What is a CVT and How Does it Work?

You might have read some of our previous articles where we have mentioned a vehicle comes with a CVT Transmission. CVT stands for Continuous Variable Transmission. It’s a relatively new design of automatic transmission that has made its way into most modern day automatic vehicles. We are rapidly approaching a time where the traditional automatic transmission will be come obsolete.
The CVT design uses a belt and two pulleys to allow the gear ratios to be continuously adjusted. The result is a automatic transmission with no noticeable gear shift when driving.
You may have got the vibe in our previous writings that we are not huge fans of the the CVT transmission. We are slowly changing our views on this as time goes on, we get more exposure to them and thus more experience too.
walkers warriewoodThe reason for our initial dislike was caused by the first of the Honda Jazz. The Jazz was one of the early adopters of the new technology that was the CVT and it had a plethora of teething problems. A shudder on take off fault for the Jazz is caused by a start clutch issue. Something Honda has since found a solution for. If you want more information about this you can find the link here.
Nowadays almost every Japanese manufacturer is producing vehicles with CVT transmissions so we must either adapt or find new careers.
If you are a super tech you can watch this animation that explains the mechanical happenings of whats going on inside your transmission of a CVT.

Now with many years of fine tuning these transmissions, we are seeing far less in the way of troublesome faults relating to them. The advantages of these are less parts to fail, no gear shift and better fuel economy.

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