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Old 06-05-2006
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Okay my turn...:


The differential 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.)

A "locker" allows user-selectable lock-up of the mechanisms allow differentiating wheel-speeds.
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