The automotive differential is a component in all cars that allows your inner and outer wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds and travel slightly different distances when you make turns while driving.
CARING FOR THE DIFFERENTIAL
Like all components of your vehicle, your differential needs periodic servicing. One important aspect of servicing differentials is their lubrication. Most car manufacturers recommend that you change your differential fluid about every 50,000 km to 80,000 km. Your vehicle owner's manual should outline differential fluid changes in the recommended maintenance schedule.
SIGNS OF A FAILING DIFFERENTIAL
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, there’s a chance that you may already have a problem with your differential. If you’re not yet having these types of problems but your vehicle has more that 100,000 km, it is a good idea to have your vehicle inspected.
The most common symptoms that you can expect to see if your differential goes bad:
- A whining, grinding or humming noise
- Leaking differential fluid
- Unusual vibrations
- Tire damages
- Difficulty in handling
GETTING YOUR DIFFERENTIAL SERVICES
The differential is one of those parts of your car that you don’t realize exists—until something goes wrong, and believe us, when this part goes bad you’ll never forget about it again. Differential repairs and replacements can become costly if you don’t maintain the differential accordingly. Simple checkups and regular replacement of differential fluid can help you avoid those costly repairs. For more information about differential maintenance or to book an appointment please contact us online or call us at (905) 381-9285