs, it is due to a dead cell which can be located and replaced individually.
Used Hybrid Battery Replacement
Used batteries are sometimes available from hybrids which were parted out after suffering body damage, or other malfunctions not involving the battery. The cost is much lower, and this may be a good temporary alternative to purchasing a new one. However, as with most used parts, they do involve more risk and fewer lifetime and performance guarantees.
Hybrid motors - Hybrids combine electric motors with small internal combustion engines similar to those in gas-powered vehicles.
Internal combustion engine - These engines run on gasoline and operate similarly to traditional automobile motors. However, they are considerably smaller and lighter and are designed to handle smaller loads. Their smaller size and efficient design require much less fuel to operate, therefore reduce the emissions released into the atmosphere.
Electric drive motors - The electric motor is powered by hybrid batteries, it draws energy from the batteries and also returns it to them. It is designed to help the small internal combustion engine carry the workload under more strenuous conditions such as driving on an incline. There are some driving conditions in which the electric motor operates without any assistance from the internal combustion engine such as cruising and maneuvering the vehicle at low speeds.
Hybrid batteries - These rechargeable batteries store energy and supply electricity to the electric motor. Charging is handled by a charging system within the vehicle which allows the unit to store energy without having to plug-in to an external power source (as required with completely electric vehicles).
Regenerative braking systems - Heat which is generated from friction within the braking system is converted into energy and stored in the rechargeable batteries. Regenerative braking also offers the additional benefit of reducing the amount of wear on brake system components.
Vehicle charging control system - These sophisticated, computer-controlled electronic units control the operation of the electric drive motor, regulate charging, and monitor temperature. They are often connected to cooling systems which are specifically dedicated to handling the extreme heat created by both electric motors and regenerative braking. By using cooling as well as integrated heating systems, the charging control unit monitors and makes adjustments to maintain the proper operating temperature.
Auto Service Experts HEV technicians are specifically trained and experienced in working on all makes and models of hybrid cars, SUVs, and trucks including:
Toyota Hybrids - Prius, Camry, Volta, Hybrid X, Highlander, Avalon, RAV4
Lexus Hybrids - ES, LS, HS, CT, GS, RX
Honda Hybrids - Accord, Civic, Insight, CR-Z
Chevrolet Hybrids - Tahoe, Malibu, Silverado, Volt
Ford Hybrids - Fusion, C-MAX, Escape, Focus
Mercury - Mariner, Milan
GMC - Sierra, Yukon