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CVT Fluid Change

2016 versa note, almost 60k miles. Recommend change and warranty ends. I just called dealer, said I couldn't get CVT Fluid Filter, Fluid Filter cover, Transmission filter (there is none, no there is a strainer inside the pan), don't drop the pan.

I mean normally I would drop pan, clean the magnets inside, clean the pan, replace gasket, replace filter. I know it's just a strainer inside and the filter is external, but the service manual says filter cover is not to be reused.

So what do y'all do? Just a drain/fill twice (maybe drive a bit and do the 2nd one after a bit of driving)? Anyone drop pan, clean, new gasket and everything like I'm saying.

I mean the dealer is like the CVT isn't serviceable and you don't need to change the CVT fluid. Um dude your own service manual says 30k harsh (which TBH I should have done at 30k cause their harsh is like normal driving it seems) and 60k normal driving.
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2016 versa note, almost 60k miles. Recommend change and warranty ends. I just called dealer, said I couldn't get CVT Fluid Filter, Fluid Filter cover, Transmission filter (there is none, no there is a strainer inside the pan), don't drop the pan.

I mean normally I would drop pan, clean the magnets inside, clean the pan, replace gasket, replace filter. I know it's just a strainer inside and the filter is external, but the service manual says filter cover is not to be reused.

So what do y'all do? Just a drain/fill twice (maybe drive a bit and do the 2nd one after a bit of driving)? Anyone drop pan, clean, new gasket and everything like I'm saying.

I mean the dealer is like the CVT isn't serviceable and you don't need to change the CVT fluid. Um dude your own service manual says 30k harsh (which TBH I should have done at 30k cause their harsh is like normal driving it seems) and 60k normal driving.

Give this a look and see if it gives you ideas. Personally I would let the dealer take care of it but that choice is up to you. Good luck!!!

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Give this a look and see if it gives you ideas. Personally I would let the dealer take care of it but that choice is up to you. Good luck!!!

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I had the same dilemma about 2 months ago, ended up going to dealer, too much at stake. paid $300... the only flushed the system, didn't open it and didn't change the filter, they claimed the filter doesnt need to be changed. The car drives the same as before the CVT fluid change. Car has 100k, idk if previous owner changed fluid, so i didn't take chances
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All I do with my 2016 Nissan Quest CVT is drain it cold, use an empty 5qt oil jug to measure the amount I drained out, then refill will that exact amount. I buy Nissan NS-3 fluid off eBay for around $10/qt shipped. The only reason I stick with the NS-3 for now is because it's blue in color. Should I have a warranty issue with it, I don't want any other color fluid in there. Once I'm beyond my ~100K mi warranty, I'll have no problem using one of the "suitable for use" aftermarket fluid like Castrol, Valvoline, etc. Most of them are either red or motor oil colored.
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All I do with my 2016 Nissan Quest CVT is drain it cold, use an empty 5qt oil jug to measure the amount I drained out, then refill will that exact amount. I buy Nissan NS-3 fluid off eBay for around $10/qt shipped. The only reason I stick with the NS-3 for now is because it's blue in color. Should I have a warranty issue with it, I don't want any other color fluid in there. Once I'm beyond my ~100K mi warranty, I'll have no problem using one of the "suitable for use" aftermarket fluid like Castrol, Valvoline, etc. Most of them are either red or motor oil colored.
Hey PoMan….it's sounds like you know what your doing....just draining the pan and adding the exact amount...where are you putting the fluid in at....the over flow or is there a filler tube....our new versa seems to be sealed....they say lifetime fill and the computer adjusts for worn fluid....is that true or...? do just not want people to mess with it for warrenty purposes...idk....but what you are doing would keep it in good shape a little at a time...where do I put the fluid in at...thanks man...oh one more thing how much are you getting out and do you drain from pan or pumping it out.....thanks so much my friend ...
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slinghigh, I don't know if I know what i'm doing, but I certainly try!

I would recommend checking out some youtube videos or the likes on changing Versa CVT fluid. This "sealed" business is a marketing term. None of them are sealed to the point you can't drain, add or check fluid level. It's just the manufacturers are making this process more difficult for the person who wants to work on their vehicle themselves. I'm quite sure your versa will have a capped dipstick(less) tube somewhere around the front left of the engine bay. You may have to remove some air intake tubing and maybe the lower half of the air cleaner box to see and get at it. After you find it, the second worst part it defeating the stupid locking cap on it. Lots of youtube videos on that too. Once you get that sucker broken free, it will come off easy every other time you need it to.

The factory service manual will make NO mention of this tube and wants Nissan techs to buy ~$500 worth of equipment to pump fluid back up through the pan drain plug. There's a riser tube threaded up the drain plug that's called the overflow pipe. When the level is high enough in the pan, it reaches the top of this pipe and dribbles down indicating proper level. This riser also must be removed to drain fluid from the pan. All it takes is a 5mm allen wrench to thread it out. For pics of that, check my thread on changing ATF in the 4spd auto on my 2015 Versa. Mine the same setup as today's Versa CVTs in terms of fluid maintenance. Here's the tread on that: https://www.nissanversaforums.com/ge...id-change.html

My Quest's CVT is a different setup in terms of maintenance. It has a drain plug, a level check plug and a relatively easy to get to recharge tube up top.
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UH...good advise but there is no drain plug on a Versa
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Link to this? Like said. There has to be a means to drain, fill and check level. It is not uncommon to have all 3 accomplished from one port/plug. If there is a charge tube up top, you can easily vacuum out and refill from there. Or use a cooler line to pump out and then fill from charge tube.

Here is a pic of a 2018 Nissan Versa CVT, where you can clearly see the recharge/refill tube. I marked up the drawing with a red circle around the tube. I am certain the <2018 Versa CVT versions have this as well. Here's where I borrowed the pic: https://www.ebay.com/itm/2018-NISSAN...YAAOSwVvBdAnP3 I wish I could see a shot of the bottom of the pan, but all Nissan/Jatco CVTs I am aware of have a removable plug on the pan as well.


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