What Are the Different Parts That Make Up the Differential?

The differential is an essential component of your vehicle that helps to distribute power to the wheels. It allows the wheels to rotate at different speeds, which is necessary when turning corners. Differential parts play a critical role in the proper functioning of the differential, and it's important to understand the different types to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Here are some of the most common types of differential parts:

  • Carrier: The carrier is the main housing that holds the differential gears, bearings, and shafts. It's responsible for transmitting power to the wheels and can be made of cast iron or aluminum.
  • Ring and Pinion Gears: The ring and pinion gears are the primary components that transfer power from the driveshaft to the axles. They are responsible for converting the rotational energy of the driveshaft into the linear motion of the axles.
  • Bearings: Bearings are used to support the rotating parts of the differential, such as the ring and pinion gears. They help to reduce friction and wear and are critical for the proper functioning of the differential.
  • Axles: Axles are the shafts that connect the wheels to the differential. They are responsible for transmitting torque from the differential to the wheels and are critical for maintaining the stability and traction of your vehicle.
  • Limited Slip Differential (LSD): A Limited Slip Differential is a type of differential that provides additional traction by preventing one wheel from spinning excessively during acceleration. It's commonly used in performance and off-road vehicles and can improve traction and stability on slippery surfaces.
  • Locking Differential: A Locking Differential is a type of differential that locks the wheels together, providing maximum traction. It's commonly used in off-road vehicles and can provide improved traction in extreme conditions.

In conclusion, understanding the different types of differential parts and their function can help you keep your vehicle running smoothly and improve its performance. If you have any questions or concerns about your differential, don't hesitate to contact Premier West Gears.

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