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A drivetrain type that includes both a petroleum fueled engine and electric drive motors.

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'09 Prius II - No Start. Hybrid light and CEL on

I got a new (used) prius a couple weeks ago. Apparently sold by a weasle. It's never started reliably, and the red triangle light comes on / off. Jumping it would start it though. I replaced the low ...
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Car headlights flickering

I got a Toyota Auris hybrid, about 5 years old. The headlights are flickering sometimes. I can not seem to connect it to a certain moment. I have encountered it when driving 80km/h on the engine, but ...
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How to drive a hybrid in a flood? [closed]

In a traditional IC car when driving through water such as a flooded road or a ford the recommendation is to keep the revs up by using more throttle than is necessary. This ensures that the exhaust ...
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Is driving a BMW 330e with only the gas engine detrimental to the car?

I have my eyes on a 2018 330e. But, it would take about 3 months to get the approval from my HOA to install the charger in the parking garage. Would it be detrimental to this car to drive it ...
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Is stale gas a real problem with plug-in hybrids?

Due to environmental considerations, I am planning to purchase a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle when the vehicle I want becomes available (RAV4 Prime). However, I am concerned of the gasoline in the ...
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Do manual transmission hybrid cars exist (or could be built)?

As I was reading this question about manual transmission electric cars, it dawn on me that the question did not really address the question of hybrid cars with manual transmissions. Hence, are there ...
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Problem diagnostic on Toyota Estima

In relation to my previous question: Hybrid battery not charging fully This morning I took the vehicle to the mechanic who has serviced all of my cars for the last 10 years. He called me later in ...
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Hybrid battery not charging fully

I have Toyota Estima 2.4 petrol/electric hybrid 2010 (UK 60 reg) that I bought about 4 months ago. So far I had no problems with anything until a couple of days ago the HV battery stopped charging ...
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Ford Escape Hybrid - “Stop Safely Now” messages

In Brief In my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid, the car will occasionally jump to a noticeable decrease in power and display a "Stop Safely Now" message. I have to restart the car to resolve. But how can I ...
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Recommended gasoline types for BMW i3 — store gasolines to extend the range

What are the recommended gasoline types for BMW i3 2014 or BMW i3 2015? I search online for a while, but I am not sure what are the types of gasoline we can use for BMW i3 2014 or BMW i3 2015? Is it ...
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2007 Honda Civic warning lights all on and stiff steering wheel?

I was trying to diagnose my AC compressor issue and was pulling some of the circuits and fuses to see if they possibly went bad. Thankfully I identified the problem being the blower motor not ...
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Honda Fit GP5 Hybrid battery not charging

Last two days in my Honda Fit GP5 (2014, hybrid, 1490cc) I noticed engine isn't stop when car is in parking mode and hybrid battery meter doesn't get over 3/6 even though engine was on for half an ...
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Hybrid car design: simplifying the gasoline motor

Although in the popular mind a hybrid car is a gasoline car with an electric motor, I imagine that there's some space for simplifying the design of the gasoline motor, once you have the electric once. ...
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I have a dead Toyota Prius

2007 Toyota Prius blown engine need to put in neutral to move but can’t turn on. Does anyone know how to put in neutral?
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Need to change engine oil type depend on kilo in honda hybrid

Our Local car Mechanic suggest to change engine oil depend on kilo. For example, After My Honda Hybrid car has over kilo 100,000, they suggest to change another engine oil type such as 5W-30. But I ...
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Honda Civic hybrid won’t start with new battery

I have a 2007 Honda Civic hybrid that I just got a new battery put in. After the battery was placed in my car I was able to drive home. The next day when I went to start my car everything went black ...
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how does mileage affect the price of a used car? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask but I'm not sure where to ask this. so I'm looking at two cars. Both the same make, model, year and trim. (2012 Toyota Prius) according to the carfax ...
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High Mileage GMC Yukon hybrid

What is considered high mileage on used Hybrid GMC Yukon? I am considering the purchase of a used Hybrid GMC Yukon or Chevrolet Tahoe. Is 125,000 high mileage for a Hybrid, like a standard gasoline ...
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2008 Prius: how often change full synthetic oil and filter

I have a 2008 Toyota Prius. I've looked at the manuals: Scheduled Maintenance Guide Manual Neither mentions synthetic oil at all. The Scheduled Maintenance Guide recommends changing oil and the ...
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2010 Ford Fusion hybrid— terrible gas mileage

I bought my 2010 Fusion Hybrid in June. It has about 55k miles on it. It's supposed to be getting ~40 hwy/36 city. I drive almost exclusively in the city, but ever since I bought it it's only been ...
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What are problems, if any, in connecting accessories to 12v battery in Prius or other hybrids?

I am thinking of getting a portable air compressor (for filling tires) that clips directly to the battery because it can draw up to 20A. (As I understand it, the usual max in many vehicles for the ...
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How do I store my Toyota hybrid for 3 months?

I have a 2016 Toyota Auris hybrid and I need to leave it parked in my garage for 3 months. Do I need to take any special precautions? A few years ago I parked my VW polo diesel for 3 months outside ...
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Is it necessary to put dual clutch transmission to park gear on stop and go traffic?

I was advised to put my car which has dual clutch transmission, to park gear on heavy traffic to reduce stress on clutches. Is this correct? As far as I know holding brake will do the job. Since my ...
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Do hybrids brake less effectively than non-hybrid cars?

I drove a used '07 Civic Hybrid yesterday, and the brakes felt weak compared to other cars I've driven (2006 Lexus IS250, 2016 WV Jetta, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark, even an '03 Corolla if I remember ...
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Could a car be slowed by the drive shaft?

