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Gearbox Fluid Service
Whether you drive a rear, or all-wheel drive car, truck or SUV, your vehicle’s differential gears mesh against each other every single time your wheels rotate! That can lead to a lot of wear and tear on the metal parts in your gearbox– if they’re not protected by fresh gearbox fluid.
At Scappoose Xpress Lube, we recommend you have your gearbox fluid, also known as differential fluid, checked and changed at regular intervals.
Old or contaminated gearbox fluid loses its ability to protect the metal components and clutch plates in your differential. Over time, this can lead to worn or even broken ring and pinion gears, resulting in a car that is undriveable.
Our Gearbox Fluid Service
The specialists at Scappoose Xpress Lube know how important it is to protect your car’s differential. The differential transfers the right amount of your engine’s power to each of your vehicle’s wheels. If it’s not operating at maximum efficiency, you won’t get optimal performance out of your vehicle.
When you bring your car, truck or SUV to us, we start by checking your gearbox fluid to make sure your gearbox is full (if not, it might be leaking), fresh, and free of bits of metal worn from your gears and other contaminants. This lets us know if there are other problems which may exist.
You’ll need to replace your gearbox fluid about every 10,000-50,000 miles, depending on the vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule, the wheels you use, and a few other factors. If you often pull a heavy load, like a boat, RV, or trailer for work, then you’ll need your gearbox fluid serviced more frequently.
After we check your gearbox fluid, we’ll drain it completely and fill it with fresh gearbox fluid.
Benefits of Gearbox Fluid Service
Gearbox fluid is just like any other lubricating oil. It breaks down over time and needs to be replaced. By having your gearbox fluid serviced at Scappoose Xpress Lube, you can drive confidently, sure that your differential is protected from the metal-on-metal damage caused by old, broken down gearbox fluid.
Low gearbox fluid is one of the most common causes of loud vehicle noises! These noises are the result of metal gears grinding against each other without proper lubrication. If your car is making a loud “roaring” sound, watch out! This might be caused by gears spinning so fast (and without lubrication) that they may lock together, seizing up your entire car.
When your gearbox fluid is fresh, your car will be noticeably quieter, thanks to lubricating gearbox fluid that’s protecting your differential and your car.
Changing your gearbox fluid also saves you money. On many cars, a new differential can cost over $1,500. This is an expensive repair you can avoid simply by having your gearbox fluid serviced and replaced regularly.
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