What is a Toyota CVT Transmission?

You may be unfamiliar with them, but many new Toyota models come with a CVT option. CVTs, or continuously variable transmissions, operate like automatic transmissions, but they can offer improved acceleration and enhanced fuel economy. CVTs function without any physical gears, instead utilizing a belt and pulley system, providing an unrestricted range of gear ratios.

A continuously variable transmission turns engine rotations into torque. This enables a car to drive at variable speeds. At Mister Transmission, our technicians know how to service CVTs and they know how to service Toyota transmissions.

What are the common problems in a Toyota CVT transmission?

First, let’s state that “CVT transmission” is technically redundant, but it’s how many people refer to them. Second, let’s state that even though Toyota models are known for being reliable, and even though CVTs offer improvements on traditional automatic transmissions, Toyota’s with CVTs still incur problems. Transmissions are complex, so they all need occasional repairs and routine maintenance. Whether Toyota CVTs need more than their fair sure is uncertain at this time.

Overheating appears to be the key problem for Toyota CVTs. But this is a common problem for all transmissions. Control module errors also seem somewhat common.

How we diagnose transmission problems

If you think there’s something wrong with your Toyota CVT, let us know. Sometimes we can diagnose transmission problems just by hearing about what has been going on. Some common signs of Toyota CVT transmission problems include:

  • Overheating
  • Clunking sounds
  • Slipping out of gear
  • Check engine light turning on

CVTs also make odd noises, but they’re supposed to, so don’t fret if the first time you drive your Toyota, the transmission sounds funny. Toyota CVTs are also connected to an onboard computer. The computers make vehicles more efficient, but they can make repairs more complex. Thankfully, we at Mister Transmission have diagnostic technology that allows us to interface with your Toyota’s onboard computer.

To determine your transmission’s problem, we’ll connect your Toyota’s onboard computer to our diagnostic equipment to generate a code indicating where to look for a problem. After an inspection and a possible adjustment, we can perform a test drive. Afterward, we may decide that a lift inspection and/or a pan examination are necessary.

How Mister Transmission Can Help

At Mister Transmission, we are experts at Toyota transmission service, repair, and maintenance. We have 60 years of institutional experience and we provide our technicians with top-quality, up-to-date training, so they know how to fix CVT Toyota transmissions.

Whether you have Toyota transmission problems or just need some routine maintenance, you can contact Mister Transmission. Our Multi-Check Inspection can find any problem your CVT Toyota transmission may have.

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