Differential Repair in Mesa: Go to a Mesa Transmission Repair Shop

Friday, July 20th, 2018

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…

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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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Differential Repair in Mesa: The Industry Insider’s Guide (Conclusion)

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Differential service in Mesa is important, as if you aren’t a bit proactive about it, it can lead to some costly repairs. There is also the issue of safety.  Your differential can directly affect your ability to steer.

When you consider that a lot of trucks have a differential, if there isn’t any transfer of power to the outer wheels or the inner wheels, it is possible for the truck to jackknife or even flip over.  That alone should make you want to get differential repair in Mesa.

Differential Repair in Mesa

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Benefits of Professional  Differential Repair and Maintenance

Whether your car or truck has four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive, or yours has automatic or manual transmission, your differential experiences heavy wear and tear. In most everyday uses, this wear is minimal, but the more often you traverse difficult roadways or other paths, and the rougher that these areas are, your differential will experience harder wear and tear.

When you schedule your differential service in Mesa with a service technician, you can be assured that not only will your car receive top notch inspections and service, but the technician himself will have all of the necessary credentials to carry out that inspection and servicing. As we covered previously, when your differential fluid is running low, the differential will run hot and cause premature wear on all of the parts inside. If your service technician properly checks the differential, he will probably tell you if there are any problems, but it is always good to ask.Not only that, but he will work with you to determine what types of driving you most commonly do to determine the best quality of service that your car requires.

Mesa Differential Repair and Your Vehicle

If for example, you travel a lot on roads made of dirt, gravel, or unpaved surfaces, the differential of your car will be impacted and will require more frequent and though service. Likewise, the maintenance on your car’s differential will differ from one to another. Regardless of the type of vehicle you drive, your normal maintenance schedule should include differential inspections and service if needed.

Regardless of the specific requirements of your vehicle, especially when your driving habits and types are considered, your differential will need attention. At (Business name), you can be sure that just as is the case with all of your other automotive systems, your differential will receive the care it needs to stay on the road, now and long into the future.

So remember, your differential is a complex piece of machinery.  Get professional differential repair in Mesa.

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Differential Repair in Mesa: The Industry Insider’s Guide (Contd.)

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

If you need differential repair in Mesa, you probably have a lot of questions.

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Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

What Will a Service Technician Do to My Differential?

As we covered previously, in its most basic terms, a differential is a metal box of gears that allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds without the wheel binding or hopping.
Proper maintenance of your differential includes frequent servicing, which means checking the fluid levels and making sure that the gears are working properly. If there is something amiss in either of these, a technician might recommend any number of service options. This can be as simple as topping off the fluid to a total rebuild of your differential.

When your differential fluid is running low, the differential will run hot and cause premature wear on all of the parts inside. If your service technician properly checks the differential, he will probably tell you if there are any problems, but it is always good to ask.
When you select (Business name), you can be sure that your differential will be checked every time your vehicle is attended to for service. He will also recommend, or you can ask when the fluid should be changed. Rest assured that changing this fluid frequently will dramatically increase the life of your car’s differential. At (Business name) it is a regular service practice to check other related parts such as the u-joints that connect the drive shaft of your car to the differential. If any of these parts requires service, he will recommend that it be done. Depending on the make and model of car you drive, some u-joints can also be lubricated as part of your regularly scheduled lube maintenance, along with oil and filter change.

Wear and Tear?

Just as is the case with all automobile parts, a differential will wear and either be totally replaced or be subject to parts in it to be replaced. This should be of no surprise to anyone since even the best-maintained parts will occasionally need replacement. If, for example, you notice a strange noise coming from the axle area of your car. This is one of the first signs of differential problems. Also, when a differential shows signs of failing, it is critical that you have it checked, and if necessary, and repaired. If you allow issues with your car’s differential to go too long, and it freezes up on you when you’re driving, you could lose control of your car and related parts of your vehicle such as the axles, drive shafts and transmission, could be seriously damaged.

So don’t wait.  Get your differential repaired today.

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Differential Repair in Mesa: When to Do It, and What it Is

Friday, April 24th, 2015

You want to make sure you get scheduled differential service on your car or truck?  Why? Well, your car’s differential is key to your vehicle’s performance.

