At Auto Inspection Service we strive to be the best at what we do. Keeping up with the latest technology is part of achieving this goal. Our Technicians have been to training courses to increase their knowledge of the Hybrid automobile. We are ready to service this special technology for you and keep your vehicle running great.
The hybrid car can run on electricity, gasoline, or both. The hybrid gasoline engine is assisted by electric motors. This unique design incorporates electric motors placed in the transmission of the vehicle. As the vehicle comes to a stop the gasoline engine is turned off by the hybrid controller or computer may be another term used to describe the controller. By turning the gasoline engine off when stopped the fuel consumption is reduced. As the vehicle accelerates from a stop the controller starts the gasoline engine and the electric motors assist by adding torque and horse power to the gasoline engine. The additional horse power from the electric motors reduces fuel consumption for the gasoline engine.
The electric motors receive their voltage from a battery pack. The battery pack is made up of several cells wired together and uses transformers and capacitors to convert low DC voltage into high AC current or electricity to run the electric motors. The high voltage leads are all ran in orange colored wire. The orange color coded wire insures that the technician knows to use special safety equipment when handling these wires. The battery pack is charged by the electric motors. When the vehicle is decelerating or stopped the motors are no longer producing torque, they are producing charging current to keep the battery pack fully charged.
The hybrid controller also controls the braking of the vehicle. The electric motor is used to slow the vehicle down when the brakes are applied. Because the motors are only connected to the drive wheels usually located in the front of the vehicle they are the only ones being slowed down by motors . The rear brakes do not have a motor unless the vehicle is four wheel drive, so the hydraulic brakes are always used to stop the rear wheels and they are controlled by the controller. When force is applied to the brake pedal, the force is calculated by the controller and the controller determines the rate of stopping distance. If the force is extreme the controller will over ride the use of the motors to bring the vehicle to a stop by applying the hydraulic brake brakes to all wheels. The ABS system is part of the brake system and plays a part in preventing skids. The controller controls the ABS module or computer.