Although electric-powered cars have yet to reach the popularity level of their gasoline-powered counterparts, they are growing in demand with each passing year. Due to the sophisticated engineering of an electric car, the average do-it-yourself mechanic may have a hard time in repairing an electric motor. Here are five things that you need to know about repairing an electric car.
Electric cars and conventional cars share some of the same required maintenance.
Although electric cars and gas-powered vehicles have significant differences, some of the required maintenance remains the same. Some on the traditional maintenance includes tire rotations, wheel alignments, changing the shocks, and windshield wiper replacement. While electric car brakes tend to last longer, they still need to be replaced around every 45,000 miles. So practice the same basic maintenance as you have done with your previous gas guzzlers.
The battery pack lasts an average of ten years.
An electric vehicle’s power delivery is dependent upon the health of the battery pack. The good news is that most battery’s packs require a minimal amount of maintenance. The main component that needs to be regularly inspected is the liquid cooling system that is needed to prevent the battery from overheating. If your vehicle starts having trouble, the first thing to check is the battery pack.
Most auto repair shops do not work on electric vehicles.
The truth is that an overwhelming majority of auto repair shops lack the necessary training to fix an electric motor. If you are having problems with your electric vehicle, you will need to locate an auto shop that specializes in the repair of electric motors. You can also take it to the dealership that sold it to you. However, the lack of moving parts in an electric motor enhances its overall durability. Due to the constant friction, the motor brushes are the most common items that need to be repaired.
Loose electrical connections will decrease performance.
Often times, a malfunctioning electric engine is actually a result of a loose connection. Electric Contacts are also prone to becoming corroded after several years of use. Remember to never attempt to reconnect a loose wire while the vehicle is still running. If you notice a loose connection, always wear thick rubber gloves to prevent electrical shock. If you aren't sure how to do the repair, be safe, and ask a professional!
Electrical components should be purchased new.
In an effort to save money, many motorists choose to purchase used car parts. However, electrical components should always be purchased new. Furthermore, the availability of used electric car parts is virtually non-existent.
Surprisingly, the repair costs for an electric car are typically much less expensive than a conventional car. The main thing that electric car owners need to be concerned about is the expensive cost of replacing the battery pack. For those who want to lessen their impact on the environment, electric cars are a good choice and generally don't require any additional maintenance than a standard gas-powered vehicle.