Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles require less service than internal combustion engine models. However, knowing how essential parts and systems work and how to service them is still important. Case in point: regenerative braking systems require different Lexus service than those in conventional cars. Lexus of Valencia explains how these systems work and how to ensure their service needs are met.

What is Regenerative Braking?

Regenerative braking uses the car’s electric motors to capture the energy produced during the braking process and send it back to the battery for future use. This augments the battery pack’s charge and also reduces wear on the calipers, rotors, pads, and other conventional braking components, making them last longer.

What Kind of Service Does My Regenerative Braking System Need?

Your brakes will need the same maintenance as before. However, there are more components in play, and these need inspection to ensure they’re properly capturing energy. Because the system may struggle to function properly in cold temperatures, you should schedule service more often in cold environments.

How Do I Know if My Regenerative Braking System Needs Service?

One of the benefits of regenerative braking is that it requires less service. However, it is useful to recognize when the regenerative brakes need care. Watch for signs like the regenerative braking warning light going on, visible signs of rust or corrosion, or damage to surrounding parts in the braking systems that can cause wear.

Schedule Lexus Service in Valencia, CA

It’s easy to transition to eco-friendly driving with the efficient and luxurious hybrid models available from Lexus of Valencia. Once you’ve chosen your vehicle, we’ll be here with the parts and service it needs to give you the performance you deserve. Visit our dealership to get started.