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Differential Repair

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The differential is responsible for transferring engine power to the wheels. It also compensates for and adjusts to the differences in wheel speed as your vehicle moves through turns. When your vehicle navigates a turn, the inside wheel turns slower than the outside wheel, which has to turn faster in order to keep pace with the inside wheel. The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while maintaining control. A vehicle without a differential would hop and bump along the pavement for an unstable, shaky ride. Four-wheel drive vehicles are equipped with a differential in front and back, while rear-wheel drive vehicles are equipped with a differential in the back. A front-wheel-drive differential, called the transaxle because of the functional combination of the front axle and transmission, is located between the front wheels. All-wheel drive vehicles are equipped with a differential between the front and rear wheels and a transfer case between them. The case adjusts for speed differences between the front and rear wheels. In all vehicle applications, the differential is primarily responsible for routing and regulating power between wheels.

Benefits of Differential Repair

Whether your car or truck has four-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive, your vehicle has a differential that experiences heavy wear and tears. When scheduling a differential repair service, you should consider where you drive most often and how much time your vehicle travels traversing particular terrain types. Tougher terrain—like dirt roads, unpaved or gravel roads—and extreme driving can have a heavier impact on your vehicle’s differential life. Maintenance for differentials will differ from vehicle to vehicle. As part of your normal car maintenance schedule, a differential fluid change can positively impact the safety and health of your vehicle. Noise coming from your vehicle’s differential can be a sign of insufficient lubricant or worn gears and bearings due to regular wear and tear. At the first sign of trouble, contact us so we can quickly diagnose and correct the issue.

Differential Repair Services We Offer

  • Differential Fluid Change (approx. 60 minutes)
  • Differential Service (approx. 30 minutes)

Understanding the Importance of Differential Maintenance

The differential is a critical component of your vehicle’s drivetrain, responsible for distributing power to the wheels. Regular maintenance and timely repairs are essential to ensure smooth operation and prevent costly damage. At Tire Star, we specialize in comprehensive differential repair, service, and fluid exchange to keep your vehicle running at its best.

Our Comprehensive Differential Services

Differential Repair

Our experienced technicians can address a range of differential issues, including:

  • Leaking Seals: We fix leaking seals to prevent the loss of differential fluid.
  • Abnormal Noises: Unusual sounds, such as whining or grinding, can indicate problems that we diagnose and repair.
  • Worn Bearings: We address worn bearings to maintain the integrity of the differential assembly.

Differential Service

Regular differential service is crucial for preventing issues and extending the life of your vehicle. Our services include:

  • Fluid Inspection and Replacement: We check the condition of the differential fluid and replace it as needed.
  • Seal Inspection: We inspect seals for signs of wear and potential leaks.
  • Gear Inspection: Our technicians examine gears for wear and damage.

Differential Fluid Exchange

Maintain peak performance with our differential fluid exchange service:

  • Efficient Fluid Exchange: We replace old, worn-out fluid with high-quality differential fluid.
  • Enhanced Lubrication: Fresh fluid ensures proper lubrication, reducing friction and heat within the differential.

Serving Wolcotville, Ligonier, and Kendallville

Tire Star is proud to serve the communities of Wolcotville, Ligonier, and Kendallville in Noble County, Indiana. With a focus on customer satisfaction, we’re committed to delivering the region’s best differential repair and service.

Trust in Tire Star for Your Differential Needs

When it comes to differentials, Tire Star is your trusted partner. Our experienced team is well-versed in differential repair, service, and fluid exchange. We take pride in offering comprehensive solutions to keep your vehicle’s drivetrain in optimal condition.

Ensure Your Vehicle’s Performance

Don’t let differential issues compromise your vehicle’s performance. Contact Tire Star today to schedule your comprehensive differential repair, service, or fluid exchange. Our expert technicians are ready to ensure your vehicle operates at its peak.

Ensure your vehicle’s peak performance. Schedule your comprehensive differential service with Tire Star now! Contact us for expert differential repair and fluid exchange, keeping your drivetrain in top shape.


Mon – Fri | 8:00am – 5:00pm


Mon – Fri | 8:00am – 5:00pm


Mon – Fri | 8:00am – 5:00pm

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