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Hybrid Battery Replacement: How Do You Know When It’s Time?

For everyone that is a proud owner of a hybrid car because they want to help the environment and save money at the same time, virtual high-five to you! If you are new to the hybrid vehicle world, you might be wondering about hybrid battery replacement.

We are going to cover the ins and outs of hybrid car battery life to help you keep an eye on your battery to ensure that you do not have to deal with any vehicle performance issues. 

Decreased Miles Per Gallon

A common symptom of a failing battery in most hybrid vehicles is a sudden decrease in MPG. If you start to see a steady decrease in your MPG with no other symptom it is a good idea to contact a reputable hybrid mechanic to check the health of your current battery. 

Decreased MPG is a common symptom to have a Toyota Prius hybrid battery replacement. It’s also common for Lexus or Honda Hybrid owners to check the battery when they notice their MPG going down.  

State of Charge

You want to keep an eye on your state of charge reading. When you start to notice large fluctuations in your state of charge, it is a sign that either your battery is having issues or your vehicles charging system is not working correctly. 

Large sudden swings in your charge are all signs of battery issues. 

Internal Combustion Engine

If you begin to notice that your internal combustion engine is kicking in more often than it normally does, then it is a major sign that the hybrid battery is having issues. Sometimes you might notice it running at odd times or running much longer than it usually does. 

These are all symptoms that you do not want to ignore. 

Engine Noises

Whenever you notice that the engine is making unusual noises or running more than it usually does, these are signs that there is a problem with your hybrid battery. 

Keep in mind that engine noises do not always mean there is an issue with your battery, sometimes it can be a different problem. 

Battery Bars

If you are not using the vehicle too much and notice that the battery bars are dropping, there might be an underlying battery issue at hand. It is not normal to park the car with full bars and come back to it with only one bar showing, when you haven’t even used it. 

Feeling Like a Hybrid Battery Replacement Pro?

Now that you know more about hybrid battery replacement and the signs to look out for, you can help avoid waking up one morning to needing a new battery and not having the money to replace it. It is always best to mentally prepare for a faulty hybrid battery since the cost to replace them is not cheap. 

You might want to put money aside every month in its own savings to have money for a new battery when the time comes.

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