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Call Trail Transmission for Differential Repair In Mesa | (480) 447-2727

Differential Repair and Why It Is Often Forgotten

Modern cars and trucks are very complex pieces of machinery.  Your transmission alone can have as many as 1000 parts.  Everyone knows to change their oil at every 5,000 miles, and their transmission fluid at 30,000 mile increments.  When someone’s brakes start to squeak, they know to get it into a shop to replace the brakes.  But a lot of people overlook their differential.  From the site VEHICLEMD.COM, here is some good information about why you may need differential repair and quite soon as well:

“All vehicles have some form of a differential. If you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is located in the front and is often called the transaxle. However, the transaxle shares the same fluid as your transmission fluid, so there’s no differential fluid for you to change.

“Some vehicles have their differentials in with the transmission,” said Wayne Buckalew, owner of Mobil 1 Lube Express in Thomasville, Alabama. “It’s the same thing, but it’s called the transaxle. You can check your transmission fluid, and your front differential fluid would be that same fluid.”

If you have a rear-wheel drive car, the differential is located in the back. If your car is four-wheel drive, you will have three differentials — one in the front, one in the back and one in the center of vehicle. The center differential is called the transfer case, and it helps adjust for differences in speed between your front and rear wheels.

When you make a turn or go around a curve, your wheels are spinning at different speeds. Your outside wheels must go further and faster than your inside wheels. The differential allows your tires to do that by rotating them at the different speeds needed to maintain stability.

A vehicle’s differential is comprised of multiple gears that will engage to help your outer tires spin faster while turning or disengage when you’re driving straight to allow your tires to rotate at the same speed. Those gears, like any other gear in your vehicle, need to be lubricated to maintain peak performance.

Just like with any other lubricating oil, gear oil for your differential can become dirty and contaminated and needs to be replaced periodically.

“Gear oil is like regular motor oil,” Buckalew said. “When the oil in your differential breaks down, you lose the stability of the oil, which causes wear and tear on your gears.”

So, how do you know when to change your differential fluid? Follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation.

“The engineers who built the differentials in the first place know best how often the fluid needs changed, so you should follow that.” said Jim Mayfield, Brakes and Services manager of Jiffy Lube in Des Moines, Iowa. “Usually, the fluid needs to be changed anywhere from 12,000-50,000 miles, depending on the type of vehicle and the driving conditions. If your differential gets under water, it needs to be done more frequently.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Repair Your Differential-Be Proactive

It is a good idea to be proactive about differential repair.

So keep up your car.  Take your car into a shop that does differential repair in Mesa.

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Choosing a Differential Shop in Mesa Part 2

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Part two of a series on choosing a differential repair shop focuses on reputation and customer service skills.

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If you are looking at a differential repair shop in Mesa, a good resource to use is online reviews.  Are online reviews the final word?  Not at all.  In fact, look at reviews for something deeper under the surface.  If there is nothing but glowing, 100% universally positive reviews, do not trust them.  It is fairly easy to leave an online review.  All it takes is someone creating a fake profile, and they can put whatever they want to down about the shop.  In a lot of cases, it is the shop owner themselves who puts the review up.

However, if you see reviews that are overwhelmingly negative, they also bear closer scrutiny.  Look for common themes.  If you see comments like “They are very rude, and don’t know what they’re doing.” or “Had to take my car in three times to get it fixed.” are definite red flags for picking a differential repair shop.  Another thing you want to look at is whether they are a general mechanic, or whether they specialize in power train repairs.

Differential Repair In Mesa:  Who to Go To

When it comes to differential repair in Mesa or anywhere else for that matter, go for a transmission or four wheel drive shop.  Ask a lot of questions before you give them your keys. What kind of warranty is there on the parts and labor? What certifications do they have?  How long will it take? The more you know, the more it will make your repair much easier on you both in terms of your stress level and your pocketbook.  Why does knowing all of this help your pocketbook? Well, if they do the job halfway, they’re going to have to farm it out to another shop.  The more an auto changes hands, the more money it is going to cost you in terms of transport fees, disposal fees, and other things that can come up when they move a car to another place.

So remember, when you are going to a mechanic,   you want to make sure that not only will they fix your car, but also that they know how.  That way you know that you’ve taken it to the right place to get your rear differential repaired.

