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AutoBlog: VIDEO: Fantastic and fanciful old-timey explanation of the differential

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How works the differential -- click image above to watch the video

During the first couple of minutes of this clip, you might be asking yourself why a bunch of Tom of Finland types are riding around the desert on motorbikes. Like many of life's great mysteries, all is eventually revealed, if not explained. Speaking of mysteries, differentials are pretty nifty. We still remember getting a fancy-pants Technical Lego set one birthday and spending one week straight just watching the little plastic differential at work. So cool! And speaking of cool, you simply must watch this Chevy PSA about differentials. It's just fantastic. Note to world: many more of us would have gone much further in life if this was the sort of thing we got to watch in school. Full 9+ minute clip after the jump. Thanks to Alex for the tip!

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Fascinating. I always wondered how a Diff worked.

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very cool. it seems no one cares about such things to show how they work anymore.... in a fashion such as this.

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{waits for fantastically-unneccessary "differential-by-wire" to debut, fixing yet another problem that didn't exist}
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{waits for fantastically-unneccessary "differential-by-wire" to debut, fixing yet another problem that didn't exist}

Pushbutton locking differentials come to mind... ;)

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ah, so people actin all crazy on their motorcycles didnt just start 10 yrs ago... interesting. then again there wasnt and interstate in this time either hehe. as for the movie

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:deathwatch: pretty good.

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Cool...rotating gear-y thingys. I'd like to see a video explaining how a power gets from a FWD transverse engine gets to the wheels or how a 4wd transfer case works...I think I understand the principle, but not the details.

Rob

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