Differential Service

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Toyota Differential Service in Dearborn, MI

LaFontaine Toyota serves Dearborn, Detroit, Taylor, and Westland, MI. If your car needs a differential service, bring it into us today so we can get started to help you.

What Does A Differential Do

Your car’s differential supports the wheels of the car and helps the car to turn better. The differential lets the tires of the car turn at different rates without the wheel hopping or binding. It aims the engine’s power at the wheels. The differential also acts as the final gear reduction in the vehicle. It slows the rotational speed of the transmission before it reaches the wheels.

Where is the Car’s Differential

Cars with rear-wheel drive let the wheels of the car rotate at different speeds, and the differential is on the back wheels. Part-time four-wheel-drive systems do not have a differential between the rear wheels and the front wheels. These are locked together.

Signs of a Bad Differential

One indication your differential needs to be worked on is that it will be making a whirring sound. This can be because the oil needs to be changed. Similar to the engine oil, the differential oil is one of the most important lubrication oils in a car and it needs to be serviced periodically. If the service is past due, then it’s important to bring it into a mechanic.

  • Oil Leaks – Any fluid leaks are a problem and they need to be looked at, including differential fluid. It looks similar to regular oil. A sign that it is differential oil is if the leak is occurring directly under one of the axles.
  • Vibrations – Unusual vibrations, while you are driving, is an indication that the differential has a problem, however, it can also be caused by many other problems.
  • Strange Smells – If the differential oil goes bad, it will burn and thicken. This might cause the internal gears and other parts of the car to break or stop working. Any strong burning smell is a sign to get your car taken to be looked at by a mechanic.

Schedule Service Today

Bring your car in to our dealership and service center today to get it worked on. Our location has free WiFi so you can stay connected while you are at work. Every service also has free car washes. Ask us about our after-hours drop off times so you can work around your schedule. We are family-friendly—kids can have fun in the kid’s play and work stations.

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  • Complimentary transportation provided by Lyft
  • Newly remodeled waiting areas/service lounges
  • Quiet area with workstations
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Complimentary Beverages and Snacks
  • Vending Machines
  • Coming in May to the Dearborn area… 5G cellular service
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