Nissan Differential Service

Quick Differential Service in Carson, CA

Your vehicle uses a differential to help maintain traction when turning corners or powering through the mud. Part of your 30,000-mile recommended maintenance schedule is a differential service, which can be completed at Carson Nissan as part of your oil change and routine inspection.

What Does My Differential Look Like? What Does It Do?

The differential is a set of gears that are able to adjust the amount of power sent to each wheel so that you maintain better contact with the pavement. These gears are located in a housing that bulges out the bottom of your vehicle, generally located in the center of the front or rear depending on if you have rear or front-wheel drive. Four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles also have a transfer case in the center that functions much the same as a differential. The housing is packed with fluid that minimizes friction.

Differential Fluid Wears Out Just Like Your Oil

Your differential fluid ages every time your axle spins and requires replacement to protect your gears. The fluid becomes thicker, which can limit the movement of the gears. Tiny metal filings may wear off the gears and become mixed with the fluid, which can contribute to faster deterioration of the gears. Most Nissan vehicles recommend a differential service every 60,000 miles. If you drive through extreme conditions, it is wiser to change it at 30,000 miles.

Skip this Simple Service and Come to a Complete Stop

If you decide not to have the differential service completed, you could end up broken down out on the highway. Extremely old differential fluid loses its ability to reduce friction. The gear can overheat, warp, and even shear off bits of teeth. When the differential no long has a good connection, it can seize up, and you are left calling for help.

Our certified technicians at the Service Center at Carson Nissan are trained to complete a quick differential service on every make and model. Click or call to make an appointment that fits into your schedule. Use our shuttle service to get on with your day or use our complimentary Wi-Fi in the lounge while you wait. We use Nissan OEM parts and accessories to help you keep rolling in the Greater Carson, CA area.


Carson Nissan

1505 E 223rd Street
Directions Carson, CA 90745

  • Dealership: (888) 845-2267
  • Service: (888) 221-2857
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  • Monday 7:00AM-7:00PM
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  • Wednesday 7:00AM-7:00PM
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  • Saturday 7:00AM-5:00PM
  • Sunday Closed

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