Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Buy a Good Quality Drivetrain

Good Quality Drivetrain

The drivetrain is the combination of components that transfer your engine’s power to the wheels in order to actually move the vehicle. This complex system includes the transmission, driveshaft, and axles and sometimes other parts depending upon the vehicle.

While it’s uncommon for all of these parts to malfunction or break down at one time, time takes its toll and you may someday find yourself in the position of having to replace one or more of the drivetrain parts. But how can you ensure that the new components will fit properly together and endure over the long haul?

Some things to look out for to make sure you’re getting a good quality drivetrain include:

  • Transmission: When it comes to the transmission, this component is expensive and difficult to fix. Rebuilds are common because a new one can run into the thousands of dollars. Just be sure to verify the reputation of the mechanic who does the remanufacture. And make sure you get a warranty.

  • Make sure the driveshaft is OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or OE-replacement rated: These are normally made of steel and should have good quality CV joints attached, with CV boots made of high quality materials like neoprene for maximum moisture protection.

  • Choose one-piece axle construction over two-piece: These are more durable and long-lasting. Avoid friction-welded two-piece axles at all costs, as they tend to break much more easily than forged welds.

  • Reputable brand: If you go with aftermarket parts, try to get them all in the same (high quality, reputable) brand for the best possible fitment.

  • Warranty: Shop around for the best warranty – not only on the drivetrain parts, but on the installation as well. These parts are big-ticket items and you don’t want to throw away money on unreliable parts or labor.

Replacing your drivetrain is a considerable undertaking, you should let a professional tackle this job for you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
P0291OBD-II Trouble Code: Cylinder 11 Injector Circuit Low
P0291 code definition When your vehicle’s PCM registers the P0291 code, it means that a voltage reading came from the fuel injector circuit – for cylinder number 11’s fuel injector –...
P0359 OBD-II Trouble Code: Ignition Coil I Primary/Secondary Circuit Malfunction
P0359 code definition The P0359 code indicates that a fault has been detected in one of the vehicle’s ignition coils, generally the number 9 coil. This code can also be associated...


Related questions

Q: Engine swap with Ej20x, Ecu question

I will describe a scenario that will work and you can then judge your actual circumstances based on that. The initial issue is not the "country of origin" but rather whether the block and heads are identical, in every respect,...

Q: Key won't turn shift

Greetings. Thanks for writing in about your 1998 Saab 900. It sounds like your ignition cylinder may have seized up. This can happen over time due to key tumblers inside the ignition cylinder itself becoming out-of-shape and unable to make...

Q: Half shafts

Hi there. The left hand axle has male end on both sides and the right hand has one male and one female on it. The parts you have are correct. If you need further assistance with your overhaul, a certified,...