when to change corolla cvt fluid

CVT fluid certainly wears out over time. I do that with my cars and there’s no mess, clean-up, etcetera. The oil change interval for CVT transmissions varies for each automaker. would be bad to drain the trans and not be able to fill it. However, depending on the car you are driving, you may require to flush it a few times or change after every 50,000 miles. In 2013, Toyota released the CVT fluid FE fluid specification for Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT). The fluid change did not fix the issue It could be a rotten heat shield down there in the exhaust assembly. This 2010 Toyota Corolla S with the 1.8L 2ZR-FE I4 engine and the U341E automatic transaxle has an ATF fluid specification for a drain and refill of 3.1 U.S. quarts (2.93 Liters or 2.58 Imperial Quarts). If you have automatic, you can typically boost that range up to 60,000 to 100,000 miles. To all: remember this is a CVT, mostly unknown territory. CVT FLUID CAPACITY AND TYPE (P) MAINTENANCE - SECTION MA - Page MA-20 Engine Model QR25DE (4 cylinder) RE0F 10D CVT Fluid Capacity - Approx 7.4 liters ( 7 7/8 Quarts ) NS-3 Fluid ONLY Engine Model VQ35DE (6 cylinder) RE0F 10E CVT Fluid Capacity - Approx 8.2 Liters ( 8 5/8 Quarts ) NS-3 Fluid ONLY CAUTION *Use only Genuine NISSAN CVT Fluid NS-3. Transmission fluid does not need to be changed during the entire lifespan of a vehicle. As VDCdriver mentioned, it’s the additives part of it that comes into play. I had it checked at 30k and dealer said it was OK. I’d have changed it at that point anyway. Sorry for the length. But the cvt fluid change schedule is impossible to find from Toyota. If you think about how often you may need to do a transmission fluid change-out (let's say, every 40-60,000 miles) then for a car that you would own until it reaches retirement age you may change the fluid 3-4 times. This is incorrect. I have 98k miles on Corolla 2014 Le ECO. I recently bought a Toyota corolla sedan 2015 with a CVT transmission having 54,000 km,when do I have to change the CVT transmission fluid? Many cars require that you change the automatic transmission fluid when it's warm or hot. no dipstick. I was told in a transmission school many years ago that the fluid does not necessarily fail. Now on the actual procedure. By using our Services, you agree to our use of cookies.Learn More. This fluid was first used in the following transmissions: 2013 K313 (Corolla) 2014 K41B (Scion IQ) 2017 K114 (C-HR) 2017 K312 (Yaris Thailand, Rumion 2013) 2020 K120 (Corolla) Just because it isn’t dirty or visibly worn out doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be changed. But the cvt fluid change schedule is impossible to find from Toyota. If you are going to do it, the dealer would probably be the safest place to have it done. From what I know, it’s been kept up with, it was mostly a fleet vehicle all of its life and appears to have been kept up on with the standard maintenance. Some say don't change it while others say change it every 60k miles. I have heard different things about getting the CVT transmission fluid changed. I just don’t want to risk damaging the transmission getting the fluid changed if it’s not really worthwhile, nor cut its life short because I bought the “lifetime fluid” line. I think over the years most of us have concluded that you change trans fluid at 30K intervals. No change of fluid appears on service schedule. 2 votes for 50k, Drive a new 2014 Toyota Corolla and you opinion about constantly variable transmissions (CVTs) will change. so we have 2 votes for 30k, I was afraid I’d break the extension or ratchet. Requires inspection after every subsequent 40,000 Km under normal conditions and 25000 Km under severe conditions. Plus you always need to buy the new washers. I haven’t yet owned a car with a CVT, but when I do finally buy one, it will have its trans fluid changed every 30k miles, just like all of my previous cars. Add fluid if necessary. I’d just siphon or pump out as much fluid as I could periodically, measure what came out and put that much back. Low Transmission Fluid Symptoms. Well yeah, I remember on my TL, that fill plug was really tight. Hardly scientific. I collect the old stuff right into the bottles I haul to be recycled @ WM or Advance. The manual says to change it if you use the vehicle to tow a trailer more than once. The