The rear differential on a Ford Escape has been replaced.
A bearing noise could be heard. After performing a diagnostic test, Jason determined that the part needed to be replaced.
Located between the rear wheels, the rear differential takes the rotational energy created by the drive shaft and splits it equally to the wheels.
Overall, they’re pretty durable. However, they can go bad overtime, due to normal wear and tear or if you regularly take the vehicle off-roading.
If they wear out and you don’t address the issue, the wheels can lock up.
You may need a new rear differential if you hear noises, there’s looseness, or your car has been damaged in an accident.
One of the ways you can prolong the life of your differential is to replace the differential fluid every 30,000 miles. We suggest using BG Full Synthetic Differential Fluid. Some other vehicles — or depending on use — may have a shorter service time.
This article was written by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire, an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer in Woodbridge. The auto repair shop performs various services, including oil changes, alignments and computer engine diagnostics.