What is a drivetrain?

The drivetrain provides power from the engine to the wheels making it go. A drivetrain's components include the transmission or transaxle, drive shaft or half-shaft and the differential. There are two-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains. A two-wheel drivetrain can be rear-wheel drive, pushed by back tires and uses a drive shaft, or front-wheel drive, pulled by front tires and uses a transaxle and half-shaft.

How do I know I need my drivetrain repaired?

Thud when accelerating

Burning smell

Noisy shifting gears

Grinding or growling sounds


Is this covered by our warranty?

1 to 2 day repair time

Maintenance every 70,000 to 100,000 miles

What happens if I don't fix my drivetrain?

The drivetrain is a series of components that make your car go. Without them working properly you run the risk of a breakdown.

Extensive repair costs

Warped or melted metal

Worn down parts

How to know

Here's some how-to's

Let's get started.

Our approach is simple. We help you get the most out of your car by matching your goals and mileage to create a personalized plan.

1. Get your car tested.

2. See a list of repairs.

3. Choose what's fixed.

Need help?

Give us a call.

Tell us—what are you experiencing? We’ll give you our recommendations, and if you choose, bring your car in and let us run a few tests.

Let us know that Otto sent you and we’ll give you a free hat!

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