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Drivetrain & Powertrain: What’s the Difference?

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What are the differences between powertrain and drivetrain? Essentially, the drivetrain is what gives power to move the wheels and the powertrain is made up of the engine and the drivetrain.

Powertrain and Drivetrain

You may not know off the top of your head what the advantages are of contrasting a drivetrain vs. powertrain however when you know the distinctions between the two, it will certainly provide you the upper hand when car shopping, checking out the mechanic, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question about car elements that make cars move.

In other words, powertrains and drivetrains basically do the same thing. They produce kinetic energy to make your car or truck ‘go’. Now, chances are that you’ve never really considered exactly how crucial these moving components are. They’re the unsung heroes that get you from point A to point B and they each work in their very own one-of-a-kind way.


Drivetrain Components: What are they?

Oftentimes the terms ‘drivetrain’ and ‘powertrain’ are utilized interchangeably however, contrary to popular belief, they are not the exact same. So what exactly is the distinction between powertrain components and drivetrain components? The biggest difference is the way power is generated and dispersed to the car.

A drivetrain is not really a single part of your car – it’s a team of drivetrain parts that collaborate with the engine to move the wheels and various parts of the vehicle to push it into motion. These components often consist of the transmission, differential, driveshaft, axles, CV joints, and the wheels.


How Does A Drivetrain Work?

This is the order in which power is created and delivered by a drivetrain:

  • The engine will create energy to power a flywheel
  • That flywheel works with the transmission to regulate the amount of power dispersed to various other elements of the drivetrain
  • The driveshaft spins to create power to a differential
  • The differential then provides power from all those driveshaft parts and boom … your wheels are in motion

Powertrain: What’s in it?

If you understood the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics should be an easy idea to comprehend, because of the reality that there is only one defining variable that sets them apart. That factor is the engine. In a powertrain, the engine is a part of the many moving components. If you keep in mind from the paragraph above, the drivetrain collaborates with the engine.

The powertrain includes every moving component that is crucial to the vehicle’s success. It’s sole function is transforming kinetic energy into propulsion motion. If one of these parts fail your vehicle may experience some unusual rattling, or shaking.


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