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Warning Signs of Issues in CVT Transmission

Many times, people experience issues with their car transmission, but they may not pay attention to it, as they are unsure or unaware of it. Yet in the opinion of experts, it will be best to address the problems with transmission early on, so that you can avoid transmission failure and bigger issues along the way.

As the automatic transmission of your car is an always-working part, there can be many early warning signs that you need to watch out for. Below are some of the important signs of CVT transmission problems.


If you see pinkish oil leak marks when you move your car out of the parking area in the morning, it can be a classic sign of trouble. Transmission experts say that a CVT transmission can leak from about twenty external seals, some of which are very easy to repair and fix, whereas others will need complex services.


Do you feel a bucking or shaking feel while commuting at high speeds? There can be two reasons for that, the first being a poor tuning and the second due to a malfunction in the transmission system of the vehicle. So if you feel shaking or vibrations while driving your car, take it to an experienced mechanic and get the vehicle transmission checked.

Delayed Drive

Another classic sign of a CVT transmission malfunction is a noticeable hesitation for the transmission of the car to engage a gear when you put the gear shifter in “D” or “R.” Issues like low transmission fluid, a loose belt, or a failing clutch pack of an internal transmission seal can cause the delay in gear engagement.

Burning Smell

If you sense a burning smell when you are near your car, it can be a sign of an overheating transmission. The burning smell can also be caused due to the transmission fluid leaking into the exhaust system. If the burning smell is caused by the leak of transmission fluid to exhaust system, it should be addressed immediately.

Transmission Slips

Transmission slip is a situation where the engine is revving fast but the complete power is not transferred to the wheels. There can be a number of reasons for transmission slips and it would be better to take your ride to a technician for a checkup before things get worse.