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For 4x4s (Maintenance of 4x4 Vehicles)

Some people love 4x4 vehicles, the true 4-wheel drive works of engineering like Jeeps and 4x4 pickups that allow you to seemingly go anywhere on the planet. You can climb up a 40-degree rock trail with some planning and skill (always careful to protect the environment, of course), or you can get through the deepest snow. But with that added capability comes additional complexity, drive-train components and other systems that less capable vehicles don't have.  And that is why when it comes to 4x4s, you have to maintain them a little differently from those vehicles that spend their lives on pavement.  Here are some of the key things to keep an eye on: Transfer case—This transfers power from the engine to the wheels.  A transfer case has fluid in it that needs to be changed at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.  Your service advisor will let you know how often that is and will keep track of your service dates.  You will need to make sure the transfe ... read more

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Maumee, OH, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Maumee drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Maumee customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee at 419-897-9988 for information about differential service, or stop by our Maumee, OH, auto center at 825 Ford St Suite A, 43537. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local Maumee high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for ... read more

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Vive la Differential at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee

Vive la Differential at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee

There are a lot of drivers in Maumee who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in OH these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Maumee folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in Maumee to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any OH high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the sam ... read more

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Time for Differential Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.?

Time for Differential Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.?

Hello Maumee - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed between your outer and inner wheels in a turn. Using the dimensions of a typical car, let's compare the distance the wheels travel from the start of a turn through to the completion of the turn.The inside wheel travels about 12.6 feet/3.8 meters. How much farther does the outside wheel travel? About 18.8 feet/5.7 meters – over 6 feet/1.9 meters more. This means the outer tire has to rotate 9 times in the same amount of time that the inner tire has to rotate only 6 times - so the out ... read more

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Drive Train Service in Maumee at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Drive Train Service in Maumee at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking n ... read more

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Differential Service in Maumee, OH - What You Need to Know

Differential Service in Maumee, OH - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in Maumee, OH, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some Maumee vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your Maumee, OH, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, Maumee residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the early cars.Ever noticed the big bulge ... read more

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Differential Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Differential Service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in Maumee, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow on Ma ... read more

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Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Maumee

Drive Train - What You Need to Know in Maumee

One Maumee automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around Maumee, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So Maumee residents need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call at 419-897-9988. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where the transmi ... read more

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