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Hybrid Myth Busting

Hybrid Myth Busting

Myths have been a part of automotive service forever. Time to bust another one; All the talk about "corroding buss bars" in Hybrid Battery Packs misses the more major point; the internal corrosion. As the battery creates electricity, electron flow is created. Plate particles float in the electron flow from the negative pole to the positive pole. Because of the magnetic property of electricity, these particles "stick" to the positive, creating resistance, in the same way as "corrosion" does on the buss bars. Eventually this internal corrosion will cause the Hybrid light to come on. Most shops and all dealers just replace the battery. There is a better choice. Do you know what it is? $50 CARS of America gift card to the first person that sends the correct answer to [email protected]. Winner will be determined by time stamp. P.S. It's ok if you don ... read more

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If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

If Your Hybrid is Showing Any of These Signs Your Battery May Need Reconditioning...

Being the owner of a hybrid vehicle, you may or may not know that the most important element “under the hood” - or in this case, in the trunk- is the hybrid battery. Up until a few years ago, your only option when that battery failed was to replace it with a brand new battery pack that could cost up to $3,500. Yes, we know your jaw just dropped when you read that price tag, ours did too! If you find yourself with a failed hybrid battery, do not panic. Here at CARS of America, we can rebuild or recondition your hybrid battery for less than half the price of a new one and we guarantee it for 3 years. Check out our "stress test" machine we use to see if your hybrid battery is in good health (right).  Now how’s that for some serious cost savings? But, how will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four tell-tale signs: 1. The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the ... read more

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Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Hybrid Cars Date Back How Far? The History of the Hybrid Vehicle

Have you ever wondered how hybrid cars came about? We seem to be seeing them and hearing a lot about them in recent years, but are they really brand new?   You would be surprised to know that hybrid vehicles, a car that is powered by both gasoline and an electric engine dates all the way back to 1898. Yes, you read that correctly, the first hybrid automobile was created in the 1800s!   Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was the first to construct a car made up of  gasoline engine and electric powered motor. This car was successful and was able to drive up to 40 miles, which back then was a lot.       The Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid - the first hybrid vehicle to ever exist     Not long after Porsche launched this vehicle, European automakers began creating their hybrid version of cars too. By 1905, Henry Ford was creating and mass-producing gasoline powered vehicles that were more affordable and thus but an end to the hybrid car revolution ... read more

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Hybrid Batteries and Hot Weather

Ironically, most people identify cold weather with vehicle battery failures. In all reality, most batteries are damaged in the hot weather, but since batteries are more efficient when warm than when cold and vehicles are easier to start in warm weather than cold weather, the damage doesn't show up until the following Winter. Hybrid Batteries are no exception, but a lot more  sensitive to the heat. A conventional lead-acid battery, used since the 1900's  is located under the hood, next to a gasoline engine where the exhaust manifolds approach 1400 degrees F on the highway in the summer. Nickel Metal Hydride Hybrid batteries, on the other hand, are located in the passenger compartment and start to deteriorate at 110 degrees F. Some , like Ford products, have their own little heater/A-C system to maintain the temperature.  On the other extreme are early model Hondas that had no cooling or ventilation system and suffered higher fai ... read more

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Hybrid Batteries and Hot Weather

Ironically, most people identify cold weather with vehicle battery failures. In all reality, most batteries are damaged in the hot weather, but since batteries are more efficient when warm that when cold and vehicles are easier to start in warm weather than cold weather, the damage doesn't show up until the following Winter. Hybrid Batteries are no exception, but a lot more  sensitive to the heat. A conventional lead-acid battery, used since the 1900's  is located under the hood, next to a gasoline engine where the exhaust manifolds approach 1400 degrees F on the highway in the summer. Nickel Metal Hydride Hybrid batteries, on the other hand, are located in the passenger compartment and start to deteriorate at 110 degrees F. Some , like Ford products, have their own little heater/A-C system to maintain the temperature.  On the other extreme are early model Hondas that had no cooling or ventilation system and suffered higher failure ... read more

