Drivetrain and Powertrain: What’s the Difference?

Honda powertrain and drivetrain

What’s the difference between powertrain and drivetrain? In brief, the drivetrain delivers power to the wheels and the powertrain consists of both the engine and the drivetrain.

Powertrain or Drivetrain

You might not know off the top of your head what the benefits are of contrasting a drivetrain vs. powertrain yet when you understand the distinctions between the two, it will certainly provide you the upper hand when shopping for a car, going the auto mechanic, or when Alex Trebek asks you a Jeopardy question about automobile elements that make vehicles move.

In short, powertrains and drivetrains essentially do the exact same thing. They generate kinetic energy to make your car or truck ‘go’. Now, chances are that you’ve never really thought about how essential these moving parts are. They’re the unsung heroes that get you from point A to point B and they each work in their own unique way.


Parts of the Drivetrain: What are they?

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

A drivetrain is not actually 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 vehicle to push it into motion. These parts typically consist of the transmission, differential, driveshaft, axles, CV joints, and the wheels.


Drivetrain: How Does it work?

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

  • The engine will create power to power a flywheel
  • That flywheel works with the transmission to regulate the amount of power distributed to other elements of the drivetrain
  • The driveshaft rotates to generate power to a differential
  • The differential then provides power from all those driveshaft parts and boom … your wheels are moving

Powertrain: What is in it?

If you mastered the drivetrain basics, the powertrain basics ought to be a very easy idea to comprehend, 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 belongs to the many moving elements. If you remember from the paragraph above, the drivetrain collaborates with the engine.

The powertrain encompasses every moving part that is crucial to the vehicle’s success. Its single function is converting kinetic energy into propulsion movement. If one of these parts fail your car may experience some unusual rattling, or shaking.


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