Continuously variable transmission or CVT is a type of automatic transmission with several benefits or advantages stemming from its gearless nature that allows automatic and seamless changes in the engine-wheel speed ratio. However, despite its growing popularity, it is important to note that CVT has disadvantages and limitations.
The Cons: What are the Limitations and Drawbacks of Continuously Variable Transmission?
1. A key drawback of CVT centers on the fact that vehicles equipped with it can provide an unfamiliar driving experience. Those used to a manual transmission or traditional automatic transmission might find driving a CVT vehicle very different because of the absence of mechanical cues indicating that the engine is accelerating.
2. Switching from traditional automatic transmission to a continuously variable transmission can surprise some drivers. The mechanism of CVT produces a familiar but worrying steady sound. In a traditional automatic transmission, a similar sound is often an indicator of a mechanical problem such as a slipping clutch or failing transmission.
3. There is also a problem about feeling that a CVT vehicle is slower although it is not. A CVT accelerates faster and smoother while acceleration in a traditional automatic transmission is sudden.
4. Another disadvantage of continuously variable transmission is cost. CVT vehicles are generally more expensive than their counterparts equipped with a manual transmission or traditional automatic transmission. The cost stems from the specific manufacturing cost associated with CVT production, including its mechanical and electrical components, and technology.
5. Costs from maintenance and repair are another problem with CVT. Remember that the components of a CVT are expensive the manufacture by default. In addition, the entire technology behind this type of transmission is more complicated than a manual or traditional automatic transmission.
6. Shorter lifespan is another drawback. A CVT has shorter operating life than a traditional automatic transmission. What this means is that vehicles with this type of transmission have natural cost liabilities from repair or maintenance.
7. It is also worth mentioning that in most cases, a failed CVT system cannot be repaired by isolating parts or areas. To be specific, in most cases, a malfunctioning CVT will require a complete replacement.