What Does the Powertrain Have to Do With My Transmission?

Transfer of Power

The Power Source is Your Powertrain

The Gear Box is Your Transmission

We've come a long way since the two or 3-speed transmissions. These noisy, limited systems cannot compare to today's state-of-the-art transmissions and powertrains. With 100 million transmissions on the roadways today, it's wise to protect your depreciating investment.

Transfer of Power

Powertrain and transmission systems transfer engine power to the vehicle wheels and multiply engine torque to accelerate the vehicle. Without a powertrain, your vehicle is worthless.

The Drivetrain Keeps Your Vehicle Moving

The drivetrain includes everything in the powertrain except the engine to make your vehicle move. The drivetrain sends power through the transmission to the drive wheels. The drivetrain transfers power to the wheels to make your vehicle move. Think of rear-wheel drive (RWD), front-wheel drive (FWD), and all-wheel drive (AWD).

The Power Source is Your Powertrain

A powertrain is everything that powers a vehicle. It allows a vehicle to drive smoothly based on the manufacturer's specifications.

Moving forward requires a powertrain. The powertrain creates power from your vehicle's engine and delivers the power to the wheels. When your vehicle's powertrain does not function properly, the vehicle power components may overheat, warning lights will turn on, and the vehicle will experience vibrations and noise and cause damage making the vehicle malfunction, slow and stop.

The Gearbox is Your Transmission

Key components are the transmission or transaxle, transfer case and four-and all-wheel drive, propeller shaft to drive the rear axle, drive axles to drive the wheels, clutch for a manual shift, and torque converter for an automatic shift.

Transmissions are the vehicle's gearbox, belts, or chains that run along the outside of two or more gears. This determines how much power is delivered to your vehicle without changing how fast the engine runs. A transmission helps your vehicle's engine spin at the correct rate without going too fast or too slow. A transmission also ensures your wheels get the correct amount of power. Without a transmission, all vehicles would be difficult to start or stop and unreliable.

When you push down on the gas pedal, the transmission changes gears to keep the revolutions per minute (RPM) low and avoid engine damage. By doing so, fuel consumption is maximized, and gears do not overheat. Moving the power from the engine to the wheels is the job of a transmission.

A transmission prevents the engine from killing itself. Without a gearbox, engines would shake, rattle, and overheat. Without a transmission, the vehicle cannot harness the speed correctly, bypassing its maximum velocity.

Written by Affinity Automotive Services