What is your car’s differential? And even more importantly — how do you care for it? At My Auto Service Center, we’re advocates for the proper preventative vehicle maintenance to keep your car on the road for as long as possible – and proper care for your auto’s differential is part of that.

So – What is Your Car’s Differential?

The differential in your vehicle is a component found in all vehicles that is designed to compensate for the difference in distance between the inner wheels and outer wheels as the car goes around a corner. In vehicles with rear-wheel drive, the differential has its own housing and lubrication, which is typically a dense, dark and heavy oil.

How often should is changing your differential oil recommended?

Because of its placement, changing the differential oil is an often overlooked task. While the differential is by no means the star your engine is, you certainly wouldn’t make it far without it a proper functioning manner. We recommend that your differential oil is changed about 30,000 to 50,000 miles (though you should check your owner’s manual for specs).

Why Should You Worry About Changing Your Differential Oil?

Changing your differential oil is important for many of the same reasons it’s important to change your vehicle’s engine oil. Over time, metal to metal contact wears down surfaces and creates heat from friction which weakens the gears in your vehicle.

Is it possible to check my vehicle’s differential oil?

While it is possible to check your vehicle’s differential oil (and relatively simple on a truck or raised vehicle), here at My Auto Service Center, we’d much rather check and change your vehicle’s differential oil for you! Why should you get dirty?
Our Differential Service is offered at both the Centennial and Highlands Ranch locations for $79.95. Call our car repair shop and schedule your appointment today!