Part three of a series on auto mechanics explores differential repair in Mesa.
Differential Problem Symptoms and Differential Service
We are often asked “What are symptoms of a bad differential?” Like all problems with your vehicle, differential problem symptoms are often quite obvious, however, if you’re not careful, they can be mistaken for other problems. One thing to watch for, or more accurately listen for is the sounds of a bad differential. A bad differential has sounds like a whine, rumble of loud clanks, particularly when going from a standing stop to moving.
Another sign that your differential is going bad is if the problem seems to get worse when coasting as opposed to when you’re accelerating. So turn down your radio a bit and listen. Not just to the noise, but where it is coming from as well.
A bad differential’s sounds will usually come from the rear of your vehicle.
How Often Should I Get My Vehicle In For Differential Service?
As a rule, if your differential is going to go out, it can happen around 150,0o0 miles. So if you have a lot of miles on your car, it would be prudent to take it into an auto mechanic for differential service. Otherwise, you’re looking at a potentially costly differential repair instead. Typical differential service involves checking the differential lube level, as well as cleaning and repacking wheel bearings. As a rule, when you get your oil changed by an auto mechanic that is the time you should also get your differential service done.
By no means ever attempt to do any sort of differential repair yourself. Just like clutches and automatic transmissions, differentials are complex pieces of machinery. As such, take it to a professional for differential repair in Mesa.
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