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What is a Powertrain Warranty and Why Does it Matter?

Let’s face it - cars aren’t an investment.

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Front Output Shaft Oil Seal

The front output shaft seal is an oil seal that is installed on the front of transfer cases.

How to Buy a 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.

5 Essential Things to Know About Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Many new (and old) vehicles have front-wheel drive (FWD).

What Is Front-Wheel Drive?

If a vehicle is of the front-wheel drive variety, then all of the power made by the engine gets to the ground via the two front wheels.

Comparisons of Drivetrains - FWD, RWD, AWD

The drivetrain in a car is comprised mostly of the engine and transmission.

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FCA cuts powertrain warranties to 60k miles

FCA US is citing industry practices as the reason for cutting its powertrain warranty to five years or 60,000 miles. The change affects gasoline-fueled, 2016 model year vehicles from Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Trucks.

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2016 Chevy Volt powertrain technical details

Voltec 5ET50 Drive Unit Is Lighter, Smaller And More Powerful

Two GM engineers tell us about the all-new powertrain in the 2016 Chevy Volt and why it is so much better than the one in the first-gen model.

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XL Hybrids' new, third-generation powertrain cuts fuel use by 21%

'XL' often means "bigger," but a new powertrain from Massachusetts-based startup XL Hybrids actually shrinks your fuel budget. About 21 percent smaller, to be precise.

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GM announces $332M investment into eco-minded powertrains

General Motors has announced it will invest around $332 million to produce more fuel-efficient engines and transmissions. The cash will be split between four manufacturing facilities, including Bedford, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio, as well as Bay City and Flint, Michigan. The plants will use the funds build a new Ecotec small gasoline engine as well as a new V6 and eight-speed automatic tra

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Ford working on all-new small V6

In addition to confirming the upcoming Kansas City-built Transit van, a recent UAW release states that Ford will be adding an "industry-leading small V6" to its powertrain lineup. Car and Driver reports that, while the automaker has yet to confirm the development of such an engine, Ford stated that adding a smaller-displacement V6 wou

Sell unclean engines, pay a fine: EPA issued $2 million penalty to PowerTrain

What is it with companies thinking they can get around the Clean Air Act? Earlier this year, the second-largest refinery in the U.S. was fined $5.3 million (and required to upgrade pollution control systems for $700 million) for CAA violations. Before that, companies like Pe

Mercedes' study finds consumers are "confused" about alternative fuels

Does the gas station pump pictured above look confusing? For some people, it is. Now, imaging if there was also J1772 connectors and a few H2 pumps, a SVO hose, and one for biodiesel and E85. Would it be complicated then? According to a new online study by Harris Interact

Chevrolet Volt will not have direct engine drive, electric only

Opel Ampera – Click above for high-res image gallery

Deep Dive: Getting intimate with the 2010 Honda CR-Z's powertrain

When the 2011 Honda CR-Z hits the streets this Fall, it will feature the latest iteration of the company's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild hybrid system. The basic concept of IMA hasn't changed since the original Insight debuted in 1999, but it has been refined to improve performance and efficiency while reducing overall cost.

Deep Dive: Getting intimate with the 2010 Honda CR-Z's powertrain

When the 2011 Honda CR-Z hits the streets this Fall, it will feature the latest iteration of the company's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) mild hybrid system. The basic concept of IMA hasn't changed since the original Insight debuted in 1999, but it has been refined to improve performance and efficiency while reducing overall cost.

Mazda6 diesel confirmed with hybrid-like 43 MPG

Mazda SKY-D and SKY-G engines – Click above for high-res image gallery

Spawn of Volt: More details on more variants

Click above for live high-res gallery of the 2011 Chevy Volt

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