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    Symptoms of a Hybrid Battery Due for Replacement

    About high-voltage batteries:

    The high voltage (HV) battery pack is one of the most important components in a hybrid vehicle. Alongside the engine, it provides your car with the necessary power to move forward. Hybrid batteries are constantly being charged by the engine and electrical generator plus regenerative braking, a process where the energy created from braking is converted into electrical energy to power the battery.

    Like any battery, a hybrid battery will eventually lose its ability to hold a charge correctly. This can affect the operation of your vehicle and lead to several noticeable symptoms.


    How long do hybrid batteries last?

    Most car manufacturers offer warranties on high-voltage batteries for around eight years. However, under normal driving conditions, the battery in a hybrid vehicle should last at least ten years or 150,000 km. With the correct care, the battery may last the life of your vehicle.

    How to extend the life of your hybrid battery


    Common symptoms of a failing hybrid battery:Prius dashboard warnings

    • Increase engine runtime – If you notice that your car’s combustion engine is running more than usual, there may be issues with your car’s battery or high voltage system. Although it is normal for your engine to run frequently on highway conditions, it shouldn’t be running very often when stopped in the city. If it is, it may mean that the engine and generator are not charging the battery properly.
    • Increased fuel use – As the engine begins to run more often, more fuel is used. If you notice an increase in fuel consumption, it may be a good idea to get the battery examined.
    • Sudden changes in charge – If your car’s state of charge is constantly changing, it may be a sign of a defective battery. Keep an eye out for the state of charge dropping to around 20% and then quickly charging back up to 80%.
    • Red triangle on the dashboard – Commonly known as the “red triangle of death”, many Prius owners report a red triangle icon on their dashboard when the battery isn’t functioning properly. A diagnostic tool can be used to determine what is causing the warning to appear.


    Hybrid Battery Diagnostics & Repairs in Hamilton

    Is your hybrid vehicle showing signs of a weak or malfunctioning battery? If so, we can diagnose and fix the problem for you. Our team are skilled in servicing and repairing hybrid vehicles, meaning we are able to get your battery running correctly again in no time.

    We believe that hybrid battery replacement shouldn’t have to cost you a fortune. For this reason, we offer competitive new battery options to keep it functioning healthily. For hybrid repairs in Hamilton, contact Grimmer Motors today!



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