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Category Archives: Drive Train

Differential Service in TRUCKEE, CA - What You Need to Know

Scratching your head? Don't worry, if you don't know what a differential is – you will in a moment. That fact is that if you drive a car anywhere in TRUCKEE, CA, you have a differential. Whether your vehicle is front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you have a differential. Some TRUCKEE vehicles might even have two or three.Not surprisingly, a differential's job is to compensate for differences; specifically, they're the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner near your TRUCKEE, CA, home. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you turn the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the inside wheel.The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while still providing power to your vehicle. Without a differential, TRUCKEE residents' tires would scrub and hop along the pavement during turns like the early cars.Ever noticed the big ... read more

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What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in TRUCKEE, CA, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most TRUCKEE drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of TRUCKEE customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service. Call The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc in TRUCKEE at 5305872178 for information about differential service, or stop by our TRUCKEE, CA, auto center at 12000 PIONEER TRL, 96161. To better understand what a differential does, think about our local TRUCKEE high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensat ... read more

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Drive Train - What You Need to Know in TRUCKEE

One TRUCKEE automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around TRUCKEE, but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. Without the driveline you're not moving. So TRUCKEE residents need to take good care of it. The driveline components differ depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, all wheel drive or four wheel drive. For purposes of our discussion, we're going to have to oversimplify a bit. If you are ready to have your drive train looked at, give us a call at 5305872178. Let's start with front wheel drive. The point where the transm ... read more

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Time for Differential Service at The Auto & Tire Doctor Inc?

Hello TRUCKEE - let's talk differentials. If you have a rear-wheel drive vehicle, your differential is on the back axle. With front-wheel drive cars, the differential is up front. All-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have three differentials - front, rear and in the middle. So you see, you've got a differential (or two or three) and it needs service now and then.What does your vehicle differential do? Well, it compensates for the differences in speed between your outer and inner wheels in a turn. Using the dimensions of a typical car, let's compare the distance the wheels travel from the start of a turn through to the completion of the turn.The inside wheel travels about 12.6 feet/3.8 meters. How much farther does the outside wheel travel? About 18.8 feet/5.7 meters – over 6 feet/1.9 meters more. This means the outer tire has to rotate 9 times in the same amount of time that the inner tire has to rotate only 6 times - so the o ... read more

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