Servicing Your Front or Rear Wheel Differential
As the name might suggest, the primary function for the differential is to compensate for differences and in this case it’s the differences in wheel speed when turning.
When taking turns your inside and outside wheels turn at different speeds since the outside wheel has a further distance to travel and the differential helps provide power to the wheels.
Identifying a problem with your differential can sometimes be difficult based just on sound so visual inspection may be required. Most differentials should have a check plug where you can check and evacuate old fluid and it may also have a drain plug to drain out old fluid.
Tip: Vehicles that have been driven off-road or through streams will need to be serviced much sooner than vehicles driven only on pavement.
Drainage and refilling of fluid is usually the only thing you need to do in order to have your differentials working the way they should again. However, if there are some physical damages and it is malfunctioning then a service and replacement may be in order.
Be sure to always use the recommended oil by your manufacturer to get the most out of your performance.
If your differential sounds like something you don’t want to mess with because you don’t feel comfortable then bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive for the best service and repair in town. We will give your car a free diagnostic test to find out what the problem is and then give the proper services and repairs after informing you of the situation.
Give us a call at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions regarding your vehicle’s differentials or if you would like to set up a time for you to bring your car in.