first is if your transmission fluid starts to smell burnt, or if it turns a dark color. Seems like they are keeping the definition very broad for liability reasons. I had changed the CVT fluid when we bought our used HRV 6 months ago. I bought the car @ 19400KM on ODO and now @ 34550KM I have some “grrr” sound coming from the CVT i think. Use Nissan fluid as the problems are so high you don't want to shortchange there. Plan to change CVT fluid in cold weather if possible or otherwise in early morning hours or evening; as we would need to correct fluid level when its temperature is around room temperature. I tried asking the guy who did the Inspection and he made it sound like it was going to be a big hassle, there’s no way to check it, and that it’s life time fluid. Okay, You got 'er, Bill! Thanks everyone for all your help! I find both extreme and am looking for a better number, say 50k? You have to put them on a lift and pump the fluid in. 2 votes for 50k, 2 votes for 50k, I changed my CVT fluid at 126,000 Kms because it was black and over four years of use. Remember to only use OEM Nissan Fluid. The will need a scan tool that can monitor the ATF temperature because the fluid level has to be set a specific temperature which appears to NOT be ambient or the normal operating temperature of the ATF. Our HRV now has a total 65000km/40000miles on it. Sometimes a vehicle will also keep track of fluid life inside its on-board computer and give you a warning when you are nearing its useful end. However once every 4-5 years is worth it. It never had a transmission fluid change though. I had to have the valve body replaced at 58k under warranty and the ATF looked like new then. daytrippr Posts: 181 Joined: Mon May 05, 2008 1:56 pm I used 1/2" ratchet but needed an extension to reach and the extension actually torqued a little before the plug gave way. If you want the fluid changed you'll need to ask them to do it. one for never (dealer), I’m replacing CVT fluid in my Nissans on 30K schedule, having drain-plug helps a lot. I believe the manual says to check at 30k, and change at 60 if it’s had a lot of heavy use, or low speeds, being used similar to a taxi or the likes. If you have an independent shop do it, make sure they are using the correct fluid and following the correct procedures. I have a Nissan published maintenance schedule that I downloaded from the internet. OEM manual instructs to drop a return house and do in-line replacement method, but they still provide a plug down below and it gets 5.5. quarts out of 8 drained, so it’s reasonably OK if done on 30K schedule, for 50K I would probably go with full replacement, so I would get car into the shop for 100% replacement. When CVTs first appeared they were met with the disdain of all auto enthusiasts. If it’s something I should get done, I don’t mind getting it drained and filled again when I get the oil changed. He says service the transmission every 30k miles (as I also recommend) and he has said that almost every transmission he has repaired or rebuilt died due to one of 2 things. Better to replace the CVT oil every 100,000 Km. However, many experts recommend that you change a Corolla's automatic transmission fluid when it's cold. Drive CVT for 10 min 6. Below is a list of car brands and models along with the suggested CVT fluid change schedule. Change the transmission fluid regularly, possibly every 30,000 kilometers. I’d also got the recalls dealt with when I got it inspected, one was a jsd/jod campaign I believe where they check the transmission and change either a solenoid or the transmission if either were damaged, as far as I know, everything was fine. 4. I don’t know if the Subaru CVT is more reliable or not over the long term, go with 30k. I’d recently got a 2017 Toyota Corolla le, just shy of 64k. 1. Alternatively, you can check for two other signs that it might be time for a transmission filter change. I’d like to throw a caution out there on this one. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. The idea is to change it before it changes appearance. Check fluid level. 15000km/9000 miles ago. Nissan likely says change fluid at 60K miles and a lot of them tear up around that number. +1 Even if the fluid isn’t discolored, some of its additives could be depleted, and there is no way to determine this by appearance. I recall it should be 8 quarts but unsure so I checked the CVT fluid change manual. Drain fluid 3. yes, I know it’s complicated, I’d only have it done at a dealer. Just for the record, I’m leaving mine alone (2014 Legacy). 