Chevrolet Express 3500 Drive Axle Assembly Drain & Refill Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

The average cost for a Chevrolet Express 3500 drive axle assembly drain & refill is between $66 and $85. Labor costs are estimated between $66 and $85. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: This service is typically done as part of a bigger, more expensive repair, so the estimate you see above may not represent your total cost. Some of these bigger related repairs are listed in the table below. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs may be right for you.

Can I drive with a differential fluid problem?

Never drive a vehicle that is very low on gear oil in the differential. There is a strong possibility of damage to the differential, drive shaft, U-joints, and drive axles. If there is only a small leak, and it is caught early, driving the vehicle should not cause any issues.

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How often does the differential fluid need to be replaced?

The front differential contains gears and bearings that are lubricated by oil. Like all oils and fluids in a vehicle, the oil in the differential should be changed at the vehicle manufacturer specified interval or more frequently if you use your vehicle to tow or carry heavy loads, or there is a leak in the differential.

What are the symptoms related to a differential fluid problem?

Differentials tend to make excessive noise when they are low on gear oil. The clattering of gears while driving will be a sure sign there is a problem. Also, the traction control light may illuminate in some vehicles, and there may be a loud slapping noise when “D” or “R” is selected.

What is a differential?

The purpose of the differential is to distribute engine energy to the axles so the axles spin the wheels the right way at the right speed. The differential also allows the front wheels to spin at different rates as a vehicle rounds a corner. The inside wheel spins slower than the outside wheel when turning; this "difference" is how the differential gets its name.