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What Is a Differential?

When you schedule transmission repair in San Jose, you may hear your technician use unfamiliar words and phrases to describe your transmission work. One of the essential components of every modern transmission is the differential. A differential is designed to divide the torque coming out of your engine into two parts. By dividing your engine torque between your front and back wheels, your differential allows your vehicle to travel smoothly down the road. Since your front and back wheels travel separate distances as you drive and turn down the road, your differential allows your transmission to compensate for this difference. Differentials are used for both two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles. If your differential begins to experience issues, it is important to bring your car into the transmission shop right away. Your transmission technician will be able to determine whether your differential can be fixed with minor repairs, or whether your vehicle is eligible for a full automatic transmission rebuild.

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