Everything You Need To Know About A Powertrain Warranty

by | Oct 12, 2021 | News | 0 comments

One of the most often questions we get is, “What’s in a powertrain warranty? “. A powertrain warranty will pay for the repairs or replacements when an automobile’s engine, transmission, or drivetrain malfunctions. While a powertrain guarantee covers the engine and transmission, a bumper-to-bumper warranty covers more systems and parts over a shorter period.

Follow the links below to learn more about the benefits of a powertrain warranty, as well as whether or not you should consider purchasing one.

How Long Is a Powertrain Warranty Good For?

This is a warranty for the parts that make up the car’s powertrain, so it’s easy to understand. Typical vehicle warranties range from 50,000 to 100,000 miles, but they cover significantly less damage than a bumper-to-bumper guarantee. It may encompass fewer systems, but the powertrain is one of the most critical.

  • The engine is the beating heart of your vehicle, powering it through the process of combustion to carry you forward.
  • Transmission—automatically or manually shifts the gears in your car.
  • The transfer case transfers power from the gearbox to the back wheels via the drive shafts.
  • Driveshafts are the spinning shafts that transfer engine torque.
  • Vehicle axels are the long, thin rods that run thru the middle of the wheels. The majority of automobiles are equipped with two axles.
  • Differentials make your car’s steering more fluid and responsive.
  • Drive box: a two-part device for transmitting rotation plus momentum.

Factory warranties may seem enough, but they don’t cover things like electrical and air systems or your car’s interior if something goes wrong. When the powertrain fails catastrophically, your insurance will kick in, but car owners are left with the tab when problems arise that are more typical.

What Do You Think Is The Most Important Point?
You won’t know what your plan’s powertrain coverage covers until you read the conditions, so get an estimate or an agreement as soon as and review the number of exclusions. CARCHEX can provide you an estimate right now via phone at 866-261-3457 or online at 866-261-3457.

Auto Mechanic Working Underneath Car In Garage

Auto Mechanic Working Underneath Car In Garage

What does a powertrain warranty exclude?

Depending on your provider and the car model, the items covered by your powertrain warranty may vary. On light-duty cars, powertrain warranties typically cover the axle, transmission, engine,  and  transfer case assemblies, but not parts in the following categories:

Exclusions from the Engine Coverage

Sensors, Control module and module programming, Wiring, Entire pressurized fuel system, Starter motor, Coolant heater core, Coolant hoses, Engine radiator, Connectors

Exclusions from Transmission/Transaxle Coverage

Transmission control module, Clutch and pressure plate, Electrical connectors, Wiring, Sensors, Radiator, Hoses, Transmission cooling lines

Exclusions for Transfer Case Coverage

Transfer case control module, Electrical connectors, Wiring, Sensors, Radiator, Hoses, Transfer case cooling lines

Exclusions from Coverage for Drive Systems

Drive system control module, Electrical connectors related to drive systems, Wiring, Sensors, Radiator, Hoses, Lines, Drive system cooling, Locking hubs, Drive wheel front and rear hub bearings, Wheel bearings

Repairs not included by such a powertrain warranty can vary. However, the following situations are almost always excluded from the guarantee’s scope of cover:


  • collision or accident
  • Inadequate or incorrect maintenance
  • Misuse
  • Environmental factors, regular use, or impact
  • Fuel that is contaminated or of poor quality
  • Corrosion and rust damage
  • Other systems, such as air conditioning and heating, are having problems.
  • Damage caused by “aftermarket” products (if manufacturer’s guarantee is in effect)
  • If you’re under manufacturer’s warranty, you should avoid any changes you make.

Refer to your dealership’s or third-party provider’s contract, as well as your owner’s manual, for precise specifics on your car’s powertrain warranty.

What is the Duration of a Powertrain Warranty?

Typically, powertrain coverage lasts 5 years or sixty thousand miles, whatever comes first. However, the figure may vary significantly depending on the type or model of the vehicle. There is often higher mileage in the powertrain coverage of heavy-duty pickup trucks, business automobiles, and government fleet automobiles (5 years or one hundred thousand miles, whatever comes first).

Hyundai, Mitsubishi, and Kia provide the industry’s best powertrain warranties, with 10-year or 100,000-mile coverage.

Bumper-to-Bumper Coverage vs. Powertrain

Exceptional warranties are available, but the powertrain and bumper-to-bumper guarantees are the most frequent. The following are some critical distinctions between the two:

  • A powertrain warranty covers fewer automotive parts but protects them for a much more extended period.
    In comparison to a powertrain warranty, bumper-to-bumper protection offers significantly more value for your money.
  • Powertrain warranties typically run five years or 60,000 miles, whereas bumper-to-bumper warranties often last only three years or 36,000 miles.
  • Keep in mind that bumper-to-bumper is a word used in the transportation business. No warranty plan covers every aspect of a car. Tires and wear-and-tear items will almost certainly be excluded from your warranty.

When Is It Time to Purchase a Powertrain Warranty?

As your factory warranty expires, you may be interested in learning more about an extended powertrain warranty. The following are some questions to ask yourself if you’re considering one:

  • How long are you planning on keeping your car? A powertrain warranty might help you pay for future repairs if you plan on using your vehicle for a long time.
  • Do you want to sell your home? Vehicles with transferable powertrain warranties have a higher resell value since they can be passed on to the next owner.
  • Is your vehicle dependable? If your automobile is old or has a history of powertrain problems, a warranty can help cover the price of these repairs.
  • Would you rather buy a warranty that provides additional coverage? Instead, you could want a bumper-to-bumper warranty.
  • Would it make you feel better to know that expensive repairs are covered? Extended warranties can give much-needed security for those in a complex financial condition and unable to afford a powertrain repair.

CARCHEX Powertrain Warranties

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, CARCHEX’s Extended Service Contracts cover everything from brakes to powertrains. From Bronze to Titanium, all of their protection plans provide coverage for your powertrain for five to ten years. Our plans also include several perks, like roadside assistance 24 hours a day, rental car reimbursement, towing, petrol delivery, and more.

CARCHEX keeps you on the move.

Repairs might become prohibitively expensive as your automobile gets older and your original warranty expires. That’s why you should contact CARCHEX for the assurance you require.

As a leading provider of automotive powertrain warranties, CARCHEX has a long history of providing exceptional support to its customers, from Nissan to Subaru to Hyundai to Jeep. Additionally, they received a perfect score of 10 from Thoroughly Reviewed and an A+ from the Bbb for their customer service. They have been recognized since 2009.

If you choose CARCHEX to supply your powertrain warranty, you’ll also get the following benefits:


  • Roadside assistance
  • Delivery of gas
  • Services for trip interruptions
  • Towing and rental car reimbursement
  • A vow to put “Customer Experience First.”
  • Plans and pricing alternatives that are affordable
  • Repair shops receive a direct claim payment.
  • Our Everyday Low-Price GuaranteeTM eliminates the need to haggle.
  • Money-back guarantee for 30 days

Get a Free, No-Obligation Estimate

CARCHEX offers five different extended warranty options that you can customize to meet your driving patterns. If you’re confident in your powertrain, a CARCHEX protection package can help you with the rest.

It’s free, quick, and simple to get a quotation online. You can reach CARCHEX’s vehicle protection specialists at 866-261-3457 if you have any questions regarding what a powertrain warranty entails.

Dmitry Petrov

Dmitry Petrov is an engineer who specializes in materials science, and has a deep passion for all things related to automotive technology. He is a true motorhead at heart, and spends much of his free time tinkering with engines and studying vehicular dynamics.


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