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Category Archives: Hybrids

How we saved one client $2,000 on a Toyota Prius battery

How we saved one client $2,000 on a Toyota Prius battery

Reconditioning the hybrid battery paid off for this CARS’ client This is an individual battery module from a Toyota Prius. Since we launched CARS Hybrid Care earlier this year, we’ve been proudly touting the fact that we can save you thousands of dollars on a hybrid battery repair compared to the dealer. And here’s one case where we did just that. The client came to us with their Toyota Prius, and upon testing the battery, we determined there were 10 bad battery modules out of 28. We were able to replace just those 10 modules. We didn’t have to replace the entire battery pack. The dealer had quoted the client $4,400 to install a new Prius battery pack. We replaced only the failed modules, and the estimated cost to the client? $2,300. That’s a savings of more than $2,000. ... read more

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Hybrid maintenance tip #3: Why it’s important to change your cabin air filter

Hybrid maintenance tip #3: Why it’s important to change your cabin air filter

Replacing your car’s cabin air filter can prolong the life and performance of your hybrid battery. Here’s another tip for prolonging the health and performance of your hybrid car battery: Replace the cabin air filter regularly. It’s simple and affordable. Why is this important? The cabin air filter cleans the air being circulated in the passenger compartment. This is the air you’re breathing. Checking the filter regularly and replacing it when it’s dirty is important on any vehicle. But it’s even more important on hybrid cars because it affects the ambient air temperature around the hybrid battery. The Toyota Prius, for example, uses the air inside the passenger compartment to cool the hybrid battery that’s in the trunk. If the cabin air filter is dirty, it restricts air flow into the passenger compartment and into the trunk. It simply cannot c ... read more

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Toyota Prius Maintenance Tip: Vacuum out the dog hair regularly

Toyota Prius Maintenance Tip: Vacuum out the dog hair regularly

What does vacuuming your Toyota Prius or Camry hybrid have to do with maintaining the car? Here’s the deal: The air intake vent for the battery cooling system is in the backseat where the right rear door meets the pillar post. Any dog hair, cottonwood fuzz and even your kids’ gummy bears can get sucked into the vent and then pushed through to channels beneath the battery, where the air is supposed to circulate to keep the battery cooler. If there’s a lot of fuzz, pet hair or other debris clogging these passageways, the battery can’t cool as well. That wears and tears on the battery. And in fact, if the temperature in the battery compartment gets hotter than 110 degrees, it starts to degrade the battery. At CARS of America, we can use a boroscope (a camera with a flexible wand) to take a peak at the air cooling passages a ... read more

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4 signs your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced

4 signs your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced

We use this machine to “stress test” your hybrid battery. This will help us determine if its in good health, needs to be reconditioned or rebuilt. When you own a hybrid car or truck, one of the most important elements “under the hood”—or in this case, in the trunk—is the hybrid battery. And until recently, when that battery failed, you’re only choice was to spend $4,500 to replace the entire battery pack. But 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. How will you know if your hybrid battery needs to be reconditioned or rebalanced? Here are four signs: The gasoline engine kicks on more often than it used to. When the battery is depleted or tired, the electric mot ... read more

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Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No 2: CARS can save you money by repairing, not replacing, the transmission

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No 2: CARS can save you money by repairing, not replacing, the transmission

The PicoScope is one of the pieces of equipment we use to test transmission/transaxle on a hybrid vehicle. The “transmission” in your hybrid vehicle barely resembles a conventional automatic transmission. It contains an electric motor and a few gears to connect the internal combustion engine and the electric motor to the wheels. It also contains an electric generator to charge the hybrid battery. Most shops and  dealers do not have the equipment to test these electrical components. Instead, when the transmission fails, they replace the entire unit. At CARS of America, we have the equipment to test and replace either electric motor in the transaxle. We can also repair the “mechanical” gears inside the transaxle, but fortunately, they rarely fail. We’ve also invested in world-class training to help you keep your hybrid affor ... read more

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Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No. 1: How to make your hybrid battery last longer

Hybrid Car Maintenance Tip No. 1: How to make your hybrid battery last longer

You can prolong the life of your hybrid battery by having the battery pack cooling system inspected or cleaned each year. Hybrid batteries are made up of a number of individual modules—28, for example, on the Prius. These individual modules must operate at a temperature of no more than 110 degrees F. Most hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) ventilate and cool the battery pack with air drawn in from the passenger compartment. For longer battery life on your hybrid vehicle: Have the HEV Battery Pack Cooling System inspected or cleaned annually. Replace the Cabin Air Filter (which is the same as in a non-hybrid vehicle) every 15 months or 15,000 miles. Why is this important? Let’s look at the Toyota Prius: They have air-cooled packs battery packs. Replacing the cabin air filter is important because the inle ... read more

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Save money, help the Earth with CARS' green efforts

When you think about taking care of the environment, auto repair shops probably don’t jump to the top of your “green” list. But at CARS of America, being “green” is something we practice every day…from  Glenview to Northbrook and all around the surrounding towns. Not only are we trying to help the Earth and improve everyone’s health, we also are working to save you money and run an efficient operation! Here are some of the ways we work to be Earth-friendly: We use waste oil heaters. These EPA-approved units allow us to burn engine oil and transmission, differential, transfer case and brake fluid to heat the facility. Burning the oil reduces the chances of the oil leaking or spilling as it’s being transported to a recycling facility. It also helps us decrease our carbon footprint and dependence on virgin fossil fuel. We recycle fluids. This includes coolant (antifreeze), brake fluid, gas and refrig ... read more

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