An automatic locking differential is one of the most important safety features of a vehicle today.
- They keep the wheels locked together. Unlike manual locking differentials, which allow one wheel to spin freely, an automatic locking differential locks each wheel to a certain torque. The lock will stay in place until the wheels require a spin. If the wheels continue to spin without ever needing to lift the lock-up, then the lock will continue to torque the axle to the appropriate torque and continue to lock in place. An automatic locking differential is a good thing to have if you frequently lock your keys in a car.
- They provide more traction for increased speed. The keyless remote provides a much greater range of traction than a standard keyless remote. The automatic locking differential locks the axle of each wheel to a torque that is significantly greater than that of the standard remote. Because of this additional torque, the car will coast at higher speeds than it would with a standard remote. A keyless remote can also contribute to the higher speeds by contributing to an increase in tire traction, but an automatic locking differential will contribute even more to increasing the stability of the vehicle.
- They increase the life of the tires. A very large percentage of vehicle traction occurs between the centres of the tires. This is because the tire is a suspension system. If the centre of each tire is not contacting the ground, then traction is lost. The automatic locking differential allows the centres to always be contacting the ground ensuring a higher level of traction.
- They increase the strength of the axle. Standard locking difficulties have a weight that is considerably less than an automatic locking differential. The difference is that with the automatic difficulty, the centre of each wheel is contacting the ground, which increases both the stability of the vehicle and its traction. This is a significant improvement over the standard lock where there was no advantage to the weight distribution of the vehicle.
- They improve safety. One of the concerns about automatic locking differential lockers has been their effect on safety. The lockers provide an extra layer of security for drivers because they prevent other people from being able to unlock the doors of the vehicle. The added layer of security helps to keep the vehicle safe when it is in use and while it is parked.
- They improve the vehicle’s handling. Most drivers are aware that automatic locking differential lockers can improve the vehicle’s traction and help the driver maintain better control of the car. However, some people do not realize that by increasing the wheel speed through the use of these lockers, the vehicle can improve handling.
When getting stuck, one of the most frustrating feelings is having the tires roll to a stop with the front tires spinning. This makes getting stuck even more frustrating because not only does it take longer to get the tires to stop because of having the tires rolled; it also increases the risk of getting stuck when you need to get out of the car. With the help of an automatic locking differential, this problem is eliminated.