Can You Give Your Hybrid Battery a Jump? – Vancouver Auto Repair
When it comes to fuel economy everyone loves a hybrid. That’s usually why people decide to drive a hybrid to begin with. However, hybrids can offer some unique challenges for maintenance and repairs, especially when the battery dies. If you’ve ever given a gas-powered vehicle a jump, then you know the process. As long as you have jumper cables and the battery is fairly accessible, it’s a straightforward process.
But what about giving a hybrid vehicle a jump? Is it just the same as a gas-powered car? The simple answer is no. That’s because the battery system of a hybrid is a lot more complex than the battery system on a gas-powered vehicle. For starters, there are two batteries: a 12V auxiliary battery and a high voltage hybrid battery.
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If your high voltage hybrid battery is having an issue of any kind, you should leave that to the experts. Don’t try to tackle this on your own. These batteries require specialized care and service that only ASE certified technicians should handle.
However, if your standard 12V auxiliary battery needs a jump, this is something you can probably tackle. Here’s what you need to do.
Like any standard car battery, an auxiliary battery on a hybrid will also wear out over time. And it will need to be replaced. but what happens if the battery is still good, but it has just been drained because you left the lights on for example?
The warning signs of an old battery on a hybrid are just like any other car. The battery light on the dashboard might come on, your electrical components might not work, or only work sporadically. Your car might also have a hard time starting, or it might shut off when you idle.
First, you need to find the battery, which you can do by checking your owner’s manual. You also need to make sure you know which kind of battery your hybrid vehicle uses. If you have a home battery charger you can plug it into a power supply until it’s fully charged, which could take several hours.
If the battery is discharged and you’re in a hurry, you can give it a jumpstart with the traditional jumper cables. Make sure the second vehicle has a 12V battery and that you use the right terminals on your vehicle. Some hybrids have a specially designed jump-starting terminal located under the hood. If your vehicle does, then use that one. Then follow the directions on the jumper cable to give it a jumpstart.
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If you drive a hybrid vehicle then you know the importance of taking care of it, especially the battery. At Hoesly Eco Automotive, we have been servicing hybrid vehicles for years and we have the knowledge and expertise to fix your hybrid, no matter what type of problem it might have.
So, whether it’s a battery problem, or anything else your hybrid needs, we have you covered at Hoesly Automotive in Vancouver, WA. We know how to service your hybrid because we own hybrids. Our ASE technicians have been servicing and maintaining hybrids in Vancouver for more two decades. So, no matter what kind of issues your hybrid vehicle might have, we are your trusted source for reliable hybrid repair in Vancouver.
And if you need any other service or repair, then please contact Hoesly Eco Automotive today. You can reach us by phone at 360-695-5871 or click here to set up an appointment online.
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