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What is a Differential?

It’s easy to take for granted the smooth turn your car makes at the next light. The mechanics of the car’s ability to make the turn so seamlessly are quite remarkable and very basic at the same time. It’s the differential that’s responsible for allowing the wheels to turn at different speeds. The drivetrain, which is powered by the engine, is the source for each wheel to turn independently of the other.

As you make a right-hand turn, for example, the wheels on the right are the inside wheels. The left would be the outside in this instance. Because the inside wheels have a shorter distance to travel, they move more slowly than the outer wheels. The outside is required to make a wide arc at a faster speed in order to keep up with the inside. They would slip if both sets turned at same speed.

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