Because the “differential” is located under the vehicle, it is difficult to see and often overlooked. This is very unfortunate because every vehicle relies on the differential to compensate for the difference in distance that the inner and outer wheels travel when the automobile turns a corner. In order for this component to maintain its ability to perform this vital function, vehicle manufacturers recommend that differential fluid typically be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. This maintenance chore is as important as changing engine oil at recommended intervals. Cleaning metal shavings and contaminated fluid out of the housing is also recommended. Not changing the differential fluid leads to gear wear and failure that can quickly bring things to a halt. Waiting too long to have differential oil checked can result in more costly issues further on down the road. If you are worried about your vehicle’s maintenance needs, please visit today to keep your car in perfect working order.
HINT: Differential fluid lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles.