Hybrid cars have become increasingly popular in this greener world. With significantly lower emissions, greater economy and a smoother, quieter ride around town combined with the range for longer journeys, hybrid cars offer the best of both worlds. Part petrol, part electric, hybrids are a great all-round choice, especially if you want to lighten your carbon footprint without compromising on comfort or style.
But are there any differences in maintaining a hybrid car compared to a petrol vehicle? Here are our top tips to make sure your hybrid Lexus keeps running smoothly.
As with any car, good tyres are essential. If you under-inflate your tyres, it will alter the amount of power required to move them along the road. This is known as ‘rolling resistance’. If your tyres are under-inflated, it takes more effort to move the vehicle. Hybrid cars are designed to have lower rolling resistance to maximise efficiency, but they can only achieve that if the tyres are maintained at the correct pressure and are in good condition.
Most hybrid cars have a dual voltage system, and various parts of the car will need different levels of voltage. To ensure your drivetrain are running both safely and efficiently, they need to be regularly checked by a qualified electrical mechanic. At Al-Futtaim Lexus, our team of technicians are fully qualified and experienced in the maintenance and servicing of hybrid cars. They will be able to carry out these essential checks for you during your regular services.
At the heart of every hybrid car are its batteries. While a petrol car has one battery to keep all the electrical systems operating, a hybrid car relies much more heavily on battery power. While they’re incredibly long-lasting and resilient, hybrid car batteries need servicing and checking just like any other battery. Again, your Lexus technician will be able to check your battery during your service.
To keep your hybrid car running smoothly, you’ll need to check the fluids regularly. This includes the oil level, coolant levels, brake fluid and power steering fluid. However, because hybrid cars split their powertrain between the traditional petrol engine and electric motors, you may find that there are different intervals between oil changes than in a standard petrol car. Talk to your technician who will be able to advise you when an oil change is necessary.
Maintaining and servicing hybrid cars is a specialist job. Because of the high voltages involved in the electric motors, safety is paramount so you should never attempt repairs on your hybrid car if you are not an experienced and qualified technician. At Al-Futtaim Lexus, our teams of technicians are specially trained in the maintenance and servicing of hybrid and electric cars and understand the nuances and specific needs of these vehicles. From a full service to an engine flush, tyre replacement or AC replacement and servicing, they will ensure that every aspect of your Lexus is running smoothly.
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