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Category Archives: Drive Train

Vive la Differential at Rusty's Garage in The Woodlands

There are a lot of drivers in The Woodlands who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in Texas these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most The Woodlands folks 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 your mind. It's not uncommon for people in The Woodlands to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any Texas high school. 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 compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means ... read more

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Time for Differential Service at Rusty's Garage?

Hello The Woodlands - 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 ... read more

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Drive Train - What You Need to Know in The Woodlands

One The Woodlands automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around The Woodlands, 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 The Woodlands 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 8324958270. Let's start with front wheel drive. The poin ... read more

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Differential Service at Rusty's Garage

Here at AutoNetTV, we have national viewers, like your neighbors in The Woodlands, who write to us with questions or feedback. One common question we're asked is: "What is a differential and what does it do?" You may have been told by your Rusty's Garage service advisor that your differential needs serviced, or it's seen it as an option up on the service menu. Differential service at Rusty's Garage covers a lot of things, so let's first talk about what a differential does.As you drive through a turn, your outside wheels and inside wheels turn at different speeds. Kind of like the cars going around a race track - the ones driving in the outside lanes have a greater distance to travel than the cars in the inside lanes. The differential is what allows the outside and inside drive wheels to rotate at slightly different speeds so that the tires don't hop or skip while taking corners, or lose traction in dirt or snow on The Woodland ... read more

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