What is A Drivetrain Warranty?

What is A Drivetrain Warranty?


Whenever you are in the market for a car it is common to hear the term “drivetrain” used a lot. To add more confusion to the matter you will also hear “powertrain” too.

These aren’t the same thing and in fact, from both automakers and third party vehicle protection providers like Endurance, a “Drivetrain Warranty” is its own unique entity.

Today we are going to clear up the confusion as to what “drivetrain” means and what a “drivetrain warranty” covers.

You won’t ever need to worry about the confusing and sometimes loaded terms that only roughly explain what is a Drivetrain Warranty as well as what a drivetrain warranty covers.

In this article we will answer every question you had about drivetrain and drivetrain coverage:

  • What Is A Drivetrain Warranty?
  • What Does A Drivetrain Warranty Cover?
  • What Is The Difference Between Drivetrain vs Powertrain Warranties?
  • How Does Drivetrain Protection Work?
  • Do You Need A Drivetrain Warranty?

Not only are we going to explore what the nuances that come with the classification that is “drivetrain” and “drivetrain warranty” we will even go over your options when it comes to the latter.

Vehicle protection plans, commonly referred to as extended auto warranties, can provide coverage for vehicle drivetrain components akin to a drivetrain warranty.

It is simply a matter of finding a reputable provider, like Endurance.

So without further delay, let us start with the big question at the top of this article:

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Every new car comes with a factory warranty as standard. Some automakers will class things up by distinguishing drivetrain components and powertrain components as well as bumper-to-bumper coverage.

Regardless, every warranty direct from the manufacturer is more of a promise that your car will work a certain way for a guaranteed amount of time. If that doesn’t happen, they let you use their service to repair or replace it to fix the issue.

Now back to the matter at hand: what is a drivetrain warranty?

To answer this question you must first begin with what the drivetrain components of a car are.


“Drivetrain” refers to the components of a car that delivers power to the wheels.

  • The following are drivetrain components on manual transmission vehicles:
    • The Rear axle with hypoid bevel gear
    • Final drive
    • Flywheel, Clutch
    • Gearbox
    • Propeller shaft
    • Rear axle
    • Differential
  • The following are drivetrain components on automatic transmission vehicles:
    • The Torque converter
    • Transmission
    • Propeller shaft
    • Rear axle
    • Differential

When either automakers or vehicle protection providers bring up drivetrain coverage, the above components are exactly what that is referring to.

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As we mentioned before, drivetrain and powertrain are often confused for one another.

We already outlined what drivetrain refers to. Powertrain components are the parts that mechanically propel a vehicle in the first place as opposed to keeping it moving.

  • The components of a vehicle’s powertrain include:
    • Engine
    • Driveshaft
    • Transmission
    • Transfer Case (for four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles)
    • Differential
    • Internal Working Components of an Engine

The main ways to know the difference between a drivetrain warranty versus a powertrain warranty are as follows:

  • A drivetrain warranty includes coverage for the transmission, driveshaft, axles, and wheels, yet but the motor/engine is not covered.
  • A powertrain guarantee is focused on the parts of a car that allow a vehicle move to move. This includes the motor to the transmission itself to every single part allow energy to transfer from the motor to the wheels.

The final difference is that the drivetrain components and the coverage of them actually ensure that a vehicle last well past the core powertrain life. That is why it is arguably even more important to consider drivetrain coverage in addition to powertrain coverage.

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Even when provided by a third party company like Endurance, a vehicle service contract can provide the similar level of protection as a “Drivetrain Warranty.”

Drivetrain Coverage works the same in the hands of drivers no matter who the provider is.

Here’s how drivetrain warranties work whenever you get an alert from your car or should you experience drivetrain breakdown:

  • Find And Choose a Repair Facility– A key benefit to coverage provided by independent companies Endurance is that the network of repair facilities goes beyond what automakers have to offer. Take your car to any affordable, reliable and trustworthy mechanic or repair.
  • Get Your Car Diagnosed– If you don’t already know what is wrong with your car then all you need to do next is have the mechanics run several diagnostics to pinpoint the issue with your vehicle. The will relay this to your coverage provider.
  • Give the Mechanic Your Coverage Membership Card– All coverage holders with Endurance are issued a membership card. They will use this whenever their car needs repairs and give it directly to the mechanic so they can relay the info and pricing to us.
  • Pay the Deductible (if applicable) – Some contracts may or may not have a deductible. This is typically paid at the end of the repair after your car is back in your possession.
  • Take Your Car Home– Endurance vehicle service contract is designed to cover repair bills in total including:
    • Parts
    • Labor
    • Any applicable taxes.

what is a drivetrain warranty


Many vehicle owners believe that only protecting the core powertrain components are enough when it comes to vehicle coverage.

This is far from the truth.

Both powertrain and drivetrain components work together to keep your car up and driving.

Drivetrain protection from Endurance goes above and beyond most factory warranties which tend to be focused on the immediate exterior and powertrain.

However, drivers should continue to be protected from large repair bills for as many major components as they can be, regardless of how they are classified.

In simple terms, drivetrain refers to every single thing that comes *after* the engine but is still involved in moving the vehicle.



Once your vehicle’s manufacturer’s warranty expires, shopping for extended coverage can be deeply intimidating.

Every driver needs to ask themselves the following questions when choosing their next provider:

  • What will it cost?
  • Which repairs will the coverage pay for?
  • How financially stable is the company the coverage is coming from?

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There’s probably a million more but for now we’re going to explain why Endurance is the best coverage provider.

  • Award-winning customer service: Endurance has been nominated (and won) countless awards and certifications related to our service. We pride ourselves on providing service to our customers from purchase all the way to when they are using their coverage.
  • All Policies Are Backed By The Best: Every company is only as good as the company that backs them. While many companies are not administers of the vehicle protection policies they sell, Endurance is. There’s no middleman involved. All policies are backed by AmTrust financial, the same insurance company that backs world-renowned companies such as Volvo, Microsoft, and Mazda.
  • Comprehensive coverage at the best price: When searching for coverage on your new or used vehicle, price is undoubtedly a factor. Smart drivers wishing to have every component under the hood protected with warranty coverage will pay somewhat more for their policy than somebody only wishing to protect a limited number of items. Endurance has options for every kind of driver.
  • Highest accreditations: Accreditation is the key to knowing if you are working with a reputable provider. The two most important accreditation that an extended car warranty company can receive include:
    • The Better Business Bureau (BBB)
    • Vehicle Protection Association (VPA).

Endurance is the nation’s only direct provider of extended vehicle protection that is both A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau and Gold-Certified by the Vehicle Protection Association.




In discussing the credibility of Endurance we mean to demonstrate that we work hard to achieve such a high-rank among consumers.

We hope you found this article clarifying as we also want to make it our mission to educate drivers. Endurance knows that having smart and knowledgeable drivers from all walks of life is only good for our business of delivering worry-free driving.

With all of the information and benefits listed above, the myriad of added perks, and industry leading service, it’s no wonder why Endurance is the best extended coverage provider to choose!


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*A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an “extended auto warranty”, but is not a warranty.  A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and an administrator that states what’s a covered repair and what’s not. Endurance is an administrator of VSCs and does not sell warranties.*

A Vehicle Service Contract (VSC) is often referred to as an "auto warranty" or an "extended car warranty," but it is not a warranty. A VSC does, however, provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s car warranty expires. A VSC is a contract between you and a VSC provider or administrator that states what is a covered repair and what is not.