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Spring Vehicle Maintenance

Spring is a great time to take control of your vehicle’s maintenance. Driving in the winter weather can take a toll on our vehicles, causing wear and tear that can affect overall performance and fuel efficiency. Before your spring and summer road trip plans, be sure to come by our shop for a spring vehicle inspection. Here are the top spring maintenance items to keep your vehicle running smoothly into the summer! Read your vehicle’s owner’s manual and see if any recommended services are due Make sure you are current with your vehicle’s oil and filter change Have coolant levels, condition, and concentration checked Inspect belts & hoses for any wear and tear Test air conditioning and verify if it is working properly Check your tires - look at the overall condition, tread, and check tire pressure  Look at all lights, interior and exterior, to make sure they work properly including headlights, tail lights, and brake lights Change your windshield wi ... read more

How Long Will My Brake Pads Last?

The brake system in our vehicle is extremely important, because it allows us to safety slow down or stop on the road when needed. Although brake problems don’t occur all the time, it is still important to know when your brake pads may need to be replaced in order to maintain brake efficiency.  The brake pads are the part in your brake system that helps to gently stop your tires from rotating when you step on the brake pedal. When you apply pressure on the brakes, the brake pads will press against the rotor to slow down or stop the wheels from moving. With worn down brake pads, metal to metal damage can occur to brake components.  Most brake pads will last between 25,000 and 65,000 miles, with the average around 40,000 miles. However, how long your brake pads will last will also depend on how often you drive your vehicle and your driving habits.  If your brake pads need to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:    Brake ped ... read more

Gen 2 Toyota Prius HV Battery Replacement

Gen 2 Toyota Prius HV Battery Replacement

The Toyota Prius is one of Eric's favorite cars. They're safe, reliable and when they need to be taken apart they go back together flawlessly. Generation 2 Toyota Prius are at the right age for having the high voltage (HV) battery replaced. Typically an owner will get about 10 years out of the original battery. At Grand Rapids Hybrid, we replace HV batteries on a regular basis. This is NOT to say that the Prius has a failing HV battery system, but that the generation 2 batteries are at the right age to be replaced. At Grand Rapids Hybrid we only install new Toyota Batteries and use Toyota test equipment to verify the health of your Toyota hybrid. Some symptoms of HV battery failure are: Warning lamps on Loud fan from the passenger back seat Performance down Gas mileage down At Grand Rapids Hybrid, each HV battery comes with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty ... read more

WE WANT YOU! ASE Certified Tech Opening

Imagine this Summer… You’re not working flat rate. You get to do the work you love to do every day with a group of teammates who are talented, supportive and helpful. You know you don’t have to worry about having enough work, or about backstabbing or somebody who is not willing to carry their weight. While you like to have fun in the shop you are very respectful of each other and especially of customers. You also get generous paid holidays and vacation, medical insurance, 401K, a sweet uniform and paid training.You have nights and weekends off to enjoy everything fantastic Michigan has to offer in the summer. If you want that story to be yours, we’ve got a great opportunity for you… We have plenty of work and are looking for a technician searching for an improved career opportunity that rewards you for doing what you do best. Excellent pay, nights, weekends and holidays off. Clean, very well equipped shop and bosses that care about everyone here. We p ... read more

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