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The differential is normally located at the rear of your vehicle and underneath the car. It is essential that it stays lubricated with differential or gear oil for it to work properly and your vehicle to go smoothly down the road. The oil needs to be changed every 30,000 to 50,000 miles, unless your owner’s manual states otherwise.

The differential is a part in your vehicle that compensates for the difference the inner wheel and the outer wheels travel when you turn a corner. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential will be in the back with its own lubrication and housing. It uses a dark, thick oil that is heavier than 80 weight. Front-wheel drive vehicles have the differential integrated into the transmission housing and share fluid. Check your owner’s manual to ensure you have the correct type of fluid/oil for your vehicle.

The differential/gear oil lubricates the ring and pinion gears that provide power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles. Keeping the oil in your differential clean and changing it on a regular basis is just as important as your engine’s oil, yet it is often overlooked or forgotten about.

Over time, if the oil goes bad or you have a leak in your differential, metal will grind on metal and will wear down the surfaces. This creates high amounts of heat from friction, which will weaken the gears and lead to failure, overheating, or burning. A professional mechanic will replace and/or change your differential/gear oil to ensure your vehicle keeps operating like it is supposed to.

Since your differential/gear oil can go bad over time and needs to be replaced, you should be aware of the symptoms that indicate the oil needs to be changed.

Signs your differential/gear oil needs to be changed and/or replaced include:

  • The oil is contaminated with substances or metal particles
  • Grinding noise as you turn corners
  • Humming noises because the gears are grinding against each other due to low lubricant
  • Vibrations while you are driving down the road

The differential/gear oil is extremely important to keeping your vehicle run smoothly so this part should be maintained.


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David

17 years of experience
33 reviews
David
17 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - Differential / Gear Oil Replacement (Front, Rear) - Littleton, Colorado
What takes my firestone a “Hey, let me give you a call when it’s ready” (10-14 hours) took him less than 3 hours for the same exact work. Not only was this amazing in his own right, but absolutely fantastic in the quality of service as well. I asked him some basic questions and he had some fantastic answers. If I could recommend anyone to do proficient work and keep his promise, it would be David. Even got some more business lined up in the future.

Bradford

12 years of experience
16 reviews
Bradford
12 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz ML350 - Differential / Gear Oil Replacement (Front, Rear) - Brandywine, Maryland
My experience with Bradford was a 10 plus. He communicated well when discussing issues, he listened and responded to all of my questions in a patient manner, and he fixed the problem. Highly recommended! Thank you!

Pardeep

20 years of experience
648 reviews
Pardeep
20 years of experience
Honda Pilot - Differential / Gear Oil Replacement (Rear) - Mountain View, California
Pardeep was an excellent and very efficient mechanic. He was very knowledgeable with all the right tools to get the job done correctly and efficiently. He showed up early, worked smart, quickly, and was thorough, a tough combination to master. I'd hire him again.

Reginald

36 years of experience
32 reviews
Reginald
36 years of experience
Lexus GS300 - Differential / Gear Oil Replacement (Rear) - Hawthorne, California
Reginal before coming by gave me a call to let me know he was on his way . He did a great job & gave me great advice . No negative comments for Reginald will Recommend him for other work . Thanks

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