Solution Description

Standard Info

ROLLER CHAIN

Roller chain or bush roller chain is the kind of chain travel most generally employed for transmission of mechanical electricity on numerous sorts of domestic, industrial and agricultural machinery, like conveyors, wire- and tube-drawing equipment, printing presses, autos, bikes, and bicycles. It consists of a series of brief cylindrical rollers held together by facet back links. It is pushed by a toothed wheel referred to as a sprocket. It is a simple, trustworthy, and productive implies of electrical power transmission.

Design OF THE CHAIN

Two diverse measurements of roller chain, showing building.
There are 2 types of back links alternating in the bush roller chain. The first variety is internal back links, getting 2 interior plates held with each other by 2 sleeves or bushings upon which rotate 2 rollers. Interior back links alternate with the next variety, the outer hyperlinks, consisting of 2 outer plates held jointly by pins passing by way of the bushings of the internal backlinks. The “bushingless” roller chain is equivalent in procedure however not in design rather of individual bushings or sleeves keeping the internal plates jointly, the plate has a tube stamped into it protruding from the gap which serves the identical function. This has the benefit of removing 1 phase in assembly of the chain.

The roller chain layout lowers friction in comparison to easier patterns, ensuing in greater effectiveness and less put on. The original energy transmission chain kinds lacked rollers and bushings, with equally the interior and outer plates held by pins which right contacted the sprocket teeth however this configuration exhibited really rapid wear of the two the sprocket tooth, and the plates in which they pivoted on the pins. This issue was partly solved by the development of bushed chains, with the pins keeping the outer plates passing through bushings or sleeves connecting the inner plates. This distributed the wear in excess of a greater area even so the enamel of the sprockets nevertheless wore much more rapidly than is desirable, from the sliding friction towards the bushings. The addition of rollers encompassing the bushing sleeves of the chain and presented rolling make contact with with the tooth of the sprockets ensuing in superb resistance to wear of both sprockets and chain as nicely. There is even quite minimal friction, as prolonged as the chain is sufficiently lubricated. Steady, clear, lubrication of roller chains is of major importance for successful operation as well as appropriate tensioning.

LUBRICATION

Several driving chains (for illustration, in factory products, or driving a camshaft inside an inner combustion engine) operate in clear environments, and hence the sporting surfaces (that is, the pins and bushings) are risk-free from precipitation and airborne grit, a lot of even in a sealed atmosphere such as an oil tub. Some roller chains are designed to have o-rings created into the space in between the exterior link plate and the inside roller url plates. Chain manufacturers began to contain this feature in 1971 following the software was invented by Joseph Montano whilst doing work for Whitney Chain of Hartford, Connecticut. O-rings had been integrated as a way to boost lubrication to the back links of power transmission chains, a service that is vitally critical to extending their functioning life. These rubber fixtures kind a barrier that retains factory used lubricating grease within the pin and bushing wear locations. Additional, the rubber o-rings avert grime and other contaminants from entering within the chain linkages, exactly where this sort of particles would or else result in significant wear.[quotation required]

There are also several chains that have to function in filthy circumstances, and for measurement or operational causes are not able to be sealed. Illustrations contain chains on farm products, bicycles, and chain saws. These chains will necessarily have fairly substantial charges of dress in, notably when the operators are geared up to settle for far more friction, less efficiency, far more noise and more repeated alternative as they neglect lubrication and adjustment.

A lot of oil-dependent lubricants draw in dirt and other particles, sooner or later forming an CZPT paste that will compound wear on chains. This difficulty can be circumvented by use of a “dry” PTFE spray, which varieties a solid movie soon after application and repels both particles and humidity.

VARIANTS Design and style

Format of a roller chain: 1. Outer plate, 2. Inner plate, 3. Pin, 4. Bushing, 5. Roller
If the chain is not becoming used for a high dress in application (for occasion if it is just transmitting motion from a hand-operated lever to a control shaft on a machine, or a sliding doorway on an oven), then 1 of the simpler types of chain may even now be utilized. Conversely, where further toughness but the sleek push of a smaller pitch is needed, the chain may possibly be “siamesed” instead of just 2 rows of plates on the outer sides of the chain, there may possibly be 3 (“duplex”), 4 (“triplex”), or more rows of plates managing parallel, with bushings and rollers in between each and every adjacent pair, and the same amount of rows of teeth operating in parallel on the sprockets to match. Timing chains on automotive engines, for example, generally have multiple rows of plates referred to as strands.

