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Differentials For Dummies

Posted in Animation, Best of, General, Promoted, Rants & Raves, Repair, Tips, Videos by MrAngry | April 1st, 2011 | 18 Responses |

Rear Differential

I’ll be honest, there is a very distinct possibility that I’ve posted this before, but quite honestly I don’t care because this video should be watched by anyone who drives a car. Rear differentials for some reason seem to confuse and mystify people as to what they do and how they function. Sure you hear people talk about them, but in reality few individuals actually understand them. The basic jist of a rear differential is to modulate the speed of the rear wheels so that an even rotation occurs between the tires when your automobile goes around a corner. This video not only shows, but explains exactly how a differential works in a manner that’s clear, concise and easy to understand. Wouldn’t it be great if everything could be explained this easily? Click through for the video.

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18 Responses

  1. Lee says:

    I wish this guy did videos for calculus too… Very enlightening.

  2. Dave says:

    Lee, I’m pretty sure this is a training film. Probably used in high school vocational programs back in the day or by industries who needed to explain various mechanical bits to relatively untrained workers.

  3. pricehunter says:

    Just seems like students were better off in those days for some reason. This made it clear enough. thanks :)

  4. Spinning says:

    I really really enjoyed this video, really easy to understand.

  5. Tim says:

    That makes a lot of sense but what about a posi-track?

  6. Josh says:

    Thanks! :) Now i feel like i learned something so i can walk away from the computer now! yay!!

  7. richie says:

    There’s something i really love about these 60’s training videos. Haha really comforting.

  8. sandeep says:

    iam very happy to see this kind of new innovation and this type or differential is very good,more efficient

  9. Earl says:

    Posi-traction worked very similar, except it had a series of “clutch” plates in the differential to adjust for varying speeds.
    and also to “lock” the gears upon quick acceleration.
    so you had both sides cranking out power and when you needed turning variables, the clutches did that too, very cool.
    I had one in my old 65 chevy impala ss.
    this was a nice video.

  10. Souheil says:

    Great video, really helpfull !!!!! , thx

  11. Buffalograss says:

    Oh how I wish for simpler times again, everything is just so complicated now. I love watching these old training videos, I love the old US army ones the best, what a hoot.

  12. I know this video is ancient, but it’s full of awesome in how simply it explains the concept.

  13. Markm says:

    Stupid VDO! The end was cut!

  14. Eddie says:

    Good info sight

  15. Laura says:

    Good video!!!Something new….:)