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

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Difference between normal oil and hybrid oil

Trying to buy some oil for my 2020 hybrid toyota camry after finding out its MUCH more expensive in the dealer and they only fill it with semi-synthetic oil. I found the same oil from shell, both are ...
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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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2024 Kia Sportage Hybrid SX-Prestige makes a loud noise when accelerating

It's a new SUV, and I've noticed that loud gear-like noise when accelerating from 20 to 30 mph. I'm concerned about this. Could it be related to switching gears? Is it normal? Should I take it to the ...
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Suzuki Swift 2021 1.2 Hybrid - Strange Knocking Sound?

Im driving 2021 Suzuki Swift Hybrid, the moment i got out of the dealership with 0km, the engine started to produce strange knocking sound but only when the car is warmed up, when its cold its great. ...
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What does an NG Ground Fault error status indicate?

This is for a Honda Clarity 2018 PHEV non-touring. Error shows up in the diagnostics screens. EDIT: adding photos... Furthermore, it should be noted that while the error appears to be persistent (I ...
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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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Why don't we see many diesel hybrid cars?

Car manufacturers are constantly trying to improve the efficiency of their cars to reduce fuel consumption and meet ever stricter emission standards, diesels are by design more efficient than ...
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Wheel slippage when accelerating from stop

I drive a 2018 Ford Fusion Energi. I've noticed that occasionally when accelerating from stop, my wheels slip a little. My tires don't have a lot of wear on them, so I don't think it's a traction ...
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Trying separate the Oxygen Sensor electrical connector

The rear O2 sensor needs replacing. I cannot figure out how to get the connector to separate. 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid I have tried pressing on the spot I think needs it. I have tried prying up on the ...
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Honda Civic hybrid won't start

My Honda Civic hybrid won't start. No interior lights, no power. Can I jump start the battery under the hood? Not sure since it is a hybrid and has two? batteries. I did not drive it for 3days. ...
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Temporarily disable a Toyota Aqua?

Is there a way to sort of "Disable" a Toyota Aqua, in such a way that it won't start, but can easily be re-enabled? e.g. by removing a part that can easily be put back in? The idea here is a ...
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Reconnecting "starter" battery sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

I have a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid with a 12-mo old 151R starter battery. I disconnect the negative wire from the post after each use because the car sits 3-7 days between uses. The negative clamp is ...
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Do I need a battery maintainer, a portable jumpstarter, or a completely new 12V battery?

Hybrid vehicle has not been used for several months due to COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicle has a 3 year old 12V AGM battery. Battery is not used as a true "starter" battery; it just boots the ...
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Toyota CH-R fuel consumption confusion

I have a Toyota C-HR Hybride Edition 1.8L 2020. I see in the specification that the fuel tank is 43L. With every trip, when I turn off the car, I get fuel consumption statistics for the current trip. ...
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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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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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My first hybrid, strange electrical problem, 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

Just bought my first hybrid, a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid. Regrets already. Need help diagnosing this behavior. I'm about 80% sure the "starting" battery is dead, but hybrid... Day 1 Turn ...
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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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2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, error lights on dash, and codes

A few months ago, my Civic Hybrid started giving me issues. When I start it in the morning, I have to hold the key for a few seconds before the engine catches. Once the engine is running, my IMA light,...
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Gen 2 Prius hesitates ... Is there a problem with the HV Battery? [closed]

Is there a problem with the HV Battery? Gen 2 Prius hesitates.
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2008 Ford escape hybrid blend door actuator

I have a similar issue, my 2008 ford escape hybrid driver side remains on cold and my passenger side climate control works fine, no problems. I also notice that when I turn the knob on the driver side ...
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Clicking sound after changing struts. 2008 Ford Escape hybrid

I have a 2008 Ford Escape hybrid. I recently changed out my old struts for brand new ones. After the new ones were installed, I hear a clicking sound when I accelerate and when I brake. There will be ...
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How does cruise control interact with my hybrid car?

How does cruise interact with my car? I mean is it just a feedback loop on the accelerator or does it directly involve fuel injection? I ask because I find that on my Camry hybrid it actually makes ...
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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 systems are powered by the traction battery in a 2020 Rav4?

Obviously the traction motors are driven by the battery - that's the whole purpose. I suspect that the power steering and air conditioner compressor are driven by the traction battery (vs the 12V ...
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Do hybrids perform better than (Internal Combustion Engine) ICE cars on a long drive?

I was really interested in the exceptional fuel average of hybrid cars and was considering to buy one as soon as I got my hands on some savings but I read somewhere that hybrids are better for city ...
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Are there any issues with treating a 2013 Chevy Volt as a gasoline vehicle?

What I mean is, if one never charges the car and only uses it like normal gas-operated vehicles, would one run into problems?
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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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Dashcam parking mode settings for hybrid?

I am installing a Thinkware F800 dashcam in a 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid. To enable recording while parked, the camera has two power inputs, one that should be ignition-switched and one that should ...
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Honda Accord 2017 Radio Black screen

I have a Honda accord hybrid 2017 and I was checking the hidden screen settings and suddenly the screen went all black as attached pictures can you please help me with resetting the radio screen or ...
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Is it damaging to a hybrid's gasoline engine to let it rev high before it warms up?

Generally, it is not a good idea to let an engine reach high RPMs when it is cold. The potential issues with a cold engine under full throttle are well documented. I have a Fusion Energi and the car ...
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Can I jumpstart a non-hybrid car from a hybrid or full electric car?

This morning I had starter battery troubles with my 2001 VW Eurovan. As it happened, my father-in-law arrived just at the right time in his fancy new Toyota Camry hybrid. So we opened the hoods, dug ...
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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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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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Pros and cons of driving a vehicle with a misfiring cylinder

Check engine light came on for a Toyota Prius that is only being driven about once a month since COVID-19 pandemic began. OBD-II scanner shows P0302, which indicates the problem is a misfiring ...
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Honda Accord Hybrid 2017 blinking red light on instrument panel

The vehicle is a 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, purchased new in California. Last night, after locking the vehicle in the driveway, a slowly-blinking red LED appeared on the instrument panel. The light is ...
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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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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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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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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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Why do many hybrids have little or no trailer towing capacity?

I have noticed that many hybrid vehicles have little or no trailer towing capacity. For example, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports hybrid model has 375 kg trailer towing capacity (unbraked + braked) ...
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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 ...