Tips to Keep Your Differential Working Properly and to Reduce Differential Repair Costs


To keep your car operation costs down, you should be able to minimise your repair costs. Smart car owners know that ensuring proper car maintenance is the best way to reduce car repair costs. Differentials (or diffs) in well-maintained cars rarely require costly repairs. 

Here are some effective car care tips you can follow to keep your differential in good working order for as long as possible, so as to reduce differential repair costs:

Change differential oil when required

Your differential comprises gears, bearings, clutch packs and other moving parts that require proper lubrication in order to ensure optimal transfer of transmission power from the driveshaft to the wheels. When the oil in your diff is dirty, it won't be effective at keeping all the moving components in the differential assembly healthy. This may lead to a decline in car performance. Also, due to overheating caused by increased metal-to-metal contact, the differential will wear and tear prematurely. 

To keep your diff in good working shape and to avoid high car repair costs, follow your car manufacturer's recommendation on when the differential oil change is required. Be sure to use the correct differential oil.

Change differential oil filters when required

When you are changing your differential oil, it is also a good idea to check the condition of your oil filter. If the differential oil has become dirty, chances are high that your differential oil filters are also dirty. When that happens, it will be difficult to minimise contamination within your differential assembly. 

By changing differential oil filters regularly, and by using the correct filters, you keep the system clean and, in turn, cut component wear and tear costs.

Monitor fuel consumption rate

When it is operating at optimum efficiency, your car is supposed to provide a certain fuel mileage. If your car starts to consume more gas than it usually does, you could be faced with a differential problem. It could be that not all the power that gets generated at the transmission is being transferred to your wheel axles, forcing your car to operate at less than maximum fuel efficiency. 

Although the problem could be as a result of anything other than a faulty differential, you can never rule out the possibility that a major differential repair issue could be in the offing. For that reason, you should always keep tabs on your fuel consumption rate and go for inspection service at a mechanic shop if you notice you are driving down to the gas station more frequently of late.

The above-discussed tips will not prevent all differential problems from arising, but they will go a long way in ensuring your differential repair costs reduce significantly. For more tips on keeping your car in the best shape, contact a team like Precision Automatic Transmissions.


4 June 2017

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Hello, my name is Erin and this is my auto blog. For many years now, I have been buying, selling and modifying automobiles. I am not an auto professional. I work in a large bank in Sydney. However, at the weekends, I like to spend time looking for classic cars which need some love and care. I learnt my skills from my dad when I was growing up. He worked in an auto repair shop and even though he didn't collect cars himself, he knew a good deal when he saw one. I hope this blog is useful to those looking to find out more about automobiles.