The differential transfers power from the engine to the wheel. It also adjusts wheel speed when you are moving through turns. The outer wheel turns faster than the inner wheel when your car navigates a turn. The differential maintains the control when wheels are turning at different speeds. You will get a shaky, unstable ride if the differential of your car stops working properly. Your car can have a differential in front and back. If your vehicle is rear wheel drive, it has a differential in back. In a front wheel drive vehicle, a differential is between the front wheels. If you are driving an all-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is between the front and rear wheels.

Sings of a damaged differential

  • Worn carrier bearings
  • Loose pinion-bearing preload
  • Broken pinion-gear tooth
  • Worn U-joints
  • Bad wheel bearings
  • Broken cornering gears
  • Worn transfer case
  • Out-of-balance driveshaft
  • Worn pinion bearings
  • Insufficient lubrication

A compromised differential makes it difficult to turn your car and this can impact your safety. It can also lead to car wheels lock up. You can avoid all these consequences with timely differential repair and maintenance in Parkville at Family Car Care.

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FAQs for Differential

Family Car Care is pleased to offer answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the Differential services offered at our business in Parkville.

What is a limited slip differential?

A vehicle could have one of the following three types of differentials:

  • Open differentials
  • Locking differentials
  • Limited slip differentials

An open differential powers the wheels even when they are losing traction. A limited slip differential limits the power being sent to a particular wheel when the wheel starts losing traction. The limited slip differential achieves this by electronically activating the brake of that particular wheel.

The choice of differential depends on the type of terrain. So, there can be both advantages and disadvantages of this type of differential.

What causes a differential to fail?

Using the wrong lubricant type is one of the primary causes of differential failure. Water entering through the vent or seals causes damage to some of its components by emulsifying the differential lubricant. Contaminated lubricant can cause rusting on gear and surface system. Seized U-joints causing vibration can also lead to differential failure.