Roller chain is produced in numerous measurements, the most frequent American Nationwide Specifications Institute (ANSI) expectations getting 40, fifty, sixty, and eighty. The first digit(s) point out the pitch of the chain in eighths of an inch, with the previous digit becoming 0 for standard chain, 1 for light-weight chain, and 5 for bushed chain with no rollers. Thus, a chain with 50 %-inch pitch would be a #40 while a #160 sprocket would have enamel spaced 2 inches apart, etc. Metric pitches are expressed in sixteenths of an inch as a result a metric #8 chain (08B-1) would be equal to an ANSI #forty. Most roller chain is produced from simple carbon or alloy metal, but stainless metal is utilized in foodstuff processing equipment or other locations in which lubrication is a problem, and nylon or brass are occasionally witnessed for the very same cause.

Roller chain is ordinarily hooked up utilizing a master link (also identified as a connecting website link), which usually has 1 pin held by a horseshoe clip rather than friction match, making it possible for it to be inserted or removed with simple tools. Chain with a removable url or pin is also identified as cottered chain, which allows the size of the chain to be adjusted. 50 percent backlinks (also recognized as offsets) are available and are employed to improve the size of the chain by a single roller. Riveted roller chain has the master hyperlink (also identified as a connecting url) “riveted” or mashed on the finishes. These pins are produced to be durable and are not detachable.

USE

An illustration of 2 ‘ghost’ sprockets tensioning a triplex roller chain system
Roller chains are employed in minimal- to mid-pace drives at close to 600 to 800 ft for each minute nonetheless, at increased speeds, about 2,000 to 3,000 toes for each moment, V-belts are generally utilized because of to dress in and sound concerns.
A bicycle chain is a form of roller chain. Bicycle chains could have a master hyperlink, or may need a chain instrument for elimination and set up. A similar but bigger and therefore more powerful chain is used on most bikes even though it is often changed by possibly a toothed belt or a shaft push, which supply reduce sounds stage and fewer routine maintenance needs.
The wonderful greater part of vehicle engines use roller chains to push the camshaft(s). Really higher functionality engines typically use gear drive, and commencing in the early 1960s toothed belts had been used by some manufacturers.
Chains are also utilised in forklifts employing hydraulic rams as a pulley to increase and decrease the carriage nevertheless, these chains are not regarded roller chains, but are classified as elevate or leaf chains.
Chainsaw slicing chains superficially resemble roller chains but are more carefully associated to leaf chains. They are driven by projecting drive backlinks which also serve to identify the chain CZPT the bar.

Sea Harrier FA.2 ZA195 front (cold) vector thrust nozzle – the nozzle is rotated by a chain generate from an air motor
A possibly abnormal use of a pair of bike chains is in the Harrier Leap Jet, where a chain push from an air motor is utilized to rotate the movable motor nozzles, allowing them to be pointed downwards for hovering flight, or to the rear for typical forward flight, a system known as Thrust vectoring.

Dress in

 

The result of dress in on a roller chain is to enhance the pitch (spacing of the back links), leading to the chain to expand longer. Observe that this is due to wear at the pivoting pins and bushes, not from real stretching of the metallic (as does take place to some versatile metal factors such as the hand-brake cable of a motor vehicle).

With present day chains it is unusual for a chain (other than that of a bicycle) to wear until finally it breaks, considering that a worn chain qualified prospects to the speedy onset of use on the teeth of the sprockets, with supreme failure getting the reduction of all the tooth on the sprocket. The sprockets (in distinct the smaller sized of the two) suffer a grinding motion that puts a characteristic hook shape into the pushed encounter of the enamel. (This influence is made worse by a chain improperly tensioned, but is unavoidable no subject what treatment is taken). The worn teeth (and chain) no lengthier gives smooth transmission of energy and this might become evident from the sound, the vibration or (in vehicle engines utilizing a timing chain) the variation in ignition timing seen with a timing light. Each sprockets and chain need to be changed in these situations, because a new chain on worn sprockets will not previous long. However, in significantly less severe cases it may possibly be attainable to preserve the larger of the 2 sprockets, because it is constantly the more compact 1 that suffers the most wear. Only in extremely light-bodyweight applications these kinds of as a bicycle, or in excessive circumstances of incorrect pressure, will the chain typically bounce off the sprockets.

