Five Things You Should Never Do In a CVT Vehicle (and ONE That You Should)

You might have driven (or is driving) a car with a continually variable transmission (CVT) and would probably find that it feels very different from the automatic (and definitely the manual) transmission.

The conventional gear change can be imagined as something similar to a bicycle gear, with the length of the belt changing as it moves up and down the two cones that hold them. In a CVT transmission, however, the belt is held by two pulleys that can transform from small to large on a continuous scale, in effect creating linear “gear changes“ and allowing smooth and rapid increase in power. Granted, drivers often compare it to the unpleasantness of stretching a rubber, and the sounds that a CVT vehicle make may sound like trouble coming from a conventional car, which can be discomforting.

But here’s an interesting fact: the CVT has been used in Formula 1 before, by team Williams in 1993. It worked so well—too well—that the FIA banned it the following year.

Like it or not, some people think that CVT, being more efficient, is the future of transmissions. Toyota, Lexus, Honda and Nissan certainly thinks so, with the CVT being used in some of their latest models.

In anticipation of what might be the transmission you will be using in your next car, here is an informative instructional video on Five Things You Shouldn’t Do in a CVT Car:

In short, don’t:

  1. Put car in neutral when at a red light. Simply because there is no need.
  2. Use the throttle, if it is a clutch-based CVT, to hold still on a slope/hill.
  3. Coast in neutral. If it’s a hybrid, you will lose some regenerative power.
  4. Neutral drop your car.
  5. Shift from D to R before stopping.


The problem with CVTs, though, is the wear and tear on the belt that is constantly changing position, and that causes the vehicle to shudder and judder. To prevent that, there is ONE thing you SHOULD do with a CVT vehicle—use our sponsor’s X-1R CVT Treatment (you must have seen that coming).

The X-1R CVT Treatment formula reduces friction in the system, thus extending durability, reducing shudder, increasing safety, extending service intervals, and more. A simple solution to maintain the health of your vehicle’s CVT.

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