CVT transmission repair is something we do here at Mister Transmission. CVTs are becoming more popular, so if you have a new car with a CVT, here’s what you should know.
CVT stands for “continuously variable transmission”. So, yes, technically “CVT transmission” is redundant, but it’s how many people refer to them. CVTs are much more similar to automatic transmissions than to manual transmissions. This is because a CVT is actually a kind of automatic transmission.
As a type of automatic transmission, a CVT automatically changes the gear ratio as your vehicle is in motion. A driver of a CVT does not have to shift gears manually. Automatic transmissions are handy because they permit the engine to provide a range of speed and torque outputs while still retaining a relatively high rotational speed. CVTs do the same, but here’s the difference: while automatic transmissions are generally limited to a finite number of gear ratios, CVTs can shift seamlessly through an infinite range of ratios. CVTs are able to operate at a constant RPM even while your vehicle moves at different speeds. The upshot of all this is that CVTs run more smoothly than basic automatic transmissions do.
Most CVT transmission repairs are no different from the most common repairs needed by your classic automatic transmission. And because CVTs are an innovation on the traditional automatic transmission, they don’t have a reputation for needing a lot of special repairs. CVTs generally need the same things as other automatic transmissions. They need to have fluid inspected and topped up, they need to undergo road tests to see if there are any problems, and they need to have friction surfaces replaced at higher rates than other components.
There is one unique reason that has CVT drivers visiting transmission shops, however. There is one thing that we see with CVT transmissions that we don’t often see with other types of transmissions, but it’s not a transmission repair per se. It’s actually more of an explanation. CVTs sound different from other transmissions. Drivers who are new to CVTs hear noises like whirring or humming and they think, “That’s odd,” so they bring their vehicle in for inspection. But the truth is, more often than not in these cases, there’s nothing wrong with the transmission at all. The driver simply hasn’t gotten used to these unfamiliar sounds yet.
Mister Transmission can perform any CVT transmission repair—or other CVT services—that you need. To learn more about CVT transmissions, please contact us. We have a comprehensive COVID-19 policy to keep everybody safe.