The lengthening thanks to wear of a chain is calculated by the adhering to formula:

M = the length of a number of backlinks calculated

S = the amount of backlinks measured

P = Pitch

In sector, it is usual to keep track of the movement of the chain tensioner (regardless of whether guide or automated) or the specific length of a drive chain (one particular rule of thumb is to change a roller chain which has elongated 3% on an adjustable generate or 1.5% on a fixed-heart drive). A simpler technique, especially suited for the cycle or motorcycle user, is to try to pull the chain absent from the bigger of the 2 sprockets, although guaranteeing the chain is taut. Any important movement (e.g. producing it feasible to see by means of a gap) possibly indicates a chain worn up to and past the restrict. Sprocket hurt will end result if the issue is dismissed. Sprocket wear cancels this impact, and may possibly mask chain put on.

CHAIN Energy

The most widespread measure of roller chain’s strength is tensile toughness. Tensile strength represents how a lot load a chain can face up to underneath a one-time load prior to breaking. Just as essential as tensile power is a chain’s fatigue strength. The critical elements in a chain’s fatigue toughness is the good quality of metal used to manufacture the chain, the heat therapy of the chain factors, the good quality of the pitch hole fabrication of the linkplates, and the type of shot plus the depth of shot peen protection on the linkplates. Other elements can consist of the thickness of the linkplates and the layout (contour) of the linkplates. The rule of thumb for roller chain functioning on a continuous push is for the chain load to not exceed a mere 1/6 or 1/9 of the chain’s tensile energy, depending on the sort of grasp links employed (push-in shape vs. slip-match)[quotation required]. Roller chains operating on a continuous travel beyond these thresholds can and normally do fail prematurely through linkplate fatigue failure.

The regular minimum supreme toughness of the ANSI 29.1 metal chain is twelve,500 x (pitch, in inches)2. X-ring and O-Ring chains drastically lower wear by signifies of inside lubricants, escalating chain life. The internal lubrication is inserted by means of a vacuum when riveting the chain jointly.

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Expectations corporations (this kind of as ANSI and ISO) preserve requirements for style, proportions, and interchangeability of transmission chains. For case in point, the following Desk exhibits info from ANSI standard B29.1-2011 (Precision Electricity Transmission Roller Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets) designed by the American Modern society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). See the references[8][9][ten] for extra data.

ASME/ANSI B29.1-2011 Roller Chain Common SizesSizePitchMaximum Roller DiameterMinimum Ultimate Tensile StrengthMeasuring Load25

For mnemonic needs, under is one more presentation of important dimensions from the very same normal, expressed in fractions of an inch (which was element of the considering guiding the option of chosen numbers in the ANSI common):

Notes:
1. The pitch is the distance among roller centers. The width is the distance in between the link plates (i.e. marginally far more than the roller width to permit for clearance).
2. The proper-hand digit of the common denotes 0 = typical chain, 1 = light-weight chain, 5 = rollerless bushing chain.
3. The left-hand digit denotes the amount of eighths of an inch that make up the pitch.
4. An “H” following the regular amount denotes heavyweight chain. A hyphenated quantity adhering to the common quantity denotes double-strand (2), triple-strand (3), and so on. Thus 60H-3 denotes amount 60 heavyweight triple-strand chain.
 A normal bicycle chain (for derailleur gears) makes use of narrow 1⁄2-inch-pitch chain. The width of the chain is variable, and does not impact the load ability. The more sprockets at the rear wheel (traditionally 3-6, nowadays 7-twelve sprockets), the narrower the chain. Chains are bought according to the variety of speeds they are created to perform with, for case in point, “10 velocity chain”. Hub equipment or solitary velocity bicycles use 1/2″ x 1/8″ chains, the place 1/8″ refers to the highest thickness of a sprocket that can be utilised with the chain.

