With front wheel drive being so common these days in Ottsville, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service so most people in Ottsville don’t even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don’t need to be serviced for years, so it’s understandable that it’s not something that is first in a person’s mind for our customers.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances. It’s a very important function of your vehicle because all the power to get your car or light truck moving goes through the differential. The power from the engine goes through the transmission, then through the differential to the drive wheels. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool. The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Manufacturers recommend intervals for replacing your differential fluid. A technician at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which would be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. Then he’ll replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

If you own a rear wheel drive vehicle in Ottsville, there is a drive shaft connecting the transmission and the differential. That drive shaft contains universal joints that allow the shaft to flex when the rear axle moves up and down. If you feel a vibration coming through the car while driving around Ottsville, a universal joint may be starting to fail. Our technicians at Cunningham’s Automotive Repair in Ottsville can inspect and replace your universal joints if needed.

Our services for differentials and drivelines include the following:

  • Differential
  • Differential Fluid Replacement
  • Differential Overhaul
  • Ring and Pinion Gear
  • Axle
  • Axle Seal
  • Axle Bearing
  • Pinion Bearing
  • Pinion Seal
  • Differential Bearing
  • Universal Joint
  • Drive shaft
  • Drive shaft Replacement
  • Universal Joint Replacement

You can call us at 610-847-6006 or use our online form to schedule an appointment today!