Your Mercedes is one of the most technologically-advanced automobiles on the road today. They are designed with sophistication and power in mind. One component of your Mercedes which is present on every vehicle is the differential. This important system is part of your front and rear axle. The differential allows your tires to rotate at different speeds. This is essential to making corners and turns.
When you turn a corner, the outside tires travel farther on the road than the inside tires. The differential is what allows your tires to spin at different speeds without damaging your axles.
Common Signs Your Differential is Failing
Even with routine maintenance, there are times when the differential will begin to fail. You should learn to recognize the signs when this happens so you can bring Mercedes to our qualified mechanics as soon as you suspect something is amiss.
Some of the most common signs the differential is failing includes:
- There is a whining sign that seems to come from the transmission.
- The car misses a gear.
- Uneven wear on the tires.
- Dirty gear oil or oil that is contaminated.
- Rough handling when you try to make turns.
- There is vibration in the car when you accelerate.
- The gears seem to grind or hum.
- The differential fluid starts to leak.
How to Avoid Differential Failure
Keep up with routine maintenance as much as possible. Our qualified technicians are happy to perform this maintenance and will check every component of the vehicle to see if it is wearing out or needs replaced.
Use the right kind of oil. Mercedes cars need high-quality synthetic gear oil to do their job properly so consider investing in this.
Perform gear oil changes often. It is easy to forget to replace the oil when it goes bad but it can negatively impact all parts of the car. You need to do the first gear servicing around 3,000 miles and then monitor it to see when it needs to be done again.
Although it may be fun to do in a powerful Mercedes, you should not do any kind of burnout or allow the wheels to spin. This will cause the differential to wear out much faster than intended.
Always perform inspections of the differential components. This can help the car owner avoid a lot of different issues like water damage, bad gear oil, and more.
When you follow these tips, you increase your chances of preventing any kind of damage or failure in the differential. Proper care and maintenance of the differential, and any other part of the vehicle, will ensure that it lasts longer and will not be as expensive to repair if things break down entirely. With the help of these scheduled inspections and a good mechanic, you will be able to take care of your Mercedes and prevent the differential from failing.
Turning Wrenches for your Mercedes
We are Louisville’s leading European car experts, servicing all Mercedes, Audi, BMW, and MINI models. We stand by our motto: By focusing on these brands, our mechanics are able to offer dealership-quality services faster and more affordable!
We have a convenient towing service, after-hours drop off, and free wi-fi in our waiting area. At Turning Wrenches, we offer a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty on all parts and labor. We specialize in oil changes, tire and wheel services, CV and drive axle repairs, suspension service, wheel alignment, belt and hose checks and replacement, exhaust system services, brake services, wheel balancing, and emissions testing.
We consider ourselves to be the most comprehensive auto service center and dealership alternative in the Louisville area. Affordable pricing and quick turnaround times are our goal. We will always provide honest answers and friendly service.
At Turning Wrenches in Louisville, KY, we are happy to provide your Mercedes with the very best care for your vehicle, no matter what problem you bring to our garage. Our team of qualified mechanics are happy to help with routine maintenance to prevent costly repairs down the road. Contact us today to set up your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon and earning your repeat business.
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