Normally chains with parallel shaped back links have an even amount of hyperlinks, with each slender hyperlink followed by a broad one. Chains developed up with a uniform variety of website link, slender at 1 and broad at the other conclude, can be produced with an odd amount of back links, which can be an benefit to adapt to a special chainwheel-distance on the other facet this sort of a chain tends to be not so strong.

Roller chains manufactured employing ISO regular are often called as isochains.

 

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ANSI NO:

240

DIN/ISO NO:

48A

Pitch (mm):

76.2000

Roller Diameter (mm):

47.63

Inner Plate Width (mm):

47.35

Average Tensile Strength:

622.5KN

Pin Diameter (mm):

23.81

Plate Thickness  (mm):

9.50

Weight / Meter (kgs/m):

23.20

Chain Size:

5F, 10F, 5Meters

Origin:

Qingdao China

HS Code: 

7315119000

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ASME/ANSI B29.1-2011 Roller Chain Standard Sizes
Size Pitch Maximum Roller Diameter Minimum Ultimate Tensile Strength Measuring Load
25 0.250 in (6.35 mm) 0.130 in (3.30 mm) 780 lb (350 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
35 0.375 in (9.53 mm) 0.200 in (5.08 mm) 1,760 lb (800 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
41 0.500 in (12.70 mm) 0.306 in (7.77 mm) 1,500 lb (680 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
40 0.500 in (12.70 mm) 0.312 in (7.92 mm) 3,125 lb (1,417 kg) 31 lb (14 kg)
50 0.625 in (15.88 mm) 0.400 in (10.16 mm) 4,880 lb (2,210 kg) 49 lb (22 kg)
60 0.750 in (19.05 mm) 0.469 in (11.91 mm) 7,030 lb (3,190 kg) 70 lb (32 kg)
80 1.000 in (25.40 mm) 0.625 in (15.88 mm) 12,500 lb (5,700 kg) 125 lb (57 kg)
100 1.250 in (31.75 mm) 0.750 in (19.05 mm) 19,531 lb (8,859 kg) 195 lb (88 kg)
120 1.500 in (38.10 mm) 0.875 in (22.23 mm) 28,125 lb (12,757 kg) 281 lb (127 kg)
140 1.750 in (44.45 mm) 1.000 in (25.40 mm) 38,280 lb (17,360 kg) 383 lb (174 kg)
160 2.000 in (50.80 mm) 1.125 in (28.58 mm) 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) 500 lb (230 kg)
180 2.250 in (57.15 mm) 1.460 in (37.08 mm) 63,280 lb (28,700 kg) 633 lb (287 kg)
200 2.500 in (63.50 mm) 1.562 in (39.67 mm) 78,175 lb (35,460 kg) 781 lb (354 kg)
240 3.000 in (76.20 mm) 1.875 in (47.63 mm) 112,500 lb (51,000 kg) 1,000 lb (450 kg

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Pitch (inches) Pitch expressed
in eighths
ANSI standard
chain number
Width (inches)
14 28 25 18
38 38 35 316
12 48 41 14
12 48 40 516
58 58 50 38
34 68 60 12
1 88 80 58

ANSI NO:

240

DIN/ISO NO:

48A

Pitch (mm):

76.2000

Roller Diameter (mm):

47.63

Inner Plate Width (mm):

47.35

Average Tensile Strength:

622.5KN

Pin Diameter (mm):

23.81

Plate Thickness  (mm):

9.50

Weight / Meter (kgs/m):

23.20

Chain Size:

5F, 10F, 5Meters

Origin:

Qingdao China

HS Code: 

