Powertrain and Drivetrain – What’s the Difference?

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How are drivetrain and powertrain different? Put simply, the drivetrain provides power to the wheels. The powertrain is made from the motor and the drivetrain.

Drivetrain Versus Powertrain

You might not know off the top of your head what the benefits are of contrasting a drivetrain vs. powertrain but when you recognize the differences between both, it will give you the edge when car buying, visiting the technician, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question about automobile components that make cars move.

Simply put, powertrains and drivetrains essentially do the exact same thing. They produce kinetic energy to make your car ‘go’. Now, chances are that you have never really considered how vital these moving parts are. They’re the unsung heroes that get you from point A to point B and they each work in their very own special method.


What are the Drivetrain Components?

Most of the time the terms ‘drivetrain’ and ‘powertrain’ are utilized interchangeably however, contrary to popular belief, they are not the exact same. So just what is the distinction between powertrain parts and drivetrain parts? The biggest difference is the way power is produced and dispersed to the car.

A drivetrain is not actually a single part of your vehicle – it’s a team of drivetrain parts that interact with the engine to move the wheels and various parts of the vehicle to move it into motion. These parts 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 produced and delivered by a drivetrain:

  • The engine will generate energy to power a flywheel
  • That flywheel works with the transmission to control the quantity of power dispersed to various other parts of the drivetrain
  • The driveshaft rotates to create power to a differential
  • The differential then supplies power from all those driveshaft components and boom … your wheels are in motion

Powertrain: What is in it?

If you understood the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics ought to be an easy idea to comprehend, due to the reality that there is just one defining variable that sets them apart. That factor is the engine. In a powertrain, the engine belongs of the many moving parts. If you remember from the paragraph above, the drivetrain collaborates with the engine.

The powertrain encompasses every moving part that is essential to the vehicle’s success. Its sole purpose is transforming kinetic energy into propulsion motion. If one of these components fail your car might experience some unusual rattling, or shaking.


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