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Does your car rev a lot from a stop just to get up to speed?

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I am at a stop light. Stop light turns green, I press the gas and the car moves slowly. I press more gas, engine revs but car is only gaining a little speed. RPM meter shows between 2 - 3. Is this normal?

Side note: It is winter time right now and temperatures are super low (single digits to negatives F).
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Do you have the CVT? The CVT may be slipping. Is your car still under warranty? The CVT is covered under warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles

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Do you have the CVT? The CVT may be slipping. Is your car still under warranty? The CVT is covered under warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles
I bought it used from craigslist. Warranty expired. What does it mean by slipping?
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Slipping is referring to when the engine revs up but the car doesn't accelerate, like it's stuck in neutral. It could be the belt slipping from the pulleys or the torque converter. I don't know for sure; I'm not an expert.

My CVT started slipping at around 20,000-25,000 miles or so. When the car accelerates, at around 20-25 MPH, while the CVT "shifted" from "1st gear" to "2nd gear" (i.e. the subplanetary gearset shifting up as a 2-speed conventional automatic transmission would), the engine speed spiked. Normally, during the CVT "shift", the engine speed (RPM) is supposed to slightly dip for a second. However, in my case, the engine speed would jump up for a few seconds and then settle back down. The dealer replaced the CVT under warranty. The new CVT has its own set of problems but that's another topic.

In your case, the CVT is slipping when you take off from a stop. Different situation but it may be a related problem. Unfortunately your warranty ended. I'm not sure if your CVT can be repaired or if you'll need the entire CVT replaced.

There was a recall on the CVT software a couple years ago; you can go to a dealer and ask them to check if your car has had the CVT software updated already under the recall. One word of caution is that my original CVT started the RPM jump after the CVT software was updated under that recall.

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Slipping is referring to when the engine revs up but the car doesn't accelerate, like it's stuck in neutral. It could be the belt slipping from the pulleys or the torque converter. I don't know for sure; I'm not an expert.

My CVT started slipping at around 20,000-25,000 miles or so. When the car accelerates, at around 20-25 MPH, while the CVT "shifted" from "1st gear" to "2nd gear" (i.e. the subplanetary gearset shifting up as a 2-speed conventional automatic transmission would), the engine speed spiked. Normally, during the CVT "shift", the engine speed (RPM) is supposed to slightly dip for a second. However, in my case, the engine speed would jump up for a few seconds and then settle back down. The dealer replaced the CVT under warranty. The new CVT has its own set of problems but that's another topic.

In your case, the CVT is slipping when you take off from a stop. Different situation but it may be a related problem. Unfortunately your warranty ended. I'm not sure if your CVT can be repaired or if you'll need the entire CVT replaced.

There was a recall on the CVT software a couple years ago; you can go to a dealer and ask them to check if your car has had the CVT software updated already under the recall. One word of caution is that my original CVT started the RPM jump after the CVT software was updated under that recall.

Ah I see. That sounds like the most plausible issue for me as well. Unfortunately, I don't see any recalls for the CVT. I only have 3 recalls under my VIN. The two airbag inflation recall for Takata Co. and the Front spring coil.

I currently have a rental until around Spring 2018 where the parts will most likely be ready. I'll have to get the engine checked out by my mechanic once it's fixed. Until then, It's just sitting outside until spring.
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Does it change when it warms up? I got a stick and I must admit you do need to goose the throttle quite a bit when cold to get moving from a dead stop in 1st to avoid stalling it. Once warmed up you can drop the clutch at idle and the car will keep on rolling as its difficult to stall.

Otherwise the cvt guys are more the expert, but a fluid change maybe a good idea.
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Does it change when it warms up? I got a stick and I must admit you do need to goose the throttle quite a bit when cold to get moving from a dead stop in 1st to avoid stalling it. Once warmed up you can drop the clutch at idle and the car will keep on rolling as its difficult to stall.

Otherwise the cvt guys are more the expert, but a fluid change maybe a good idea.
I have an automatic. I dont believe I noticed this before the freezing temps came around, so it could be due to the cold perhaps? Either way I will let you know in Spring.
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Yeah, this is a unique engine in this little car. It doesnt seem to like being cold, cold air or humid air. It also does not like to be hot either or to breath hot air. Due to those reasons I call it the goldilock engine.

I notice its also louder in this colder weather than before too.
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Yeah, this is a unique engine in this little car. It doesnt seem to like being cold, cold air or humid air. It also does not like to be hot either or to breath hot air. Due to those reasons I call it the goldilock engine. [IMG class=inlineimg]https://www.nissanversaforums.com/images/NissanVersaForums2/smilies/tango_face_grin.png[/IMG]

I notice its also louder in this colder weather than before too.
Hmm is there a place I can check my fluid? Is that what the oil dipstick is? I have a 2017 Nissan sentra and it is very smooth transition not like my 2007 Nissan Versa. I'm driving that 2017 until I get my air bag inflator replaced due to the recalls.
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Its a rental? Id go back to the dealer vs trying to fix it yourself.

Hey, my "other" car failed inspection so I have no "other" vehicle. Wonder if I can get in on that?
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