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Ford Hybrid Maintenance

Ford hybrids are attractive for their great fuel economy and compelling style, but many hybrid buyers and owners haven’t given much thought to the issue of Ford Hybrid Maintenance. There are many similarities between hybrids and traditional cars in this aspect, but there are some interesting differences, and at Sound Ford Service, we have the knowledge and tools to help you keep your Ford hybrid running smoothly. We want our hybrid customers to know more about maintenance in general for their cars, and this article will provide more information in that area.

The cost of replacing the battery or batteries for a hybrid vehicle is a concern for car buyers, and hybrids have been criticized in the past for this expense, which can be three thousand dollars or more. Currently most hybrids have a guarantee on their batteries for 8 years or 80,000 miles, or even more for states that follow the Partial Zero emissions Vehicles Act; up to 10 years or 150,000 miles.

Ford Hybrid Maintenance Tips

To help with your battery’s longevity, it’s a good idea is to never completely drain it of charge and to keep the energy level between 40 and 60 percent. You can accomplish this by employing regenerative braking, and this way the battery will always have a partial charge. Using regenerative braking is a good idea in general since it helps with your car’s fuel economy, and many current models have coaching bars and other indicators to help with your driving efficiency.

Hybrid vehicles have a regular gas engine and a standard electrical system, so they need the same scheduled maintenance that a conventional car does. Just as with a regular car, keeping up on scheduled maintenance is important for keeping your hybrid in good shape. You still need to change oil, filters, and other fluids, although the oil probably won’t have to be changed as often. The electric part of the hybrid powertrain takes some of the power demands off the gas engine, so the vehicle can typically travel between 5,000 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, and your owner’s manual may have a recommended oil change interval. And since hybrids utilize regenerative braking, the brake pads don’t have to be replaced as often as they do in traditional cars.

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Unique Ford Hybrid Maintenance in Renton

Although hybrid cars share many of the same systems as a conventional car, their differences can present some unique challenges for maintenance. Hybrids have unique parts and some different systems altogether from regular cars: they have different braking systems, different types and numbers of batteries, the voltages and currents throughout the vehicle aren’t the same, air conditioning and cooling systems may differ, and of course there’s the charging system.

Some of the routine maintenance for the gas engine of a hybrid can be taken care of by the owner. Fluids and filters need to be checked and replaced as needed, such as the coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, fuel filter and such, though the oil probably won't have to be changed as often as we previously stated. Your owner’s manual may list the scheduled intervals for these things, and you may be able to find some maintenance schedules for Ford hybrids online, or you can consult one of our experts at Sound Ford Service. But for a hybrid’s unique systems and parts, many maintenance and repair issues call for specialized knowledge and skill that a conventional mechanic won’t have.

Ford Hybrid Parts

It’s important to get the right parts for your hybrid and to bring it to a hybrid car technician for maintenance and repair. Most hybrids have color-coded wiring for their high-voltage systems, and the average repair shop mechanic won’t have the required knowledge and skills to make proper repairs. The complex battery wiring can go from the engine to the trunk, and the higher voltage wires may be color coded as orange. Some GM models may have an intermediate voltage where connectors and cables are colored blue. Mixing up wiring or using different parts can lead to a vehicle that doesn’t run as well or is even dangerous to drive, so it’s imperative to enlist a properly trained professional to do the work.

If you want high quality Ford Hybrid Maintenance for your hybrid model, come to Sound Ford Service at 101 SW Grady Way in Renton, WA 98057. We are passionate about automotive care, and no one knows your Ford vehicle better than we do.

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