How Differential Gears Work

How Differential Gears Work

Dan Fitzgerald

When it comes to learning, sometimes there’s no school like the old school.

A surprising number of driving and motorsport enthusiasts are afraid to admit when they don’t fully understand the internal functionality of certain mechanical parts. The basics of how differentials work is a prime example; we do our best to explain it all when asked, but sometimes it’s easiest to use visual examples…

One of our favorite videos we’ve found and shared with a few people also happens to be one of the oldest videos on the topic. Produced by Chevrolet/GM back in the 1930s, this is one of the best explanations available of how differential gears work. That’s not a type - 1930s!

As it says in the description, forward to 1:50 to skip the long intro. Enjoy…