7 votes for 30k, If you can't find the service interval for your particular transmission, you could do a lot worse than to just use this interval as your guide. Toyota Fielder is equipped with (Continuous Velocity Transmission) CVT. If the manual says 25K for severe use, and your driving qualifies for what they call “severe”, then 25 k intervals is the best choice. Cookies help us deliver our Services. 2013 - CVT Fluid FE. Basically if you ever drive in a city, or near the coast, or on a mountain, or in the winter, you are in that category. The fluid should last at least 160K.I'll play it safe and get it tested at 100K. 7. CVT MAINTENANCE NOTES. Then there’s no question you are satisfying the manufacturer’s recommendations should there ever be a warranty question. both fluid exchange or drain&fill will be just fine, for a fraction of a cost, I can totally imagine dealers inventing an additional cash generator for them, but I would not do it unless car was neglected badly and it needs a CPR vs. normal maintenance. The possibility of error is why I’m putting it off as long as is prudent. I had it checked at 30k and dealer said it was OK. Manual says never change it for normal use and every 25k for severe use. Remove drain plug from CVT oil pan. 1 vote for 25k Runs great, no issues at all. these are new and possibly have problems, so I’d like to stay proactive. For example, the Warranty and Maintenance Guide for the 2018 Toyota Camry says to change the transmission fluid at 60,000 miles when "Driving while towing, using a car-top carrier, or heavy vehicle loading" as well as when "Extensive idling and/or low speed driving for a long distance such as police, taxi or door-to-door delivery use." I’ve been looking for a straighter answer than I’ve been finding on this, I’m hoping there’s been some people here who dealt with it one way or another. +1 how does subaru fill the trans at the factory? Thanks for any advice. So just another one of those things to scratch off the DIY list and have done at a shop or dealer for about $150. Even if the fluid isn’t discolored, some of its additives could be depleted, and there is no way to determine this by appearance. The extra changes are cheaper than a new transmission! Dear Ray, I have a 2013 Nissan Altima 4 cylinder with a CVT transmission. Not sure how to interpret that. 50k sounds good to me! PS, the definition of “severe use” is such that just about all drivers are in that mode. When to change the CVT fluid? On park, when I rev the engine I don’t hear this sound. Most Toyota Corolla cars require that you change the transmission fluid at least every 20,000 miles or 24 months depending on the year model of the car. As said earlier, it costs £115 by Toyota. I’m just very scheduled oriented when it comes to stuff like that, and the lack of official info from Toyota and the contradicting info I’d seen and heard, as well as not knowing any mechanics I really trust is driving me a little nutty. No one can eyeball fluid and tell how good it is. I haven’t yet owned a car with a CVT, but when I do finally buy one, it will have its trans fluid changed every 30k miles, just like all of my previous cars. The CVT in Honda cars are better than other brands. For vehicles with a CVT; cube ®, Murano ®, Altima ®, Altima coupe, Maxima ®, Rogue ®, Pathfinder ®, Sentra ® and Versa ®, replace the fluid every 60,000 miles or if the CVT fluid deterioration data is more than 210000.; If towing a trailer or if the vehicle is driven on rough or muddy roads, replace the CVT fluid every 30,000 miles or 24 months. Does this thing have a dipstick for the CVT? You might do well to change fluid at half that or 30K miles but be warned, it's not cheap. believe Subaru says to change CVT fluid at 100,000 miles which coincides with the 100,000 mile check of the chain Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. My erstwhile Compact SUV with a CVT in the US used to make a shrill metallic noise when accelerating. There are many fluids that run throughout your vehicle, but one of the most important to keep track of is the transmission fluid. one for never (dealer). I drive 80% highway, 20% city, about 8000 mi per year. I know