Nissan Cvt

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Apr 23, 2020 Nissan quite literally bought into CVT technology at one point by purchasing a stake in JATCO, a company that has been responsible for building many of the CVT transmissions found in cars all throughout the world. Understanding CVT transmission failure is critical for any Nissan owner facing problems, especially when critical deadlines may be looming regarding legal rights and more. CVT is an acronym for ‘continuously variable transmission’ and references a unique transmission that differs from the common automatic transmission’s design and system.

When you go to a car dealership and begin looking at the cars and trucks, more often than not the vehicles available fall into clear categories. Choosing between a manual and automatic transmission, or diesel or gasoline engine, is a sensible, expected process and most people have a clear understanding of what they are buying in advance. Unfortunately, many Nissan owners have discovered not every automatic transmission is the same and that the CVT transmission is facing significant issues. Understanding CVT transmission failure is critical for any Nissan owner facing problems, especially when critical deadlines may be looming regarding legal rights and more.

CVT is an acronym for ‘continuously variable transmission’ and references a unique transmission that differs from the common automatic transmission’s design and system. A CVT transmission utilizes pulleys and a steel belt to adjust RPMs as you accelerate and decelerate. Where a common automatic transmission utilizes gears to achieve this driving behavior, the CVT does not have any gears and is instead supposed to seamlessly speed up and slow down without the gear-changing hesitation most people are used to.

You can see a video here that shows in more specific detail how a CVT transmission works. In theory, the science behind a CVT transmission would make for a smoother driving experience because the vehicle is not required to upshift or downshift to a different gear alignment in order to increase or decrease RPMs. The problem is that the steel belt and pulley system does not always perform as desired, leading to confusion on whether the CVT transmission is actually failing or just moving up and down as designed. Failure, though, is very much an issue for far too many Nissan owners.

Reactions about the CVT transmission as a technology, though, are mixed. The reason is that CVT transmission reliability can vary significantly. One only needs to review the Nissan section of CarComplaints.com to see that complaints about the CVT transmission are widespread. With the cost of replacing a CVT transmission somewhere between three and five thousand dollars, Nissan owners who find out their unconventional transmission is a known issue can be understandably angry and frustrated. That the CVT transmission is installed in so many different Nissan vehicles means that the issue extends beyond one certain model or year and, instead, across a significant portion of the manufacturer’s entire lineup.

Nissan Cvt Transmission Recall

After working to help thousands Ford Focus and Fiesta owners who have had their own transmission issues, our firm is now representing hundreds of Nissan owners nationally, with nearly 500 cases already filed in California alone. If you are having issues with your CVT transmission, it is important you contact our firm and find out how we can try and help you move forward on this difficult issue.

Nissan CVT problems

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Nissan introduced its first constantly variable transmission (CVT) in 2002 and it immediately began showing problems with difficulty accelerating, shaking / stuttering, running hot, and suddenly shutting down. Nissan addressed the root cause of those problems and upgraded the transmission. Luckily, Nissan would go on to address most of those concerns. But that didn’t end the problems with Nissan’s CVT transmissions. Even the most recent Nissan CVT transmissions are failing early and often.

Nissan sales fall due to CVT problems

Due to their frustratingly poor reputation, buyers are shying away from both new and used Nissan products and that’s reflected in recent sales slowdowns. The problem is so serious that Nissan was forced to slash its profit outlook on April 29, 2019 to reflect falling sales and rising CVT transmission warrant costs. Nissan has had to dedicate an extra $590.5 million to cover the cost for these extended warranties.

Nissan has also been forced to extend CVT transmission warranties again, this time to seven years from the previous five years. The warranty extension covers over 3,000,000 vehicles sold from 2012 to 2017 and covers models Sentra, Versa and Altima sedans.

Nissan CVT symptoms

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Nissan CVT transmissions are known to run hot and cause premature failure. Some speculate that the cause of the overheating is undersized cooling systems. When the Nissan CVT overheats, driver’s complain of shaking, shuddering and vibration while accelerating and an overall lack of acceleration. As the Nissan CVT self destructs, the computer puts it into a fail-safe mode which limits engine RPMs to prevent even worse damage.

When Nissan CVT transmissions fail

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Reports from owners show that Nissan CVT transmission fail, on average, at about 64,000 miles. Worse yet, a replacement Nissan CVT doesn’t last any longer than that. So drivers can expect to replace their CVT transmissions several times during the car’s lifetime.

Any way to prevent Nissan CVT transmission failure?

Not really. Since Nissan’s CVT transmissions are very susceptible to overheating, changing the transmission fluid often is critical to reducing early failure. But that won’t prevent it entirely. The root cause of the early transmission failures are in its design and cooling and there’s nothing owners can do to eliminate that early transmission failure.

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