Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars




Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars


Like any other vehicle on the road, Hybrid cars will run in to maintenance issues from time to time.  Preparing yourself through early education as an owner of a hybrid car can help you better understand what issues might arise and when.  Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, our goal is to not only fix common maintenance issues at a much lower price than competitors, but also to educate our customers about the issues so that they can fully understand the work being done on their vehicle.


Our repair shop specializes in the maintenance and repair of hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Altima Hybrid or the Honda Civic Hybrid.  From routine maintenance to replacing your hybrid battery, our shop has you covered at a fraction of the repair cost found at other shops.  To better understand the issues you might experience as a hybrid car owner, here is a list of common maintenance issues found in hybrid cars.


Routine Maintenance

Similar to regular gas engine cars, hybrid cars require the changing of air filters and oil. However, oil changes are much less frequent in hybrid cars than regular gas engine cars. Often, the hybrid car only needs to get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Air filters for hybrid cars should be replaced about every 40,000 miles.


Battery Life

In comparison to gas engine cars, a hybrid car tends to see more maintenance issues with the hybrid battery.  The hybrid battery life is not always reliable and can die off sooner than expected.  Between repair and replacement, hybrid batteries tend to have very high replacement costs.  We have written about several hybrid battery issues on our blog in the past, seen here (P3030 or P3009) and here (P0A80).


German Hybrids Check Engine Light

In general, Hybrid car owners do not have engine problems as often as regular gas engine car owners.  The exception to this is found in German model hybrid cars, made by Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.  In these vehicles, owners have had issues with the engine light coming on or staying on without relaying codes that show an actual problem.  This glitch can be somewhat of a nuisance, but is also causes safety issues if the engine of the vehicle really needs to be checked and owners do not trust it when it lights up.


Keys to Hybrid Maintenance Survival

If you are already a Hybrid car owner, you can surely speak for the masses and tell others how enjoyable hybrid cars are to drive and own.  However, you may also be one of the owners that have seen these common maintenance issues firsthand and know the downside to owning a hybrid car when it comes to cost.  If you are able to educate yourself on common maintenance issues ahead of problems, keep up with routine maintenance and get all your vehicle work done by a trustworthy shop like ours, then keeping your car healthy and on the road should not be an issue.

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P0A80 code – Battery Replacement Toyota Prius 2004-2009

Battery Replacement Options for Your Toyota Prius (2004-2009)


When a Toyota Prius hybrid battery official “dies” (sets trouble code P0A80), you should contact our shop immediately to get a quote on a battery replacement option at a fair price.  If you are a 2nd Generation Toyota Prius Owner, you may be reaching the point where your Toyota Prius is experiencing hybrid battery problems.  The failure point of a Prius hybrid battery is more frequent in vehicles over 10 years old and cars with miles over 200,000 are also known to experience battery problems.  At Maxat Hybrid Repair, we offer solutions to get your vehicle functioning properly again at a reasonable price point.


The Toyota Prius is generally known as a low maintenance and reliable vehicle with very little problems.  However, no vehicle is perfect and the Prius does have its flaws in the form of a hybrid battery replacement.  Whether you are planning ahead or looking to fix a dead hybrid battery currently, consider the following options:


Order a Brand New Prius Hybrid Battery from Toyota

The Prius hybrid battery carries a 1 year warranty with Toyota.  If a failure occurs before either of these thresholds, Toyota will replace the battery free of charge.  The problem is that a majority of these battery failures are occurring after these marks.  While various resources are available for battery replacement, a majority of these will be somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000 for the battery and installation.


Vehicle owners should run a value check on their vehicle at this point.  Some might realize that replacing the battery with a brand new one will cost close to half the value of the vehicle in resale, depending on the age, condition and mileage.  If this idea bothers you (which is understandable), you may want to consider other options for battery replacement like visiting a hybrid repair shop.


Buy a Used/Refurbished Battery from a Third Party Source

Rather than spending a large amount of money on a brand new battery to place in to your 10+ year old vehicle, consider hybrid battery repair with our shop.  Our shop offers services for your Toyota Prius at a fraction of the cost the competitors will charge you.  Our hybrid repair shop will perform a battery repair for $950 or perform a factory rebuild on the battery for $2,250 as of April 2016.  While the repair or rebuild are not inexpensive fixes by any means, they are significantly cheaper options to fix the vehicle without losing too much value in a future resale.


Know Your Options

Car problems can be a frustrating part of life.  They are bound to happen and vehicle owners often do not have the appropriate funds in their budget for a big fix like this battery replacement.  Warranties do exist on the Prius for a limited lifespan and certified used Priuses will vary on warranties.  Either way, it is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Run a price check for replacement or repair, check the value of your vehicle and consider the option that works best for you and your budget.  A well-researched decision will likely leave the vehicle owner feeling better that they made the best decision to fit his or her current needs.  Upon reaching a final decision, feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.


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