Scheduled Auto Repair Part 2: Differential Repair

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

Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 986-7367
Differential Repair in Mesa | (480) 986-7367

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) 986-7367

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