Differential Basics reviews the common components used in a differential, the operating principles of the differential, and the various types of differentials used in a rear and front axle differential. Presented in THORS’s graphically rich and interactive learning format, this course will help employees identify each component of the differential and how it fits into the entire vehicle.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the rear axle components.
  • Define the purpose of each differential component.
  • Explain the different driveline configurations.
  • Understand the various differential operating principles.
  • Summarize the various types of differentials.
  • Describe the difference between an axle differential and transmission differential.
This course includes
Pre / Post-Assessment
Course Length: 2.5h
Completion Certificate

Table of Contents

Rear Axle Components

  • Companion Flange
  • Ring Gear and Hypoid Pinion Set
  • Differential Assembly
  • Axle Shaft

Types of Differentials

  • Open Differential
  • Limited-Slip Differential
  • Locking Differential
  • Torque Vectoring Differential
  • Transmission Differential

Differential Principles

  • Driveline Configurations
  • Differential Operating Variables
  • Differential Kinematics

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