this is unknown territory, but I’d like some opinions. It’s the additives that break down. The low level of fluid could be the result of it leaking through a cracked or worn out component. Pour In New Transmission Fluid: Insert a small automotive funnel in to the transmission dipstick hole. Reinstall drain plug in oil pan 4. Powered by Discourse, best viewed with JavaScript enabled. I believe the manual says to check at 30k, and change at 60 if it’s had a lot of heavy use, or low speeds, being used similar to … The fact that the dealer doesn’t recommend a change is also a factor, ie, perhaps they are uncertain on the procedure? The idea is to change it before it changes appearance. Another classic sign of a CVT transmission malfunction is a noticeable hesitation for the transmission of the car to engage a gear when you put the gear shifter in “D” or “R.” Issues like low transmission fluid, a loose belt, or a failing clutch pack of an internal transmission seal can cause the delay in gear engagement. There’s no harm in changing your fluid early. Yes there is an extended warranty from Nissan on the CVT but check with them to make sure. I guess one could loosen the drain bolt and very carefully drain some fluid, but with my luck I would end up dumping all the CVT fluid. A friend of mine is a transmission guy in business for over 40 years as a reputable independent. I have a Toyota Corolla Axio 2007 with K310-02A CVT. On the iQ service schedule the transmission fluid is just inspected at year 4. It's pricey to change as the fluid is $30 per liter up here in Canada and the CVT takes 5-6 liters if I remember. Top. I would imagine “drop pan” to be used if transmission was not serviced for 20 years and 200K miles, but to do that with relatively moderate mileage… WHY??! It has recommended service intervals (miles/months) for various routine maintenance procedures (oil change… If you drive manual, most manufacturers will recommend changing your transmission fluid every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. CSA. With these CVT transmissions, there is a lot that go wrong with a simple fluid change. The manual states: Continuously Variable Transmission fluid capacity: 3.5L(3.7 US qt) at change 7.6L(8.0 US qt) at overhaul That also matches my experience as the fluid still look really dark when I did the second drain. I have a 2013 Toyota Corolla Type S. I went in for a 45k Tune Up and they told me I needed to get a fuel injector kit service and that I should be getting a Transmission Fluid Flush at 50k miles. The Service Tech was surprised that the book said that and said that 48K it wasn't necessary to change the CVT fluid. The idea is to change it before it changes appearance. been told on a honda to make sure the fill plug can be removed before you take out the drain plug as they like to stick. There is an access plug on the Pontiac somewhere around where the axle goes in but I’ve never been able to find it. one for never (dealer). It's not like oil, where you may have 15-20 oil changes and there still is plenty of life left in most motor oils at 5-6000 miles. I have a question please. If you want to be safe, every 30k miles, especially if it's for Nissan NS-2 or Chrysler/Jeep CVTF+4 transmissions made by Jatco. I have never checked the fluid level because the transmission dip stick has a seal on it that has to be broken to pull it out. I don’t know how a dealer could look at the fluid and see that it’s ok. Fill CVT with tranny fluid at the charging pipe 5. It should be changed much sooner than automatic or manual transmission oil. The recommended oil is Toyota Genuine CVT Fluid TC with part number 08886-02105 4 Litres. Not sure what else one could do. Lots of transmissions now have neither dipsticks or fill ports on top of the trans. 2. 30k seems to be the suggestion from what I’m finding on Subaru Forester.org but some dealers are offering to drop the pan rather than a drain&fill to completely change the fluid but with a higher labor cost (600.00 just in labor in Orange county) or $300 for the drain&fill, update: On the east coast. I just did mine at 29K so I’m good for a while. addendum: I like the way it drives and the high MPG. The oil change frequency should depend on the … The chain/belt that transfers power requires clean, fresh oil to function properly. 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