7315119000

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ASME/ANSI B29.1-2011 Roller Chain Standard Sizes
Size Pitch Maximum Roller Diameter Minimum Ultimate Tensile Strength Measuring Load
25 0.250 in (6.35 mm) 0.130 in (3.30 mm) 780 lb (350 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
35 0.375 in (9.53 mm) 0.200 in (5.08 mm) 1,760 lb (800 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
41 0.500 in (12.70 mm) 0.306 in (7.77 mm) 1,500 lb (680 kg) 18 lb (8.2 kg)
40 0.500 in (12.70 mm) 0.312 in (7.92 mm) 3,125 lb (1,417 kg) 31 lb (14 kg)
50 0.625 in (15.88 mm) 0.400 in (10.16 mm) 4,880 lb (2,210 kg) 49 lb (22 kg)
60 0.750 in (19.05 mm) 0.469 in (11.91 mm) 7,030 lb (3,190 kg) 70 lb (32 kg)
80 1.000 in (25.40 mm) 0.625 in (15.88 mm) 12,500 lb (5,700 kg) 125 lb (57 kg)
100 1.250 in (31.75 mm) 0.750 in (19.05 mm) 19,531 lb (8,859 kg) 195 lb (88 kg)
120 1.500 in (38.10 mm) 0.875 in (22.23 mm) 28,125 lb (12,757 kg) 281 lb (127 kg)
140 1.750 in (44.45 mm) 1.000 in (25.40 mm) 38,280 lb (17,360 kg) 383 lb (174 kg)
160 2.000 in (50.80 mm) 1.125 in (28.58 mm) 50,000 lb (23,000 kg) 500 lb (230 kg)
180 2.250 in (57.15 mm) 1.460 in (37.08 mm) 63,280 lb (28,700 kg) 633 lb (287 kg)
200 2.500 in (63.50 mm) 1.562 in (39.67 mm) 78,175 lb (35,460 kg) 781 lb (354 kg)
240 3.000 in (76.20 mm) 1.875 in (47.63 mm) 112,500 lb (51,000 kg) 1,000 lb (450 kg

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Pitch (inches) Pitch expressed
in eighths
ANSI standard
chain number
Width (inches)
14 28 25 18
38 38 35 316
12 48 41 14
12 48 40 516
58 58 50 38
34 68 60 12
1 88 80 58

Types of Gearboxes

There are several types of gearboxes. Some are known as helical gear reducers, while others are called planetary gearboxes. The article also discusses Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and helical gear reducer. If you are interested in purchasing a new gearbox, make sure to read our articles on these different types. If you are confused, consider reading our articles on planetary gearboxes and helical gear reducers.
gearbox

planetary gearbox

The planetary gearbox has several advantages. Its compact design and light weight allows it to transmit high torques while remaining quiet. The gears are connected to one another through a carrier, which is typically fixed and helps transmit torques to the output shaft. Its planetary structure arrangement also reduces backlash and provides high rigidity, which is important for quick start and stop cycles and rotational direction change. Depending on the design and performance desired, planetary gearboxes are categorized into three main types:
The type of planetary gears used in a given application determines the overall cost of the unit. Manufacturers offer a range of prices, and they can help you determine which gearbox is right for your needs. You should also ask a manufacturer for the cost of a planetary gearbox. By asking about price and specs, you can avoid wasting money and time on a planetary gearbox that does not perform up to its potential.
A planetary gearbox is probably installed in your new car’s automatic transmission. For more information, consult your owner’s manual or call the dealer’s service department. This type of gearbox is more complex than other types of gearboxes, so if you don’t know much about them, do an internet search for “planetary gearbox.”
The teeth of a planetary gearbox are formed by the stepping motion of two gears: the sun gear and the inner ring. The sun gear is the input, while the planetary gears rotate around the sun gear. Their ratio depends on the number of teeth and the space between the planets. If you have a 24 tooth sun gear, the planetary gears’ ratio will be -3/2. The sun gear is also attached to the axle.
Another advantage of a planetary gear system is that it can generate high torques. The load is shared among multiple planet gears. This makes the gears more resilient to damage. A planetary gearbox can be as high as 332,000 Nm, and can be used in vehicles and industrial applications requiring medium to high torque. A planetary gear system is a great alternative to a traditional transmission. So, how does it work?

