What is Powertrain Warranty?
A powertrain Warranty is an extended period which covers parts and labour costs for repairs during the duration of the vehicle ownership. This is usually three years or 50,000 miles, whichever occurs first.
It may also cover any component failures that occur on the vehicle while under warranty.
The term “powertrain” refers to the power train system consisting of the engine, transmission, drive shaft, final drives, axles, brakes, suspension, steering, and body.
This means that even though the manufacturer might not make the engine or gearbox, the manufacturer doesn’t mean that those components aren’t covered under the powertrain warranty.
Warranties typically exclude things like rust damage, everyday wear items such as brake rotors, tires and battery replacement. The main goal of manufacturers is to keep vehicles running and out on the road rather than fix them.
An average automotive warranty typically includes the motor, transmission, drive line components, battery, cooling system, emissions control systems, climate controls and chassis. These items are covered under an extended period for a specified number of miles driven. Powertrain warranties are generally longer, with more coverage miles and protection against premature failure. Some manufacturers also include accessories such as brakes and tires among the list of parts included within the warranty coverage area. The duration of each manufacturer’s warranty varies widely – usually ranging from 5 to 10 years, depending on the vehicle model year.
The key difference between standard and powertrain warranties is related to how far the car travels before replacement. Many manufacturers require the vehicle to travel fewer miles than the typical owner. Although there is no guarantee of mileage restrictions, most companies will specify that the vehicle travels less than 50 per cent of its original odometer reading. Most powertrain warranties cover 75% to 85% of the original odometer reading. Many factors may affect the actual percentage of coverage miles.
Powertrain warranties protect consumers from manufacturing defects that could lead to costly repairs before they become evident based on regular maintenance services. A powertrain warranty covers the entire life cycle of the automobile, including ownership, repair costs, and disposal. Unlike a basic vehicle warranty, power train warranties are often purchased separately from the dealer/manufacturer.
What is covered under the Powertrain warranty?
The power train warranty covers parts of your vehicle, including its engine, transmission system (transmission), drive axles, transfer case, rear axle differential, front or rear suspension components, and steering systems. This includes the air conditioner, heater, radio, cooling fan motor, battery, ignition system, and windshield wiper motor. For example, we recently had an issue where our passenger side mirror fell off and was replaced under the powertrain warranty even though there was no damage to the mirror itself. The powertrain warranty covers brakes, clutches, fuel injectors, exhaust system, oil pan, radiator, spark plugs, starter, timing belt, water pump, or transmission fluid. However, if you have a problem with the car stereo system, for example, it would fall under the manufacturer’s service contract.
What is NOT included in the powertrain warranty?
Any items such as body panels, wheels, tires, or exterior lights. Also, please note that the manufacturer assumes no responsibility for any damages caused by the installation or removal of aftermarket parts, whether original equipment or replacement vehicle parts. The technicians strongly recommend installing aftermarket products only when you trust them. If you install your accessories, ensure you obtain the proper documentation from the dealer before making any changes.
As long as your vehicle manufacturer provides coverage for the power train warranty, it applies regardless of which dealership sold you the vehicle. However, there may be variations by state, depending upon how each state defines “power train” and “vehicle.” In addition, most states require proof of ownership and registration of the vehicle to qualify the owner for coverage. The terms and conditions of power train warranties also vary among manufacturers.