Some Safety Precautions When Working on a Hybrid Vehicle

There are many benefits to owning a hybrid vehicle. Probably the best reason to purchase one of these vehicles is in order to keep the pain at the pump at a minimum. Did you know that there are some precautions to take if you plan on working on one of these vehicles yourself though? First of all, it is true that working on a standard gas-only consuming vehicle is very much the same to working on a hybrid, but you should keep in mind that the battery voltage is much higher.

While each hybrid vehicle is different, each operates under the same principals. It has an internal-combustion engine like all other vehicles, but as a back up power supply, it possesses an electric motor as well. When it comes to working on hybrids, you should know that you are in for something completely different. These vehicles possess more computers and sensors, not to mention they pack a lot of power.

These hybrid vehicles feature high powered battery packs located at the back of the cars which can produce 200 to 275 volts of electricity at up to 80 amps. Honda hybrids produce 144 volts. Keep in mind that 50 volts is enough to kill some people. If someone has only had experience working on non-hybrid vehicles, they could easily make a mistake that could electrocute them pretty badly, even leading to death.

Therefore, if you work on cars and are thinking about working on your own hybrid, keep this in mind. Before you work on your new hybrid car, make sure you have read the manual. Reading a licensed repair manual, such as those prepared by Chilton or Haines would be a good idea as well. If you are a novice at car repair, you may want to leave it to the professionals. One of the best precautions to take though is to make sure that your vehicle is completely powered down before you attempt to work on it. Make sure that you have removed the keys from the ignition, as the vehicle will start the engine if the battery needs charging.

Some hybrid vehicles have already taken this potential danger into consideration. For example, Toyota has made all of the high voltage cables in their hybrid vehicles bright orange. This will be a big help in preventing you from making any spur of the moment mistakes. Also, in their Prius model, they have made it so that when the car is powered off, no power is running through these cables. Another precaution that has been taken in this car is the service plug located on the battery. When this plug is removed from the battery, no energy is able to leave it.

If you are the proud owner of a hybrid vehicle, there is no reason to get paranoid about working on your vehicle. It still remains a very safe endeavor, just as long as you are aware of the added danger and take the proper precautions in order to prevent it.

Would You Like The New Self Car Driving System Option With Your New Hybrid Automobile?

The other day, I was talking to an individual who worked at the local Lexus dealership, and they sell a lot of cars out here because this is a rather high-end area, and Lexus is considered a luxury brand, and one of the favorites amongst the locals. I asked him how they were doing with hybrid cars. He said Lexus had quite a few hybrid cars, but not a lot of people knew about that. Usually when people think about hybrid cars they think about the Toyota Prius. Indeed, I understand what he meant, as a matter fact although I had heard that Lexus had some hybrid models, I couldn’t name them. Okay so, let’s talk about this for a moment shall we?

You see, I also asked him about the self parking system which Lexus has been promoting, and it is the cool thing to have. It’s where you park your car paralleling the car that will be in front of you when once you are parallel parked. Then you turn on the self parallel parking system, and the autopilot system puts the car in the exact spot you need. Its sensors know where the other cars are, and it parks itself. That’s pretty cool isn’t it? He told me that it was also available in the hybrid models, especially the upper end models that they sell at the local Lexus dealership here.

Since I live in a golfing retirement community many of the folks are older, and it is difficult to parallel park a car, and as you get older you just aren’t as good as you used to be at figuring it all out. Nonetheless, in this case it doesn’t matter because the car will do it for you. We also talked about some of the other features that were becoming available such as backup warning systems using sonar, and a system which would warns you if it was really foggy before you are about to hit something, or if a car ahead of you has stopped – it will let off the gas pedal, and warn you. That’s also pretty cool. Perhaps you’ve seen the Mercedes commercial advertising something like this also?

Still, I wonder how long it will be until my acquaintance who sells cars there will ask his customers; “would you like the new self driving car option with your new hybrid automobile?” And, I wonder how much that option will be? Right now Google is testing a fully autonomous car on the highways in Nevada. All this technology is coming into fruition, it exists, and you can expect it will be on the luxury models first and available to the public soon. Within five years, I suppose my salesman acquaintance will indeed have customers coming in and wanting that option. Please consider all this and think on it.

Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Rebuild Review

Just like any other car battery, the Toyota Prius hybrid battery eventually runs out of juice and cannot be recharged. Sure, the adverts about how they recharge themselves when running are very compelling, but what happens when they die – as all car batteries do? This aspect of the Prius hybrid was not so well advertised!

This revolutionary hybrid car attracted the attention of many people, particularly those needing to be seen to be green. Just like anything new, unexpected problems can develop later, and with the Prius batteries this was their rechargeable lifetime.

The car is powered by a petrol engine and electric motor that interchange according to the demand. Without getting too technical, the Toyota Prius battery powers the motor in electric mode, and is being recharged when the car is running from the regular petrol engine. The car switches to petrol once the battery is exhausted, and reverts to electric mode when the battery is recharged.

Why Prius Batteries Fail

The reason for the Toyota Prius battery rebuild being needed is that the sealed nickel-metal hydride battery does not have an unlimited life – just as a normal car battery has to be replaced occasionally. It is not the power of the battery that starts to fail, but its ability to recharge, so a fully-charged battery becomes weaker with age.

You should see this in terms of your fuel consumption starting to rise as the petrol engine is forced to kick in more often. While a regular battery eventually dies when you continually overcharge it, Toyota Prius batteries lose their strength because it cannot be charged enough. Eventually, they will completely die out, and you have only two options: buy a new or rebuilt battery or rebuild it yourself.

Toyota Prius Battery Price

Toyota Prius battery replacements are priced at anything from $2,200 to $5,000 depending on where you are, what generation of Prius you are using and what your garage charges. This is a high price to pay for a replacement, but there is a much cheaper solution to your problem if you want to consider it: rebuild it.

You will find a fair bit of advice on the internet regarding this, but it can be very basic and not easy enough to understand to enable you to do it yourself – you only have to make one error and your battery will be ruined forever and you will be faced with an expensive replacement. There are also instructions available online in a commercial PDF eBook that explain to you how to rebuild generation I and II Prius batteries for under $350 – saving you up to $4,000 or more. The book also shows you how to replace your battery computer for $50!

In rebuilding your Toyota Prius hybrid battery using these instructions, you will find the most difficult part of the job is getting the battery out – man, that’s really heavy, although you should manage it fine with two of you. You also get free email help if you have a problem, but you shouldn’t need to use that.

Prius Hybrid Battery Rebuild Guide

This guide to a Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Rebuild is more than just written instructions: it comes with photographs of the author’s last Prius battery rebuild, making it all look so simple. It also provides you with a list of genuine suppliers that can provide the parts you will need. The guide is very easy to understand, even for somebody like me that knew nothing about hybrid batteries until now.

You can save thousands of dollars using this guide and get your Toyota Prius back to running like a dream. There is another advantage: you also save on fuel, because in addition to saving on the price of a new Prius battery, you also resurrect your Prius fuel economy so save on the cost of the excess gas you would have had to buy.

Not only that, but don’t forget the income tax you might be able to reclaim for running a hybrid car. In the USA you can claim $2,000 from your gross income! So there you have three financial reasons for rebuilding a Toyota Prius battery that has permanently lost its charge.

If you are reasonably handy around the car or the house, then you can do this yourself. However, if tools confuse you, then you can likely get a friend or relative to do it for you, or even give your local mechanic a copy of the Prius Hybrid Battery Rebuild guide and pay him or her to do it for you – you still save thousands of dollars.

Advantages of Rebuilding Prius Hybrid Batteries

The advantages of running a Prius hybrid car are well worth you making the effort to get yours back into proper running order. Not only that, but this eBook can help you make money with your new-found skill: there are lots of Prius hybrid batteries in the scrap yards or being sold cheap that you could recondition and sell for cash.

Most people will simply dispose of their expended batteries and buy new ones because they believe that to be their only option. You could set up a blog or website to ask for them and then sell them on eBay after fixing them – that’s making the most of your investment in this eBook on how to carry out a Toyota Prius Hybrid battery rebuild! Some sites are reselling their rebuilt hybrid batteries for $1500 and more!