KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF ROUTINE CVT MAINTENANCE IN SCOOTERS
Today, automatic scooters dominate the roads in Indonesia. This is thanks to their comfort and ease of driving, where drivers essentially only need to turn on the handle to accelerate and press and squeeze the brake to stop – just like an automatic four-wheeler. Additionally, the luggage capacity of an automatic scooter makes it even more attractive.
So, what makes a scooter ‘automatic’? An automatic motorbike is equipped with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which allows transmission change without the presence of chain drives.
The CVT is made up of interconnected components, such as the roller, dual disc clutch, clutch housing, and, most importantly, the CVT belt that connects the front and rear pulleys and make the wheels turn.
Overtime, the belt may be worn out and needs replacement. Without due maintenance the belt may deteriorate and break. However, the belt can break at any time without warning signs – only that you won’t be able to get the scooter going.
The reason scooter drivers may not be aware of the belt’s condition is its covered position. You will also need special tools to replace the belt, such as a puller and a binding strap. Moreover, general CVT maintenance is usually an add-on to a regular service package. The extra bill may cause a motorbike owner to hesitate, although CVT check is essential for an auto scooter.
But, if you want to avoid break down, it is good practice to have the CVT belt and system checked regularly during your routine service. Clean the system, as dirt may damage the components and affect driving comfort.
Refer to your owner’s manual to know when your scooter needs CVT maintenance. Some manufacturers recommend a service after every 8 thousand kilometers and replacement after up to 24 thousand kilometers.