One of the most complicated and overlooked repairs in cars today is differential repair. But, even though it’s not as widely visible, it is still crucial…
What Does a Differential Do?
A differential transfers power from the engine and the transmission to the wheels. You can see why this is important. If you haven’t had your vehicle serviced recently at your local transmission repair shop in Mesa, you could end up being in danger when you drive your vehicle.
According to this article excerpt from the article “How to Care for Your Car’s Differential” by Ben Wojdyla in the April 13, 2013 edition of Popular Mechanics:
“The differential is a component in all cars and is designed to compensate for the difference in distance the inner wheels and outer wheels travel as the car goes around a corner. In a rear-wheel-drive car, the differential has its own housing and lubrication, a thick, dark oil usually heavier than 80 weight. Front-drivers typically integrate the differential in the transmission housing and share the same fluid. The differential oil lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles. If your car is fitted with a limited-slip differential, it also keeps all the moving parts in that assembly healthy. Changing this oil is just as important as changing your engine’s oil, and for the same reason. Metal-to-metal contact wears down surfaces and creates heat from friction, which inevitably weakens the gears and leads to failure. Checking and changing the differential oil in a light truck is actually pretty easy, and it’s only a bit more difficult in a car. In either case, this small procedure can save you a big headache down the road….” [READ MORE]
Why You Need To Go To a Transmission Repair Shop in Mesa to Repair Your Differential
If you don’t know what you’re doing, something as simple as not tightening a differential pan when you’re changing your differential fluid can cause your car or truck to stop working.
In a way, it’s similar to an oil pan. If your oil pan gets a hole in it, or you don’t attach it right, your car’s engine will literally grind to a halt. As for your differential, you don’t want to find out as you go around a curve or a corner that your car isn’t transferring power correctly to your wheels. So take no chances. Go to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.
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