What Is a Powertrain and How Does it Work?

Transmission Repair in Clarksburg, MD

H2: What is a PowerTrain and How Does it Work with Your Transmission?

What is a Powertrain?

The powertrain and transmission in your vehicle translate energy into movement. When they work together, the powertrain and transmission use the energy from the engine, increase the torque, and get the wheels on your vehicle moving. Your vehicle’s powertrain includes the engine, transmission, and other components used to translate energy from the engine into the vehicle's movement.

How Does the Powertrain Work?

When your engine converts fuel and air to the movement of the pistons, the pistons’ movement turns the crankshaft—using gears, clutches, and other components of the transmission, the engine's energy converts to your vehicle's movement at the speed and in the direction that you desire.

What is Included in the Powertrain?

The Powertrain in a vehicle includes the following parts of the vehicle, with adjustments for two-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drive:

  1. Transmission or Transaxle Transfer Case (found in four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles)
  2. Propeller Shaft (to drive the rear axle)
  3. Drive Axles (to move each wheel)
  4. Clutch or Torque Converter (depending on whether the vehicle is automatic or manual)

Preventative Maintenance and Repair

As with other systems in your vehicle, the parts of the powertrain are subject to wear and age. Creating a preventative maintenance schedule with your mechanic and sticking with it can help you avoid costly and time-consuming repairs as your vehicle ages and goes through the normal wear and tear that comes with driving the vehicle over time.

Transmission repair can be both costly and time-consuming. A preventative maintenance schedule can help you avoid these repairs or mitigate their severity. If you are in the Clarksburg, MD area, why not give the technicians at AutoStream Car Care a call? Make an appointment to meet with them to have your vehicle evaluated, set up a preventative maintenance schedule, and repair any failing parts of your transmission.

Written by Doug Grills