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what's the difference between a limited slip differential and traction control? don't they have the same purpose?
 

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what's the difference between a limited slip differential and traction control? don't they have the same purpose?
Yes on a basic level they do serve the same purpose, in that they give the car the best use of it's tourque. But it very different ways. The LSD just splits torque between the drive wheels. It will keep one wheel from taking all the torque (one wheel slips the other stays still). Where the traction control sits and waits until a tires slips and then will limit the tourque being applied (generated by the engine) to that tire (and usally to all the drive wheels).
 
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They have the same purpose much like installing bigger brakes has the same effect as running into a brick wall. They both stop the car but do it in different ways

Traction control reduces engine power to increase traction. the LSD sends power to both tires giving you increased traction over having one tire trying to drive the car forward

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