If it seems that the transmission/transaxle in your 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport shudders at low speeds (between 10 and 40mph), the problem might be a malfunctioning CVT (continuously variable transmission). Often times, this problem is caused because of an issue with the software that controls the transmissions/transaxle’s hydraulic pressure control. A software update might correct the problem if the Electronic Control Unit is reprogrammed. Take the vehicle to a Mitsubishi Dealership’s service department to have this done. Trained technicians need to be utilized to make sure this problem is fixed correctly. Make sure you inform them that your vehicle’s transmission / transaxle seems to shudder or shake.
In a worst case scenario, the best inside the CVT might become damaged, which would cause a warning light to come on.
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The Difference Between a Transmission and a Transaxle
Transmissions and transaxles perform similar functions, and many people use the names interchangeably. But, while both parts serve the same purpose, they’re not the same part. A transmission uses the gear set to transfer the engine torque to the driveshaft. A separate differential then transfers that power to the axle(s). A transaxle is a type of transmission that’s situated between the wheels and has axle shafts coming out of it. It’s a more complicated part than the transmission, as the differential is inside the transaxle.
Here’s an easy way to tell if your car has a transmission or a transaxle, and it’s to answer this question: does your car have a FWD or RWD? If it’s a FWD, then it’s likely to have a transaxle. In most FWD cars, the transaxle is situated transversely right above the front wheels. If you have a RWD, then it likely has a transmission. If you have a traditional 4WD, you have a transmission. If you have an AWD vehicle, you might have either a transmission or a transaxle.