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Sell a Van with a Broken Differential

If you don’t know what a faulty differential is then you won’t have one on your van. Anybody with this problem knows about it as it’s a significant issue rendering your van totally undrivable. If you have experienced problems with a faulty differential you will know it’s a costly business and may mean your van is beyond economic repair. Learn here about how We Buy Broken Vans are here to help you.

What Does a Differential do?

The differential is one of those parts, which you don’t ever really notice or pay any attention to until it fails! The differential uses specialised gear systems which enables two wheels connected on the same axle to turn/rotate at differing speeds. When a car is driving in a straight direction, both wheels will spin at the same speed, it’s only on corners that the differential plays its part and is such is a critical van component. The differential is one of those parts that you don’t really notice until it fails and when that happens you really notice!

Tell-tale Signs Differential Problems

Diagnosing differential failure can be challenging and requires experienced mechanical expertise as problems experienced could potentially be other issues and not related to the differential. Typically, differential problems are associated with sounds and vibrations. If you are experiencing whirring sounds when accelerating, whining sounds when decelerating, clanking and banging sounds (particularly on corners) then you may have a broken differential. Vibrations and rumbling of the steering wheel are also another tell-tale sign.

Repairs and Costs of Fixing a Broken Differential

Differential issues are usually preventable as they usually relate to lubrication problems where gear oil has not been changed for an excessive period. When the damage is done the costs of repair can be excessive and mount up. Typical associated repairs include replacing oil seals, differential gaskets, backlash adjustment, repair labour, large-scale differential dismantling, replacement gear oil (typically three litres), etc. Costs will vary according to severity but are upwards of £300 and can easily run to £1,000+, which in many cases will render the van beyond economic repair. Only relatively new vans can justify outlays of £1,000+.

Why Fix When You Can Sell Your Van to Us?

A van with a faulty differential just can’t be safely driven. In older van models particularly, the repair/scrap equation tends to lean to scrap. Often differential repair bills escalate as it’s hard from the outset for garages to provide an absolute fixed price. Why take the risk of an escalating differential repair bill for your van when you can sell to We Buy Broken Vans today? We use the word escalating as these repairs are notoriously difficult to estimate from the outset and invariably rise during the repair process.

Sell Your Van to We Buy Broken Vans Today

There’s no doubt about it that if you have a van with a faulty differential you either have to fix or sell. Vans needing differential repairs can’t be driven and with the cost of repair being expensive many van owners are turning to We Buy Broken Vans to help solve the problem.

If you would like speedy payment settlement for your faulty van call 0121 285 9859 or 07582 859 859 (texts can be sent to this number too).

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