Could enough electromagnets be place around the drive shaft to slow a car and generate electricity? Or a switch that would engage electromagnets going down hill? When you apply the brakes the drive ...
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2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid leaking at transmission seal -

Our 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid has a leak that the local Toyota dealer (in Spokane) says is at the silicone transmission seal. The shop manager indicated that they have never seen this before and ...
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Engine maintenance on plug-in hybrid vs. regular vehicle

Plug-in hybrid vehicles have enough power to cover 100% of my daily commute. Driving on electricity alone and not having to run the gasoline engine greatly appeals to me, but I also understand that ...
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honda civic hybrid 2006

I drive a Honda Civic 2006 hybrid. The transmission is faulty. I notice a loud noise while accelerating and it wouldn't change gears while accelerating. But I've been using it like this for the past ...
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What extra wiring connectors are in the back? 2006 Highlander Hybrid

Today I installed a towing cable harness in my 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and I had a bit of difficulty at first because the correct connector was somewhat hidden (wrapped up in protective material)...
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Hybrid or petrol car in the given scenarios? [closed]

What kind of engine (or car in general) - hybrid or petrol - is more suitable (economically justified and less prone to damage and faults) when driving in the following scenarios: Every day, very ...
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Has anybody converted a bus from diesel drive to electric drive (hybrid) converting the old engine into a generator?

I am aware that the vehicle will increase weight and that older engines must be modified to operate with less harmful impact to the ambient. I rather wonder about the accompanying effects and ...
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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Today, the outside temperature was -20 degrees Celsius and I forgot to connect the cord for the block heater, cabin heater and 12V battery charger. My 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid blinked the "READY" light ...
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2008 Toyota highlander blows a headlight every 3 months

I have been having a problem with my wife's 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. It is blowing headlamps every 3 or 4 months. Usually one at a time, so it is probably really 6 months of life per lamp ...
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Honda Grace, temperature problem

My Car is a Honda Grace,well checked and we'll maintained.Morning when I start the vehicle,engine temperature bulb(along with other indicator bulbs)comes in blue and disappear.After a hour of ride,...
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Explaining why electrical and hybrid cars always have automatic transmission

I am trying to understand if or why electrical and hybrid cars always have automatic transmissions. I know that a conventional petrol/diesel engine only have a small effective torque range, so you ...
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Turn Signal Malfunction [2010 Ford Escape Hybrid]

I have a 2010 Ford Escape Hybrid about a month back my right turn signal started to turn on randomly while the turn signal was in the neutral position. When this occurs turning the signal to the left ...
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Parking pawl or parking brake creak

I have recently observed a slight creak in my car which I think comes from the parking pawl in my 2016 Toyota RAV4 hybrid. It doesn't have a conventional automatic transmission, but I still believe ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

I really like hybrid cars e.g. Toyota Prius ... but I would like to drive them without their battery so that I can drive them only on petrol and don't have to worry about battery maintenance / ...
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What is the typical longevity of NiMH battery packs used in non-plug-in hybrid cars?

I have some mutually contradictory information about the longevity of NiMH battery packs, as used in non-plug-in hybrid cars (mostly by Toyota / Lexus, but there may be other brands as well). On one ...
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Toyota Auris Hybrid sometimes is reluctant to enter READY mode

I've bought a Toyota Auris Hybrid 2011 in June last year. I've got no issues until November, when for the first time it didn't want to start. For next few weeks the issue didn't come up, so I thought ...
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How hard is it / is it possible to expand batteries in a hybrid vehicle?

My neighbour has an Audi A6 C7 2.0 Hybrid with a fairly big trunk, in my opinion. About 1/5 of the space is already fitted with the battery. I'm wondering if there's a way to actually add a few ...
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Can you pushstart a hybrid / fully electric car?

I'm fairly new to mechanics and was wondering: Let's say you have a hybrid car and the battery is dead. Can you pushstart this vehicle? The same question goes for a fully electric car, however I'm ...
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In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity?

In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity? For latest models 2017 and up
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Riding Brakes Downhill in a Hybrid

Is it bad to ride your brakes in a hybrid vehicle? If the answer varies per model, I'm interested in the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. I know it's bad to ride your brakes in a conventional vehicle as ...
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What is the most typical location of slow leak in the AC system?

I had a 2011 Toyota Yaris for 5 and half years. During that time, the efficiency of the AC system went noticeably down although it still cooled somewhat. I never had the AC serviced. From this, it can ...
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What does the hybrid engine do with surplus energy?

This question is based on Toyota Hybrid flyers / experience but I suppose it's meant to be general for hybrids? The concept is to use electric motor for braking (therefore often the power of electric ...
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Would the GM extended-range electric VOLTEC system be practical in a truck or SUV?

Last December, I became owner of a 2014 Volt which uses GM's "voltec" system, where the first ~40 miles after plugging in are pure electric and the vehicle switches to gasoline afterward at ~40 MPG. ...
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2003 Honda Civic hybrid overheating issue

Hello I am new here and is need of some serious help. I am mechanically inclined, but I am no master mechanic. I have a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid with 132k miles. I started experiencing issues this ...
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Wrong type of transmission fluid used

I have a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. It requires CVT transmission oil. I got the transmission fluid replaced in Nov 2015. A couple of weeks ago I found out that the mechanic had used the wrong type of ...
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Highlander Hybrid losing oil/coolant

I've received a variety of opinions regarding what may actually be wrong with my car. Here is the story so far... Sep. 2016: ~96k miles: Bought 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid from dealership. One ...