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5 Parts in Your Car Potholes Can Damage

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5 Parts in Your Car Potholes Can Damage

You might encounter dozens of potholes on your daily commute, and they can only be avoided for so long. You’re bound to hit one eventually, which can seriously damage your car. Feeling the jolt from hitting a pothole and the uneasiness of facing an expensive repair is something drivers everywhere have to deal with. How potholes form Potholes are road imperfections that occur when soil compacted beneath pavement becomes weakened or displaced. Roads are particularly likely to form potholes in hot, cold and rainy months, when extreme temperature conditions and lots of running water disrupt the base layers under the pavement. As...

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Signs of Bad or Failing Differential / Gear Oil

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Signs of Bad or Failing Differential / Gear Oil

Sometimes the differential begins to show signs of failing (usually in high-mileage vehicles). If you ignore the warning signs, your drive-train could lock up completely, causing you to lose control of the vehicle. Thus, even though it's not a common problem, it's important to pay attention to your car's differential and take the vehicle to a trusted transmission repair shop if you notice any of the signs of failure (which we'll describe below). Often, the mechanic can cure the problem simply by adding differential fluid, but occasionally, more extensive differential repairs need to be made. Modern vehicles use a variety of fluids for the...

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5 Types of Automotive Differentials Explained

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5 Types of Automotive Differentials Explained

Last week we looked at the meaning of differential in cars and how they work. This week we'll guide you through everything you need to know on the types of automotive differentials. We will start with the simplest type of differential, called an open differential.   Open Differential What It DoesSplits engine torque into two outputs, each of which is able to rotate at a different speed. ShortcomingsWhen one tire loses traction, the opposing tire also experiences a torque reduction. In the worst case, your car is stuck with one wheel freely spinning while the tire with better traction can’t deliver enough...

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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

An automotive expert may tell a customer, "We need to change the differential oil," and the customer may have no clue what he's referring to.  So many times we'll hear words related to our cars and not even understand what they are. So What is a Differential?  A differential is found on all modern cars and trucks. It is part of the front and/or rear axle assembly.  The axle is the central shaft that the wheels on the vehicle rotate around.  The photo below shows where it's located on a vehicle with a four wheel drive automatic transmission.   How Do Differentials Work? The differential allows...

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What Happens If You Put the Wrong Transmission Fluid in Your Car?

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What Happens If You Put the Wrong Transmission Fluid in Your Car?

While it’s not uncommon for someone to mix up which fluids should go in their car, putting the wrong transmission fluid in your car could be your vehicle's fast pass to an early grave. Car transmissions are delicate mechanisms. Each car has its own recommendations from the manufacturer on which transmission fluid your car needs. Some transmission fluids are very incompatible with different transmission types as they use different additives in the fluids. Your car transmission needs the correct fluid, as specified by your car manufacturer, to run correctly and to the fullest length of life. Types of Transmission Fluid...

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