When should I flush my CVT transmission?

Most manufacturers recommend a transmission flush every 30,000 miles or every couple of years.

Is a CVT transmission flush necessary?

Most CVTs (continuously variable transmissions) need inspections and/or fluid changes. We advise owners to refer to the owner’s manual for specific guidance and to keep records of related services. Remember that unlike engine oil, transmission fluid should never burn off.

How often should you flush a CVT transmission?

For example, Nissan will recommend that you change the fluid every 25,000 miles. Most manufacturers fall into a range between 30,000 and 50,000 miles. Many car owners find that their manual doesn’t specify a time. If this is the case, a good rule of thumb is around 50,000 miles.

What happens if you don’t change CVT fluid?

If you don’t change your transmission fluid frequently, the dirty fluid will not serve as an effective lubricant and it won’t disperse heat well. This will cause wear and tear on the clutches and other parts of your transmission.

How much does a CVT transmission flush cost?

The transmission fluid used on a CVT is expensive and ranges from $15 to $30 a quart. The transmission’s capacity is 4 to 5 quarts. The labor to change the fluid can be from $70 to $110. If you add it all up, for between $120 to $260 you can prevent a major problem!

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Why You Should Never flush your transmission fluid?

Transmission fluid is highly detergent which can wash the varnish off clutches, causing it to slip. Pressure flushing can cause aging seals to start leaking. When it leaks more than a quart it could burn up the unit.

Is it better to flush or drain transmission fluid?

Proponents of transmission flushes will often argue that a flush is a better service because it replaces more of your transmission fluid. It’s true that removing your transmission pan or draining your transmission via its drain plug (as your car manufacturer intends) only removes about 70% of the fluid inside.

How do I keep my CVT transmission good?

Adopt good driving habits: When driving on a hill, avoid using the throttle to hold yourself, instead, hit the brakes to resist backward motion, and once you have released it, hit the throttle again. Also, just like any other automatic transmission vehicle, do not neutral stop your vehicle, it could damage your CVT.

How do you maintain a CVT transmission?

The most important thing you can do to maintain the health of a CVT is to take care of the transmission fluid. We recommend following your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation on how often to do so. This information, along with the type of fluid most appropriate for your vehicle, will be in the owner’s manual.

How long does CVT last?

CVT transmissions last just as long as a traditional automatic transmission and are designed to last the full life of the vehicle. The typical CVT has a life expectancy of at least 100,000 miles. Certain models like the Toyota Prius commonly last well over 300,000 miles.

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Why is CVT bad?

The cons of a CVT

They are noisy: No driver welcomes extra noise unless they are cruising on a powerful engine. CVTs have the tendency to hang at high rpm, which causes the engine to rev wildly under acceleration. … Poor feel: You won’t feel it when the CVT vehicle shifts gears because it has no gears in the first place.

How do I check my CVT transmission fluid?

Checking CVT Fluid Level

  1. Park the vehicle on level ground (engine running, parking brake set).
  2. Using a scan tool, ensure that the CVT fluid operating temperature is within the range of 170°F-180°F (77°C-82°C).
  3. Shift the transmission into REVERSE for 5 seconds.
  4. Shift the transmission into DRIVE for 5 seconds.