How Healthy is Your Hybrid Battery?
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How healthy is your hybrid’s battery?
Let’s face it. All hybrid batteries will eventually need to be replaced. The trick is being prepared when it finally happens. Replacing your hybrid battery can be fairly daunting, and the more information you have, the better. So, how healthy is your hybrid battery? Let’s find out… Over time, you might start to notice some warning signs as your vehicle and battery start to age. Some of the signs that your hybrid battery is getting old might be:
- poor mileage
- battery drains quickly
- engine runs all the time
- loss of power and torque
Your hybrid’s on-board computer can give you some basic insight into your battery’s condition, but for the most part, it’s still a big mystery.
So, how do I check the health of my hybrid battery??
If your battery is already 8-10 years old (and in bad shape), you’ll end up seeing warning lights on the dash. These warning / check engine lights are always generic. So, to get specific info about what those lights mean, you can go to your local repair shop, dealership, or auto parts store to get the OBD trouble codes read. On-Board-Diagnostic (OBD) trouble codes are part of the system that monitors and identifies issues with your vehicle. For example, when this system sees an issue with your hybrid battery, it turns on the check engine light and records an OBD code. The trouble codes are very specific issues about what’s going on with your car. These codes are accessed by plugging a code reader into the vehicle’s OBD port. Some places might charge for the diagnostics, others like the auto parts stores, will do it for free. And some hybrid owners might opt to do it themselves and buy an OBD reader. Once you have that information, call Green Bean Battery with a list of your trouble codes, and we’ll guide you through the battery replacement process.
If your hybrid battery is still going strong, and you’re just trying to prepare for the future, you can remove the guesswork and gain some real insight. All you need is an OBD bluetooth reader and the Dr Prius / Dr Hybrid app. With that simple combination, you’ll get real time information about the estimated remaining life of your hybrid battery. The Dr Prius / Dr Hybrid team have developed a test that attempts to determine the estimated remaining life remaining of your hybrid battery using well-known indicators. Currently the app supports two tests. A Full Battery Test, to perform load testing on your battery and a Life Expectancy Test, to find out the estimated remaining capacity of the battery. Run these two tests, and you’ll have all the information you need along with a list of any error codes inside your hybrid system. And if the app determines through its diagnostics that you need a new battery, the software will also recommend getting it replaced, a task that that Green Bean Battery can certainly help with!! That’s right, Green Bean Battery is now partnered with Dr Prius / Dr Hybrid to be the #1 duo for hybrid battery replacement!
So, regardless of your situation and current hybrid battery health, don’t worry because you always have options. All you need is a little information before moving forward… And if you don’t want to spend $3,000 to $5,000 for a new replacement battery for your 10 year old vehicle, Green Bean Battery’s premium reconditioned hybrid batteries are a great alternative at nearly half the cost. And to top that off, we come to you to do the installation and all of our hybrid batteries come with our Green Bean Warranty. Click here to find out more information about Dr Prius / Dr Hybrid. Or just choose your vehicle below to get started.