What Maintenance Does an Electric Vehicle Need?
An electric vehicle requires less maintenance than a regular car, but it still needs upkeep. Even though an electric vehicle (EV) has fewer moving parts than one with an internal combustion engine (ICE), there are a few things to stay on top of, so your electric vehicle runs smoothly. Here’s an electric car maintenance checklist.
Check the Battery
The battery is the most critical component of your electric vehicle. It doesn’t require much maintenance at first but will begin to lose its charge over time. Electric car batteries typically have a warranty of eight years but may remain serviceable for up to 15. However, extreme temperatures can negatively affect battery performance and reduce range. Ensure your battery is checked during a maintenance tune-up.
Keep Your Eyes on The Tires
The battery makes an electric vehicle 20 to 30 per cent heavier than an ICE vehicle, so EV tires wear out faster. Check the tire pressure regularly and keep them correctly inflated. Your electric vehicle should have a professional wheel alignment annually, or more frequently if you drive on rough roads. Rotate your tires according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Ask the technician to check the treads for uneven wear during a tune-up.
Check the Brakes
Electric vehicles have regenerative braking systems, which harness kinetic energy to power the battery. This reduces wear on pads and rotors, and you can go much longer between brake servicing than vehicles with conventional brakes. However, you still need to check the parts and fluid level, and a technician can tell you if you need a brake repair.
Top Up Fluids
Some electric vehicle motors are strictly air-cooled, but those that use liquid coolant will need topping up and occasional changing. EVs also don’t need power steering fluid because the battery powers the steering shaft, reducing the need for a steering repair. Other electric vehicle fluids to check include brake fluid and windshield washing fluid.
Keep the Software Updated
Electric vehicles use software to operate, which is continually updated and improved. You may need to ensure your car’s computer is updated with the latest version. Most cars, though, will update the software automatically.
Take Care of The Body
Like an internal combustion engine vehicle, road salts, sea spray, snow and mud puddles can do a number on your car’s body. Wash your car regularly and repair any scratches or dents quickly to keep your ride in pristine shape.
Car Maintenance in British Columbia And Alberta
At Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres, we can service your electric or fuel-powered vehicle. Our technicians will check your tires, brakes, battery and fluid levels as part of our car maintenance service. Contact us today to schedule a tune-up for your electric vehicle.
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