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2008 Ford Escape Hybrid Stop Safely Now - P1A0C

The first attempt at fixing the sudden shutdown issue was to replace the Electric Motor Cooling Pump. Since it was a recall the dealer replaced it for free. The picture pump above is the "out the ...
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Is it bad to run a chevy volt out of gas on a regular basis?

Short answer, it is bad don't do that. Longer answer, the fuel pump is cooled by the gas in the tank and runs while the fuel system is pressurized. When you run it dry the pump can overheat which ...
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How does the Koenigsegg Regera work?

Well, you have posted the link to the website, where they explain it, and also give this image: There are three E-motors. Two on the axes, and one on the same shaft as the combustion motor (C-motor), ...
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Can I jumpstart a non-hybrid car from a hybrid or full electric car?

Lots of good answers, but will clarify something for what it is worth: All hybrid cars do have a 12V and a high voltage system. In my Prius (2009, 2003-2009 model), the 12v battery is in the boot. ...
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2006 Toyota Prius in Africa

That model of car can't recharge from a charging station. It charges the battery either from braking or by using the petrol engine as a generator. So yes, you should in theory get the 50mpg without a ...
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Will never charging the batteries of a hybrid electric plug-in vehicle damage it?

No, it won't get damaged. But you also shouldn't let the battery totally empty for long periods. Li-ion batteries are best stored with some charge (normally about 40% is recommended charge level for ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

No, this is not possible. The high-voltage (HV) battery is used to start the engine. Remove this battery, and you soon find yourself unable to start the engine. The engine is started by motor-...
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Will never charging the batteries of a hybrid electric plug-in vehicle damage it?

The car will charge its battery while driving, e.g. when you brake. This allows the electric motor to augment the diesel engine, reducing overall fuel usage. The result is that the charge state of the ...
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Toyota Prius Mk2 "gasoline only" operation mode

This is in theory possible, but I have no idea how to implement it in practice. The Prius HSD "Hybrid Synergy Drive" has, at its transmission heart, a planetary gearset with two power inputs: One ...
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How does the Prius (2011) re-ignite the gas engine without causing too much wear on the ignition?

The Prius doesn't start traditionally. It actually has two motors, MG1 and MG2 (MG = Motor Generator.) MG1 replaces a traditional starter motor in the sense that it is responsible for spinning up ...
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2010 Ford Fusion hybrid-- terrible gas mileage

The chances of you driving to match the government specified "city" cycle, well it won't happen... Your city drive may not have the variety that the "city cycle" assumed ie X percent of highway, 3 ...
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Highlander Hybrid losing oil/coolant

I don't recommend driving it further; you risk packing up the cooling system if oil makes its way there. You might want to invest in some quick tests before you buy anything: You need to confirm if ...
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In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity?

Prius Gen4 (2017) apparently can go up to 72 mph with electricity only: https://priuschat.com/threads/what-is-the-max-ev-speed-no-ice.161545/ (message #5). However, that doesn't mean the tiny battery ...
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Can you pushstart a hybrid / fully electric car?

There are two reasons why a modern hybrid car could fail to start due to lack of electricity. Two reasons, because every hybrid car has two batteries (12V and HV). One is that the 12V battery is flat....
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How hard is it / is it possible to expand batteries in a hybrid vehicle?

There are several issues with wanting to just add to the existing battery pack. The manufacturers could certainly design the car to be capable of it, but it's probably not something you can do as an ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

It's not possible - and it's probably not what you want anyway. My first Prius lasted over 350,000 miles (570,000 km) without any battery maintenance whatsoever. If there were a way to run without ...
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Explaining why electrical and hybrid cars always have automatic transmission

In many cases, a hybrid system uses a planetary set with multiple power inputs (IC engine and [electric] motor). The power sources work individually on say the ring and the planetary carrier, while ...
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Power steering stiff after hybrid cold start at -20C

Sounds like nominal behavior of power steering fluid at -20c. Unless there is no fluid involved with whatever that thing does to make the wheels turn, then it sounds like nominal behavior of an ...
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2010 Ford Fusion hybrid-- terrible gas mileage

TL;DR If your car is advertised for 36 city and you are getting 32-33 then the discrepancy is only about 10% which is apparently really good. Even at 31 mpg it is just a 14% loss. Fuel economy is ...
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Is driving a BMW 330e with only the gas engine detrimental to the car?

No, this vehicle as well as similar "hybrid" vehicles are designed to work this way. The gasoline-fueled part of the system will keep the batteries properly charged. This vehicle only has a very ...
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Pros and cons of driving a vehicle with a misfiring cylinder

I can relate a story from my own experience with my daughter's car. Turns out it had two bad ignition coils that caused the engine to misfire when it was raining. Did she stop when the check engine ...
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Is it bad to run a chevy volt out of gas on a regular basis?

Probably more threatening than the reason you posted in your question about crud in the tank, is premature fuel pump failure. Frequently running the tank low or dry could potentially cause the fuel ...
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Can low tire pressure cause the ABS warning light to come on?

The ABS and traction will detect that the rotational velocity on all tires do not match the expected. A low tire changes the effective radius of the tire, and therefore the rotational velocity will ...
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Is there a diagnostic that can be done on a used hybrid car's battery pack?

At least Toyota has a special hybrid battery test that only the dealership can do. If you service your car regularly at the dealership, the test is performed annually and in Finland, this extends the ...
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How does cruise control interact with my hybrid car?

Cruise control is not generally considered to be a fuel economy feature. It's mainly intended for comfort and convenience on long highway trips, where fatigue can be a problem. Traditionally, cruise ...
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Why do hybrids have the aesthetic wheel cover on the body?

The wheel covers, or fender skirts Wikipedia says they are commonly called, are fairings installed to reduce drag in the wheel wells and thus to increase range. According to the same Wikipedia article,...
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Toyota Prius Mk2 "gasoline only" operation mode

If the battery pack is completely worn out, you cannot use the Prius in a gasoline-only mode, because the high voltage battery pack is the only way the internal combustion engine can be started. There ...
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Riding Brakes Downhill in a Hybrid

Hybrids use regenerative braking. However, the battery cannot absorb enough energy in mountainous regions, which means the disk brakes will be used as a fallback. So, the answer is yes and no: yes, it ...
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Engine maintenance on plug-in hybrid vs. regular vehicle

While it is true that, as a previous answer said, all the same systems exist and need to be maintained as in a pure gasoline car, it is also the case that in the Chevrolet Volt (first and second ...
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How do I store my Toyota hybrid for 3 months?

There are two batteries in Toyota hybrids: the high-voltage traction battery and the 12V battery. You can charge the 12V battery yourself; the high-voltage traction battery can be only charged by ...
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