What is a differential? The differential on your BMW is a gear train device connected to the axle system of your car that allows your car’s wheels to turn at different intervals by splitting the engine’s output to each wheel. It means the inner and outer wheels of the vehicle can turn differently as you take corners, keeping your BMW’s ride smooth.
If the oil which is used to lubricate the ring and pinion gears on the differential runs low or gets excessively dirty it can lead to the differential failing and beginning to skip. Listen for a howling or whining sound as you drive, or a vibration in your turns, as this is a telltale sign of an issue with your differential. If you are experiencing any sort of issues with your BMW’s differential you should bring your vehicle to a fully-trained mechanic in the Sarasota area.
Differential oil lasts for a fairly decent amount of time. But our certified mechanics here at Jesse’s Garage recommend having the differential oil on your BMW assessed and changed every 20,000-50,000 miles to keep your differential running at peak performance and to avoid larger more costly repair issues from arising. The cost to change a BMW’s differential oil runs around $80-$140 depending on the shape of your differential. It doesn’t take very long to change the differential oil, but is a messy job and one best left to a local trusted mechanic near you.
If you live in the Sarasota area and are in need of fluid maintenance for your BMW we can help. Whether it’s your differential oil, or something else, at Jesse’s Garage we are trusted licensed mechanics that can expertly and efficiently flush any system and get your vehicle back on the road quickly and affordably. Book your fluid service appointment today! 941-914-2202.
And if you are looking for quality BMW repair near you we are more than capable of dealing with technical and mechanical issues as well.
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