Drivetrain & Powertrain: What’s the Difference?

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What are drivetrain and powertrain? In summary, the drivetrain is what gives the power to move the wheels. The powertrain consists of both the motor and the drivetrain.

Powertrain or Drivetrain

You might not know off the top of your head what the advantages are of contrasting a drivetrain vs. powertrain yet when you know the distinctions between both, it will give you the edge when car buying, going to the mechanic, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question about automobile parts that make cars move.

In short, powertrains and drivetrains basically do the same thing. They produce kinetic energy to make your vehicle ‘go’. Now, chances are that you’ve never actually considered exactly how crucial 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 one-of-a-kind way.


What are the Drivetrain Parts?

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

A drivetrain is not really a solitary part of your car – it’s a group of drivetrain parts that work together with the engine to move the wheels and numerous parts of the car to thrust it into motion. These parts often include the transmission, differential, driveshaft, axles, CV joints, and the wheels.


Drivetrain: How Does it work?

This is the order of how power is generated and provided by a drivetrain:

  • The engine will generate energy to power a flywheel
  • That flywheel works with the transmission to control the quantity of power distributed to various other parts of the drivetrain
  • The driveshaft spins to produce power to a differential
  • After that the differential provides power from all those driveshaft elements and boom … your wheels are moving

What’s in A Powertrain?

If you understood the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics should be a simple idea to understand, due to the fact that there is only one defining variable that sets them apart. That variable is the engine. In a powertrain, the engine is a part of the many moving elements. If you remember from the paragraph above, the drivetrain works with the engine.

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


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