Is your car handling roughly when turning corners?

It might be time to change the differential fluid. Differential fluid reduces the heat caused by the friction of moving parts inside the differential. If your vehicle has unreliable differential performance, noise, excessive wear, breakdown or failure, the differential fluid is probably worn-out and needs to be replaced. Friction and heat progressively break down differential fluid.

Complete differential failure will result in the entire differential system needing to be replaced. Refer to your owner’s manual to determine the proper service intervals for changing your differential fluid.

A differential fluid service prepares your vehicle for new fluid by draining out the old fluid and replacing it with fresh differential fluid. During a fluid change, the West End Auto service staff will inspect other differential components, like gears and shafts, for excessive wear so that the differential continues to work properly.

Differential Fluid Basics

Differential fluid lubricates the differential in all-wheel drive (AWD), four-wheel drive (4WD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), and front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles. In most cases, front-wheel
drive vehicles have a transaxle instead of a separate differential, but there are some instances where FWD vehicles have a stand-alone differential.

The purpose of the differential is to deliver power to the wheels while allowing them to turn at different speeds. As your vehicle completes a turn, each wheel covers a different distance.

The two wheels on the inside of the turn travel a shorter distance than the two wheels on the outside of the turn. Similarly, the two front wheels travel a different distance than the two back wheels.

The differential allows your vehicle to make turns smoothly despite these differences, and differential fluid keeps the moving parts of the differential lubricated. Your differential needs clean differential fluid to ensure a smooth ride at all times.