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Honda cvt fluid change frequency? #5142695 06/24/19 10:09 AM
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2019 crv Lx and have read that Honda's cvt fluid change recommendation is too laxed and a yearly cvt fluid change will prolong the cvt life. What are you cvt owners doing and what would you suggest for someone who only drives about 5k per year, although much of it is stop and go driving?

Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142703 06/24/19 10:20 AM
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I have a 2018 Accord with the CVT. I plan to change @ 30,000 and every 30,000 thereafter.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142719 06/24/19 10:29 AM
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Had a friend who cooked her HRV at about 50K. CvT replacements aren't cheap. Think her stealership told her to change at 30K-- by them only, of course.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142729 06/24/19 10:40 AM
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I did my first CVT change in mt '15 Accord Sport at 20k. I'm going to do my second at 50k, probably next year at this rate. Using Honda fluids only.

Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142737 06/24/19 10:55 AM
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I believe your free manual says to go by the MM, unless you use it for livery, mountain driving, etc. Then it says 25k.

Right? (it's in the maintenance section look for *4) CRV OM

My '14 Accord was 90% highway driven so I changed it when the MM told me to, at 50k. Sounds like Honda cuts it in half for severe service. Smart. Use OE fluid only! It's not worth a couple bucks using a non-approved fluid.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142746 06/24/19 11:05 AM
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I recommend every 20K - which is usually every 2-3 oil changes.

Honda recommends going by the MM but there is a footnote which says to change every 25K if the vehicle is used in low-speed driving conditions.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142830 06/24/19 12:27 PM
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It's always wise to go by "severe service" that's actually the service needed to keep the vehicle healthy. The rest is pure marketing to make you think that you car needs very little maintenance. Just check what the manufacturer of the tranny says vs what the car manufacturer says, they never agree. smile

Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142864 06/24/19 01:08 PM
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I have a 2014 Accord, and just sold a 2014 Civic. I changed out almost 4 qts every other oil change on them both.

There was a noticeable, but small difference in the feel/operation right after a change. btw, that doesn't change all the fluid, it's about half.

This OCI was recommended to me by my neighbor that at the time was the head mechanic at a Honda dealership.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5142887 06/24/19 01:45 PM
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It's an easy spill and fill. 20K to 25K; 30K max.
Keep your Honda happy.

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I will be doing a D & F on the Civic in my signature this weekend. It has just over 32k miles. I'll be using Castrol Transmax CVT fluid which is HCF-2 compatible.


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Re: Honda cvt fluid change frequency? [Re: axxel6307] #5143050 06/24/19 05:04 PM
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Change it when the minder says to smile

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