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2015 note CVT dipstick?

2015 Versa Note SV.
Ok I looked for the dipstick for the CVT trans but cant find one?
So does it have one? If not when it hits 30K miles how do you change the CVT fluid out? I sure don't want to overpay at the dealer for a simple fluid change. Is there a site plug like there are on rear differential axles like my old Honda crv had on rear pumpkin?

Oh were can I buy a service manual for my car. I did a few searches and found CD type ones but only for older versions of versa.
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There is no dipstick on newer Nissan CVTs. At least I know my 2014 Note does not have one.

I understand there is a bolt on the bottom of the CVT to drain and another one on the side to fill. I have not confirmed this myself, but since there is no dipstick, I assume this info is correct.

Here's a link to service manuals. I am sure the 2014 Note will be the same for your 2015.
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There is no dipstick on newer Nissan CVTs. At least I know my 2014 Note does not have one.

I understand there is a bolt on the bottom of the CVT to drain and another one on the side to fill. I have not confirmed this myself, but since there is no dipstick, I assume this info is correct.

Here's a link to service manuals. I am sure the 2014 Note will be the same for your 2015.
Nissan Versa Factory Service Manuals
Reading the manual for the 2014 Note there is this whole LONG drawn out procedure for filling the CVT with some kind of charging station. It involves removing the CVT pan but even after reading it iam not sure what is exactly involved. This isn't a simple drain plug deal and refill job. Sounds like a BIG pain in the ass. This has to be done every 30K miles. This sounds VERY EXPENSIVE. I really don't like manual trannys BUT after reading this it might have saved me a lot of money. Why they couldn't put a dam dipstick for filling seems crazy stupid.

I clearly don't understand how the level is checked as it seems if iam understanding it AT ALL it some how done through the drain plug which doesn't make ANY sense at all.

Well I hope someone makes a video on how to do it by the time my new car needs this done.
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Unless I'm reading the Maintenance Manual wrong, I did not see anywhere written about you needing to replace the CVT fluid every 30K miles (unless your car is the NV200 taxi or the Pathfinder HEV). There is a "check CVT fluid" requirement every 10K miles/12 months. I believe check CVT fluid is some sort of a fluid analysis to determine the "quality" of the fluid in your car. Not sure how much that costs although when I brought in my car for 10K service (oil change) I don't think they did it (or I was not charged).

https://owners.nissanusa.com/content...ance-guide.pdf

I can't remember where I got the info from but my understanding is the fluid level check is similar to the procedure used in checking fluid level on a rear axle differential, i.e. fluid is filled to the bottom of the inspection or fill bolt hole.

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Unless I'm reading the Maintenance Manual wrong, I did not see anywhere written about you needing to replace the CVT fluid every 30K miles (unless your car is the NV200 taxi or the Pathfinder HEV). There is a "check CVT fluid" requirement every 10K miles/12 months. I believe check CVT fluid is some sort of a fluid analysis to determine the "quality" of the fluid in your car. Not sure how much that costs although when I brought in my car for 10K service (oil change) I don't think they did it (or I was not charged).

https://owners.nissanusa.com/content...ance-guide.pdf

I can't remember where I got the info from but my understanding is the fluid level check is similar to the procedure used in checking fluid level on a rear axle differential, i.e. fluid is filled to the bottom of the inspection or fill bolt hole.
Ok I miss read the CVT fluid replacement for regular Versa. BUT I always replaced fluid in auto trans on my Honda's at 60k miles. I don't think leaving it in for over a 100k miles is a good idea. As far as checking level it looks like a special tool is required and it doesn't seem like a sight plug like a rear diff would have.

From reading other Nissan model forums I found online it seems Nissan removed the dipstick so to stop non dealership repair places from screwing up CVT trannys by putting the wrong fluid in the CVT thus totaling the CVT trans. This way a special tool is needed to ad fluid through the drain plug and the special tool is not sold to the general public. Well I will do mine at 60k miles I guess have the dealer do it unless I can get this special tool by then.
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There is no Dipstick for the CVT Transmission

Service is just a drain and fill but you need a special tool that fits in the drainplug in the drain pan. Also you have to purchase CVT fluid from Nissan. do not use other fluid, it will damage the trans and void the warranty.

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There is no Dipstick for the CVT Transmission

Service is just a drain and fill but you need a special tool that fits in the drainplug in the drain pan. Also you have to purchase CVT fluid from Nissan. do not use other fluid, it will damage the trans and void the warranty.
Well of course use the correct fluid. BUT can you get this special tool? Hopefully by the time I want to change my fluid I can get the tool. Car is brand new now. Just looking ahead to see what I have coming.
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