What Is an Audi CVT Transmission?

Many new Audi models have a CVT, or continuously variable transmission, option available. CVTs can offer improved acceleration and enhanced fuel economy, but they have their drawbacks, too. A CVT is actually a type of automatic transmission, but CVTs function with no physical gears by using a belt and pulley system for an unrestricted range of gear ratio.

The CVT turns engine rotations into torque, enabling the driver to drive at variable speeds. At Mister Transmission, our technicians have studied many different Audi vehicles. We also have technicians who are CVT experts who can ensure your Audi transmission receives high-quality repairs that last.

What are the common problems in an Audi CVT?

VW vehicles are perhaps known more for reliability than anything. As a luxury brand under the same corporate umbrella, Audi models enjoy the same reputation. Nevertheless, every vehicle needs maintenance and occasional repair.

CVTs can make some odd noises, so what may sound like a problem could just be normal sounds for a CVT. However, Audi has plans to discontinue using CVTs because they’ve had several problems. Delayed shifting in Audi CVTs is one of the more prominent issues. The belts and pulleys in Audi CVTs can wear out fast, too.

How we diagnose transmission problems

Some common signs of a problem with an Audi CVT include:

  • Overheating
  • Rough shifting
  • Unsustainable RPMs
  • Illuminated check engine light

Modern Audi vehicles have onboard vehicles. At Mister Transmission, the first step we often take to figure out your transmission problems is to connect your Audi’s onboard computer to our diagnostic equipment. This generates a code that tells us where to look for the problem. After this, our technicians may want to take your Audi for a test drive. Not because Audis are so fun to drive (though they are) but so our technicians can monitor your transmission’s behaviour in real time.

Not everybody is sold on CVTs, including Audi themselves, apparently. As with all things, there are pros and cons to CVTs. Clearly, many owners of Audi models with CVT encounter overheating and rough shifting. While these may be design flaws, a lack of automatic transmission fluid can also be a cause. Make sure your fluid levels are sufficient and if your fluid is degraded, we can flush it out.

How Mister Transmission Can Help

At Mister Transmission, we are experts at Audi transmission service, repair, and maintenance. We’ve been repairing transmissions for 60 years and our technicians undertake some of the most advanced training available. We can work on any Audi model.

Whether you’re experiencing problems with your Audi’s CVT or it just needs some routine maintenance, you can contact Mister Transmission. Our Multi-Check Inspection can find any problem your CVT may have.

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