What is the Powertain Warranty on Chevrolet Vehicles?
There are a lot of different kinds of Chevrolet warranties that you can have on your vehicle, and each one has its own level and duration of coverage. For example, bumper-to-bumper warranties, otherwise known as comprehensive warranties, cover pretty much everything except the bumpers themselves, which are by design meant to be damaged in order to protect the rest of your vehicle (think of them as a physical insurance policy), while a powertrain warranty will cover less – the essential parts that make your car, truck, SUV or van run.
What is the Powertrain Warranty on Chevrolet?
Powertrain warranties will come up when you’re talking about buying a new vehicle. Unless you’re already familiar with automotive legalese, however, you might be left wondering, what’s covered in a powertrain warranty?
Basically, a powertrain warranty covers the most expensive and most important parts of your vehicle: its engine, its axle assemblies, its transfer case and its transmission. A powertrain warranty is intended to cover the parts that are absolutely essential for your vehicle’s operation, which are almost certainly the most expensive to replace.
Repairing the powertrain and replacing the parts that you need to are not the only benefits of a good powertrain warranty. If something does happen to go wrong with your powertrain, you’re going to need help moving yourself and your vehicle to a collision repair center where you can get it fixed and get somewhere more comfortable than waiting out in the elements on the side of the road.
While you’re covered under the powertrain warranty, the coverage will also be there to help get you and your disabled vehicle out of that bind. Under the Chevrolet warranty, you’re covered for free, 24-hour roadside assistance.
What Kind of Roadside Assistance?
Both you and your vehicle will need transportation if it’s disabled. To that end, the powertrain warranty covers you for towing, which will take your vehicle to the nearest Chevrolet dealer wherever you may be at the time and courtesy transportation program that can pick you up, too.
In addition to that, you’ll also have access to a flat tire changing service that will help you swap out a flat for your spare tire, if your vehicle is equipped with one, as well as a fuel delivery service that can bring you enough gasoline or diesel fuel to get you to the nearest service station.
If your keys ever get locked inside the vehicle, there’s also a lockout service covered under the warranty that can help you rescue your keys so you don’t have to worry about finding a locksmith or spend hours trying to get them out yourself, which you really shouldn’t do anyway as it could severely damage your doors if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.
The roadside assistance coverage is there to help you out of a tight spot because everybody knows that car problems never seem to hit you when you’re close to home. They like to wait for a less convenient time to rear their ugly heads. These services ensure that you don’t get left stranded wherever you are when a problem comes up, and you have ready access to a way out so you can get back to your life as seamlessly as possible.
For How Long Will I Be Covered?
The Chevrolet powertrain warranty covers most Chevy vehicles for five years or up to 60,000 miles, whichever comes first, although 2500 and 3500 series Heavy Duty pickup trucks that have a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine will be covered up to 100,000 miles (or five years) – they’re designed to work hard day and day out (just compare them to other Chevy vehicles, they’re real workhorses), and their warranties are made to match.
It’s also important to keep in mind that the specific details of a given vehicle’s warranty may vary a little bit from the basic details outlined here. Never forget to read your warranty!
The distinction helps make the warranty fairer for all customers – after all, some people will tax their vehicles a lot harder than others, and the time or distance coverage for the warranty evens that out. Plus, that timeframe more than covers the expected lifetime and resistance to wear of the least-resilient parts of your drivetrain.
What’s Not Covered under a Powertrain Warranty?
In short, the rest of your vehicle is covered. Most of the more easily replaceable parts will be covered in a bumper-to-bumper warranty. The bumper-to-bumper warranty is more comprehensive, but its duration of coverage is a little less – it will cover your vehicle for the first three years or the first 36,000 miles.
The bumper-to-bumper warranty includes coverage of components like the sheet metal, body and certain electronics that are important for your vehicle to function correctly and keep driving.
Damage from impacts or the environment is also not covered – those are a matter for insurance. The powertrain warranty is meant to cover problems in the vehicle’s manufacture, not damage caused by external forces. This isn’t a problem with the warranty; it’s simply not what warranties do. They are not an alternative to an insurance policy.
Third party and aftermarket parts are also not covered in the powertrain warranty, and neither is any damage caused by these parts. The manufacturer cannot be held responsible for modifications to a vehicle that they did not intend.
Which Individual Parts of the Powertrain Are Covered?
Things do get a little complicated when you get into the specifics of any warranty, and a powertrain warranty is no different. Some parts, like timing belts, simply cannot stand up to five years or 60,000 to 100,000 miles of wear and tear, so the warranty treats them a little differently. What’s exactly covered in the powertrain warranty on a Chevrolet, then?
In general, those parts that are essential for the powertrain to function are what the warranty exists to cover. On the engine, all of these parts are covered for the duration of the powertrain warranty:
- Engine oil cooling hoses
- Any internally lubricated parts
- Internal actuators and internal electrical components like the active fuel management valve and the lifter and oil manifolds
- The cylinder head
- The engine block
- The engine mount
- All engine valve covers
- The oil pan
- Seals, gaskets and manifolds
- The timing gears, timing chain and timing cover
- The oil pump and the oil pump housing
- The OHC carriers
- The flywheel
- The water pump
- The harmonic balancer
- The turbocharger and supercharger
- Timing belts are covered up until the first scheduled interval of maintenance.
On the transmission and transfer case, all of these parts are covered for the duration of the powertrain warranty:
- The case
- The torque converter
- Any internally lubricated parts
- The mounts, seals and gaskets
- Internal electrical components in the transmission and/or transaxle
- Actuators that are connected directly to the transmission, such as the slave cylinder
In any case, you should read the fine print of your powertrain warranty to make sure you understand perfectly what is and what isn’t covered. As in the case of Chevy Heavy Duty pickups, the details of a specific vehicle’s powertrain warranty may differ slightly from what’s described here.
What about Maintenance?Regular maintenance is your best line of defense against problems cropping up in your vehicle’s powertrain in the first place. It’s better for your vehicle and better for your safety. That’s why the powertrain warranty also covers some basic maintenance that will help keep your vehicle running the way it should. The warranty also expects that you keep up with proper and regular maintenance. Damage due to insufficient maintenance is not covered by the warranty, which includes failing to change your oil according to the schedule or failing to have maintenance visits done frequently enough.
Chevrolet’s maintenance coverage includes two visits for maintenance in the first two years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first, an oil change and oil filter change, one tire rotation (please refer to your vehicle’s manual to know after how many miles you should have your tires rotated) and one 27-point inspection.
The Powertrain Warranty Helps Keep You Safe and Feeling Secure
You never know when something bad is going to happen to your car or truck, especially when you’re talking about the failure of powertrain components. While it’s impossible to regain the time lost to parts failures, you can rest assured that a Chevrolet powertrain warranty will help you ensure that you won’t have to pay hard money out of pocket for repairs and replacement parts that weren’t your fault to begin with.
With roadside assistance coverage, you don’t have to worry about being left stranded somewhere unfamiliar, either.
The powertrain warranty provides you with parts replacement, repairs and roadside assistance for a long time, giving you some much-needed security and peace of mind when you’re driving a vehicle that you literally depend on for your life to run smoothly.
You shouldn’t have to worry about your powertrain quitting on you when you least want it to and leaving you without any recourse. With a good warranty, you don’t have to.