CVT Transmission Repair Sacramento

Transmission Repair Service Center
2845 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821


The driving force behind the CVT is improved gas mileage although those who want a "sport car" driving experience sometimes decry the lack of driver input.

Traditional automatic transmissions have evolved over the years to the point where they are available with eight, ten or even more available gear ratios, but even so, your transmission may not have the perfect gear for your current speed at any given point in time. By having the most efficient gear ratio available with a CVT, your engine can get better fuel mileage while providing a smoother ride without gear shifts.

Because an engine with a CVT never has to stop putting power to the wheels, and that gear ratio is almost infinitely variable, the CVT can always find the most efficient ratio for putting power to the wheels at any speed.

Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Subaru (the company that first offered a CVT in the U.S.), and Toyota all manufacture proprietary CVTs. Nissan doesn't make its own CVTs because it owns a controlling interest in JATCO, the firm that supplies 49 percent of the world's gear-free transmissions to companies including Chrysler, GM, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki. It's noteworthy that almost half of Nissan's current U.S. models can br purchased with a JATCO-supplied CVT as an option.

Nissan has said that it achieved a 40-percent cut in friction for its two eighth-generation JATCO transmissions that were introduced in the 2013 Altima. As part of a package that included other upgrades, this delivered a 10-to-15-percent improvement in gas mileage.

The upsides of CVT are seamless smooth power delivery and improved gas mileage. The downside is that the design relies on a single metal band. There are few other parts that can fail on a CVT but when the band breaks, the transmission is completely disabled and the vehicle is unable to move forward or back. Hundreds of small metal segments and metal bands that bind the belt together are now spread throughout the transmission and have damaged the drive and reverse gears as well as the transmission case itself.

When the belt breaks it cannot be replaced. The only solution is a new transmission. It's not uncommon for dealerships to charge up to $8,000 for a new CVT.

An alternative approach is to replace the drive belt at 60,000 miles. Although this is an expensive preventative measure (around $4,000), but it's much less costly than replacing the whole transmission and it's like renewing your transmission for another 60,000 miles.

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