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Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) turns chocolate brown or mud-like

Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) turns chocolate brown or mud-like

Automatic transmissions are very delicate part of automobiles. They ought to be handled with care and good maintenance culture. 
One of the practices that kill automatic transmissions is the use of incompatible automatic transmission fluid in them. 
Automatic transmission fluids transform in different ways depending on the cause, ranging from age, overuse, water intrusion into the transmission, transmission overheat, clutch wear, incorrect fluid and so on. .. 
The one we shall discuss here is quite uncommon and that is automatic transmission fluid looking like chocolate or mud. 
We are going to be using a case study; a 2010 model Toyota camry hybrid. 
Before we assessed this vehicle, the code that the vehicle was diagnosed to have..

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Causes of burnt or blown cell in hybrid vehicle battery pack

Causes of burnt or blown cell in hybrid vehicle battery pack

One might wonder what can possibly cause just a single cell to get blown amongst many other cells in a hybrid vehicle battery pack. Users who encounter this situation are left with questions rather than answers. Even technicians are sometimes at loss on the cause of this type of situation.
There are two major causes of blown hybrid pack cell. I will explain them one after the other.

High terminal resistance: As the hybrid vehicle and the battery pack age, the terminals of the cells develop high resistance due to the connection of the cells. Normally, preventive maintenance cleaning should be done on these terminals to ensure good contact and uniform resistance of the terminals across the cells. Now, let us look into how the high resistance causes a cell to get blown. From basic o..

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What to do to keep your Hybrid Synergy Drive car running for long

What to do to keep your Hybrid Synergy Drive car running for long

Hybrid Synergy Drives are great advanced and complex automobiles that serves well if properly maintained.
Below are very useful tips that will make your HSD ownership a great experience.

Only recommended AC compressor oil should be used. This is because the compressor is electrical and oils used in conventional compressors can damage them. Similarly, only recommended refrigerant should be used and only the volume required should be put in. Note that many of the HSD use refrigerant volume that is less than that of many conventional cars.


Air conditioner should be working at all time because the cabin air is used for traction battery cooling. Similarly, the cabin air filter should be replaced when due for replacement.


Recommended brake fluid should be used and..

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Advantages of hybrid cars over conventional internal combustion engine only cars

Advantages of hybrid cars over conventional internal combustion engine only cars

Some people are inquisitive about what the advantages of hybrid cars over conventional cars are. The negative experience some previous and present users of hybrid cars have has contributed to creating phobia in even people who are yet to have a feel of a hybrid car.
Let me just list in bullet points some of the advantages of a hybrid car compared to its non hybrid counterparts. For example, camry hybrid versus conventional camry i4/V6. I am using camry as an example for this comparism because they are one of the the most common hybrids models that we find around and they also have the non hybrid counterparts. 
Below are some of the advantages:
- They are fuel economical especially for city driving. They cut the expenses on fuel to about half. For instance, a 2007 camry hy..

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