What are the Differences Between Powertrain and Drivetrain?

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How are powertrain and drivetrain different? In brief, the drivetrain delivers power to the wheels and the powertrain includes the motor and the drivetrain.

Drivetrain & Powertrain

You may 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 certainly provide you the advantage when car purchasing, going to the auto mechanic, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question concerning car parts that make vehicles move.

Basically, powertrains and drivetrains basically do the same thing. They create kinetic energy to make your car or truck ‘go’. Now, chances are that you’ve never actually thought of how vital these moving parts are. They’re the unrecognized heroes that get you from point A to point B and they each operate in their own distinct method.


Parts of the Drivetrain: What are they?

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

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


How Does A Drivetrain Work?

This is the order of exactly how power is produced 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 distributed to various other parts 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 moving

Powertain: What is in it?

If you understood the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics ought to be a simple concept to comprehend, due to the fact that there is just one defining variable that sets them apart. That factor is the engine. In a powertrain, the engine is a part of the many moving parts. If you remember from the paragraph above, the drivetrain works with the engine.

The powertrain includes every moving part that is critical to the automobile’s success. Its sole objective 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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