Electric Car Maintenance Tips

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If you’re looking to leave gasoline power behind and give your Fairmont commute a serious upgrade, consider an electric vehicle! EVs used to be considered niche, expensive, and hard-to-find, but these days they’re more affordable and available than ever. Many popular automakers are committing to a fully-electric or carbon-neutral future, rolling out ambitious plans for a new generation of electric vehicles around the world. For example, GMC will be releasing the all-new Hummer EV soon, and Buick has plans to roll out their first electric vehicle in the U.S. by 2024.

 

 

If you’re interested in buying an electric car now or in the future, you might be wondering—what maintenance does an electric car need? Some drivers think that EVs don’t need any kind of regular service because they lack an internal combustion engine, but this isn’t the case. It’s true that EVs don’t need to be brought in as often for service, and they don’t need things like oil changes or spark plug replacements, but they do require regular maintenance to stay in top condition. While every EV is a bit different, the service team at Dan Cava's Buick GMC has a basic overview of electric car maintenance in the guide below. 

How to Maintain an Electric Car

Although electric cars lack a lot of the parts of their gasoline-powered counterparts, they still have a lot of essential driving components like a transmission, brakes, coolant, washer fluid, and steering systems. Each of these things need to be taken care of so you can stay safe on the Morgantown roads. Here is a general list of services that will be performed at routine service appointments for an electric vehicle:

  • Tire rotation
  • Cabin air filter replacement
  • Wiper blade replacement
  • Fluid replacement – coolant, transmission fluid, washer fluid, etc.
  • Battery inspection
  • Tire pressure inspection
  • Suspension and steering inspection
  • Safety inspections – airbags, safety technology, etc.

The Typical EV Maintenance Schedule

One of the benefits of driving an electric car is less frequent service appointments—gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles usually have to be brought in for routine maintenance every few months, or 3,000-7,500 miles of driving. EVs also tend to cost less to maintain, which evens out the typically higher price tag in addition to savings at the gas pump. Like we said above, every electric vehicle is a bit different, but here are the general service intervals you’ll stick to if you drive an electric car:

  • Pollen Filter and Air Filter: Every 20,000 miles or 2 years
  • Brake Fluid: Every 20,000 miles or 2 years
  • Battery Coolant: Lifetime change if replaced
  • Tire Rotation: Check and rotate every 10,000 miles or 1 year
  • Wiper Blades & Windshield Wiper Fluid: Check every 20,000 miles or 2 years

Keep Your EV in Top Condition at Dan Cava's Buick GMC!

If you have any questions about electric car maintenance, feel free to contact our office! You can also stop by our service center near Grafton to talk to a member of our team in person, and we’ll be happy to help you out. Be sure to check out our service tips for more ways to keep your vehicle running in the best condition possible—some of them only apply to gasoline-powered cars but a lot can apply to hybrids and EVs as well!

 

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