Auto Differentials - Yeah, we can take care of it!by KC Martin Transmissions on 05/08/12
It's a very specialized thing, but our shop is very experienced in repairing and servicing your car's differential system. If you need help with your automobile differential, bring your vehicle by, so that we can take a look and give you an accurate estimate!
The differential transmits the power to the wheels while allowing outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at different speeds (This is the one that earned the differential its name.) Differentials have gears in them that transfer the power from the drive train to your wheels -- which is why they're often referred to as "gear boxes". These gears are very strong, but they need to be properly protected so that they'll last.
The non-driven wheels on your car -- the front wheels on a rear-wheel drive car, the back wheels on a front-wheel drive car -- no differential is needed. There is no connection between them, so they spin independently. But the driven wheels are linked together so that a single engine and transmission can turn both wheels.
So, If you have a front-wheel drive car, your differential is often called a "transaxle" and is located in the front. If you have rear-wheel drive, the differential is toward the back of the car. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, you will have a differential in the front and the back – and in the middle as well. The center differential adjusts for differences in speed between the front and rear wheels---pretty intricate stuff!
Differential fluid lubricates and cools the gears. Over time, the fluid can get dirty from bits of the gears grinding off. The additives that keep the fluid clean and protect the differential break down over time. So your vehicle manufacturer has scheduled intervals for you to have your differential fluid changed.
There are different types of differentials. We can work on all of them at KC Martin Transmissions. If you even think that your differential might be an issue for your car, please bring it by ASAP. OR, if your manual suggests this type of service, schedule your appointement today!