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What is a CVT Transmission?

There are many important parts that make up your vehicle. One of the most important of these parts is your transmission. It’s common knowledge that there are at least two different types of transmissions: manual and automatic. However, there’s a third that drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington may not know much about.

In this guide, we at Fred Beans will introduce you to the Continuously Variable Transmission. Read ahead to learn what it is, how it differs from other transmissions, some pros of having a CVT, and more!

What is a Continuously Variable Transmission?

Technically, a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is an automatic transmission. However, unlike traditional automatic (or manual) transmissions, the CVT does not have a fixed number of gear ratios. This means that it can engage any number of gear ratios in order to accommodate your current driving conditions.

CVTIn order to achieve this gear ratio flexibility, CVT transmissions are designed with two opposing cone-shaped pulleys that are connected by a metal belt or chain that runs between them. This belt or chain acts like the chain you’d see on a bikes with gears.

One of these cones is attached to the engine, which is the input shaft, and the other cone is connected to the drive wheels, or the output shaft. The CVT changes gear ratios by moving the pulley closer together or farther apart which makes the belt or chain ride up and down the sides of the cone. This action increases and decreases the diameter of the pulley which changes the gear ratio.

How Does a CVT Differ from Other Transmissions?

While we already know how a CVT differs from other transmissions by not having a fixed number of gear ratios, you’ll find that they differ in a number of other ways, too. Unlike a manual transmission, you’ll have just two pedals: an accelerator and a brake as you would with an automatic transmission.

Also like an automatic transmission, a CVT doesn’t require you to shift from gear to gear by hand. However, unlike an automatic transmission, you won’t feel or hear the vehicle automatically switching gears. Its this aspect of the CVT that causes it to rev each time you accelerate.

What are the Benefits of Having a CVT?

Each type of transmission has pros and cons. However, the CVT offers quite a few benefits that make driving even more enjoyable including:

  • You don’t have to manually shift.
  • You’ll have maximum power at all speeds.
  • It maximizes fuel economy.
  • You’ll have quicker acceleration.
  • They’re easier to manufacture.
  • You’ll enjoy a smoother riding experience.

With so many benefits to enjoy with the CVT, many car manufacturers are beginning to provide them as a transmission option in their newer models.

Still Have Questions about CVTs?

We hope this guide gave you a clear understanding of what a Continuously Variable Transmission is, how it works, and the many benefits that it provides. Drivers in Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington who still have questions about this transmission or vehicles that offer it contact us online today!

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