Diff lockers and traction control are traction aids which give vital assistance in delivering torque to the wheels with the most traction. So if you're a keen off roader who loves tackling the steepest, most uneven challenging tracks, you should take a close look at diff lockers and traction aids.
The main benefits of a locking rear differential.
Locking differentials ensure both wheels travel at the same speed, which means when traction is lost on one wheel, both wheels will continue to rotate regardless of friction. Diff lockers can be installed to the front or rear axle, or even both axles if you want to do some seriously tough off road tracks.
The primary situations when you'd need a locking differential.
To begin with, you will not need a diff lock for on road journeys, except if you will be traversing harsh weather conditions like snow or ice when you'd need additional traction. In most circumstances you would only use your diff lock when going off road on tricky tracks, dirt roads, on gravel or slippery mud.
The main differences between Diff Lockers & Traction Control
As both Diff Lockers and Traction Control aids help deliver torque to your wheels with the most friction on tricky off road terrain, you may be wondering which is better for your driving needs.
Let's have a look at the main differences.
Traction Control Aids
Wheel speed sensors on each wheel
Brake actuators for each set of brakes
Provides hydraulic brake pressure
Electronic sensor control of actuators
Traction control aids power the brakes to your wheels which have least friction, delivering torque where it's needed.
A diff locker mechanically locks the left and right drive shafts of your axle, ensuring your left and right wheels rotate at the same speed when engaged. The result is that the wheel which has more traction takes more load and the wheel with less traction is stopped from spinning freely. You can manually turn on your diff locker, or it can be set to automatic.