The drivetrain of a BMW is integral to the functioning and performance levels of your BMW. It is responsible for transmitting power from the engine to the wheels. The words “drivetrain” and “powertrain” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, they do not refer to the same thing. So, you may wonder what’s the distinction between powertrain components and drivetrain components?
A drivetrain isn’t a single component of your car. It is a collection of components that work together with the engine to propel the wheels and other parts of the vehicle into motion. The drivetrain commonly includes the following: the transmission, differential, wheels, axles, and CV joints.
There is only one feature that differentiates the drivetrain from the powertrain: the engine. The engine is one of the numerous moving components in a powertrain. Every moving part inside the engine and its components, including the drivetrain’s parts, is a part of the powertrain.
Its sole function is to transform kinetic energy into forward motion to propel your wheels to turn and your car to move. This is why the drivetrain is so important to your BMW. If any one of these pieces fails, you may notice odd rattling or shaking in your vehicle. Let’s take a closer look at the drivetrain’s components and signs they are malfunctioning.
The drivetrain is made up of many important systems that creates the whole:
This is the sequence in which a drivetrain generates and delivers power:
As you can see, all of these components of the drivetrain must work properly to ensure your BMW runs smoothly.
You may have noticed your BMW’s dashboard display a particular error message: “Drivetrain malfunction. Drive moderately.” This notice frequently occurs in other circumstances, like when accelerating quickly, driving up a steep slope, or trying to overtake another vehicle. This error message can also come on due to a weak battery in cold weather or under atypical driving circumstances where there is a strain on the drivetrain.
If your BMW displays this error message, it’s highly recommended that you bring your BMW in right away to have it checked out by our experts as soon as possible.
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