Electric Vehicle Servicing, Maintenance and Repair

Electric Vehicle Servicing, Maintenance and Repair – A question we are getting asked more and more is…. Do Electric cars still need the same vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair as a regular petrol or diesel car? Well the answer is simple.  Yes they do.

For many the worry is how to find the right trained mechanic to fix their car. It is fair to say most mechanics are trained to work with regular internal combustion engines, but don’t have the equipment or staff training to maintain and service electric vehicles.  However, just like when you have auto electric faults with your current vehicle, the idea is to find a good auto electrician to deal with these issues.  Most experienced car or vehicle electrics specialists will be routinely upskilled themselves in the new requirements and equipment needed to help you.

So do electric cars also need an MOT?

Again the anwer is simple…Yes they do.. Just like a regular vehicle, an electric car will need to go on for an MOT annually after it is 3 years old. The GOV.UK website can be a source of confusion for drivers as it lists ‘good vehicles powered by electricity’ under vehicles exempt from MOT – however, this does not cover electric cars.  So make sure you keep a record or  check with your local garage what you will need for your mot

What are the typical costs of electric car maintenance of the course of the year?

Initially this is always hard to answer, because all vehicles are different and will vary in cost for their servicing and general maintenance.  What I have noticed is that with electric motors, and their simplicity and overall low maintenance you could find yourselves with considerably lower maintenance costs saving you literally hundreds over the year.

Choosing a local auto electrician to maintain your electric vehicle

At Widnes Auto Electrical, our auto electrician have received specialist training to work competently on electric vehicles – we also have all the necessary testing and safety equipment in-house to carry out servicing and repair on electric vehicles. To find out more about how we can help feel free to give us a call or call into our auto-electrical repair centre in Widnes

Rover 75 immobiliser fault

This car was towed into our workshop, the customer saying that they just came out one day and it failed to start.

Plugging in our diagnostic equipment brought up codes for immobiliser.

This car is based on a BMW e39 and knowing BMW quite well we were aware of communication issues between the dde (engine ecu) and the ews (immobiliser module).

We gained access to the module and were able to perform a coding of the module with specialist equipment.

The car started instantly and ran fine.

Peugeot non runner

Peugeot 206 came in from another garage. The original fault was wipers and left indicator on all the time. They fitted 2nd hand bsi which cured the faults but the car wouldn’t start because the bsi is part of the immobiliser system. So we were asked if we could help.

With the correct information and equipment we are able to swop the microprocessor containing the information from the original bsi to the 2nd hand unit

Not a simple task as you mustn’t damage the circuit board when unsoldering and reattaching chips and not shorting out the connections.

Another successful job perhaps saving a car from the breakers yard.

Are the combusition engines days numbered? 

Are the combustion engines days numbered?  Is this the beginning of the end for the diesel and petrol engine?  Lets find out….

Significant gains in battery technology favour electric motors moving into the future.  Current electric cars, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can reach ranges of almost of 300 miles on a single charge Tesla fans recently drove a Model S more than 700 miles in one go.  Straight away this takes away the more recent questions and concerns around how far you can drive without needing to stop versus a diesel or petrol car.

Many thought leaders actually believe the “total cost of ownership” of an electric car will reach parity with a petrol one next year.  Predictions are being made that electric vehicles will make up 14% of global car sales by 2025.  Regulations are tightening, too. Last month the UK joined a lengthening list of electric-only countries, saying that all new cars must be zero-emission by 2050.

.But electrification has thrown the car industry into potential chaos. Many leading brands are founded on their engineering heritage—especially in Germany. Compared with existing vehicles, electric cars are much simpler and have fewer parts; they are more like computers on wheels. That means they need fewer people to assemble them and fewer subsidiary systems from specialist suppliers.  While today’s carmakers grapple with their costly legacy of old factories and swollen workforces, new entrants will be unencumbered. Premium brands may be able to stand out through styling and handling, but low-margin, mass-market carmakers will have to compete chiefly on cost.  Ultimately, what this means is, new competition in the industry from players such as Apple and Google will drive the cost down, and through innovation, the quality of Electric vehicles up.

Driverless electric cars in the 21st century are likely to improve the world in profound and unexpected ways, just as vehicles powered by internal combustion engines did in the 20th. But it will be a bumpy road. Buckle up.  Follow our latest news to keep up with all the changes to the world of electric cars!

Hybrid Lexus

This hybrid Lexus was in our workshop to have a front camera fitted.

A neat professional and safe  job done. Another happy customer.

 

Hyundai wiring fault

 into our workshop was this Hyundai for a wiring fault. The fault was traced to behind the dashboard. As you can see here there is quite a bit of dismantling to gain access to the loom.

Mercedes SLK350 Parking sensors

Audi TT

This Audi was towed in as a non runner,the customer saying he thought it was a immobiliser problem. We checked for spark, that was OK. We checked fuel at the rail OK. We checked compression and air, again both OK. So if all things needed to fire are present was it timing? As we checked the fuel it didn’t seem quite right. We decanted some and found this

Water in the fuel. Next we had to find out why it was there. Bad fuel from a station? Leaking fuel system? After talking to the customer he said it had been laid up for months and on examining the fuel cap which on these cars is on top of the wing if had water damage in it

So we powered up the fuel pump to drain the system, ran some fresh fuel through and drained again, fitted new filter. Finally filled her up and ran the engine.

2007 Merc GL350

Exterior Lights Faulty – not working properly

Exterior lights faulty – Into our workshop was this lovely Mercedes GL350. The customer complaint was with the exterior lights, some not working and some on all the time so flattening the battery.

A quick serial scan showed various communication errors from the rear SAM. Access was gained and straight away the fault could be seen

Water had gotten into the module and damaged it. The module was removed and stripped to see if a repair was possible. The condition of the pcb was beyond repair.

A new genuine unit was sourced and fitted. Adaptions performed, all external lights and all other functions controlled by the SAM were checked for operation and with everything OK the customer picked up the car,  happy with a first time fix with no unwanted parts and no guess work.

XSARA PICASSO Airbag fault

Airbag Fault Issue

Airbag fault – This vehicle came in with a intermittent airbag fault. Fault codes related to left hand side crash sensor.

To gain access to sensor passenger seat was removed and the carpet lifted.

Wiring was checked for resistance between sensor and airbag module and was all good.

All power and grounds were load tested at the module and found to be good..

The module was tested faulty. A substitute module was sourced and coded to car.

Another car diagnosed correct first time. No wasted expense on unwanted parts.