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Does the phrase ”hybrid fluid maintenance” scare you? It shouldn’t. With more than 3 million hybrids on the road, and many of your customers considering purchasing one, servicing hybrid vehicles is in your future. Some special procedures must be followed when working on a hybrid.
Love it or hate it, Formula One is the top dog in motorsports. With an improving economy, F1 is changing up its rules to include some technologies that are already in your bays, or coming very soon. For 2014, the cars are, for a lack of a better term, hybrids.
Wilhelm Automotive, a family owned and operated auto repair company, has joined forces with The Hybrid Shop (THS) to bring expert care for hybrid-electric vehicles, including green and cost-saving diagnostic, repair and preventative maintenance services, to hybrid vehicle owners. All seven of Wilhelm Automotive’s locations will now have certified hybrid repair technicians to service all makes and models of hybrid vehicles.
The Automotive Training Group has released the 2013 Toyota & Ford Hybrid Diagnostics 7-hour course and training manual. This hybrid seminar was built from the actual failures occurring in a variety of Toyota and Ford hybrid models, so it applies directly to the diagnostic, repair and normal service challenges you’ll be seeing in your shop.
Dorman Products Announces Acquisition Of Re-Involt Technologies And Launch Of New OE Solutions Hybrid Drive Battery Program
Dorman Products has announced its recent acquisition of Re-Involt Technologies and the subsequent introduction of its new line of Dorman OE Solutions remanufactured hybrid drive batteries. This acquisition and the resulting product offering of direct replacement batteries positions aftermarket service providers to capture their share of this rapidly growing market opportunity, according to Dorman.
There is nothing special about pad and rotor replacement on the Volt. The only precaution is to make sure the High Pressure Accumulator (HPA) is depleted.
Automotive expert, car-talk host Bobby Likis announced that the “Calling All Technicians: 20 Facts About Ethanol” feature on the Car Clinic Network, is designed to enlighten, educate and energize automotive technicians with verifiable facts, studies and statistics on ethanol.
The number one problem with Honda Civic Hybrids has been the high-voltage IMA battery. The first generation cars use a 144-volt nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery, while second generation cars use a higher voltage 158.4V NiMH battery. Third generation cars use a totally different kind of battery, a Lithium-Ion 158V battery that is about 30% more powerful than that in the previous models.
This article documents the code P1A10-Hybrid Powertrain Control Module-Battery Disabled found on a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid 2.3L. Code P1A10 involves a possible interlock problem with the system. Our subject vehicle was a former police vehicle purchased at an auction – for $1! – in very poor condition. It does not run or power up, and both cluster displays are blank.
One of the defining elements of the Honda Insight Hybrid is the rear suspension. The rear wheel track is significantly narrower than the front. Another item is the skirts over the rear wheels. The skirts are attached with two fasteners at the bottom of skirts’ lips and slide down out of the clips.
Some ride height sensor modules connect to the Controller Area Network (CAN) bus or other SAE or ISO bus or ride control module. The module can connect directly to the ABS/ESC module on a CAN bus or it can be part of the overall CAN Network in a loop that connects various modules in the vehicle.