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Powertrain and Drivetrain: What is the Difference?

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How are drivetrain and powertrain different? In a nutshell, the drivetrain provides power to the wheels and the powertrain includes both the engine and the drivetrain.

Powertrain Versus Drivetrain

You might not know off the top of your head what the benefits are of contrasting a drivetrain vs. powertrain however when you recognize the differences between both, it will provide you the advantage when vehicle purchasing, going to the auto mechanic, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question about vehicle parts that make cars move.

In short, powertrains and drivetrains essentially do the exact same thing. They create kinetic energy to make your vehicle ‘go’. Now, chances are that you’ve never truly considered exactly how vital these moving parts are. They’re the unsung heroes that get you from point A to point B and they each operate in their own distinct way.


Drivetrain Components: What are they?

Often times the terms ‘drivetrain’ and ‘powertrain’ are utilized interchangeably but, contrary to popular belief, they are not the exact same. So just what is the difference between powertrain components and drivetrain parts? The biggest distinction is the way power is created and distributed to the car.

A drivetrain is not really a solitary part of your vehicle – it’s a group of drivetrain parts that interact with the engine to move the wheels and numerous parts of the vehicle to push it into motion. These components frequently 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 generated and provided by a drivetrain:

  • The engine will produce power to power a flywheel
  • That flywheel works with the transmission to regulate the quantity of power dispersed to various other elements of the drivetrain
  • The driveshaft rotates to generate power to a differential
  • After that the differential delivers power from all those driveshaft components and boom … your wheels are in motion

Powertrain: What’s in it?

If you mastered the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics ought to be a very easy concept to grasp, due to the reality that there is only one specifying factor that sets them apart. That variable is the engine. In a powertrain, the engine belongs of the many moving components. If you keep in mind from the paragraph above, the drivetrain works with the engine.

The powertrain incorporates every moving component that is vital to the car’s success. Its sole function is converting kinetic energy into propulsion motion. If one of these components fail your car may experience some unusual rattling, or shaking.


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