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How to Buy a Hybrid Hatchback
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How to Buy a Hybrid
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There are many hybrid cars, clean diesels, and electric cars to choose from today. They work differently but all help the environment and improve MPG.
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What Does the Hybrid Drive System Malfunction Warning Light Mean?
The hybrid drive system malfunction light turns on when an issue is detected with the system. It could be due to problem with the battery or a fuse.
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When you tell your friends and family that you bought a new car, inevitably the first question you’ll get is, “What kind of gas mileage does it get?” The question assumes that you’ve...
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Why do some cars have Direct Drive Gear?
Direct drive gear systems are used to transmit power to the wheels with an electric motor. They are used on hybrid/electric vehicles as a replacement for the transmission. Steering systems today use direct drive gear with the use of an...
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Auxiliary battery draining the hybrid battery
Auxiliary batteries can take awhile before symptoms may be noticed on a Prius. This is due to the hybrid system powering many of the components. In this vehicle the auxiliary battery is mainly used for starting. It could cause problems...
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Car wont start jumped it ima brake abs lights all on car dead next morning
When the IMA light is on in the hybrid Honda Civic models, this usually means that the battery pack (not to be confused with the starting battery) is no longer charging properly. This is typically is a part that has...
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Car involuntarily accelerates 2-car lengths 1 out of 100 times
Hello. This can be a dangerous issue and does happen on this vehicle. Typically I have repaired this with updating the computers in the vehicle. Some of the time when the degeneration is not working correctly it is because the...
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Hybrid vehicle has coolant leakage from the transaxle
Hello. If the system is leaking coolant then the leak needs to be found immediately. If it is leaking from around the transmission area then it is usually either the external pump or the inverter. These inverters are a common...
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2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Hello. It sounds like the car has low battery voltage. Either the battery has gone bad or the alternator is not charging properly and is draining the battery. I would suggest that you have the electrical system inspected. If you...
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Car shut off and remained unresponsive since then - 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
Hello. The PCM is a potential cause of the problem that you are experiencing. The PCM is the main computer for the car and could be malfunctioning. There could also be a problem with the electric motor of the hybrid...
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Hybrid car's battery cannot recover on repeated short trips
Considering that the vehicle is such a new model and has only been out for a couple of model years, I would say that the issue is likely one that needs to be worked out by the manufacturer. If you...
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Does a hybrid engines radiator effect the oil engines cooling system...or could it cause oil engine to sludge up?
If your radiator was leaking, there are good chances that your engine overheated. Not knowing the vehicle history on the frequency of oil changes can make it difficult to diagnose over the internet. Oil changes should be performed every 3,000...
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CTV pros and cons
For you who don't know, those are the cars that don't have transmission gears. They never shift. They just continuously have a range to drive a car. The reason they are doing that is because they get a better gas...
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The endurance of a hybrid when the batteries wear out
It depends on the design, but a lot of them are running a Toyota's design. The Fords have Toyota's parts in them, and a lot of GMs run Toyota's design. Generally, those batteries last anywhere from 7 to 10 years,...
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Advice on deciding to buy a car, among BMW, Mazda, Toyota and Toyota hybrid
I'm not a hybrid fan, because they are so complex, and when they break, many cost a fortune to fix. That is the only car Toyota makes that I advise people not to buy. I wouldn't go for it unless...
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Brakes make a swoosh sound
Things change as technology advances. Most hybrids have a regenerative braking system to charge up the hybrid battery. If Toyota has changed the design of the regenerative braking system since the year of Prius that you own, it is very...
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Recommendation about a reliable, low-maintenace car brand
Get a Toyota Corolla or Camry. Just don't buy a hybrid car. I'm against hybrid cars of any particular make because they are so high-tech, and when they break, they can cost a fortune. You can buy a brand new...
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Coolant temperature increase, service hybrid light on
Hello. If the coolant is getting hotter than normal it will also affect the hybrid system. If the coolant is low then this will occur. If the coolant level is fine then it is more than likely a weak water...

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