The differential's job is to transfer power from the engine to the wheels. As your vehicle moves through turns, it also compensates for and adjusts to the differences in wheel speed. The inside wheel of your vehicle turns slower than the outside wheel when navigating a turn; the outside wheel has to turn faster in order to keep pace with the inside wheel. Maintaining control, the differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds. If a vehicle didn't have a differential, it would have an unstable and bumpy ride because it would hop along the pavement. Rear wheel drive vehicles are equipped with a differential in back, while four wheel drive vehicles are equipped with a differential in front and back. The differential for a front wheel drive car, called a transaxle because it is a combination of the front axle and transmission, is located between the front wheels. Vehicles with all-wheel drive have a differential between the front and rear wheels, with a transfer case in between. The case adjusts the speed differences between the front and rear wheels. Differentials are primarily responsible for routing and regulating power between wheels in all vehicle applications.
Your vehicle has a differential that experiences heavy wear and tear, regardless of whether your car or truck has four-wheel drive, front wheel drive, or rear wheel drive. You should consider where you drive most often and how much time your vehicle spends traversing particular types of terrain when scheduling a differential repair service. The life of your vehicle's differential can be heavily impacted by tougher terrain, such as dirt roads, unpaved or gravel roads, and extreme driving. Differential maintenance will differ from vehicle to vehicle. Differential fluid changes can positively impact the safety and health of your vehicle as part of your normal car maintenance schedule. If you hear a noise coming from your vehicle's differential, it may be a sign that the lubricant is insufficient or the gears and bearings are worn due to regular wear and tear. So that we can quickly diagnose and correct the issue, contact us at the first sign of trouble.