Hybrids DIY...is it still
possible to work on hybrids? Do you know what to avoid in hybrid repairs?
diy can work on their hybrid vehicles as long as they
are familiar with the 10 rules of hybrid vehicles!
hybrids diy, I hope you take this article seriously because
given hybrids safety records, there is no guaranty that
if you work on hybrids, no problems will come out when
working on them. As I have stated ealier in my other article,
hybrids is a completely different monster and if you don't
know how they work, please don't touch them.
serious people who wants to be a hybrids diy, there is
a good news for you! I will enumerate here the 10 rules
of hybrid vehicles so you can at least protect yourself.
Let say you are driving a hybrid and got stranded in unfamiliar
location and nobody can help you. You can use this information
and find out what to avoid in hybrids.
all wannabe hybrids diy, here are your 10 rules for hybrid
Never leave the ignition key in "on position"
when the car is not being used, it can trigger the auxiliary
battery operation and drain it. You either remove the
ignition key and leave the car running to avoid draining
Always remove the auxiliary gas engine battery if you
are leaving the vehicle for over 3 weeks. This will avoid
discharging the battery.
Use the recommended manufacturer battery charger when
boosting the auxiliary gas engine battery. If you must
use a regular battery charger, set it to the lowest rate
not higher than 3.5 Amps. Failure to do this can damage
the auxuliary battery.
Never tow your hybrids with all 4 wheels: hybids can generate
electricity and can suddendly move without notice. This
can cause serious accident. To tow, lift the front end
up or load the vehicle in a flatbed tow truck instead.
The same thing applies in pushing hybrid vehicles, never
push it using the 4 wheels because it will generate electricity.
You are better off using a roller wheels to move the vehicle.
And remember: remove the ignition key before pushing the
Never shift the vehicle the transmission in neutral with
ready light on. In can cause sudden activation of the
gas engine or the MG generators. You are better off putting
the shift in "PARK" instead.
Never touch the service plugs without wearing a safety
glove rated at 600v or over. Doing it without the glove
could be fatal.
Always remove the ignition key if you are changing the
gas engine oil. Leaving it on can make the engine start
by itself and it might happen after you drained the oil.
Never use a high octane rated fuel for the hybrid gas
engine. This can cause a starting problem for the engine.
Use only 87 octane rated fuel.
When in doubt, do not service your hybrid until you are
familiar with all these safety procedures using the manufacturer's
what to avoid in hybrids, you should be able to work in
your hybrid vehicles in time of emergency. And remember
if you want to work around hybrid wires, always wear a
safety glove rated 600 volts or over.
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