A powertrain warranty is crucial for protecting your finances from expenses caused by specific types of damage to certain parts and systems in your vehicle. The components, parts and systems protected by powertrain warranty coverage are essential to making your car run. Elements of your vehicle’s engine, the engine itself, the transmission, drive shafts, axles, drive components and more are covered by powertrain warranties.

Elements covered by a powertrain warranty and related to your engine include the timing chain, oil pan and water pump. Pistons, the crankshaft, timing gears, intake/exhaust valves and the oil pump are also included. Transmission elements covered by a powertrain warranty include your engine control module, transmission mount, torque convertor and transfer case. 

Powertrain Warranties, What Are They

Front and rear wheel drive-related elements covered by a powertrain warranty include the axle shaft, axle seal, chains, gears, constant velocity joint, gaskets and more.

Please note: Each warranty provider has its own policies, prices and parts it includes in its warranties. Therefore, coverage options and terms vary across the nation.

Limited powertrain warranties commonly last for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Certain manufacturers offer better deals, however. For example, Hyundai’s powertrain warranty coverage lasts ten years or 100,000 miles depending on which comes first.

A lifetime powertrain warranty provides powertrain components-based coverage for the entire length of time you own your applicable vehicle. 

While many lifetime powertrain warranty coverages are offered to you for free, some might come with specific eligibility restrictions for many repairs. For example, a common condition pursuant to receiving lifetime powertrain warranty coverage is to schedule routine maintenance on a regular and frequent basis at a particular dealer/location.