Carter Volkswagen Differential Fluid Change: Seattle Auto Care Information
On any vehicle, the differential is an important part of the drivetrain -- and on heavy SUVs often used for towing, it undergoes a ton of stress. Just like the engine and the transmission, the differential needs to be filled with fluid to lubricate the metal gears and prevent damage from them moving against one another. And, just like the engine oil and the transmission fluid, you'll need to replace the differential fluid from time to time.
Sometimes called differential oil or gear oil, the differential fluid lubricates the gears inside which translate power from the driveshaft to the wheels. As you turn, the inner wheels have less distance to travel than the outside wheels. The differential allows the wheels on the same axle to rotate at different speeds, giving you a smooth turn. Be sure to check your owner's manual to find out how often to have the fluid changed in your car's differential, and visit Carter VW to have us perform this service the right way.
How Often Do I Need New Differential Oil?
As the differential fluid wears down, you may begin to hear a humming, whining sound coming from the differential as you drive along. This means there is insufficient lubrication for the gears, and the fluid should be replaced as soon as possible! Though, simply keeping up with recommended maintenance will help prevent things from getting this bad.
If your Volkswagen SUV does a great deal of towing, it's even more important to keep an eye on this component. You may want to consult with one of our service advisors about how often to replace your differential fluid if you find yourself hauling heavy trailers frequently.
How to Schedule a Service Visit at Carter Volkswagen:
Setting an appointment for your car to get the maintenance or repairs it needs is easy at Carter VW! Just use our online scheduling form. You can select an available time slot that works for your schedule. Or, just give our service department a call at the number on the bottom of this page. You'll be able to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable service advisors about your questions or concerns.
Discover the Carter Advantage at the Carter VW Service Department
It's sophisticated German engineering that sets a Volkswagen apart from lesser cars on the road, and it's our expert technicians at the Carter VW service department that know German engineering best in the Seattle area. When you're looking for the best customer service with clean and comfortable facilities while your vehicles gets the highest quality service, turn to Carter Volkswagen. Our team uses only factory-approved parts designed with your car in mind. The mechanics at your neighborhood garage or the local quick-lube chain can't say that; only the factory-trained experts in our VW-authorized service center. If we didn't answer all your questions on this page, give us a call! We'd be glad to help.