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Electric car kicks butt in drag race

As the saying goes, "Different strokes for different folks". At last count there were over 100 models of Hybrid-Electric vehicles available for sale by major manufacturers, four million registered in the US, and eighty-five thousand within twenty-five miles of Glenview. When asked, most Hybrid Owners owners state that "they love their car", for several different reasons; most often mentioned is the lower cost of ownership. As recently reported  in a study published by Repair Pal, an online automotive service referral service, the top three, least expensive vehicles to maintain, were Hybrid-Electric. In all reality, the full Electric cars, like Tesla, Bolt, Leaf  and Kia Soul  EV, are even less expensive to operate than the Hybrid Electric. More on that in future blogs. My main point in this blog is to point out that another reason mentioned is; that many of the Hybrid and Electric cars are just plain Fun To Dr ... read more

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Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Hybrid car maintenance: Why it’s critical if you want to keep your car beyond the warranty

Maintaining your hybrid costs a fraction of repairing it At CARS, our mission is to keep your car affordable, reliable and safe. And our message today is for hybrid car owners: If you want your hybrid to be affordable and reliable beyond the warranty period, we cannot stress how important routine maintenance is for the: Hybrid battery. Transmission fluid. Brake fluid. Why? The maintenance costs are a fraction of the repair or replacement costs. Let’s take a closer look. Your Hybrid Battery This is an individual battery module from a Toyota Prius. There’s traditionally been a lot of fear around hybrid cars and what it costs when the hybrid battery fails, which will happen if you follow Toyota’s specified Hybrid Battery maintenance because, guess what? There is no specified maintenance. Guess what else? The rea ... read more

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How we clean hybrid battery terminals

How we clean hybrid battery terminals

The hybrid battery terminal on the top has been cleaned and is as good as new compared to the corroded terminal on the bottom. We’ve written quite a bit about our ability to test, recondition and rebuild hybrid car batteries. Today, we’re going to show you how we clean hybrid battery terminals, which get corroded just like the terminals in a regular car battery. Hybrid car batteries, such as those on the Toyota Prius, consist of multiple, individual battery modules. The Prius has 28; the Camry and the Avalon have 34 modules. There are copper “bus bars” that connect these modules to one another, allowing electricity to flow between them. Over time, they become corroded, and as part of our battery reconditioning service, we clean and shine them. We place the bus bars in a container of stainless steel media, place it into a sl ... read more

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Hybrid maintenance tip #4: Why a transmission fluid service is so important

Hybrid maintenance tip #4: Why a transmission fluid service is so important

You want your hybrid transmission fluid to be red and transparent like the image on the left, not black and sludgy like the coffee on the right. Flushing the fluid every 50,000 miles in your hybrid is even more important than in a gas-powered car. Here’s why. In any vehicle with an automatic transmission, it’s important to service the transmission fluid periodically in order to prolong the life of the transmission itself. In a hybrid vehicle, this service is even more critical because the hybrid transmission serves three purposes: It helps slow down the car when the driver applies the brakes. It helps to recharge the battery. It delivers power to the wheels to move the car forward–just like in a car with a gasoline engine. The hybrid transmission fluid becomes contaminated over time. The cast iron planetary ge ... read more

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Save money, eliminate waste with hybrid car repair at CARS of America

Save money, eliminate waste with hybrid car repair at CARS of America

Why should you have your hybrid vehicle serviced at CARS of America? We can save you thousands of dollars compared to the car dealer, and we’re greener because we repair, not replace, failed hybrid components. At CARS of America in Glenview and Evanston, we can save you thousands over the dealer when servicing your hybrid cars. We can also help you be greener by repairing, not replacing, failed hybrid parts. When hybrid cars first hit the market, many consumers believed their new car dealer was the only game in town when it came to service and repairs. As hybrids became more popular, independent auto repair shops like CARS of America became more outspoken about our ability to service hybrids for everyday needs like oil changes, tires, brakes, steering and suspension work. And now, CARS of America is one of a few independent shops that can service your hybrid even better than the dea ... read more

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