helical gearbox

The main difference between the helical gearbox and the spur gear is the center distance between the teeth. The helical gearbox has a larger pitch circle than the spur gear and thus requires a radial module. In addition, the two types of gears can only be made with the same tooth-cutting tool as the spur gear. However, the helical gearbox is more efficient in terms of production costs.
The helical gearbox is a low-power consumption, compact type of gearbox that is used for a wide range of industrial applications. They are highly durable and withstand high loads with utmost efficiency. The helical gearbox can be manufactured in cast steel and iron for small and medium units. This type of gearbox is also commonly used for crushers, conveyors, coolers, and other applications that need low power.
The helical gear has many advantages over the spur gear. It produces less noise. It has less friction and is less likely to wear out. It is also quieter than spur gears. This is because multiple teeth are in mesh. Because the teeth are in mesh, the load is distributed over a larger area, resulting in a smoother transition between gears. The reduction in noise and vibration reduces the risk of damaging the gear.
The helical gear’s axial excitation force is obtained using a linearized equation of motion in the rotational direction. The damping coefficient of the equation is 0.07. The helical gear is made up of a steel shaft with a diameter of 20 mm and a 5 mm thick aluminum plate. The stiffness of the bearing is 6.84 x 107 N/m. The damping force of the plate is 2,040 kg/m2/s.
The worm gearbox has a better efficiency ratio than the helical one, but it is less efficient in low-ratio applications. In general, worm gearboxes are more efficient than helical gearboxes, although there are some exceptions to this rule. A helical gearbox is better for applications that require high torque. It may also be more economical in the long run. If you are considering a helical gearbox, consider the advantages it has over worm gearboxes.
gearbox

helical gear reducer

A helical gear reducer for a machine’s gearbox is an integral component of the drive system. This unit amplifies torque and controls speed and, therefore, compliments the engine by rotating slower than the engine’s input shaft. A helical gear reducer is a compact gearbox component that is used in industrial applications. A variety of sizes is available to suit various machine configurations. The following sections will discuss some of the different types available.
Designed by experts and engineers, a helical gear reducer is a surprisingly small and light gear that satisfies the needs of many machine applications. It features a large transmission torque, a low starting and running speed, and a fine classification of transmission ratios. A helical gear reducer is lightweight and easily connected to other gears, and it features a high technical content.
In order to avoid errors and poor performance, regular maintenance is a must. The proper lubrication of the gear reducer can minimize failures, errors, and poor performance. Every gear reducer manufacturer sells a suitable lubricant, which must match the properties of the machine’s drive mechanism. It is also advisable to check the lubrication regularly to avoid any deterioration of the unit’s performance.
While the worm gearbox may be better for applications where torque is high, the helical gear reducer offers greater efficiency at lower cost. Although worm gearboxes may be cheaper initially, they are less effective at higher ratios. Even if the worm gear is more expensive to buy, it still offers 94% efficiency, which makes it more cost-effective. There are some significant advantages to both types of gearboxes.
The main advantage of a helical gear reducer over a spur gear is its smoother operation. Unlike spur gears, which have teeth that are straight, helical gears have angled teeth that gradually engage with each other. This helps ensure that the gear does not grind or make excessive noise when it turns. Additionally, they are less commonly used in automation and precision machinery. They are often used in industrial applications.
gearbox

Continuously variable transmission

A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is an automatic transmission that can run through a vast number of gears. Unlike a standard automatic transmission, it can run at any speed, even at a low rev. The CVT is also capable of running at infinitely low gears. Its basic function is to provide different torque ratios to the engine. In addition to delivering power, CVTs have other benefits.
One of the major advantages of a CVT is its simplicity. Its simplicity translates into fewer moving parts, which means less maintenance. The CVT’s simplicity also means that it can handle a wide variety of different types of road conditions and driving styles. In addition to being a great alternative to a traditional automatic transmission, CVTs can be used on many other types of vehicles, including tractors, snowmobiles, motor scooters, and power tools.
A CVT is much smoother than a conventional automatic transmission. It never has to hunt for a gear. It also responds well to throttle inputs and speed changes. Both of these technologies are available on many modern vehicles, including the Nissan Rogue and Mazda CX-5. It’s important to note that each of these transmissions has its pros and cons. So, if you’re looking for a car with a CVT, make sure to read the reviews. They’ll help you decide which transmission is right for you.
Another advantage of a CVT is its fuel efficiency. Many cars now feature CVTs, and they’re becoming increasingly popular with automakers. In addition to fuel efficiency, most cars with CVTs also have a smoother ride. There’s no more sudden downshifts or gear hunting. This makes driving a lot easier. And, the added benefits of smoother driving make CVTs the ideal choice for many drivers.
Although a CVT is more common among Japanese car manufacturers, you’ll find CVTs on European car models as well. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, and Megane are some examples of vehicles that use this technology. Before making a decision, consider the reliability of the model in question. Consumer Reports is a good resource for this. It also offers a history of use and reliability for every type of car, including the Honda Accord.