Driving with Rear Differential Problems
Although not as widely known, the rear differential is a very important component that plays a large role in getting your car from point A to point B. Identifying problems with the differential may be difficult at first, but once confirmed they should be addressed as soon as possible.
In order to understand why an automotive problem is occurring you need to be able to understand the function of that particular component. Torque generated by the engine is what puts your car into motion. The torque turns the crank shaft which is connected to the driveshaft and the power eventually reaches the wheels via the differential.
The differential comes into play every time you make a turn. It allows your car to have a smooth turn because the wheels need to travel at different speeds since they are traveling a different distance. The inside wheel covers less ground than the outside wheel so it doesn’t need to go as fast and the differential makes it possible.
It may be best to have a professional take a look at the differential if problems are suspected but keeping your eyes and ears open is always the best policy when trying to identify car problems yourself.
If you notice vibrations coming from the center to the rear part of the vehicle then the driveshaft or U-joints could be worn or bent.
Anytime you hear a high pitched grinding or squealing it is almost always caused by metal on metal friction due to lack of lubrication. Finding out exactly where the sound is coming from may prove to be tricky in some cases.
If you’re able to turn the pinion but notice the tires aren’t rotating then gears inside the differential are broken and your vehicle may be non-operational. More than likely you heard a loud clanging or crunching noise before this problem occurred.
You could always just bring your car into 2J’s Automotive and let our certified technicians service and repair your differential for you. We work on all makes and models at our auto shop in Fort Worth and can take care of any differential problems you may be experiencing.
We will first administer a FREE diagnostic test (valued at $80) to locate the problem so we know exactly what is required in order to fix it. All of our mechanics are very knowledgeable and can answer any questions you may have.
Contact us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions.