What is a Differential Fluid Changes service?
Lube Stop’s Differential Fluid Changes service is the replacement of the differential fluid that your vehicle uses to cool and lubricate your differential. Your differential is the component of your vehicle that is responsible for the rotation of your wheels. The location and number of differentials your vehicle has, depends on your vehicle.
Every front or rear axle is filled with this special oil, differential fluid or gear oil. The differential fluid lubricates the gears, bearings, and other internal parts, and provides cooling to these components as well.
If your differential fluid is dirty or contaminated, it doesn’t circulate as well as it should. That’s why you have it changed or flushed.
Lube Stop provides this service as needed. To determine if it is needed, we look for signs that the fluid is dirty or contaminated. So, a visual inspection to detect pollutants or leaking is done. Following that, Lube Stop also inspects for leaking fluid, vibrations while driving, difficulty steering or grinding sounds. If they are present, we recommend replacing the fluid to the customer. If the customer agrees, then we proceed with the Differential Fluid Changes or Flush service.
So, always bring any indicators of trouble to the attention of our Lube Stop technicians. These include signs of leaking fluid, vehicle vibrations, difficulty steering, and unusual grinding sounds. From there, we will trouble shoot and determine if you need to change or flush your fluid.
We do all this so you can enjoy the benefits of a reliable differential system.
What is differential fluid for?
The number of differentials your vehicle has depends on the type of vehicle you drive. If you drive a vehicle with all-wheel drive, you will have one differential on the back wheels and one on the front. Whereas, front-wheel drive means you have one differential on the front and rear-wheel drive means you have one differential on the back. No matter your differential setup, all differentials require fluid for lubrication and cooling. This fluid lubricates the ring and pinion gears that transfer power from the driveshaft to the wheel axles.
Differential fluid is checked by removing the plug from under the vehicle. Then a quick test is done to see if the oil level is still just below the plug. If it is, it’s fine. If it’s not, it should be topped off or changed depending on the condition of the fluid. The condition of this fluid is tested by Lube Stop technicians using their patented in-house fluid testing kits. When it is found to be dirty or even just low, they will be sure to take this up with you before you leave. This gives you the chance to address it right away or to leave it for next time depending on what the technician has determined for urgency.
The differential may have its own housing and fluid or it may be integrated into the transmission housing and share the same fluid as the transmission. Or, it may be integrated into the transfer case and share the same fluid as the transfer case. It all depends on the vehicle.
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Why Do I Need a Differential Fluid Changes service?
The Differential Fluid Changes service is the replacement, changing, or flushing of your vehicle’s differential fluid. You need to do this so that your vehicle can continue to rotate its wheels in the safest manner possible. Clean fluid helps your vehicle’s differential system deliver lots of benefits. For example, it allows for smooth steering, reduces internal heat, and a safe ride.
We do these fluid changes so that our customers can avoid problems with their car, truck, or SUV. The fluid is an important maintenance item responsible for ensuring your engine works well and your gears don’t seize causing your wheels to lock up. This is because when fluid is clean it does its job better. For example, it protects the vehicle from contaminants that can cause major damage to the entire differential system.
So, it is fair to conclude that dirty, contaminated differential fluid is NOT something you want to ignore.
That’s why we check the differential fluid every visit. We need to make sure that it is clean and functioning as it should. We understand that it costs a little in the short run to change this fluid out. But it saves a lot in the long run.
How Often Do I Need It?
The fluid should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop. And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues. Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals. Please check your manual.
Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice. We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition. This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today. That is because it removes the guess work. Learn more about this system below.
Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?
Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area. These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.
Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?
Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.
- Benalto, Alberta
- Bentley, Alberta
- Red Deer, Alberta
- Blackfalds, Alberta
- Penhold, Alberta
- Stettler, Alberta
- Innisfail, Alberta
- Leslieville, Alberta
- Rimbey, Alberta
- Bowden, Alberta
- Clive, Alberta
- Caroline, Alberta
- Bluffton, Alberta
- Ponoka, Alberta
- Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
- Olds, Alberta
- Wimborne, Alberta
- Delburne, Alberta
- Alix, Alberta
Context for these Services
Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine. This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything. This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.
In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine. The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors, and nozzles. This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.
Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, or fuel oil. Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.
- combustion chamber
- cylinder head
- set of spark plugs
- rocker arms
- fuel injectors
- connecting rods
- engine block
- timing system
- timing chain
All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle. Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers. So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.