Electric Car Repair in San Jose
Electric cars are obviously significantly different to other cars, and growing quickly in popularity. However, because of their unique build, this means that they are susceptible to certain technical issues you would not find in conventional vehicles. It also means that your electric car will be immune to certain kinds of issues as well. If you need repairs to be done on your electric car, it is very important that you take it to a mechanic who is qualified to work on it, such as Leale's Auto Repair and Transmission.
Less Maintenance Costs
If you own an electric car, you will be pleased to learn that they require significantly less maintenance than a regular car. Many of the components of a car which are prone to failure (like the timing belt or the head gasket) simply do not exist in an electric car – they can’t fail.
An electric vehicle can also use its electrical motor to slow itself down rather than the brakes. This means that there will be less wear and tear on your car’s brakes, which means their lifespan will be extended.
So What Needs To Be Maintained?
While electric cars require less maintenance than their gas powered counterparts, there are still many parts of your electric car which need to be regularly maintained. For example, the tires can still wear down and they need to be replaced after a certain amount of time. While the lifespan of your brakes is significantly increased, you will still need to have your brake pads maintained – you will just have to do so less than it normally would with a conventional vehicle.
With certain parts of the car, there is no difference between an electric and a traditional car. When it comes to the wiper blades, you will still have to get them replaced regularly just like you would with any other car. This ensures that any obstructions on your windshield can be properly removed.
You will also need to regularly have your fluids checked. This includes the brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. Electric cars such as the Tesla Model S also have a gear box containing transmission fluid, which will need to be regularly replaced. Eventually, your battery will need to be replaced as well. Unfortunately, this can be quite expensive. A replacement battery for the Nissan Leaf will cost you around $5,499. With all these high costs of electric car parts, you should rely on an expert that knows what they’re doing when you need repairs.
Risks Of Electric Car Repair
If someone who is not properly qualified tries to work on your car, there is a high risk of electrocution or fire. One of the main problems you will have with maintaining your electric vehicle is there are a very small amount of people who are qualified to work on electric cars – it may be difficult to find an electric car mechanic.
At Leale's Auto Repair and Transmission, we have the right qualifications to safely work on your electric vehicles. Don’t risk hiring someone who isn’t properly qualified. If you have any concerns about your electric vehicle or if you simply require a regular checkup, bring your vehicle down to our shop.