Differential Repairs, Suspension Repairs Denver
Key Transmission And Gears, Englewood Colorado
Simply and traditionally put, the differential takes rotational input from the transmission and re-directs it out to the two tires. Although there are different configurations of Components, the differential is generally the connection point between a drive shaft, connected to the transmission providing the power & a left and right axle shaft. The differential provides the same amount of torque to both the left & right tire when driving in a straight line. However, when the vehicle makes a turn, the differential provides more rotational speed to the outside tire while slowing the inside tire. This needs to happen because the outside tire in a turn has to travel a further distance than the inside tire.
Traditionally cars were real wheel drive where the power was created at the engine, transitioned through the transmission, connected to a drive shaft and then to the differential. the differential split the power out to the left and right tires. In the modern front wheel drive car, the differential is integral to the transmission, so there is no driveshaft in this configuration. In this case we refer to the transmission as a transaxle.
If you’re experience driveline or driveability issues and things feel uneven when you’re on the road you should call us and get us to diagnose your vehicle issues.
At Key Transmission and Gears we understand the importance of your steering and suspension systems. Your vehicle’s steering and suspension is responsible for providing optimal ride comfort and handling performance. Because normal road conditions can cause the shocks, struts, and springs of your suspension system to weaken over time, these worn suspension parts may reduce vehicle stability and driver control. They may also accelerate tire wear.
Top Steering & Suspension Problem Warning Signs:
- Car pulling to one side
- Vehicle hard to steer
- Vehicle shaking
- Uneven Tire wear
- Stiff Suspension (feeling every bump on the road)
- Soft Suspension (car keeps bouncing after bump)
Most manufacturers recommend a steering and suspension system check every 50,000 mi (80,000 km). However, if you notice any of the following warning signs, you might want to let our experienced technicians inspect your shocks and struts sooner. Call us today at Key Transmission and Gears today to schedule your vehicle checkup.