Understanding Differentials

Understanding Differentials

Differentials allow the wheels to independently rotate at different speeds when required.

The drivetrain on a vehicle transmits the power from the engine, all the way to the wheels.

If we only went in a straight line, this would be an easy task. But when a vehicle is turning, the wheels rotate at different speeds.

The inside wheel turns slower because it is essentially traveling in a smaller circle, whereas the outer wheel is traveling in a larger circle so it must turn faster to cover the increased distance.

So, the drivetrain needs to incorporate a component that will allow the wheels to rotate at different speeds when required. That component is the differential.

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