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Differential Service

What Differential Service Entails

Basic geometry shows that when cornering, the inner tires have less distance to travel and the outer tires have to go further. If the wheels were to turn at the same speed, it would either cause the inner tires to spin on the pavement or the outer tires would be forced to skid across the road. The way this dilemma is contradicted is with the use of a differential on a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles, with front-wheel drives the task is performed by the transmission. During differential service, the oil in the differential needs to be checked, topped off, and changed at times to assure it is still lubricating the inner gears which allow the system to work properly.

Why Your Car’s Differential Needs Servicing

Like all other fluids in your car, differential oil can get dirty over time. Condensation can form minuscule water droplets in it, gaskets can wear down and leave grime in the oil, and even with proper lubrication the gears are still metal rubbing against metal, and the flakes of metal which wear off can further pollute the oil. Another aspect that can be a sign of further damage is if the oil level is low, meaning there is a slow leak that needs to be addressed before it becomes a bigger problem.

What Can Happen if the Differential Isn’t Serviced

Although differential service is important to the long life of your car, in reality little can go wrong if one neglects to schedule the service. The worst that will happen is the oil being left unchecked will not allow a technician to find a potential problem. Small problems only get worse, and eventually, a damaged differential will cause the rear axle to lock up. At that point, there are going to be further repairs needed before driving the car again, much more expensive than the differential service would have cost. The ultimate extent of those repairs are a matter of luck, and what the differential went through while it was compromised.

Certified Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Service in Plattsmouth, NE from Gregg Young

Of course, there are plenty of great local mechanics who can work on the rear differential, but such an approach can be risky. An authorized dealer such as Gregg Young Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Plattsmouth, NE and serving Omaha and Cass County employs technicians who understand the proper mileage at which to check the differential and what exact oil is recommended by the manufacturer. Come on by anytime, and we are fully trained and equipped to take care of any routine maintenance or repairs your vehicle might need.


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