3 Symptoms of a Bad Differential (and Replacement Cost)

Today’s vehicles are nothing short of a mechanical marvel, featuring an ever-growing list of stringently engineered components that make it possible to travel efficiently. Each of these components must operate in harmony with one another at all times, in order to avoid needless complications.  One such component that seldom receives much thought, yet is absolutely … Read more

AWD vs 4WD (Is There a Difference?)

AWD vs 4WD

Go shopping for a vehicle, especially an SUV, and you may find all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) recorded as the available choices. In both cases, power goes to all four wheels when these systems are running. While these two approaches work well in slippery conditions, handling is not always improved, and there is … Read more

How Often to Change Differential Fluid (and Fluid Change Cost)

differential fluid change cost

Differentials are found in all cars. Sometimes a differential may be found on the rear side of a vehicle and sometimes it’s found on the front side. Some cars even have differentials on both ends. If you have a front differential in your car with a transaxle built in, then the rear differential will use … Read more

4 Different Types of Differentials (and How They Work)

types of vehicle differentials

Differentials have a long history which many say go all the way back to the 1st millennium BC and recorded by China. While they didn’t have cars back then, chariots, wagons, and carts still experienced the problem of wheels slipping and dragging when cornering which damaged wheels, axles, and roads. The avoid this, a simple … Read more

Average Front and Rear Differential Repair Cost

differential repair cost

A vehicle’s differential (or diff), whether front (FWD), rear (RWD), or both (AWD and 4WD), helps deliver power to the axle(s) and regulates how fast each wheel rotates. Like any other component of a drivetrain, differential problems may arise over time. Because the issues can be anything from replacing a seal to a complete rebuild … Read more