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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.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 inlet air that is being cooled must first flow through the cabin air filter, then the air conditioning system and then get pulled into the battery pack. If the cabin air filter is dirty and clogged, it restricts air flow and the battery pack won’t receive the cool air it needs.

We can take care of both these services at CARS of America in Evanston and Glenview. Remember: If your vehicle’s air conditioner is not keeping your comfy, it’s not keeping your hybrid battery pack comfy, either.

Contact us today for an appointment.


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