Advice 1: How to check the CVT when buying

The trend of the modern automobile is such that the CVTs or continuously variable transmissions are increasingly equip their cars the most well-known manufacturers. Despite the fact that the CVT is the perfect solution for a comfortable and safe ride, a mostly domestic motorists are afraid to deal with him.
On numerous automotive forums is very common is the view that the service life of the continuously variable transmission is little more than a hundred thousand kilometers. Believe it or not such a statement – especially individual case, but still the CVT is a very complex mechanism and requires careful and timely care. So, choosing a used car equipped with a CVT, you should not rush into buying. First we need to know more about the technical condition of the vehicle.


It is no secret that on the odometer of each car standing on the market neat, straight rows, specified is not the real mileage. This implies that the odometer reading never should be trusted, despite the fact, when buying a used car with a CVT.

We must remember that in the automotive market miracles do not happen and the seller is not a good magician but a person who is capable of any trick, but to get to give unsuspecting and inexperienced buyer documents on a faulty car.

Fortunately, the newer the car the harder it is to conceal its actual mileage, because the mileage is saved in a special electronic control unit, which is equipped vehicle.

Engine operation and oil condition

In order to ensure good vehicle with a continuously variable transmission, you should listen to the sound of the motor. When you test in, the car has to move smoothly, and the speed dial without jerks and suspicious noises. The presence of sounds uncharacteristic for a running engine may indicate the wear of specific parts. Ideally, a sound running engine should resemble the noise of a powerful fan.

It is important to know that a car with a CVT designed for a relaxing and not too fast driving. Sharp braking and fast driving on rough roads, can significantly reduce the service life of the continuously variable box.

Check the oil in the CVT – another important point in the diagnosis of the car before you buy. Be aware that the color of the oil should not be dark and should not have a pronounced smell of burning. Checking oil should be done in two modes – with the engine running and when off.

Alternatively, in order to check the condition of the oil in the variator, it is possible to use a thick, white sheet of paper. Causing a few drops of liquid on paper, you need to check the presence of dark dots or lumps. If any, it indicates that the oil in the variator had not changed.

Advice 2: How to check the car engine when buying?

The engine is the heart of the car. Therefore, when buying a car you need to pay close attention to this power unit. If this is not done, then after the purchase of the machine there is a risk of problems with the engine. And this, in turn, may require significant financial costs.
How to check the car engine when buying?
To test the motor, first you need to open the hood and assess the external condition of the motor. Carefully inspect the rubber bushings, hoses and rubber parts that wear out the fastest. You also need to look under the bottom of the car to ensure no oil stains on the block. If any still available, this means that you need to change any seals or gasket of the engine.
The next stage is the assessment of the condition of the spark plugs. The carbon on the contacts of the candles will help to determine whether the cylinder oil is set correctly the motor, how is the quality of fuel refuels the car.
Check engine is check all the fluids. If you find that the oil level is less than the maximum level, and the external signs of a leak there, it means the oil is burnt together with fuel. The reason for this phenomenon could be worn piston rings or valve seals. In addition to oil to assess the level of coolant. If it was changed on time, then you will not see dark brown fluid in the expansion tank.
To evaluate the performance of the engine can and on external signs. If you are running the starter is making a great effort, this means that either exhibited bad ignition, or the spark is not powerful enough. Be sure to listen if it's even a working engine, do not idle. Discharge from the exhaust pipe can also talk about different problems. Black or gray smoke said blockage of fuel injectors, the white smoke indicates injected into the cylinders of the antifreeze. Take a few prosazovat and look, whether there are noises in the time when the engine is hyped to the limit.
The last step is to check the engine while driving. Will appreciate how quickly the car accelerates, it doesn't do it at a set rate. Check out how the engine pulls the car uphill. If you feel that the lifting motor power is not enough, as the speed drops, so the car has serious problems.
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