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Hey guys just stumbled on to the forums and have a question to ask. Can anyone besides the dealership do a oil change on the cvt transmission? Called AAMCO and they told me that they would have to buy the oil from the dealer then charge me labor. Pep boys won't do it and one midas guy said he could do it and uses synthetic oil. The price he quoted me seems to good to be true but the dealership wants $240 to do it
 

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May I ask why you need a CVT flush?[/QUOTE
Car just hit 35k miles and was trying to keep the manual's suggested services. Just read deeper into the manual and guess depending on how you drive you can change it at 60k miles instead. Dealer wanted something like $750 for their 30k mile tune up which they do lot of BS stuff that the manual doesn't even call for at that mileage like flushing power steering fluid, coolant flush etc.
Any suggestions on what kind of maintenance you would do at 35k? Changed the oil and both air filters already
 

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getting your CVT flushed at 30k sounds like BS to me.I have never flushed any transmission at 30k.Now a drain and refill yes by all means.Dealer is always gonna charge more but on the other hand how m,any cvt expert do you think work at those midas/5 min oil change places.Sometimes u may wanna think ur gonna get what u pay for.But at the end you gotta make that choice
 

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The CVT uses special fluid which I would only trust the dealer to replace. Make sure you're looking at the correct service/maintenance schedule.
 

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FYI--CVT fluid works harder than regular trans fluid, so changing it at 60K as the manual states is to keep it (the trans) working well past 100K. Also Nissan has extended the warranty on the trans to 100K on the early models.

I would only have a dealer change the fluid, that way you have protection in case of a failure, you can push for goodwill assistance if you are out of warranty. I speak from experience, having worked at dealers for 30 years...
 

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Manual says to inspect fluid at 60K. Unless I am reading this wrong, there is no recomended interval unless you are overusing the transmission.


Transmission Fluid/Oil, Differential
Oil, Transfer Case Oil
Visually inspect for signs of leakage at
specified intervals. If towing a trailer,
using a camper or car–top carrier, or
driving on rough or muddy roads, replace
the fluid/oil every 30,000 miles or 24
months (60,000 miles or 48 months for
Altima, Altima Coupe, Maxima, Rogue,
 

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I met a lady while I was at the dealer for service that had Jiffy Lube do a flush on her CVT because the car had like 70~80 thousand miles. She initially went to the dealer because the car started driving strange and they found that the fluid in the CVT was destroying it, they wouldn't warranty it for her. She wound up having to put a claim on Jiffy Lube and having them pay to have the dealer replace the transmission, just a heads-up folks...

Not trying to down Jiffy Lube but be careful of those generic fluids said to work in every car. They apparently didn't work in hers.
 

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I met a lady while I was at the dealer for service that had Jiffy Lube do a flush on her CVT because the car had like 70~80 thousand miles. She initially went to the dealer because the car started driving strange and they found that the fluid in the CVT was destroying it, they wouldn't warranty it for her. She wound up having to put a claim on Jiffy Lube and having them pay to have the dealer replace the transmission, just a heads-up folks...

Not trying to down Jiffy Lube but be careful of those generic fluids said to work in every car. They apparently didn't work in hers.
I was also told when I bought my Altima that the CVT fluid must be changed by a Nissan authorized service department, and Nissan's CVT transmission fluid be used.... or the 120,000 mile warranty would be void.
 

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I met a lady while I was at the dealer for service that had Jiffy Lube do a flush on her CVT because the car had like 70~80 thousand miles. She initially went to the dealer because the car started driving strange and they found that the fluid in the CVT was destroying it, they wouldn't warranty it for her. She wound up having to put a claim on Jiffy Lube and having them pay to have the dealer replace the transmission, just a heads-up folks...

Not trying to down Jiffy Lube but be careful of those generic fluids said to work in every car. They apparently didn't work in hers.
Those idiots just told her anything to get her money.Not caring if it would come back haunt her later.I think who ever told her to do that service should have been fired.
 

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I met a lady while I was at the dealer for service that had Jiffy Lube do a flush on her CVT because the car had like 70~80 thousand miles. She initially went to the dealer because the car started driving strange and they found that the fluid in the CVT was destroying it, they wouldn't warranty it for her. She wound up having to put a claim on Jiffy Lube and having them pay to have the dealer replace the transmission, just a heads-up folks...

Not trying to down Jiffy Lube but be careful of those generic fluids said to work in every car. They apparently didn't work in hers.
I have no trouble 'downing' Jiffy Lube. They are scam artists, pure and simple. They have very little mechanic ability and only really care about how much money they can get from you in one stop.
 

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My service manual has 60K fluid replace (Schedule 1). I called 3 different Nissan Svc departments and got 3 different answers. Two said, every 30K (one of which said to flush/replace..the other said ONLY replace). One said, 60K inspect..100K flush/replace.
I also found that the cost to do so varies greatly by dealership...$157 to $325. When I asked why...it was "Oh, we do a flush & replace, the lower cost doesn't include a flush". One service manager told me that Nissan sent out a service bulletin to all dealerships...AND THEY DON'T RECOMMEND A FLUSH, just replace the fluid at 30K intervals.
 

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My service guide (schedule 1 and 2) says to inspect every 15k miles and replace whenever necessary.

The only exception is "... if towing a trailer, using a camper or a car-top carrier, or driving on rough or muddy roads."

The premium maintenance schedule replaces CVT fluid every 30k mi.
 

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I change my own CVT fluid. I do it religiously every 30k miles. And have done since I bought the car new "2014 Altima s" I've used Valvoline CVT fluid every time and I've also changed both filters mesh and paper each time. I'm at over 190k miles now and the CVT is behaving just as I did when I drove the car off the lot. I've got a few performance mods on the car typical CAI, underdrive pulley, stillen catback. Even with the added power it just keeps on trucking. Matter of fact it's been the most reliable car I've ever owned so far. Other than regular maintenance stuff "brake pads,oil change etc" the only issue I've ever had with it was the main battery fuse that's on the positive battery cable end went bad and everytime I'd go to start the car all electrics would just shut down completely. Ended up being a 35 dollar fix lol. I know alot of people have their own opinions on service intervals for the CVT and opinions on fluid brands and if only the dealer should service it etc. The dealers won't change the filters period on my car at least. I've called the dealerships near me for a quote and what their CVT service actually entails. After explaining it all to me I asked well what about the CVT filters? And he said and I quote "we do not change filters in the CVT transmission they last the lifetime of the vehicle"..... Idk about you guys but I've never seen any filter of any kind last for the entire lifetime of any vehicle lol. Just my two cents take it as you will.
 
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