If your Tierra del Automotive Service Advisor has ever advised you that one or more of your driveline components needed servicing or it’s been recommended to have a driveline service performed, you may have wondered, “What is a driveline service and why does it need servicing”?
Well, keep reading and we’ll clarify what these services are and exactly how they aid in extending the longevity of your vehicle’s driveline components.
“Too often overlooked in maintenance programs, driveline products and equipment contribute meaningfully contribute to the overall economy and efficiency of your vehicle’s operation.”BG Products
What is a driveline service and why does it need servicing?
Let’s take a look at what most vehicle driveline components are. A vehicle’s driveline component list can include, but not be limited to,
- Front &/or Rear Differential(s)
- Transfer Case
Each of these components
The most common regular maintenance concern for these items is a fluid exchange. New fluid in these components begins to degrade or breakdown immediately as your car is placed into gear and driven down the road. Just like engine oil, these fluids need to be replaced periodically as all fluids wear with usage.
Benefits to changing these fluids are:
- Replaces worn out fluid.
- New fluid cleans bearings and gears.
- Removes contaminants.
- Softens and conditions seals.
- Quieter operation, smoother gear shifting & longer component life.
3 Facts You Need to Know About Driveline Service
- Most driveline components consist of gears that mesh with one another and the fluid helps to lubricate and cool these components as they heat up from constant contact and engagement. The heat generated by these gears is transferred into the fluids.
- A driveline fluid will function properly for thousands of driving miles. However, repeated heating and cooling of this fluid starts a process of degradation and oxidation that eventually breaks down and no longer provides the protection necessary to protect the metal components within.
- The end result is noise, heat and smells that trigger the driver into having the vehicle serviced.
Of course, you don’t want to wait until one of these events occur to have your vehicle serviced.
In most cases, metal to metal damage and fatigue will result in expensive components wearing beyond specifications requiring replacement. When it gets to this point, a simple fluid exchange is no longer viable and parts replacement is necessary.
Had the vehicle owner changed the fluids in accordance with the manufacturers recommended change interval, a costly replacement expense might have been altogether avoided.
Common (But Not Always) Driveline Practices
Most driveshaft equipped vehicles are lubricated during your oil change intervals as many are equipped with grease fittings and get lubed every 5,000 miles.
Most front wheel drive vehicles are fitted with a transaxle that has an integral differential and that fluid gets changed regularly with a transmission fluid exchange, normally every 30,000 miles. It is important to know that some front wheel drive vehicles such as Subaru have a separate front differential and that fluid is not the same as the transaxle fluid and requires a separate maintenance interval.
Tierra del Sol Automotive Has What It Takes to Complete a Successful Driveline Service
To understand exactly what driveline components are equipped with your vehicle, please call Tierra del Sol Automotive at services by mileage for your particular vehicle. or stop by and schedule a free fluid inspection. Our friendly Service Advisors will gladly advise you which components you have and what fluids need changing. You can even ask us for a printout of your recommended
Don’t forget – Tierra del Sol Automotive is a BG Products Service Center, and for qualifying vehicles, can offer you the BG Lifetime Protection Plan to safeguard your vehicle. Ask one of our friendly Service Advisors about the details and