Hybrid Shop Battery Conditioning Process, courtesy of The Hybrid Shop

From the Hybrid Shop: How Does Hybrid Battery Conditioning Work?

What is Hybrid Battery Conditioning—A Deeper Look   The Conditioning process begins with removing the NiMH (nickel–metal hydride battery) battery pack from the vehicle. Specialized THS (The Hybrid Shop®) equipment is then connected to the battery pack for the purposes of rendering two categories of tests; The Power Test and the Energy...

Replacing a Hybrid Car Battery

Hybrid Battery Replacement, Conditioning, Service & Maintenance Owning a hybrid vehicle is an environmentally responsible choice, but when it comes to the care and maintenance of the vehicle it can get costly, especially if you have to replace a hybrid battery. Most hybrid cars have a nickel-metal hydride battery, which can...

What ELSE is Inside a Hybrid Car Battery?

We know there are cells in a hybrid car battery.  And electricity.  Outside of that, most of us don't know whats going on in there.  Jeff Minter, AR&D's Executive Director of Technical Training highlights the components of the High Voltage Battery Pack for a hybrid car....

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance: Rotor Bearing Wear and Tear

As bearings wear down, they impact the space between the rotor and the stator, which affects the magnetic field as well. Because these bearings keep things centric between the rotor and the stator, driving performance can suffer, causing “hunting” or torque changes in the motor. Luckily, there is bearing wear testing...

Common Hybrid Car Maintenance Issues: Temperature Sensors

When it comes to Hybrid Vehicles and their batteries, temperature is a big deal. This includes air temperature around the battery pack but also the temperature of each individual cell of the battery pack as well. Because each HEV manufacturer is different, automotive service providers will often get confused when diagnosing a...

2016 Chevy Volt Hybrid Car Battery Pack, courtesy of GM Media.

From The Hybrid Shop: How to Test & Diagnose Hybrid Vehicles

  As often as we at The Hybrid Shop sing the praises of battery pack conditioning, and as firmly as we believe in its potential to jump start any shop’s foray into the world of hybrid vehicle maintenance, our training programs touch on much more than conditioning alone. Hybrid drive systems–much like traditional...

Who Should Repair My Hybrid Battery, the Dealer or an Aftermarket Specialist?

Despite the exponential growth of the Hybrid-Electric Vehicle industry over the past decade, hybrid owners continue to find themselves at a loss when it comes to servicing their batteries. OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) dealers are typically the first consideration, a viable option for hybrid service, but fortunately for consumers the aftermarket service sector...

From the Hybrid Shop: How to Maximize Your Fuel Economy

As hybrid vehicles gain an increasingly strong foothold in the marketplace and on the road, fuel efficiency has become a vital talking point when it comes to cars and car sales. What was once little more than an afterthought in the public consciousness is now front and center, especially amongst the growing...

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