What Is Differential Service?

Every vehicle needs an engine, transmission, wheels, and tires to move properly. Additionally, there are other important components in between them like axles and a differential. To be specific, the differential is a mechanism that separates the engine torque in two ways. 


The differential allows your vehicle’s wheels to turn at various speeds and keeps your car powered in the process. All of the power generated from the engine goes through the differentials. Typically, the front wheels travel at a different speed than the rear wheels. For instance, when you turn a corner, the outer wheel goes at a faster speed to stay in pace with the inner wheel. 

What Is the Differential Service?

Over time, your differential also needs maintenance so that your vehicle can move smoothly. Differential service includes the process of draining the old fluid from the differentials and replacing it with new fluid according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations and specifications. This is typically recommended by automakers to be done every 30,000-50,000 miles.

Signs You Need Differential Service

  • Leaking oil
  • Vibrations
  • Unusual odor
  • Strange noise

Is Differential Service Necessary?

Yes, because differential oil is necessary to lubricate the differential parts. Changing the oil in the differential is as important as getting a motor oil change because, over time, the oil wears thin and gets dirty. It can also suffer from damage from increased friction.


At Village Transmission & Auto Clinic, we are one of the only few shops that provide quality differential services in Edmonds, WA. For over 5 decades, we’ve built a reputation for being an honest and reliable auto service provider. Our shop is committed to providing your differentials with quality lubricant and using top-of-the-line equipment so that you can drive without worry.


If you’re due for differential service, please do not hesitate to call or visit the experts at Village Transmission & Auto Clinic.

23901 84th Ave W. Edmonds, WA 98026 (425) 778-0194
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