Is your vehicle always experiencing drivetrain problems? If it is, then you should consider checking the differential case for cracks and other kinds of damages. Typically made from high-quality materials this case is installed on your vehicle to ensure that the differential won't get damaged. However, despite its durability, this part eventually breaks due to constant exposure to corrosion-causing materials. Once this happens, handling will be compromised because the differential will get damaged. To avoid problems in the future, you should buy a high-quality replacement case. Here are some of the dos and don'ts that you need to consider when choosing a differential case.
- Buy the right type of differential case for your car. If you own a two- or four-door sedan with a 144 cubic-inch (CID) engine displacement, then you need a two-window type differential case. For other types of vehicles, you can use the one-window or two-piece case.
- Check if the replacement case you're going to buy is sold by itself or with other parts. If you are fond of DIY projects, then you should consider buying a differential case that is sold in a kit. This is because a case kit comes with all the parts that you'll need, so you won't make return trips to the car parts store for those itty-bitty parts.
- Don't buy a replacement differential case that's too cheap. More often than not, ultra-cheap parts are made from substandard materials because manufacturers are trying to cut production cost. So even if you want to save money by buying an inexpensive part, you'll just end up spending more because of unexpected repair and replacements.
- Don't buy from a brand that doesn't offer a warranty plan. If you'll browse a car parts catalog, you'll notice that some brands offer warranty plans while others do not. Getting a product that is covered by warranty is very important because it certifies that the part doesn't have any flaws. But in case you notice defects, you can return the part to the manufacturer so it can be replaced or repaired for free.