Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT Transmission – Always Update

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT Transmission – Always Update – There are several problems that occur in every car with a CVT transmission. Not only CVT on the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport but from other manufacturers such as the Honda CVT, Nissan CVT, and even Toyota’s CVT class. If we look at it in general, CVT has serious problems even though some of them stem from its own misuse.

To find out the problems that occur in the Outlander Sport CVT, we need to first know about CVT in general. In addition, we also need to know things related to issues that occur in Mitsubishi CVTs in general. After we know the problems that develop and the basic concepts, we will easily understand the problems that occur in the CVT, especially in the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.

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Basic Principles for CVT Transmission

How to use the CVT transmission is easy, allowing the driver to change gear ratios without the need to shift the gear lever. The CVT working system makes it replaces the transmission gear ratios from 1, 2, 3, and 4 and is still only in the first gear. Instead of these transmission gear ratios, engineers used two pulleys in the CVT system. The two pulleys consist of one driven pulley and one driven pulley. A steel belt connects the two pulleys. Then the drive pulley can adjust the speed based on the needs of the vehicle.

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT
CVT Outlander Sport problems can occur from a variety of causes. Even problems can occur from the manufacturer that issued the product itself.

The flexible drive pulley can make the car go fast or slow automatically. We can simply imagine that as the engine RPM increases, the pulley speed also adjusts automatically. The pulley that initially moves has a smaller ratio and slowly becomes large according to the needs of the car’s speed. Then the pulley that is driven, initially large will slowly become smaller.

The CVT automatic transmission is known to be very smooth. When the vehicle is moving, almost the driver will not feel the jolt due to the process of shifting the transmission gear ratio. In addition to the very attractive working system, the use of steel belts can make CVT better than conventional automatic transmissions.

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Although CVT makes it easier for the driver, cars with CVT acceleration are not as good as cars with conventional automatic transmissions and especially manual ones. This is the part that many drivers don’t like about the CVT transmission. But at least, for ‘normal’ users, the CVT can really be enjoyed by drivers.

Advantages of CVT Transmission

The CVT model automatic transmission has a simple working principle. This also has an impact on the use of very minimal transmission components. Of course, we compare it with a conventional automatic transmission or even a manual transmission. These conditions make the CVT model automatic transmission more compact. Because it is more compact, this type of transmission has a lighter weight than conventional automatic transmissions and of the course manual transmissions. And this is an advantage of the CVT transmission on your vehicle.

Another advantage lies in the issue of fuel which is much more efficient. From the previous advantages, we get the effect. In simple terms, we can construct simple logic. Simple design, fewer components, lighter weight, so the machine work will be lighter. Thus, fuel consumption will also be more efficient. And this is the second advantage of the CVT automatic transmission model.

With these conditions, the world’s automotive manufacturers do not only use CVT in cars with ICE engines. The world’s automotive manufacturers are also adopting CVT for their hybrid cars. This is clearly one of them because the purpose of making a hybrid car is for fuel efficiency. So, obviously using a CVT transmission will make the engine more efficient.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of simplicity that gives the above advantages. Manufacturers also provide CVT with a program that is able to maintain a more stable engine rotation. So that it is able to deliver optimal power when driving on the road. This potential is useful when the car wants to overtake another vehicle.

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT
CVT transmission advantages and disadvantages.

Disadvantages of CVT Transmission

We already know in general clearly how the CVT model automatic transmission works. In addition, the advantages of CVT transmission have also been discussed above. However, it turns out that this CVT transmission cannot be separated from problems that make it have several shortcomings. What are the disadvantages of this CVT transmission?

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  1. Maintenance costs are relatively more expensive than the costs we have to spend to maintain conventional automatic transmissions or even manual transmissions. Maintenance costs can even be three times more expensive than other types of transmission. Aha, maybe this is one of the consequences of advanced technology. The more sophisticated the technology, the more expensive maintenance costs.
  2. The manufacturer has a clear goal for creating this CVT transmission, namely fuel efficiency in vehicles. None we find that this CVT is for all-terrain and vehicle carrying capacity as its goal. Therefore, the CVT is not suitable for terrain with too steep uphill roads. And besides that, we can’t use it for heavy transportation.
  3. If you are starting to understand how CVT works, then obviously this third shortcoming will not surprise you. Yes, vehicles with CVT transmission will not have instant acceleration. The vehicle will move slowly both when accelerating and moving from rest. This is a weak point that users don’t like, especially when the vehicle is stuck in traffic jams.

From this weakness arose issues related to CVT transmission problems. And of course, the issue is not only targeted at one manufacturer but almost all manufacturers are affected by this issue. One of them is a vehicle from the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi, namely the Outlander Sport which uses a CVT.

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT Transmission

The main problem with this Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT may not occur in all output years. Here we meet him for the 2012-2019 Outlander Sport. Of course, the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has an automatic transmission because it is often fussy in the CVT section. For we do know that in addition to the 5-speed manual, the Outlander Sport also uses a CVT-type automatic transmission.

