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A differential is an important component that connects to your drive shaft and directs appropriate power to each wheel on a given axle. Depending on the kind of drivetrain your vehicle possesses, you may be dealing with a “front differential” (usually referred to as a transaxle) or a rear differential — but what is a rear differential exactly, and what different kinds of rear differentials are there?
Rear differentials are usually found on rear-wheel-drive vehicles that are common in commercial fleets and on Milwaukee and Waukesha-area job sites. We’ve covered them in depth below!
So, what does a rear differential do, anyway? The answer depends, in part, on the kind of differential that came equipped in your vehicle. We’ve covered the three main types below.
If you feel that your differential isn’t doing its job, learn more about these crucial components and find out when you might be due for a differential rebuild.
From the above breakdown, it might appear that vehicles with limited-slip differentials are always the right choice for drivers or fleet owners who want to maximize performance and tire value at the same time. While this is often true, there are some cases where a locking differential is preferable.
So, what is a locking rear differential good for? Here, we’ve highlighted a few situations where it shines:
Keep in mind that there are both manual and automatic locking differentials. Manual locking differentials can be activated at-will, while automatic locking differentials turn on whenever sufficient power is sent to the wheels.
Interested in getting a more in-depth answer to the question, “How does a rear differential work?” There’s no way around the fact that hands-on experience is the best teacher. Explore our stock of commercial vehicles today, check out more of our guides to heavy trucking, and contact us to see any model in our inventory for yourself.
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