What is a continuously variable transmission?

A continuously variable transmission, or CVT, is a type of automatic transmission that provides more useable power, better fuel economy and a smoother driving experience than a traditional automatic.

Driving a car with a CVTcvt

The controls for a CVT are the same as an automatic: Two pedals (no clutch) and a P-R-N-D-L-style shift pattern. But while an automatic transmission has a set number of gear ratios (a.k.a. speeds), usually 4, 5 or 6, the CVT can constantly change the relationship of engine speed to car speed. When driving a car with a CVT, you never hear or feel the transmission shift — it simply raises and lowers the engine speed as needed, calling up higher engine speeds (or RPMs) for better acceleration and lower RPMs for better fuel economy while cruising.

Many people find the CVT disconcerting at first because of the way cars with CVTs sound. When you step on the accelerator, the engine races as it would with a slipping clutch or a failing automatic transmission. This is normal — the CVT is adjusting the engine speed to provide optimal power for acceleration

CVT Problems

If you do feel that your CVT transmission is not performing as it should, we can check the operation of it for you.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Excesive RPM
  • Loss of power
  • Sticking in one gear
  • Noises or jerking
  • Shuddering just after takeoff.
  • Losing drive

If you have noticed any of these symptoms do not hesitate to call, a minor repair now could save you a major expence later.

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