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As the chilly winds begin to blow, it’s time to brace ourselves, and our hybrid cars, for the winter season. Here at Christian’s Automotive, we understand that your vehicle is more than just a mode of transport – it’s an investment that deserves the best care available. This is why we’ve put together this essential guide on the three key considerations for winter hybrid maintenance.
1. Battery Care in the Cold
The battery is the heart of any hybrid vehicle, and it’s particularly susceptible to cold weather. In freezing temperatures, your hybrid’s battery can lose a significant amount of its charge capacity, impacting the overall performance of your car. To prevent this, consider installing a battery warmer or insulator, which can help maintain optimum battery temperature even in the coldest conditions. Or store your vehicle in a garage. Regular inspections are also recommended to ensure your battery is in top shape.
2. Fresh Fluids
We often forget that “Hybrid” means exactly that. You still have a standard engine that needs to be maintained. Coolants, brake fluids, and transmission fluids all play crucial roles in ensuring your hybrid runs smoothly. These fluids can thicken in colder temperatures, reducing their effectiveness. By making sure your fluids are fresh and topped up, you can avoid potential issues down the road.
3. Change the Oil
Oil changes are a staple of car maintenance, and hybrids are no exception. Clean oil is the foundation to any engine operation. Regular oil changes ensure that your engine is lubricated properly, reducing wear and tear and improving overall performance.
Winterizing your hybrid doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these three key considerations in mind, you can keep your vehicle running smoothly all winter long. For expert advice and professional service, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team here at Christian’s Automotive. We’re here to help you get the most out of your hybrid, no matter the season!