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CVT problems in you Audi

While transmission problems are stressful for any driver, those who drive an Audi with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will know these issues may be a little more challenging.

What is a continuously variable transmission?

Regulatory standards for vehicle emissions and fuel economy have become increasingly stringent over the last few decades. With these stricter regulations, most manufacturers' vehicle engineering and production have centred on implementing various techniques to improve fuel economy and emissions in their vehicles. One solution that manufacturers like Audi have used as the standard transmission in many of their cars is the continuously variable transmission or CVT

CVTs in the Audi A4, A5, and A6 have provided drivers with better fuel efficiency and lower emissions through their efficient design. A continuously variable transmission is not the same as a standard automatic transmission. Instead, it works by using a system of two pulleys connected by a belt. One pulley remains stationary while the other moves with the assistance of a hydraulic cylinder, resulting in a shift in gear ratio that eliminates the clunky steps between normal gear shifting. Even the most innovative traditional transmissions only have ten gears. On the other hand, Audi CVTs have an infinite number of combinations, resulting in significantly better fuel economy, maximised engine power, and a smoother drive.

Symptoms of CVT malfunction

Though Audi vehicles are generally dependable and consistent over time, if the continuously variable transmission begins to malfunction, it can cause serious performance issues. As a result, it is critical to pay attention to how your vehicle behaves so that you can communicate the specific symptoms to your trusted Audi specialist for a more accurate diagnosis. Furthermore, the symptoms of CVT problems can mimic those of other issues in your vehicle. Therefore, it is critical to have your Audi specialist perform a differential diagnosis to rule out other possible sources of the troubling symptoms.

Harsh running condition

When the CVT fails, it is common to experience rough running conditions such as intense vibration, overall vehicle shaking or even bucking when travelling at higher speeds. This is dangerous and should be investigated immediately.

Slipping transmission

Slipping is a common indication of continuously variable transmission problems. It typically occurs when the RPMs increase dramatically, but the vehicle does not exert the power it is producing.

Leaking fluids

Fluid leaks can occur in any transmission variation, and transmission fluid is essential for proper operation. Several different seals and valves in the CVT can potentially leak transmission fluid, and leaks must be repaired as soon as possible.

Hesitation When Shifting Gears

It is also common for drivers to experience delayed gear shifting in their CVT Audi vehicles, depending on where the problem is located in the transmission. The issue is usually caused by a fluid leak or a slack connecting belt.

Burning smell

Overheating and fluid leaks are two common continuously variable transmission issues in Audi vehicles and can cause a burning smell emanating from the car. When transmission fluid leaks into the exhaust, it can cause serious problems and should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Hiring an Audi specialist

While CVT problems aren't unique to Audi vehicles, several Audi models are equipped with continuously variable transmissions. As a result, any automotive shop that performs maintenance or repairs on your car must be well-versed in Audi vehicles and CVTs

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