What Does a Differential Do?

A differential is a component in most modern vehicles, especially those with all-wheel drive and full-time four-wheel drive. The differential receives and splits the torque from the engine to the front and rear axles.

While older model vehicles operate without a differential, newer models benefit from the adaptability of this component. Due to the rate of rotation of the front and rear axles that can differ given the circumstance, a differential is necessary to distribute power equally. This results in a smooth turning experience while driving.

Routine maintenance is essential to keeping the differential functioning at its optimal level. This component depends on a lubricating fluid to keep temperatures inside the gearbox at a reasonable level. This lubricating fluid should be changed regularly by professional mechanics in our service center at Gillman Honda of San Antonio. Failure to do so can result in a wide array of serious issues, so plan on visiting us as soon as you can!

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