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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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Keep your vehicle’s steering working well. Get differential service in Mesa | 480-447-2727

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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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
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Professional Transmission Repair in Mesa: Avoid the Traps and Dirty Tricks

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Professional transmission repair in Mesa is something that you should seek out regardless of what type of transmission you have.

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Get Automatic Transmission Repair in Mesa, AZ | (480) 447-2727

While a general mechanic might, and we stress the word might, be able to work on it, there are a few things that you need to be aware of.

Why Transmission Repair in Mesa is Best Left to a Pro

First off, a lot of mechanics and auto repair shops out there will “farm out” your transmission repair to a transmission repair shop in Mesa, or some other part of the valley.  Why does this matter?  It’s still going to get fixed, right?  Well, yes, but you may be in for some sticker shock.

Everytime a vehicle or component changes hands, because of the dirty tricks some auto mechanics play, there is an additional fee added to your repair bill.  It might be called shipping, or a “transportation fee,” but it is a ripoff.  For example, most of the time the transportation cost is merely someone driving a rebuilt transmission in a car or a truck back to the original shop that farmed the repair out.  So essentially, you’re paying fuel costs which is reasonable, mileage, which is also reasonable, and a bit of money to wet the beak of the repair shop, which is not really reasonable at all.

Why You Should Go to a Mesa Transmission Repair Shop Instead

Why should you take your car to a Mesa transmission repair shop instead?  Well, for one, they have a lot of different things that they can work on in your car’s power train  such as differential repair.

Differential repair is often not even on the list of things that a lot of mechanics can work on.  Neither is transfer case repair.  But all cars and trucks have a differential and if you have a four wheel drive, you have a transfer case.  There is another reason to take your car to a professional transmission repair shop in Mesa, to get the best value for your money.

A professional transmission repair shop can offer you different choices should the worst happen and you need to replace your transmission.  They might be able to offer you a reconditioned transmission for a fraction of the cost of a brand new one.

So save yourself some time.  Save yourself some money and some aggravation too.  Take your car to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
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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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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.”
Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_7506821_rear-differential-symptoms.html#ixzz30CewulbG

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

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11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
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Scheduled Auto Repair Part 2: Differential Repair

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Part two of a series on scheduled auto repair focuses on differentials and differential repair.  Be sure to read part one and part three of this series as well.

Differential Repair:  THE Timetable to Follow

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Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 447-2727

How often should you repair your differential as part of scheduled auto repair?  A good rule of thumb is every 30,000 miles.  Your differential is one of the hardest working components of your vehicle’s power train.  As you make a turn, your outside wheels and your inside wheels turn at different speeds. Your car’s differential allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds while taking corners. Differentials, or gear boxes,  transfer power from the drive train to the wheels .

Differential service helps keep your differential operating at peak efficiency.  Your differential needs work well or it will give out, and as it is what allows a smooth turn,  you run the risk of getting into an accident, maybe even a fatal one.  All vehicles have some form of differential. Front wheel drive vehicles have their differential mounted in the front, and it is often called a trans axle. Other types of cars, however, have a different setup.

Differentials in Four Wheel Drive Vehicles

Differential repair is different where four wheel drive vehicles are concerned, as four-wheel drives have a differential in the front, back and the center.  The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels. Whatever type of vehicle you have, all of them have some sort of differential fluid.

Differential fluid is a lubricant, however it can get dirty as the additives that keep the fluid clean  break down over time. Every 30,000 miles is the ideal, however, you may need to do it more.  Arizona is hard on vehicles, and your differential fluid may start losing viscosity ahead of the 30K mark.  At that time, you should really get your car in for differential repair in Mesa, AZ.

Trail Transmission
11240 East Apache Trail
Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
(480) 447-2727
http://www.trailtransmission.com/

Rear Differential Repair and the Weather

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Rear differential repair is dependent on more than an auto maintenance schedule. Sometimes, the weather has an effect on how your rear differential operates.

Rear Differential Repair and Winter Weather

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Get rear differential repair | (480) 447-2727

You’re probably thinking that winter isn’t that much of an issue in Arizona particularly where your rear differential is concerned. However, your car’s differential acts differently in winter.  For example, if you’re on an icy road, your differential doesn’t deliver that much power to your wheels as a safety measure.  The reason why is that with less power on ice, your vehicle’s trajectory is more stable.  However, there is a catch.  One wheel may possess too much traction and one wheel not enough which can cause a slip on the ice, and a potential accident.  And ice can happen even in Phoenix.  In 2010, there was three inches of snow twenty miles from Mesa, and during an El-Nino year, all the mountains of the valley can have snow on them, not just Four Peaks.

Getting rear differential service is a good ideas in summer and before you are going to a colder environment.  You obviously want a differential in good working order when you go to the mountains.  And if you have a sport utility vehicle or other off-road vehicle, it is even more important.

Limited Slip Differentials and Differential Repair

With a limited slip differential, additional torque is available for a slipping wheel allowing for better control of the vehicle.  This applies to more than just winter climates.  During monsoon seasons, which is in midsummer, Arizona can have bouts of extreme weather that can definitely have an adverse impact on your vehicle’s performance.

Arizona’s monsoon season takes people by surprise.  The winds present during a monsoon preceding haboob can top 50 mph.  Micro-bursts are even worse, with tornado like winds.  Adding to that, monsoon rainstorms can easily put down 2-3 inches of rain in a matter of minutes.  Picture it if you will, driving down a road, getting  hit with blinding rain and high winds.  You try to turn, only to find yourself skidding because your rear differential is acting up.  So it’s a good idea to be prepared, and that includes getting differential repair in Mesa, AZ.

