How is a Ford C-Max hybrid battery different from a regular battery?
The hybrid battery of the Ford C-Max is very different from the sealed lead acid (SLA) battery found in every conventional vehicle. First, the hybrid battery weights about twice that of the SLA, but is rated at 281.2 volts and holds 1.4 kilowatt-hours. Second, it is essentially lithium ion (Li-ion), specifically Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide—NMC for short—in the case of the Ford C-Max.
The tire pressure light of my Ford C-Max was on this morning, but when I checked the tire pressure, everything seemed to be okay. Does the cold weather have anything to do with this?
When it's cold, the pressure in your tires tends to contract. However, this is not enough to cause the tire pressure light to come on, and if you're sure that your tires are properly inflated, then you may have to check the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). While making sure that all of your tires are properly inflated, you must reset the TPMS. But if this doesn't stop the warning light from flashing, then you might have to take your car to a dealer and have them replace the TPMS if it's still under warranty.
While driving my Ford C-Max, I notice that changing gears is not smooth at all. How do I fix it?
Hard or jerky shifting is an early warning sign of transmission failure. The first thing you should do is replace your transmission fluid with a clean one if you notice discoloration in the fluid or if you can sense a burnt smell. Keeping your Ford C-Max's transmission fluid clean will help your transmission last longer and work better. If your gears are still jerky and if you can hear whining or grinding noises, then you must take your car to a repair shop immediately.
My Ford C-Max had a dead battery. I jump started it and it works fine now except for the speedometer, rev counter, and fuel and temperature dials. Is this a fuse or reset issue?
The instrument panel commonly malfunctions when you replace or, in this case, jump start your Ford C-Max. This causes an electrical spike that makes these components go berserk. To fix this, you must either reset or replace these components. You should also check the battery connections just to make sure no other problems arise.
How can I calculate the charging cost of my Ford C-Max?
A Ford C-Max usually takes 5 ½ hours to charge. To calculate, you first need to multiply the number of kilowatts your charger is consuming by the electricity charge per kWh, then multiply the product by the time it takes to charge your car. Because a C-Max has a 3.3 kW charger, multiply 3.3 kW by electricity cost per kWh—for example, it's $0.10/kWh. By rules of math, multiplying 3.3 kW by $0.10/kWh will cancel out kW, which will result in a product of $0.33/hour. Now multiply that by the time it takes to charge your car (5.5 hours), and you will get $1.815 or $1.82. That's the total cost of charging your Ford C-Max.