Recent Topics
what ceramic brake pads should i choose?
by apollo18 - 02/19/20 05:21 PM
school me on tint
by WhyMe - 02/19/20 04:27 PM
Michelin 7% Price Increase Effective 3/16/20
by Egg_Head - 02/19/20 03:58 PM
GunsInternational
by Yah-Tah-Hey - 02/19/20 03:39 PM
400hp VW Arteon confirmed for 2021
by wemay - 02/19/20 03:11 PM
redline 75W140
by mobilaltima - 02/19/20 02:50 PM
brake flush, upgrade to dot 4 or stay with dot 3
by apollo18 - 02/19/20 02:49 PM
I'm hoping it is the battery. 2016 Camry
by andyd - 02/19/20 02:48 PM
New Zoro 20% off $75 or more
by bullwinkle - 02/19/20 02:24 PM
New platinum beta ratio?
by mpgo4th - 02/19/20 01:40 PM
Lubrizol GF-6 Video Interview w/ Martin Birze
by ARCOgraphite - 02/19/20 01:31 PM
2008 GMC Sierra - AMSOIL SS 5w30 - 5300~ miles
by Samrsnow - 02/19/20 01:23 PM
Factory Ford filter cut open
by mpgo4th - 02/19/20 01:01 PM
VW coolant G12+ compatable G12++
by raaizin - 02/19/20 12:27 PM
Fun Electrical Gremlins with the Jeep
by Miller88 - 02/19/20 11:59 AM
Checking inner CV joints on fwd
by ram_man - 02/19/20 11:39 AM
AIR FRANCE FLIGHT 296
by 53' Stude - 02/19/20 10:51 AM
Brakes failing randomly
by Avery4 - 02/19/20 10:28 AM
Reliable Brand Washer / Dryer
by diyjake - 02/19/20 10:05 AM
Royal purple oil filters have gone downhill?
by Sprite - 02/19/20 09:25 AM
Newest Members
Antherzoll, mmahaley, Butterfly, TorchHypnosis, Tgibson
70751 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
117 registered members (4WD, 55hambone, 1978elcamino, 53' Stude, 97prizm, 11 invisible), 2,265 guests, and 18 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Statistics
Forums67
Topics301,661
Posts5,200,168
Members70,751
Most Online4,538
Jan 20th, 2020
Donate to BITOG
Print Thread
Hop To
Page 1 of 2 1 2
CVT Fluid recommendations #5339906 02/03/20 10:30 AM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 44
T
Triplicate Offline OP
OP Offline
T
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 44
It's time to drain/refill the CVT fluid in the wife's 2011 Rogue. In the past I had this service done at the dealer, but it's a pricey service for what amounts to something no more complex than an engine oil change.

Just about every brand of fluid claims NS-2 compatibility. The factory fill is ridiculously expensive, 2-3x as much per quart as Castrol, Mag1, Lucas, Valvoline, etc.

Amazon reviews for Idemitsu CVT fluid claim it's Nissan NS-2 factory fill in a different package, but I'm not one to blindly trust an anonymous Amazon review. Amazon is not really the best place for this sort of info.

Anyone have experience with any of these brand? Good experiences? Bad experiences?

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339919 02/03/20 10:48 AM
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 23,826
D
Donald Offline
Offline
D
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 23,826
I would go with Amsoil CVT if they spec if for your vehicle. Its not cheap either. Not that I am a super Amsoil fan but I do use their ATF and gear oils. Not engine oil.


2015 Ford F-250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339922 02/03/20 10:51 AM
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,165
J
JeffKeryk Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Jan 2010
Posts: 3,165
I have used Valvoline and Castrol full synthetic in a well worn 2015 Altima. Has 130K miles and runs great.


2018 Tesla Model 3, Medium Range Battery
2018 Lexus RX450h
2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
2006 Acura TSX
2001 Tundra Access Cab, 1998 Accord LX, 1968 Corvette L36 Roadster, 1965 Olds 4-4-2
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339927 02/03/20 10:54 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 20,894
MolaKule Offline
Global Moderator
Offline
Global Moderator
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 20,894
Amsoil CVT, Redline CVT, Castrol Import CVT, and Valvoline CVT are all blended for at least NS-2 applications.


Charlie Eppes: "Larry, have a minute?"
Dr. Larry Fleinhardt: "Yes. Because we all have exactly the same number of minutes at all times, do we not?" From NUMB3RS
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339941 02/03/20 11:10 AM
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,726
J
Jimzz Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,726
For Nissan if it has less than 120k then use Valvoline. Its not a red CVT fluid like Castrol and some others. So less chance Nissan gives you any issues.

If you have well over 120k, little to no chance Nissan will cover any CVT issues, then use the cheapest fluid that meets spec. Castrol is usually pretty cheap CVT fluid.


yup
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339948 02/03/20 11:17 AM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 7,499
B
bbhero Offline
Offline
B
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 7,499
I have Eneos CVT fluid in my car now.... This fluid has quieted my car quite a bit.

I changed the fluid 3 times in 6,500 miles...

My car has 296,400 miles on it.

I changed the CVT fluid starting at 283,500 miles....

The Eneos CVT fluid is another possibility for you to run.


