What Parts Make Up a Vehicle’s Drivetrain?

When it comes to understanding how your vehicle works, the drivetrain is an essential segment that you should familiarize yourself with. Simply put, the drivetrain is the system that connects the engine to the wheels, allowing your car to move. It includes a variety of different parts, and understanding how each piece of the puzzle works can help you better maintain your vehicle.

Here's an overview of the different parts that make up your vehicle's drivetrain:

Transmission: The transmission is responsible for controlling the amount of power that is delivered from the engine to the wheels. It allows you to shift between different gears, adjusting the amount of power and torque that is being delivered to the wheels.

Driveshaft: The driveshaft is a long, tubular component that connects the transmission to the differential. It transmits power from the transmission to the differential and the wheels.

Differential: The differential is responsible for distributing power from the driveshaft to the wheels. It allows each wheel to turn at different speeds, enabling your automobile to take corners smoothly and efficiently.

Axles: Axles are the rods that connect the wheels to the differential. They transmit power from the differential to the wheels, allowing them to turn.

Wheels: The wheels are what actually touches the road and provide the necessary traction for your vehicle to move. 

It's necessary to note that not all drivetrains are created equal. Some vehicles have front-wheel drive, while others have rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Additionally, some vehicles have a more complex drivetrain setup, such as a four-wheel drive or a hybrid system.

To keep your vehicle running smoothly, it's important to properly maintain your drivetrain. If you notice any unusual noises or vibrations, please bring your car to Lawrenceville Auto Center for an assessment of your vehicle's drivetrain.