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Old 03-01-2016, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by dfeldt91 View Post
So, my understanding is if one wheel is easier to rotate than the other then it will rotate that wheel. My question is does having one tire not rotating cause the other to spin at a faster rate than if both were rotating for a given engine RPM?


The reason I am curious is because if this is true then we should be able to remove the CV axle on a front wheel drive car on one side then have the flange the axle mounts to stuck via weld or something to cause the other wheel to spin faster for a given engine RPM.

Perhaps I am not understanding the differential correctly...or maybe this is possible.


Can someone who knows differentials chime in and inform me?
Yes, that will cause the free axle to spin faster. Specifically at twice the speed that the differential carrier is spinning at.

This will make accelerating from a stop more difficult and you likely won't be able to use the top gear or two in your tranny. Expect the life of the tranny to be greatly reduced due to the higher than normal loads on various bearings and gears.
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