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Differential Service

Long Beach, Bixby Knolls Rear Differential Repair

If you go out to your car and notice tire damage on the sidewall or outer tread of a tire, your car becomes difficult to handle and doesn’t easily steer around corners well, the sound of grinding gears or a whining noise are also indicators that you should have your differential checked. Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach, Bixby Knolls has the know how to repair or replace this critical component of your vehicle. Our ASE certified mechanics can repair your differential or transaxle in no time and back up that repair with a NAPA nationwide 2 year, 24,000 mile warrant.

But what is a rear differential? Well many Long Beach, Bixby Knolls drivers aren’t aware of their vehicles differential until something goes seriously wrong. Don’t worry, Orozco’s Auto Service would like to share some helpful information regarding your vehicle’s differential. Before front wheel drive came along, the majority of vehicles had a rear differential with a few exceptions such as Corvairs and Volkswagens. Four wheel drive vehicles have two differentials making things a bit different on these all terrane vehicles. Additionally all-wheel-drive vehicle has a third type of differential called a center differential. It helps distribute power between the front and rear axles since both do the job of steering your car. With four-wheel drive, there is a front and rear differential that’s called a transfer case located in the middle to manage and deliver power to all four wheels. These systems have the same goal as the others: ensuring smooth turns keeping the wheels from skipping or jumping. Nowadays and as before every vehicle has a some type of differential or transaxle, whether you have a rear one or not depends on the drive system. So what is a differential and how does it impact my vehicle?

If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, then it uses a front differential that is next to the transmission in a unit called the transaxle. A vehicle with rear-wheel drive has a rear differential that sits between the rear wheels and connects to the transmission through the drive shaft. Both front and rear differentials do the same thing, which is ensuring the your wheels move smoothly when you move around corners— just from different locations. But why does it smooth out your turns you ask? Simply put, a differential is a system that transmits your engine’s torque to the wheels. The differential takes the power from the engine and divides it, allowing the wheels to spin at different speeds when needed. Think of it as a marching band moving around a corner. The people on the outside of the turn take longer strides than the people on the inside to keep everyone in a perfect line. A differential acts in the same way for a car. It compensates for how the inner wheels don’t have to travel as far to get around a corner as the outer wheels.

If you’ve notice any of the previously mentioned signs of a failing differential or are not sure and would like to have your wheels inspected, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach, Bixby Knolls today at 562-427-4256 . Remember to always keep your vehicle in good condition to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!

Orozco’s Auto Service Long Beach / Bixby Knolls – Los Angeles County CA
3619 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA USA
Call Today: 562-427-4256 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair

Orozco’s Auto Service has five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties Long BeachBellflowerGarden Grove or Fullerton!


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  • 3619 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach
  • 562-427-4256
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  • 562-920-1871
  • 3033 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach
  • 562-426-6322
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  • 714-525-3239
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