What is CVT?



CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission. In short, this a modern style of transmission that differs from a traditional transmission in that that there are no actual gears inside a CVT. It's actually a 2 pulley system that relies on belts or steel plate chains to shift in a way that provides smooth flow of power. The first minute of this video will give you a very clear picture of how a Continuously Variable Transmission operates.

If you're used to a 4 or 5 speed traditional transmission, you're probably wondering what the benfits of CVT are. First off, you'll no longer have to experience gear hunting - there are no gears. Also, you'll no longer feel that familiar shifting feeling that occurs when going up or down a gear. In short, a CVT transmission is much smoother. Another major advantage of CVT is fuel economy. The CVT is always adjusting according to the engine's RPM. It mimics what it's like to always be in the perfect gear or shift point, which results in better fuel economy. This allows for a major increase, sometimes as much as 2 to 3 mpg better, over traditional transmissions.

There is one minor disadvantage with CVT that is worth knowing about. You may experience a little bit more noise coming from a Continuously Variable Transmission because of that belt (or steel plated chain) is constantly working to optimize your shift point.

You're probably asking yourself, if it doesn't have any gears, then how can I shift at an important time? A lot of CVT's have built in paddle shifters that are typically located on the steering wheel or shifting lever. What these paddle shifters do is allow you to create shift points. This comes in handy when you're going up or down steep slopes.

The key point from this Proctor Car Tips: CVT is a modern style of transmission that uses a pulley system instead of gears. Please contact us with any questions relating to CVT or any other automotive subject!


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