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Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Maintenance and Repairs

EV Electric Hybrid Vehicle Maintenance Moose JawDoes my Electric or Hybrid Vehicle Need Maintenance?

Electric vehicles do require maintenance. The type and frequency of maintenance may be different than what you were used to if you previously owned and maintained a gas or diesel engine vehicle.

While EV powertrains have a simpler mechanical system, they still require attention in many other areas and regular maintenance inspections. Hybrid vehicles of course are a combination of electrification and a conventional gas or diesel engine powertrain. Hybrids require maintenance similar to ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Hybrid Auto Repair Maintenance Moose Jaw

Electric Vehicles (BEV) Maintenance

1. Battery Maintenance is critical, the EV tune up will consist of evaluating the battery’s state of health, checking for any signs of degradation, and following any recommended guidelines provided by the vehicle manufacturer. Software updates and system resets may be necessary to optimize or restore battery performance and ensure the battery management system is able to deliver optimum service.

2. Tires. Like any vehicle, EVs require regular tire maintenance. This includes checking tire pressure, rotating tires, and replacing them when they become worn out. Proper tire maintenance not only ensures safety but also helps maximize the vehicle’s range and efficiency. Unlike other vehicles, EVs are heavier, have more acceleration torque and will wear tires more quickly. They may also require tires with extra load capacity, many manufacturers are producing Hybrid and EV specific tires designed to deliver low rolling resistance, helping these vehicles make the most of their electric capabilities.

3. Brake Maintenance is critical. Maintenance of the brake components thru regular servicing will make replacement less frequent, While EVs typically have regenerative braking, which helps recharge the battery while slowing down the vehicle and can reduce the wear on brake pads the very fact that the calipers and rotors see less activity can lead to seized or badly corroded components which could compromise safety in an emergency braking situation. Maintenance therefore is more critical and annual service is recommended.

4. Cooling System? Yes, EVs still have cooling systems only instead of keeping a gas or diesel burning engine cool the EV cooling system is needed to regulate the temperature of the battery pack, motor, and other electrical components. The cooling system consists of one or more fans and adequate air flow is needed for the health of the vehicle battery. Replacing EV coolant isn’t as simple as draining the system and refilling with regular antifreeze. As an example, Hyundai Kona EV requires specialized tools and specific low-conductivity coolant making the recommended service interval, every six years, a bit pricier than a conventional
cooling system service.

5. Electric Motors are generally reliable and are not regularly serviced. Periodic inspections for any signs of wear or malfunction should be performed with battery maintenance service. Vehicles equipped with a mechanical gear box, transfer unit or final drive, may also need regular lubricant exchanges or component repair for leaks or malfunctions.

6. Suspension and steering components are still subject to regular wear and should be inspected annually. Because alignment is so critical to getting the most distance out of each charge you may want to have it checked frequently, or if you suspect that it may be out due to impact or driving on especially rough terrain. (Like Moose Jaw streets in the spring)

7. Software Updates are just like updates for your phone or computer, EVs often need updates from the manufacturer. It’s important to perform these updates, as they can optimize the vehicle’s performance, battery efficiency, and overall driving experience. Because EVs are not considered emission producing they are not required to provide traditional access to the onboard computers through universal OBD or On-Board Diagnostics connectors, many will only be accessible using wireless technology. Service providers will need to stay up to date with the tools and tech required to service this generation of automobiles.

8. AIA – Right to Repair

If you would like to support your rights as a Canadian consumer to have the choice of where to have the vehicle you own serviced AIA invites you to learn more or join the Right to Repair as a grassroots champion.

As always consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual or contact us at Panda Tire & Auto for detailed information about the maintenance schedule and requirements for your specific electric or hybrid vehicle. We are here to help you.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the maintenance needs of electric and hybrid vehicles and how they may vary from how you have serviced your vehicles in the past.