When you take a corner in your car, the outside wheels have a slightly longer distance to go than the inside wheels. That means that the outside wheels have to turn a bit faster than the inside. The piece of mechanical wizardry that makes this possible is called the differential.
The differential allows the drive wheels to rotate at different speeds in turns without the wheel binding or hopping. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is on the rear axle. You've seen that bulge in the middle of the axle when you're behind a truck – that's the differential.
Whether your car or truck has four-wheel drive, front wheel drive, or rear wheel drive, your vehicle's differential experiences heavy wear and tear that can result in noises coming from your vehicle’s differential; they can be a sign of worn gears and bearings. At the first sign of trouble, contact us so our team of qualified and experienced mechanics could quickly diagnose and correct the issue.