There have been many evolutions of car transmissions over the years. One of the most notable advancements has been the widespread adoption of continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). In this blog, we’ll explain the benefits of CVT transmissions and why more cars are switching to this technology.
WHAT IS A CVT TRANSMISSION?
Before diving into the benefits of CVT transmissions, it’s essential to understand how they work. Unlike traditional automatic or manual transmissions, which have a fixed number of gears, CVT transmissions use a system of pulleys, belts or chains to provide a seamless range of gear ratios. This design allows the engine to operate at its most efficient speed, which results in improved fuel economy and smoother acceleration.
IMPROVED FUEL EFFICIENCY
One of the most significant benefits of CVT transmissions is their ability to improve fuel efficiency. By continuously adjusting the gear ratio to match the engine’s speed, CVT transmissions can keep the engine operating at its most efficient RPM. This results in reduced fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. In fact, some cars with CVT transmissions can achieve up to 20% better fuel economy than those with traditional automatic transmissions.
Another advantage of CVT transmissions is their ability to provide smoother acceleration. Because there are no fixed gear ratios, CVT transmissions can seamlessly adjust to any speed, resulting in a smoother driving experience. This is particularly noticeable when accelerating from a stop or merging onto a highway. With a CVT transmission, drivers can enjoy a more responsive and enjoyable driving experience.
REDUCED MAINTENANCE NEEDS
CVT transmissions also require less maintenance than traditional automatic transmissions. Because there are fewer moving parts, there is less wear and tear on the transmission over time.
It is however extremely important to change the CVT gear oil every 40000 klms, as a failure to do this will result in overheating of the oil and premature wear and tear of the internal parts. If serviced correctly they will last the life of the vehicle. Additionally, CVT transmissions do not have a clutch or torque converter, which can be expensive to repair or replace. This results in lower maintenance costs and less time spent in the shop.
WHAT TO KNOW MORE? CALL THE EXPERTS AT COASTWIDE
Whether your vehicle has a CVT, automatic or manual transmission, you can always count on our experienced team to service it and repair any issues to ensure it’s running safely and efficiently.
To find out more, email or call us on 07 5527 8698 or 0430 460 267 and we’d be happy to answer all your questions and book a service. Looking after customers throughout the Gold Coast, you can come to us or our mobile service team can come to you.