How Long Do CVT Transmissions Last? (and Cars That Have a CVT)

CVT transmission life expectancy

CVT stands for Continuously Variable Transmission. The first CVT patent was awarded to Daimler-Benz in 1886. The CVT concept had been applied to saw mill machinery seven years earlier by an inventor named Milton Reeves. Down through the decades, CVTs have appeared in numerous automobiles, motorcycles and more recently in snowmobiles and ATVs. As you … Read more

What Transmission Does My Car Have?

Have you ever been shopping for cars online and then filter your search by ‘manual transmission’ because all of the cool cars have them? If you haven’t, try it now. I’ll wait. See?? Isn’t that awesome what you find? Now, try sorting by price and start from the bottom of the barrel and tell me … Read more

Straight Cut Gears vs Helical Gears (Pros and Cons)

straight cut vs helical gears

Today, gears are a major part of our lives. Mostly hidden by appropriate enclosures, they do their work in all manner of servile devices from washing machines to laser printers to chainsaws. Many aspects of life would be far different and more difficult without gears. Two specific types of gears are in common use worldwide. … Read more

Car Won’t Shift Out of Park? (3 Causes and How to Fix)

automatic transmission stuck in park

Have you ever attempted to leave for work in the morning, only to find that your automatic transmission is stuck in the park position? If so, you are certainly not alone. While indeed troubling, this issue is far more common than one might think. Luckily, when a transmission is stuck in park, a minor mechanical fault … Read more

8 Parts of an Automatic Transmission (and What Each Does)

parts of an automatic transmission

Outside of your engine, the transmission is the most complex part of your vehicle. But an automatic transmission doesn’t get half the attention of an engine, and it’s a shame because your vehicle’s tranny is a work of art that is a fantastic piece of innovation when everything is running correctly. But what makes up … Read more

3 Symptoms of Burnt Transmission Fluid (and the Cause)

burnt transmission fluid symptoms

As soon as a car owner or driver notices a burning smell from the engine area, it becomes an issue serious enough that the car should be stopped driving. Even though transmission problems often occur in specific cars rather than in other makes and models, as long as you have driven your car long enough, … Read more

7 Symptoms of a Blown Transmission (and Repair Cost)

blown transmission symptoms

Imagine traveling at one speed throughout your journey. It’s not an appealing thought. The transmission is the part of your vehicle that helps you change speeds smoothly. When a specific gear is selected, the transmission controls how much power feeds through to the engine. It doesn’t matter if it’s an automatic or manual transmission; they … Read more

5 Symptoms of a Bad Transmission Mount (and Replacement Cost)

symptoms of bad transmission mount

We take our cars for granted. When you think about all the moving parts that work together, they are amazing inventions. What we find the most interesting, though, is how the cars handle vibration. We’re talking about thousands of small parts that are rattling around in the body of the car continually. You’d think that … Read more