What is a CVT and What Does it Do?
A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a piece of equipment that has been making waves around the auto industry. Many manufacturers are starting to favor this transmission for to its ability to improve a car’s fuel economy, among other benefits. Popular brands like Ford, Audi, and Toyota all have at least one model with a CVT system. So, how exactly does it work?
In the past, vehicles placed more gears in their system to better optimize their engine speed, with some cars having as many as nine! Higher gears gave drivers a chance to cruise and maximize fuel economy while lower gears provided better acceleration for the vehicle. Unlike traditional transmissions that utilize these gears, a CVT utilizes a single metal belt that is connected to a variable-diameter, cone-shaped pulley. This gives the transmission system a wider range of ratios to pick from. So instead of having a traditional transmission switch between third and fourth gear, the CVT will be able to find the ‘sweet spot’ in-between those gears. As previously mentioned, this provides drivers with better fuel economy as the car’s RPM can smoothly shift instead of drastically change like in a normal transmission system.
What are Signs of CVT Problems?
Though the CVT is a complicated piece of technology, there are ways for you to determine if something is wrong. Here are some things to look out for:
Leakage: CVT’s will typically have around 20 external seals where they can leak from. If you find pink oil marks that trail your car during a drive, that can be a common sign that your transmission is in trouble.
Burning Smell: two things could be wrong if you notice this symptom. The first is that your transmission is overheating and you’ll need to stop driving. The second is your transmission fluid is leaking into your engine. Regardless of the situation, you should get your car seen immediately.
Transmission Slips: this happens when your engine is running fast but its full power isn’t getting transferred into the wheel. There can be a number of things that cause this and it’s best you visit a technician as soon as possible.
With all this said, it’s important that you DO NOT attempt to fix this on your own. Any CVT repairs should be left to your Mr. Transmission technician as we’ll have the tools and know-how to properly fix the problem.
Book a Visit With Us Today!
At the end of the day, you and your vehicle deserve the best CVT care possible. Our technicians at Mr. Transmission are uniquely qualified to deal with the complexities of the CVT. We understand the pride you may have in fixing it yourself, but doing so could leave your vehicle in worse condition and have you facing hundreds of dollars in repairs. Give us a call at 601-812-5842 and book a visit with our transmission experts today. If you’re in the area, visit our shop at 2374 Hwy. 80 W (near Ellis Ave) and schedule in person! We have the tools to make sure your CVT is running at the performance you expect.
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