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Autos and Auto Repair in Mesa Part 1

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Auto repair is something that is inevitable. A car that repairs itself would be a great invention, but it is something that doesn’t exist yet. Like our bodies, if you ignore auto problems, you can wind up with a bigger problem...

Transmissions and Transmission Repair

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Image courtesy of Surachai/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Look at your transmission for example. Transmissions themselves are not a cheap part, and the transmission repair can be expensive too when you add in the labor. If your car is past its warranty, you may wish to get mechanical breakdown insurance, or an extended warranty to help control the cost of this. The right sort of coverage can have you pay little to nothing out of pocket and the rest is covered by the warranty.

Failing that, you want to go through the owner’s manual of your car, and see the schedule regarding transmission maintenance. If you are proactive about your transmission, and follow the recommended scheduled repairs, your car repair will be a lot cheaper than if you do as most people do and wait until it actually breaks down. Your power train is as valuable if not more so than your engine can be, so don’t neglect it.

Rear Differential Repair: Your Power Train’s Next Stop

Another part of your car’s power train is your rear differential, which allows for smoother handling and turning. Getting rear differential repair done proactively is important as without your rear differential as it is a safety concern. You may be unable to turn your vehicle in time to avoid a collision. The more proactive you are about this repair as well as other ones, the lower your repair bill will be as a rule.

Most people don’t like to think about their vehicle breaking down. People get distracted by the stresses of daily life and don’t realize that there is a stress that they can minimize, namely fixing their car before it breaks down. It’s not just the responsible thing to do, it is also the most cost effective method of controlling your repair costs. Remember auto repair begins with you.

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Apache Junction, AZ 85120-3529
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Autos and Auto Repair in Mesa Part 1
Autos and Auto Repair in Mesa Part 2
Autos and Auto Repair in Mesa Part 3

Rear Differential Repair and Why Only a Pro Should Do It

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Never try to do rear differential repair unless you are an experienced mechanic.  Why?  Because it is a recipe for disaster…

Rear Differential Repair: Not All Mechanics Are Created Equal

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Auto mechanics know that  your car is very complex device.  Moving parts, computers, and interconnected systems all combine to make a sophisticated piece of machinery.  Even among auto repair centers, not every one knows how to work on differentials.  So if you try this on your own, not only do you run the risk of violating your warranty, pretty soon, you’re selling your car for parts because you can’t afford to fix it.

Some differential repair shops don’t actually do the repairs, and instead, have to ‘farm out’ differentials to shops that can do rebuilds. In other words, they may have the tools to fix it, but not the knowledge, and considering how important your car’s differential is, that could be dangerous.  Why?  Well, think about it.

Your car’s rear differential helps your car to corner smoothly.  Without it being there, particularly as you are used to it working, you could easily lose control of your vehicle and get into a potentially fatal accident, or end up totaling your vehicle.  It’s actually better to go to one stop repair shop.

Repair Your Differential in Mesa

How do you know it is time to repair your differential in Mesa?  Well, keep an eye on how your vehicle is handling.  Ask yourself some probing questions.  When you turn corners, do you feel a pulling sensation?  Does it get worse or better when you accelerate or slow down?  If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, guess what that means?

That’s right, you need to get your car in and quickly.  Why?  Well, like minor health problems, if you don’t do anything about them, they soon start to escalate to the point that they become major problems.  Like when your transmission is acting up.  You don’t do anything, then what was a minor repair becomes an expensive headache.  And if it follows the pattern that all repair jobs take, your car will break down at the most inconvenient moment, and you know what moments those are.  So it is better to be proactive.  Get your car in for a rear differential repair at the first sign of trouble, if not before.

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

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Differential repair is not a repair that you have to do constantly, however it must be done.

Differential Repair: The Timetable to Follow

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There are certain auto repairs that are much more frequent.  In Arizona, your car’s battery is usually replaced every two to three years.  Your tires are replaced based on the depth of the tread.  Your serpentine belt is usually replaced if they are showing cracks in the rubber.  So what is the key to rear differential repair?

A good rule of thumb  is 30,000/60,000/90,000 miles or if your vehicle is handling roughly.  If you need to repair your differential, however, then schedules are of course, secondary.  Some people are tempted to put it off, however, think about this if you will.  If your vehicle doesn’t handle correctly, you increase the risk of a serious accident.

Differentials Are Essentially Stabilizers

Since they transfer power to the inside of a curve while you’re turning, along with your shocks, they serve a vital purpose as stabilizers.  Otherwise, you may end up rolling your car over, which is potentially fatal.  So, think about this if you will.  Pay the price to repair your differential, or end up paying for something else in the emergency room or funeral home.

Are we over-exaggerating the importance of a differential?  Not at all.  Unlike your catalytic converter which is solely installed so that you can pass emissions testing, a differential is 100% a vital car component.  Why? Because it is regarded as a safety feature.  Like a lot of safety features, most people don’t pay it any mind.  That is, of course until it goes bad.  Then it becomes extremely important.

So, be smart and don’t be a statistic.  If  your car isn’t handling as well as it should, look for what is causing it.  Odds are you’re going to find you may have a serious problem on your hands.  Namely, your car is going to need differential repair and soon.

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