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You can drain and fill the fluid yourself, but you won't be able to do as good of a job as the dealer, since they have tools to completely flush the old fluid. A DIY job will always have some mixing of the new and old fluid since some of it remains in the housing.
Really? Not what I was told last week when bringing in my Versa into the stealer for a very cheap oil change. My Versa has 43k miles and was advised to get the CVT fluid changed. I asked how much and was told $180. I then asked if that included a flush and filter change. Was told there is no filter, they do not flush and the service is just a drain and fill. $180 for that? Negative.
I looked through my trusty maintenance PDF files for the drain and fill technique and learned something. I also looked through the forum posts here and determined I will use OEM trans fluid. Even buying at full retail price it will be MUCH cheaper than paying $180.
Anyway, the procedure is to drive the car for 10-15 mins to warm things up. Remove the outlet hose from the trans cooler. While the vehicle is running at idle, let the old fluid drain out while new fluid is being put in. Wait for new fluid to start draining out.
I'm not sure how quickly how the fluid drains out, but this sounds like a 2-person job.
The 2012 is way different in terms of a CVT fluid change. I have a copy of the Factory Service Manual for it and I can't say for 100% sure how to do it as I haven't attempted it yet, but it seems simple.
1) You remove the plug and overflow tube from the drain and let it drain.
2) Install a "charging kit" to push approximately 3L amount of fluid back into the transmission
3) Remove charging kit and quickly reinstall the drain plug only
4) Start engine and run through each gear for 5 seconds then stop engine
5) Remove drain plug and drain fluid once more
6) Reinstall the overflow tube and the charging kit and add approximately 3L of fluid again
7) Remove charging kit and reinstall the plug
8) Start the vehicle and run through each gear. Put vehicle back into park.
9) Check the fluid level by removing the plug (while idling in park) and watch to see if any fluid drains from the overflow. If it doesn't, add more fluid, if it does, wait till it slows to a drip.
Remember to use Nissan NS-2 CVT Fluid only. Good luck finding a charging kit (PN: KV311039S0).