Read part one of this series for more information on differential repair

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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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Choosing a Differential Shop in Mesa

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Part one of a series on choosing a differential repair shop focuses on trust between a mechanic and a customer.

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Differential Repair Shops: Go With Who You Trust

If you’re like most people, you are often booked solid. As a result, you’re probably not going to have a lot of time to do minor auto repairs, much less a major one such as a differential repair. So, that leaves only two options open to you. Don’t drive your car, which is annoying, or go on the hunt for a shop or mechanic. But who can you trust to do this?

The auto repair industry often has a bad reputation, and deservedly so. Mechanics that charge way too much for parts much less labor, or fixing a problem incorrectly and charging the customer for repeat visits. Or they take no pride in their work, which causes even more problems down the road. So remember, there are a lot of shady mechanics out there. We know, because we’ve had to fix a lot of their mistakes as well as the deliberate damage that they’ve done to some of our customers’ vehicles. So how do find a good differential repair shop?

Differentials, Honesty, and Competence

Finding a good differential repair shop isn’t just about honesty. They also have to know what they’re doing. It doesn’t matter in the slightest if someone is affable, friendly, and very laid back. If he causes another problem while trying to fix your differential problem, then you haven’t really gained anything.

To make matters worse, a lot of mechanics won’t even work on them. Even at dealerships, there is a certain level of reluctance in handling these delicate pieces of equipment. So you have a good chance of taking your car in for differential repair only to have it “farmed out” to another mechanic that specializes in them and as a result, will kick up your repair bill as well. What you need to find is a differential repair shop that truly offers this service in house, and knows what they are doing.

Finding a mechanic is never fun. However, if you are a bit proactive about it, you can bring your car or truck into someone that you have already done some homework on. That way you can be sure that you found not only a good shop, but a shop that can help you with anything connected to your power train from your transmission to differential repair in Mesa.

Read one of our previous articles about differential repair or read part two of this series.

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Regular Differential Service

Friday, July 18th, 2014

How often should you get your differential serviced?  What is a differential used for?  What’s a rear differential?  All of these questions will be answered by this article.

How Often Should You Get Your Differential Serviced?

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Differential Repair In Mesa, Arizona | Call Us Today | (480) 447-2727

How often should you get your differential serviced? The answer to this question can be found in the most authoritative source available to you:  the owner’s manual for your particular vehicle.  It is also a document that most car owner’s never even open.  It gathers dust in your glove compartment or  your garage, and that’s really quite unfortunate, as it provides a ton of info about your vehicle.  A jeep for example should have it’s differential fluid changed every 15 ,000 miles.  Your car or truck’s differential fluid is essentially a lubricant, and like transmission fluid, it doesn’t evaporate, but it can be subject to thermal viscosity and breakdown.  Differential fluid is necessary for the smooth operating of your differential.

What is a differential used for?  It transfers power from your vehicle’s transmission to either the outer wheels or the inner ones as you’re making a turn.  Without differential fluid, or a differential that is acting up, you could conceivably lose control of your vehicle.  This is a good thing to know, but there is still another question left for us to answer here.

What’s a Rear Differential?

What’s a rear differential?  A rear differential is a component of your car’s power train assembly, and it is a combination of gears as well as some computer modules.  As we touched on above, it is also important for the safety of your car. Losing power to your differential is equivalent to losing power steering on your car.  You could find your vehicle is much harder for you to control.

You want to make sure that you can control your car both when you accelerate and slow down, as well as make a turn, and a differential handles all of these tasks easily.  Ironically, if you change your differential fluid, this is one of the cheapest repairs there is, mere pennies compared with replacing  the unit.

So remember, you take care of your car, and it will take care of you.  So rotate your tires and get your oil changed.  Make sure that you read your car or truck’s owner manual, not just skim it.  And whatever your owner’s manual recommends is the final word on getting differential service.

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What is a Rear Differential and What Does it Do?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

What is a rear differential and what does it do?  When should I get it fixed?  These questions will be answered in this post.

What is a Rear Differential?

