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Vive la Differential at Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists in Riverside

Posted July 3, 2022 9:03 AM

There are a lot of drivers in Riverside who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before. With front-wheel drive being so common in CA these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Riverside 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 Riverside 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 CA 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 that each runner has the same distance to run.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside vehicle wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances.

It's a very important function. When you think of it, all the power to get a vehicle moving goes through the differential. Most cars weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds (1,400 and 2,800 kg) – trucks even more. The power from the engine goes through the transmission and then through the differential to the drive wheels.

That's a lot of work and requires very heavy duty parts. And those parts need protection. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool. The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Some kinds of differentials require special additives that break down over time. So manufacturers recommend intervals for when to replace your differential fluid.

Your knowledgeable Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists service technician will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which could be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. He'll then replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

Your Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists service advisor can look up the vehicle manufacturer's recommended service interval or you can check your owner's manual.

At Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists, we've been providing quality automotive service for our valued Riverside customers since . If you need to schedule differential maintenance, or any other automotive service, give us a call at (951) 367-7400.

Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists
3420 Gato Ct.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 367-7400
https://www.protransauto.com/



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This shop is the best at taking care of the needs of your car or truck. Straight up honesty & knowledge. Definitely would recommend!
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, 08/10/2022

Coolant System - Thank you guys so much for the honest work on my car. I can't thank you enough! Awesome job AND for staying late since I was stuck in traffic. May God bless you guys!
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, 08/10/2022

Great experience good work and great service.
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, 08/01/2022

Good Day; The service at "Protrans" was "Top Notch "! Before I took my car to "Protrans", I took it to another service center and I was told that it needed a Transmission Replacement to the tune of $3,500.00. I then took it to "Protrans" for a second opinion and their tech found that all that was needed was for the front wheel bearing to be replaced. That was a savings of over $3,000.00 dollars! So if you need ANY work done on your automobile I would have "PROTRANS" check it out first.
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, 07/25/2022

Brought my 01 accord in and they were extremely courteous, quick and efficient with their services. I honestly wouldn't recommend any other shop in the riverside area besides them. 10/10 you literally can't go wrong choosing them!
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