Nissan Altima 3.5 Coupe
Cam2 SuperproMax 5w30 Carquest r84356 Oil filter
"Treat your family like your friends and treat your friends like your family."
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339975 02/03/20 11:55 AM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 13,544
K
Kestas Offline
Global Moderator
Offline
Global Moderator
K
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 13,544
I use Castrol CVT fluid that is NS-2 approved. Some months ago I bought a case for $6/qt because it was on sale, and so I stocked up for the next fluid change.

I have 20K since the last change. The 2010 Nissan Murano runs fine on it.

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339978 02/03/20 12:03 PM
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 44
T
Triplicate Offline OP
OP Offline
T
Joined: Apr 2016
Posts: 44
Thanks everyone!

Did you do a full flush or just drain the pan? Nissan forums say the Rogue AWD holds 9 quarts but only 4.75 will come out of the pan. The rest is in the lines and cannot be removed by gravity or via a dipstick pump. You can only pour more fluid in and flush the old stuff out.

Since this car has 120,000+ miles and is way out of warranty, I'm not concerned about voiding anything. My Sentra is also out of warranty but has had 2 dealer CVT fluid changes and its at 98k miles. I don't think it needs another one for a while.

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Donald] #5339990 02/03/20 12:26 PM
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 63
B
Brian123 Offline
Offline
B
Joined: Dec 2013
Posts: 63
Originally Posted by Donald
I would go with Amsoil CVT if they spec if for your vehicle. Its not cheap either. Not that I am a super Amsoil fan but I do use their ATF and gear oils. Not engine oil.


Any trans or diff fluid Amsoil makes has worked perfectly for me, meaning no problems. The stuff is more expensive but it has probably saved me money in the long run. What I am saying is my local mechanic told me that everyone that came in with a trans problem never stated that they used Amsoil ATF. In my opinion, if you wanna use the cheap stuff you will have problems. Amsoil Gear Oil which I think is great has not caused any problems and there ATF is awesome.

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5339999 02/03/20 12:47 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 12,329
J
JTK Offline
Offline
J
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 12,329
Per a Nissan tech I've chatted with elsewhere, you don't have to use NS-2 in an older Nissan. NS-3 can be used in it's place and is what his dealership does.

Thus the aftermarket CVT fluids that are recommended for use where NS-2 and NS-3 are recommended.

Last edited by JTK; 02/03/20 12:48 PM.

2019 Nissan Pathfinder SV
2017 Ram 1500 4x4, 3.6L.
2015 Nissan Versa 1.6 S
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5340002 02/03/20 12:49 PM
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 13,544
K
Kestas Offline
Global Moderator
Offline
Global Moderator
K
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 13,544
Originally Posted by Triplicate
Did you do a full flush or just drain the pan?

I did a full flush shortly after I bought the car from my friend. This included a pan drop and filter change. The car had 80K when I bought it and I believe the fluid was never changed. It didn't look that bad when I changed it. Either it had a change I didn't know about or this transmission doesn't have the clutch wear events that a regular transmission has, which sheds debris into the fluid. I'm not so sure CVTs need the 30K maintenance interval regular transmissions have. It might be okay to go longer.

What is the experience from others?

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5340012 02/03/20 01:00 PM
Joined: Mar 2019
Posts: 114
A
Aredeeem Offline
Offline
A
Joined: Mar 2019
Posts: 114
I’ve got a 2012 Nissan Versa with 72k. Cvt hasn’t been touched. Autozone is currently selling cvt fluid (ns-2) for $10.00 a quart, very tempting. Owners manual says “use only Nissan ns-2 and not to mix fluids.” After what I’ve read here I’m going to try the Castrol.

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5340044 02/03/20 02:06 PM
Joined: Apr 2019
Posts: 202
H
HyundaiAbuser Offline
Offline
H
Joined: Apr 2019
Posts: 202
Valvoline cvt has done well a friend of mine's in a suzuki sx4 with almost 180k on it. Somewhere around 20k on the fluid.


03 Hyundai Tiburon:
Castrol Edge 0w40
Redline MT90
94 Mazda B4000
Supertech 5w30 Full Synthetic
Valvoline Dex/Merc
Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5340074 02/03/20 03:09 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 9,345
S
slacktide_bitog Offline
Offline
S
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 9,345
Castrol is usually the one at the best price, but it is red, which bothers some people. There is nothing wrong with it smile

Valvoline CVT is amber. About $7/qt from Walmart.

There are a couple green fluids on Amazon for about $6/qt, such as these two

Re: CVT Fluid recommendations [Re: Triplicate] #5340083 02/03/20 03:27 PM
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,404
K
KGMtech Offline
Offline
K
Joined: Oct 2014
Posts: 1,404
As I've said on other similar threads, Pennzoil Platinum CVT2 is the same as Nissan NS2, same green colour, same same but far less $$. The MSDS for Nissan NS2 shows it is made in USA by SOPUS.

I respect that other oil formulators have cracked the NS2 code and make great alternatives for people that don't accept the ransom price at Nissan dealers.


2017.5 Nissan Rogue SV FWD
2013 Nissan Maxima SV
2009 Ford Flex SEL FWD
1984 Yamaha XJ750RL
Page 1 of 2 1 2
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

BOB IS THE OIL GUY® Powered by UBB.threads™