WHERE CAN I FIND THE DIFFERENTIAL ON MY MERCEDES-BENZ?
The differential on your Mercedes-Benz is the component that your axles attach to, which transmits power from the driveshaft to the axles. This mechanism also 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 Mercedes-Benz riding as smoothly as possible. Differential oil is used to keep the ring and pinion gears of the differential well lubricated as it transfers power from the driveshaft to the axles. If the oil used to lubricate the differential runs low or gets excessively dirty, it can lead to the differential failing and the gears in it to begin to make noise or clunk. The differential will overheat and you will begin to deal with metal-on-metal contact as the oil film will have broken down and will not be strong enough. Listen for a howling, whining, or clicking sound as you drive or a vibration in your turns, as this is a telltale sign of an issue with your differential. When this occurs, don’t hesitate to book an appointment by calling Jesse's Garage.
Is Differential Fluid The Same As Transmission Fluid?
Although both differentials and transmissions use gear oil as lubrication, they are not the same thing. If you drive a manual transmission Mercedes-Benz, the viscosity of the two oils will be slightly different. If you drive an automatic transmission, they are very different! At Jesse’s Garage, our highly skilled and experienced mechanics and service advisers know the exact types of oil that will give your vehicle the very best longevity and performance.
When To Change Your Mercedes-Benz’ Differential Oil
We recommend having your differential oil assessed and changed every 30,000-50,000 miles to keep your differential lubricated properly and running at peak performance. Differential fluid is a messy job and one best left to certified technicians who do this on a daily basis with the proper tools and seals to get the job done right the first time!
Get Your Mercedes-Benz’ Differential Oil Serviced Today!
If you live in the Sarasota area and are in need of any sort of fluid maintenance for your Mercedes-Benz, we can help. Whether it’s your differential fluid, or anything else, our job is to flush any system and get your vehicle back on the road quickly and affordably. Book your fluid service appointment today!