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Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

First off, some vehicles have a front and rear end differential.  Differentials, either front or rear do three things as a rule.  They transfer power from the engine to the wheels.  They help to slow the transmission before it goes to the wheels, and they allow your car or truck’s wheels to all spin at different speeds, as emphasized by this article excerpt from How Stuff Works:  “Car wheels spin at different speeds, especially when turning. You can see from the animation that each wheel travels a different distance through the turn, and that the inside wheels travel a shorter distance than the outside wheels. Since speed is equal to the distance traveled divided by the time it takes to go that distance, the wheels that travel a shorter distance travel at a lower speed. ” READ MORE

 

How do you know when to fix your rear differential?  Listen to the sounds your car makes while you’re either accelerating or slowing down.  If you hear a lot of noises when you change speeds, you probably need to get differential repair.

How Much Does a Rear Differential Cost?

How much does a rear differential cost?  Well that depends.  A new one is obviously more than a rebuilt one, and in some cases, the rear differential will likely be covered by your warranty.  You want to get your car in for rear differential maintenance to help keep your costs down.  That way any problems can be caught early on before they become both extensive as well as pricey.

One thing that your mechanic can check is your fluid level.  If it is getting too low, sometimes this can manifest symptoms of a greater problem, just as transmission fluid can do.  So remember, if you’re a bit proactive about your auto repair, you can turn a service visit into a minor differential repair rather than a major one.

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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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Differential Repair and Your Car

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

In some of our earlier articles we covered how important transmission fluid is.  However, your car has another fluid that serves an important purpose, and it isn’t motor oil.

What are the Symptoms of Low Differential Fluid?

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Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

What are the symptoms of low differential fluid? First off, what noises is your car making? There are different causes of differential noise, as this excerpt from eHow.com shows:

“Rear differential noise is often caused by friction. While the sound can be similar to tire noise and isn’t always noticeable, leaving your rear differential untreated can lead to hefty charges from a mechanic. The differential distributes the torque in the crankshaft to the vehicle’s wheels, essentially transferring the engine power to the wheels. This makes tire rotation at various speeds possible, which is needed when turning. When your rear differential gives out, your entire vehicle is inoperable.”
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There are a few types of differential noise, but they can be broken down into humming, noise while turning, growling, and vibration.

Types of Differential Noises

Humming is the lowest end of the problem scale.  If your differential fluid is too low, your car won’t operate smoothly and humming is a key indicator of this.  If you ignore the humming, then it becomes growling which means the gears are grinding even worse than they were when the problem first started.  The problem gets worse as you turn, and if you let it go too long, then you’re going to get vibration, which means you will likely have a dangerously low fluid level, and a potentially expensive differential repair.

So remember, problems should always be faced and dealt with as quickly as you can, particularly when your car is concerned.  So if you need differential repair, take it to a shop that specializes both in transmission and differential repair.

 

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Differential Repair in Mesa

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

Part one of a series on differential repair in Mesa explores what differentials do and why they’re important.

Differential Repair in the Age of Power Steering

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Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

Having access to modern vehicles, we take power steering for granted.  From Wikipedia:”Power steering helps drivers steer vehicles by augmenting steering effort of the steering wheel. Hydraulic or electric actuators add controlled energy to the steering mechanism, so the driver needs to provide only modest effort regardless of conditions. Power steering helps considerably when a vehicle is stopped or moving slowly.”[READ MORE]  What does differential repair have to do with your car’s power steering?  Everything.

Whenever you turn, your rear differential transfers power between the wheels on the outside of the turn, and the wheels on the inside of the turn.  This allows you to have a smoother turn and take full advantage of your power steering.  Otherwise, you will be steering at a late 19th, early 20th century level of performance. One of the many reasons that there were more men drivers back in those days as opposed to women drivers was not just old fashioned ways of thinking, it was also due to how hard it was to turn the steering wheel.  Men were often the only ones who had the arm strength to make a turn.   A good reason for differential repair Mesa, don’t you think?

How Can I Tell if I Need Differential Repair?

Well,  if you need differential repair, it is often fairly obvious.  For one thing, if your differential is making noise, that means that gears are wearing out.  Also, if you accelerate or decelerate, this can indicate a problem too.  So, keep an ear on your car, as well as an eye.  Leaking differential fluid will be usually at the rear of the vehicle.

So, remember, that power steering is a great invention.  Make sure that you get differential service to keep it that way.

Trail Transmission
11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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