When to Schedule Hybrid Car Battery Replacement

2021 Toyota Prius driving at night

 

Large hybrid car batteries don’t need to be replaced very often, but since the job can be expensive, it’s important to plan ahead. In general, we recommend hybrid battery replacement at least once every 150,000 miles or every 15 years, whichever comes first. Although your battery may expire prematurely, or continue to operate as intended on a longer timeline, you can generally assume that this service will take place—at most—once or twice during your vehicle’s lifespan.

Signs You’re Due for Hybrid Battery Replacement

Hybrid car batteries are built to last, but no battery lasts forever. Extreme heat and cold can take a toll on any battery system, and even normal use will eventually wear out a battery’s capacity to recharge. Most hybrid vehicles include diagnostic systems that can alert you when a hybrid battery is reaching the end of its lifespan, but you don’t want to be surprised when that warning message arrives!

The following symptoms can all be indications that you’ll need to schedule hybrid car battery replacement in the near future:

  1. The battery no longer holds a charge. After a period of inactivity, you might notice that your battery has lost some of its power. This isn’t normal, so schedule service as soon as possible.
  2. Your battery power fluctuates more than usual. Strange battery behavior can also be a sign that something is wrong. If your power jumps from a high state to a low one while you’re out in Cody or Billings, MT, visit a service center.
  3. Your fuel economy is falling, and your engine is picking up the slack. If you drive using gas and electric power together, you’ll notice that your gas mileage is going down. If you use your plug-in hybrid’s electric range before switching to gas, you’ll notice that you have to switch to gas power more quickly and more often!

What Does a Hybrid Battery Replacement Cost?

Traditional gas-powered vehicles rely on a battery that usually costs somewhere between $100 and $200—but hybrid car batteries are significantly more complex and more powerful. As a result, hybrid battery replacement costs tend to average out at close to $3,000—but you could pay less or more depending on the type and size of battery that your vehicle requires.

To save on hybrid car battery replacement, make sure to check out our service specials before you stop in.

We Can Help With Hybrid Car Battery Replacement!

Whether you drive a Toyota hybrid or a model from some other make, we can complete your hybrid battery replacement and get you back on the roads of Powell and Laurel, MT in no time. Schedule service online to get started.

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