Front & Rear Differential
Your Vehicle’s Differential
The differential is an essential part of your car. Without it, your car would only be able to drive in a straight line.
The differential gives the wheels of your car or truck the capability to turn at different rates. Because the inside wheel travels a shorter distance when a car turns, the car needs a differential.
All vehicles have differentials of some kind. In front wheel drive vehicles the differential is in the front and called a transaxle. In rear-wheel drive vehicles, the differential is in the back. Four wheel drive vehicles have differentials in both the front and back.
When to Service Your Car or Truck’s Differential
The differential contains fluid that lubricates and cools the gears. As with any other lubricant, differential fluid breaks down over time.
The harder you drive, the quicker your differential fluid breaks down.
You should consider getting your front or rear differential fluid checked if…
- You frequently tow a boat or RV
- Your vehicle’s rear axle is partly submerged when you launch a trailered boat from a boat ramp
- You drive in severe conditions
- You are an off-road enthusiast and cover rough or wet terrain
- You are near or past the manufacturer’s recommended service interval for changing the differential fluid
Differential Service at 2J’s Automotive
As Your Transmission Physicians, 2J’s Automotive can do a lot more than diagnose and fix transmissions. Their certified mechanics do drive train repairs. And, of course, they service front and rear differentials.
Not sure if it’s time for differential service. Call 2J’s Automotive, and they will look up the manufacturer’s recommended service interval for your vehicle.
Call the expert mechanics at 2J’s Automotive at 817.232.9866 to service the differential on your family, company, or fleet vehicle.