maintenance an electric car

How Do You Maintenance An Electric Car?

If you’ve been behind the wheel of a traditional gas-powered car, you’re well aware of the routine maintenance needed to keep it operating smoothly. From regular oil changes to tire rotations and replacements when necessary, the checklist goes on. Brake pads wear out, eventually necessitating replacements along with the possibility of rotor changes. You check and top up various fluids like brake, power steering, transmission, and coolant. Then there are the periodic checks and potential replacements of hoses, belts, and seals. All said and done, it’s a lot of working parts to keep track of. Now, contrast that with the maintenance of an electric car, which boasts lower long-term costs and greater affordability in day-to-day operation, especially when charging at home.

While traditional cars come with a myriad of mechanical components needing constant attention, electric vehicles (EV) don’t require tune-ups, oil changes, cooling system flushes, spark plug swaps, or drive belt adjustments. Gone are the concerns about servicing the transmission and differential. And there’s no need to worry about a failing fuel pump or water pump, a malfunctioning radiator, or engine gaskets springing leaks. In essence, electric cars, despite their advanced technology, offer simplicity in maintenance. Research suggests EVs cost $330 less than a gas-powered car, a total of $949 annually.

What’s on the Maintenance Checklist?

Similar to any vehicle, you’ll need to monitor your tire pressure, as properly inflated tires contribute to better mileage. Rotating the tires and checking for signs of wear is crucial. If you notice uneven tire tread wear, you may eventually need a wheel alignment, especially if your car pulls to one side.

Other tasks include replacing the cabin air filter, inspecting and replacing windshield wiper blades as needed, and topping up the windshield washer fluid. These routine services can typically be handled by a trained technician at your local dealership. However, if you feel confident in your skills and knowledge of your electric model, the DIY approach works too.

Knowing when to maintenance your electric car

Every 30 days, it’s important to check your tire pressure, inspect for excessive wear, and top up the windshield washer fluid as necessary. Every 7,500 miles or so, you’ll want to rotate the tires, check the coolant level of the battery, inspect various components like the cabin heater, power inverter, accessory power, and charger modules. Additionally, this interval requires examining brakes, steering, suspension, and chassis components for any unusual wear or damage. It’s also crucial to inspect the power steering and drive shafts for signs of wear, lubricate door locks, and check suspension gas struts. Don’t forget to check vehicle headlights and replace if needed.

Can a regular mechanic work on an EV?

The answer to this question is often nuanced. Yes, a regular mechanic can work on an EV. However, due to the differences in technology and systems compared to traditional gas-powered vehicles, it’s important to ensure that the mechanic is trained and certified to work on electric cars. EVs have unique components such as high-voltage systems and battery packs that require specialized knowledge and equipment to diagnose and repair. Therefore, it’s advisable to seek out a mechanic or service center that specializes in electric vehicle maintenance or has experience working with EVs to ensure proper care and maintenance of your model.

Can you work on an EV yourself?

If you’re not a trained mechanic, it’s difficult to maintenance an electric car yourself. However, you can tackle the following DIY tasks with the right information and knowledge of your vehicle:

  • brake pads
  • tires
  • windshield wiper blades

Additionally, performing DIY maintenance on an EV could potentially void warranties or lead to costly damage if done incorrectly. Ultimately, prioritizing safety and seeking professional assistance when needed is often the best course of action.

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Linzi Martin
Linzi Martin has worked as a content manager, consultant, and writer for the past six years. She's handled everything from blogs and articles to e-books and social media content. Her work has been featured in various publications including Apartment Guide, The Startup, and Voyage Magazine. Outside of work, Linzi enjoys staying active, frequenting new restaurants around South Florida, and spending time with her family.

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