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT
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The main problem is that if the car is used for a long road or a trip of more than 1 hour, there are symptoms of slowing down. Symptoms of slowing down on the Outlander Sport CVT transmission have an effect on decreasing engine performance while traveling.

We can assume this in a simple case. For example, previously running at a speed of 150 km / h, suddenly dropped itself to 120 km / h and then 110 km / h. And remember this happens only after a long vehicle has been running, at least more than an hour’s drive. So in conditions like this, we must rest the vehicle first. If we force it to continue, what happens is CVT overheating.

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So what happens if we force the Outlander Sport, which is slowing down and eventually overheating the CVT?

If we force the vehicle to continue running in such conditions, an overheat will occur. And if we continue to use this vehicle to run then the automatic clutch will burn out. Permanent damage to the CVT will occur. With such damage, obviously, you will have to do a CVT overhaul and the costs will be greater than just maintenance.

How to Perform CVT Transmission Maintenance?

We come to how to care for the Mitsubishi Outlander CVT transmission. Although you can also use this as a general reference for caring for your other car’s CVT transmission, of course. It looks trivial, but in terms of maintaining a CVT transmission, we obviously can’t just ignore it.

You have read about the concept and advantages of CVT transmission at the beginning of this article, right? If yes, it means that you will more easily accept our suggestions below regarding the maintenance of vehicles with CVT transmissions or especially Mitsubishi Outlander Sport owners.

Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT
Outlander Sport CVT Transmission Maintenance – Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT.

In the earlier part of this article, I stated that CVT transmission has a simple working principle. This results in minimal component usage and ultimately great fuel efficiency. In addition, it turns out that any manufacturer, including Mitsubishi, places durable CVT components on the Outlander Sport CVT so that there is minimal maintenance. However, you still need to do CVT Outlander Sport or other maintenance. Here are 3 important things related to the maintenance of the Outlander Sport CVT or other types of vehicles.

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1. Minimal Lubricant

The CVT transmission has significant differences from other automatic transmissions. For that, we cannot equate the treatment with other types of transmission. One of them is related to CVT transmission lubrication. In this type of transmission, the use of lubrication is not more than in other types of transmission.

In an ordinary automatic transmission, lubrication must be thorough in all parts of the transmission. But this does not apply to the CVT type automatic transmission. Lubrication on CVT type transmission, only need to lubricate the rotating pulley and steel belt components. So that the oil used is not wasted and is much more efficient

2. Special lubricant

If you already understand lubrication, then you need to know something else, namely the brand of the lubricant. For CVT transmission, it uses a special lubricant for CVT. Do not use general lubricants for automatic transmissions. This is because the special CVT oil has different characteristics from ordinary automatic transmission oils. If you don’t know, ordinary oil is a bit heavier.

Why is that? This is because the automatic transmission needs to be completely lubricated, so heavy oil is needed. Unlike the CVT, the oil will only make slips and power will be reduced. Even with ordinary oil, it can make things worse because the car will feel “jumped” until it doesn’t run at all.

3. Regularly replace every 100 thousand KM

Still in terms of lubricants, in CVT transmission the use of oil is only done as necessary. Because it also uses special CVT oil, it can be used for the long term because the content is strong and good. Avoid using manual transmission oil.

Even so, to stabilize the condition of the engine and maintain the CVT transmission. It needs to be replaced regularly, a maximum of once every 100 thousand km. If you want more care, you should consult with your subscription workshop.

2 thoughts on “Main Problems Mitsubishi Outlander Sport CVT Transmission – Always Update

  1. Ralph Martin Reply

    Hello, 2020 Outlander Sport 8200 miles.

    I read the whole article and the issue I have was not addressed.

    When the engine is in the range of 1400 to 1700 RPMs I can feel a vibration through the car, especially through the gear shifter. During the summer this vibration is minimal if not felt at all. Car has been doing this since new.

    During colder weather, starting in September, the vibrating gets very noticeable, and irritating . The car vibrates more heavily the colder it gets outside.

    I don’t go on long trips with it. Took it to 2 different dealers and was told there was nothing wrong with it.

    Is there anything I can do to get this issue resolved?



    • mech4cars Post authorReply

      Thank you mr. RM.

      The problem you are experiencing is also the first time we have heard of it. From the analysis that I usually do, CVT problems often occur at high temperatures, resulting in a weakening of the CVT fluid quality. For cold conditions, theoretically there are no problems such as the case during season conditions or hot weather. So, it’s possible it doesn’t come from CVT. You can try observing the parts around the transmission. It could be that the damage is on the engine mounting or even the CVT mounting. Because the damage to both can also cause similar symptoms. However, you first check the amount of CVT fluid, is it enough or not? Or the quality of the fluid that is not suitable for use. Change the CVT fluid if necessary.

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