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What is Powertrain?

on October 27, 2018
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What is Powertrain?

on October 27, 2018

The standard drivers of 2019 are not familiar with the increasingly sophisticated parts that operate within their motor vehicle, let alone know “what is powertrain.” The powertrain is listed as the most important component systems in a vehicle which generates power and delivers it to the road in an automobile.

Powertrain Components:

A well-treated powertrain system will always optimally perform to the vehicle’s manufacturer standards. It will have proper fuel and oil consumption efficiency which will save you time and money on regular maintenance. Furthermore, your vehicle will sound quiet and drive smoothly. Any symptoms of a malfunctioning powertrain can include overheating, unusual handling, shaking/vibrating, whining and growling noises. The louder your vehicle is, the more concerned you should be.

What is a Powertrain Fault?

Having a powertrain failure or powertrain fault tends to happen to older and or higher mileage vehicles. It will cause your vehicle’s power components to overheat. If you ignore these warnings, your vehicle may operate in a defaulted “safe mode” until the issue has been resolved/repaired.

What is a Powertrain Malfunction?

The four most expensive components to have problems are the engine, transmission, head gasket, and air conditioning compressor. Three of these four mechanical breakdowns are directly connected to the powertrain. So, what exactly is powertrain malfunction?

A powertrain malfunction is also known as drivetrain malfunction,” which will usually activate the powertrain warning light when a vehicle is experiencing a concerning power related condition. If the vehicle is continually driven with the concerning condition, chances are that there will be damage done to the engine, transmission, and drivetrain. The powertrain malfunction will reduce the power and speed of your automobile.

What is a Power Warning Lamp

The powertrain warning lamp is an indication to decrease your vehicle’s workload. For example, if you pull a trailer on the back of your truck and you’re warning light comes on, you should remove the trailer before any vehicle overheating occurs. Else, you risk additional damage to your powertrain system due to its overloaded-workload and are susceptible to powertrain failure.

Powertrain Failure Repair Cost:

Powertrain failures are among the most expensive repair bills in the auto industry. The transmission can cost $2,200 and the engine alone can cost $3,700 or more. A mechanic would have to take your engine/transmission apart to service or rebuild it, which would be time-consuming. With labor costs constantly increasing (current rate of $125/hour), expenses can easily exceed the entire cost of an extended vehicle protection policy. This is expecially true if your vehicle requires to be held in the shop for more than one day.

Powertrain Manufacturer’s Warranty:

Since the 1990s, almost all automobile sales were to be paired with a “manufacturer guarantee“, which covered almost everything that can go wrong with your car. The majority of all limited manufacturer’s warranties will not be used during their service term throughout their car’s lifetime. Manufacturers understand their cars will experience failures, but they only care about the first three years of a car’s life cycle. They simply can’t afford to fix every issue with their car models that age past 3 years old, as they have new inventory they’re attempting to sell. Each car they sell comes with the same 3-year service. With that said, it’s clear that extended auto warranties are something that every driver should take advantage of. Powertrain warranties are extremely popular for drivers who wish to protect their car’s powertrain after their original limited manufacturer’s warranty expires.

Just like any other new car warranty, powertrain coverage will be limited in terms of time or mileage (whichever comes first). Powertrain warranties are always longer than other warranties, like the “bumper-to-bumper” coverage. After all, powertrain components are typically more expensive to replace and service than exterior cosmetics or suspension parts.

Naturally, automotive manufacturer’s will offer the “industry standard” 5 years or 60,000 miles of powertrain coverage. With the exception for Kia Warranty and Mitsubishi Warranty, which both extend their coverage to 10 years or 100,000 miles.

With that said, if your car is older than the warranty coverage period or has more miles than allowed, then those repairs won’t be covered. Extra exceptions arise when considering a hybrid vehicle, as hybrid components usually have their own warranty. These hybrid components are typically separate from the powertrain coverage. Hyundai Warranty offers lifetime coverage and unlimited mileage on its hybrid components, while Toyota Warranty parts are limited to 8 years and 100,000 miles.

