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Front & Rear Differential Services

Regardless of whether you have a vehicle that is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive, each set of wheels that receives power will have a differential. A differential contains a specific type of lubricant that needs to be changed regularly in order to help the system do its job properly.

What is An Automotive Differential? 

Every car, truck, van, or SUV produced today has a differential system that is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. A differential also adjusts the speed of the wheels while turning, so that the inside wheels will rotate slower than the outside wheels, which have to then turn faster in order to keep up. The differential makes sure that both the outside and inside wheels are rotating at the correct speeds so the driver can steer properly.

What is Differential Service?

Differential service involves the draining and replacement of differential fluid by a professional mechanic. Without regular differential service, your car would bump, hop, and skip through turns the same way a go-kart does.

Why Do I Need Regular Differential Service?

To avoid shelling out the big bucks for a differential repair or replacement, we recommend checking your owner’s manual for details from your manufacturer on how often you need to have your differential fluid replaced. After all, the cost of replacing your differential fluid is much lower than the price of replacing your entire differential system.

What Are The Signs of A Bad Differential?

  • Whining or grinding sounds
  • Vibrations
  • Difficulty steering
  • Fast, unexplained tire wear
  • Going through oil quicker than usual

If you experience any of the above, it’s crucial to have the issue serviced as soon as you notice it to prevent further damage. If you think you might have a differential that needs to be repaired or replaced, then schedule an appointment with us and see why so many people trust Autopractor for all of their automotive maintenance needs!

We Service Most Makes and Models

Below are many of the manufacturers we service:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Cadillac
  • Chevrolet
  • Chrysler
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • Honda
  • Hyundai
  • Infiniti
  • Isuzu
  • Jaguar
  • Jeep
  • Kia
  • Land Rover
  • Lexus
  • Lincoln
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Oldsmobile
  • Pontiac
  • Ram
  • Saab
  • Saturn
  • Subaru
  • Toyota
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo