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What is a powertrain and what does a powertrain warranty cover? The powertrain includes the engine, the transmission, and drivetrain, and a powertrain warranty covers the cost to repair or replace these components should they malfunction or be damaged. Read on to learn more about what is covered, what isn’t, and where to find the right warranty for you.

What Does a Powertrain Warranty Cover?

A powertrain warranty covers the systems and components that make a car run. Here’s what’s covered in a typical powertrain warranty:what


Your engine and all of its components will be covered. That includes crankshaft, pistons, timing belt and gears, intake and exhaust valves, and the oil pump, among other items. Other internal parts may be covered in some warranties, depending on where and how the damage occurs.


Transmission protection is standard, but you need to know the details. Usually, all internal parts like the mounts and torque converter are covered. However, a powertrain warranty often excludes cables and electrical items, so be sure to read the fine print.

Drive Axle

Axle shafts are covered in a typical powertrain warranty, as are many of the internal parts and axle housing.

Seals, Gaskets, and Other Internal Parts

Your seals and gaskets may be covered, but not if they’re simply leaking. Other items such as chains, sprockets, and gears are usually covered.

Powertrain vs. Bumper-to-Bumper Coverage

There are a few specialty warranty plans out there, but the two most common warranty plans are the powertrain warranty and the bumper-to-bumper warranty. Here are the major differences between the two:

  • A powertrain warranty covers fewer parts of your car but lasts a lot longer.
  • Bumper-to-bumper coverage usually includes electronics and some other systems that a powertrain warranty does not.
  • Standard terms are 5 years / 60,000 miles for powertrain and 3 years / 36,000 miles for bumper-to-bumper.

Keep in mind that the term bumper-to-bumper is industry jargon. There’s no warranty plan in the world that covers everything between the bumpers. Inevitably, some items, like tires, will not be covered under the warranty. 

When Should I Buy a Powertrain Warranty?

Powertrains are usually covered in your factory or manufacturer warranty when you buy a new car. Once that warranty expires, you may decide to purchase an extended vehicle protection plan, which may include your powertrain. If you opt in, remember that many powertrain warranties last longer than bumper-to-bumper warranties, so you need to renew your bumper-to-bumper warranty sooner. 

Key questions to ask when considering a powertrain warranty are:

  • How long do intend to keep your car? If you plan on driving your car a long time, powertrain warranties help pay for inevitable repairs down the road. Want to sell? A powertrain warranty can increase the car’s resale value.
  • Is your car reliable? If your car is aging or is known to need powertrain repairs, a warranty can offset some of the costs.
  • Would you rather purchase a warranty with more coverage? You may prefer a bumper-to-bumper warranty instead.
  • Would you feel better knowing that you don’t have to worry about affording costly repairs? Extended warranties can provide peace of mind.

Powertrain Warranties from CARCHEX

Extended vehicle protection plans from CARCHEX are designed to protect you from the most common and expensive repairs, and that includes your powertrain. All of our protection plansfrom Bronze to Titanium—cover your powertrain for either five or seven years. Our plans also include a variety of benefits, including 24/7 roadside assistance, rental cars, and more.

CARCHEX Keeps You Running

As your car ages and its original warranty expires, you may find yourself on the hook for expensive repairs. That’s when it’s time to call CARCHEX and get the peace of mind you need.

Offering powertrain warranties for Nissan, Subaru, Hyundai, Jeep, and other popular brands, CARCHEX stands at the top of the car warranty industry with nearly 20 years of superior customer service. CARCHEX has five flexible and affordable plans that can be tailored to fit your driving habits. If you feel good about your powertrain, you can find a CARCHEX protection plan that can cover the rest.

Finding a quote online is free, fast, and easy. Or call CARCHEX at 866-261-3457 to speak with a vehicle protection specialist today about what is covered in a powertrain warranty.



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