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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most MADISON HEIGHTS drivers 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 on the top of MADISON HEIGHTS customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS at 248-307-1200 for information about differential service, or stop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, auto center at 526 E 14 MILE RD, 48071. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local MADISON HEIGHTS high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines ... read more

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For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get through the deepest snow. But with that added capability comes additional complexity, drive-train components and other systems that less capable vehicles don't have.  And that is why when it comes to 4x4s, you have to maintain them a little differently from those vehicles that spend their lives on pavement.  Here are some of the key things to keep an eye on: Transfer case—This transfers power from the engine to the wheels.  A transfer case has fluid in it that needs to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.  Your service advisor will let you know how often that is and will keep track of your service dates.  You will need to make sure the transfe ... read more

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Differential Service in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI - What You Need to Know

Differential Service in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some MADISON HEIGHTS vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, MADISON HEIGHTS residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the e ... read more

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Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

Vive la Differential at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS

There are a lot of drivers in MADISON HEIGHTS who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in MI these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most MADISON HEIGHTS folks 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 on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in MADISON HEIGHTS to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any MI high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means t ... read more

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Differential Service at Interstate Auto Care

Differential Service at Interstate Auto Care

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in MADISON HEIGHTS, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Interstate Auto Care service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Interstate Auto Care covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow on ... read more

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