The Powertrain Warranty

A “powertrain based” vehicle service contract covers the components of a car that provides power, often referred to as the “Big-Three”: the engine, transmission and drivetrain. Essentially, these parts are responsible for making the vehicle move. If any of these components are found to be defective or damaged within the original service term, the manufacturer is obligated to pay for the components repairs or replacements.

Powertrain warranties do not cover every single powertrain fault. They don’t usually cover components that commonly wear from normal use such as clutches, CV joints, and CV boots. Other items like the car battery aren’t covered either but will generally have their own specific warranty coverage.

Most consumers choose to go with a reputable vehicle service protection company like Drivesmart Warranty – a company that will always put the customers’ needs first. They’re often compared to another successful company, Amazon, which has a similar view of how important its customers truly are.

A company that dedicates value and convenience around customer needs is a company that many will appreciate. By putting the customers’ needs first, consumers will always be informed and educated while they’re shopping for a car, in the market to refinance or enroll in a protection plan.

What really separates DriveSmart from the rest of the industry is their revolutionary Car Payment Reimbursement program. If your vehicle is in the shop for 7 days or longer, DriveSmart will pay up to 300% of your car payment. Now customers don’t have to make car payments on a vehicle they can’t drive because it’s in the shop.

Powertrain Warranty Meaning

A powertrain warranty would give you the ability to save or invest your money into something other than your car when it comes time to bring it into a repair shop. Having such a relief from the financial stress from overwhelming repair bills will absolutely provide peace of mind. For this reason alone, many vehicle owners decide to get a powertrain warranty plan that would cover nearly everything in their vehicle for 5 years or 100,000 miles.

How to Get a Powertrain Warranty?

DriveSmart has a program designed to protect older and higher mileage vehicles from the high cost of repair bills. The protection plan is called Powertrain+ which covers the following:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Transaxle
  • Drive Axels
  • Electrical Systems
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cooling
  • Heat
  • Fuel System
  • Seals and Gaskets

It also comes with 24-hour emergency roadside assistance for towing, lockout assistance, fuel delivery, a battery jumpstart and flat tire assistance. In addition, it comes included with travel reimbursement allowance for meals and lodging if you break down away from home. This is very helpful considering that most folks between the ages of 45 and 65 buy a vehicle and plan on keeping it whether it’s paid off or still being financed. This service can be used in the United States and Canada with any licensed mechanic of your choice.

When it comes to major components like your drive axels, you’re going to want the best service and the best parts. As your vehicle ages, it becomes worth less-and-less because it’s a depreciating asset. With a DriveSmart Warranty, you’ll prolong the value of your vehicle, making it worth more and not become a money sink. The policy is transferable, so you can sell your car along with the extended warranty attached to it to the next owner and expect more in return.

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Powertrain Warranty Alternatives

Now that you know what a powertrain warranty is and what it covers, you shouldn’t expect engine, transmission or drivetrain maintenance to be covered under a limited manufacturer’s warranty. In other words, you’re responsible for engine tune-ups and oil changes.

A common alternative that manufacturers will offer is an “introductory maintenance package”. This type of maintenance package allows you to pay for a few service visits in advance, which can save you some money.

An introductory maintenance program is starting to be more appealing than a longtime powertrain warranty – which for a while were the biggest selling points for domestic automakers. Nowadays, it seems like the warranty isn’t as important anymore. It’s believed that because of this, it was necessary for Chrysler Warranty and GMC Warranty to drop their warranty coverage down to 5-year/60,000 miles from 10-year/100,000 miles. The biggest problem with the 100,000 mile manufacturer warranty is that it will not transfer from the original owner to the next buyer. In contrast, extended auto warranties can transfer with the car.

With more and more folks buying cars with the intention of keeping them, it only makes sense for consumers to protect their largest investment next to their home and save as much money as possible. No one wants to pay for an expensive repair bill in full, so, next time you need help with a powertrain malfunction or a notice a dashboard warning light, DriveSmart will be there for you!

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