Ever wondered how a differential gear works on a car? Well, if you’re like me, your first question is just what the heck is a differential? I sit some kind of comparison or some what? Ouch. Now, you need to learn how left wheel and right wheel of car rotate in different rotation per minute (rpm). Wikipedia says (emphasis added) in terms of principle of differential on wheels of a car:
A vehicle’s wheels rotate at different speeds, mainly when turning corners. The differential is designed to drive a pair of wheels with equal force, whilst allowing them to rotate at different speeds. In vehicles without a differential, such as karts, both driving wheels are forced to rotate at the same speed, usually on a common axle driven by a simple chain-drive mechanism. When cornering, the inner wheel needs to travel a shorter distance than the outer wheel, so with no differential, the result is the inner wheel spinning and/or the outer wheel dragging, and this results in difficult and unpredictable handling, damage to tires and roads, and strain on (or possible failure of) the entire drive train.
Differential Gear Works Step By Step
This video explains the whole thing about differential gear works step by step. Note: the first two minutes or so are a demonstration of synchronised motorcycle riding, which you may or may not find exciting. It’s kitschy, but also educational. Through a step-by-step engineering demonstration, this vintage video makes it clear how all this technical car stuff works. Chevrolet Motor Division (General Motors Sales Corporation) Check it out below:
The film above was created by Chevrolet and stars the Victor McLaglen Motor Corps. The explaining starts around 1:50. So, looking for the best tutorial ever about differential gear works on a car to learn how the left wheel and the right wheel have different rotation when they’re catch up on a road corner. The differential gear say, where the power in most cars, make its last stop before spinning either one wheel.
Differential Gear Works Has Three Jobs
- To aim the engine power at the wheels.
- To act as the final gear reduction in the vehicle, slowing the rotational speed of the transmission one final time before it hits the wheels.
- To transmit the power to the wheels while allowing them to rotate at different speeds (This is the one that earned the differential its name.)
Limited Slip Differential
In this video below is the differential gear animation, you will learn on why your car needs a differential, then how it works and what its shortcomings are. We will also look at several types of positraction, also known as limited slip differential. Take a look on step by step can you study about differential animation and also limited slip differential animation together below:
Limited Slip Differential Established
For the non-driven wheels on your car, at the front wheels when on a rear-wheel drive car. Then, at the rear wheels when on a front wheel drive car, what we’re thinking about that, so this is not an issue. There is no connection between them, they will and can spin independently. But the driven wheels are linked together so that a single engine and transmission can turn both wheels throughout by gear.
If your car did not have a differential between left and right wheels, the wheels would have to be locked together, cannot turn around corner or turn the junction whatsoever, and then forced to spin at the same speed. This would make turning to junction or corner with difficult method and also hard on your car to work on that. For the car to be able to turn, one wheels would have to slip. With modern wheels and concrete roads, a great deal of force is required to make a wheels slip. That force would have to be transmitted through the axle from one wheel to another, putting a heavy strain on the axle components. By the way, limited slip differential would be established.
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