Differential Service and Repair

When you turn a corner in your vehicle, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to travel than the inside wheels. Therefore, they are turning faster than the inside wheels. Your vehicle’s Differential is what makes this possible!  The differential allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds without binding or hopping.

On rear wheel drive vehicles the differential is located on the rear axle. The transaxle completes this function for a front wheel drive vehicle. And all-wheel drive vehicles have differentials located on both drive axles as well as a center differential (Transfer Case) to make up for speed differences between the front and rear.

The power from your engine is transferred through to the differentials. The differential fluid cools, lubricates and protects the gears from damage. Your vehicles manufacturer will most likely recommend replacing this fluid at a set mileage to help ensure that your differentials do not wear out prematurely. It is also important to have your differentials inspected for leaks.

Low differential fluid will cause the differential to run hot and cause damage to the gears. When the differential is damaged you will hear noise coming from your axle and should bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. If you continue to drive your vehicle for too long the differential will seize up while you are driving and may cause you to lose control of your vehicle.

You can be assured that our ASE Certified Technicians are inspecting your vehicle for differential leaks every time we see you! And we will remind you when it is time to service your differential fluid. Your safety is our #1 priority.