Helping to fix CVT Transmission problems

For a number of years auto manufacturers have been developing a range of Continuously Variable Transmissions for use in primarily small to medium cars.
Burg Design explains that the advantage of the CVT is many fold but generally, they have fewer moving parts which makes them cheaper to manufacture and thus the cost savings can be passed on to the consumer.
It says most will also tell you that because the car is always in the optimum gear, fuel consumption is improved in cars fitted with a CVT.
The idea behind the CVT is pretty easy to understand: a heavy-duty belt or chain runs between two grooved pulleys with a system of hydraulic actuators allowing the effective ratio to be ‘infinitely’ varied within a range of ratios seamlessly.
Unlike conventional transmissions or most automatic ones, there is effectively no gears. Most big manufacturers are adopting some form of CVT to help them meet targets for overall fleet fuel consumption as stipulated by governments around the world.
However, says Burg Design, there have been problems.
It says these continuously variable automatic transmissions keep the engine in its sweet spot for acceleration (or fuel-efficiency), but this is often to the detriment of noise and vibration, leading to complaints of a disconnected, ‘motorboating’ feeling when accelerating, in which the note of the engine isn’t connected to a sensation of speed. At their worst, CVT transmissions can feel sluggish, or as if something is uncertain or slipping.
One of the main problems a lot of manufacturers are having is the low mileage at which the CVTs are failing. Burg Design says the primary cause of failure is wear and tear on the belt system due to the ever-changing position of the belt/chain – this can result in a loss of power, slipping, delayed gear engagement, improper shifting, bad odour, hesitation and shuddering.

Burg Design even says it has heard unconfirmed reports that Nissan have been particularly hard hit by complete failures and that many Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Honda and Subaru CVTs experience excessive juddering.
The company says that as it has identified a potential problem in the marketplace, it has also created a solution, stating that its formulators and chemists have been testing and trailing a product for some nine months now that is specifically designed to alleviate the sorts of wear problems that lead to shuddering, seal leakage and complete failure of a CVT .
The new ‘X-1R Premium CVT Transmission Treatment’ product is a fully synthetic CVT fluid Treatment which has been specifically formulated to exceed the performance requirements of a wide range of vehicles that have either a push-belt or chain CVT.

For further information, contact Burg Design on 03 9555 9277 or sales@burgdesign.com.au or visit www.x1r.com.au