The differentials on your vehicle accept engine power that is relayed by the transmission and drive shaft and transfer that momentum to power your wheels. The differentials themselves are made up of a series of gears that turn. The turning of these gears cause the axles and the wheels to turn along with them. The differentials also allow your wheels to turn at different speeds when turning to prevent scuffing on the tires. Your vehicle has two differentials – front and rear – that control the front and rear tires respectively.
Signs of a bad differential
- Abnormal noises
- Leaks caused by worn seals
- Vibration, especially while cornering
- Car won’t move
If you notice any of the above signs, get your differentials inspected by a car care professional right away. Unlike other vehicle components, most of the time a faulty differential can be rebuilt instead of being replaced entirely. However, if ignored for too long, issues with either differential can cause enough damage to require a complete replacement, which is much more expensive.
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