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ACDelco CVT fluid substitute #5465209 06/28/20 09:16 PM
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Hello, I am wondering what fluids can be used as a substitute for ACDelco CVT fluid. Valvoline's CVT fluid claims to be a replacement for ACDelco's DEX-CVT, but that seems to be a different fluid than their regular CVT fluid? Thanks in advance!

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Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: Avery4] #5465266 06/28/20 10:22 PM
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Valvoline and Castrol can be used on it with no problem smile

Some people don't like the Castrol because it's red, and most OEM CVT fluids aren't red. Valvoline is amber. There are a few that are green since a good amount of factory CVT fluid is green or blue. You can get green CVT on Amazon for $6/qt, which is a few pennies more than Castrol by the case.

What kind of car do you have?

Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: slacktide_bitog] #5465272 06/28/20 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by slacktide_bitog
Valvoline and Castrol can be used on it with no problem smile

Some people don't like the Castrol because it's red, and most OEM CVT fluids aren't red. Valvoline is amber. There are a few that are green since a good amount of factory CVT fluid is green or blue. You can get green CVT on Amazon for $6/qt, which is a few pennies more than Castrol by the case.

What kind of car do you have?

Awesome, thank you! I'll go with the Valvoline fluid then, I have always had good luck with their ATF and I don't like BP/Castrol as a company. I don't personally care what color the fluid is if it works well, but since I am putting it in my friend's car I don't want anyone to get confused in the future if anyone else works on it for whatever reason. It's a 2015 Chevy Spark by the way.

Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: Avery4] #5465340 06/29/20 04:09 AM
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Then why not just use the correct OEM CVT fluid so there's no issue?

Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: Avery4] #5465345 06/29/20 04:42 AM
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Didn't the 2015 use the Jatco transmission? Seems like you could use anything labeled as fit for a Nissan if that's the case.

Just a WAG on my part though.


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Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: Avery4] #5465548 06/29/20 11:01 AM
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The Valvoline will work fine.

Castrol will also work fine but its red tinted. So that may be an issue if under warranty.


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Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: ctechbob] #5465577 06/29/20 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by ctechbob
Didn't the 2015 use the Jatco transmission? Seems like you could use anything labeled as fit for a Nissan if that's the case.

Just a WAG on my part though.

I don't know who made the transmission, but if it's the same company that makes Nissan's CVTs that's probably why it is screwed up!

Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: Avery4] #5465580 06/29/20 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Avery4
...Valvoline's CVT fluid claims to be a replacement for ACDelco's DEX-CVT, but that seems to be a different fluid than their regular CVT fluid? Thanks in advance!


I am unclear as to what you mean by this.

All CVT fluids have a different formulation than Step-Shift ATFs which means they are non-interchangeable.

So if you mean their CVT fluid is different than their MaxLife ATF you would be correct.

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Originally Posted by MolaKule
Originally Posted by Avery4
...Valvoline's CVT fluid claims to be a replacement for ACDelco's DEX-CVT, but that seems to be a different fluid than their regular CVT fluid? Thanks in advance!


I am unclear as to what you mean by this.

All CVT fluids have a different formulation than Step-Shift ATFs which means they are non-interchangeable.

So if you mean their CVT fluid is different than their MaxLife ATF you would be correct.

That's not what I meant, I know CVT fluid is different. What I meant is the owners manual calls for "ACDelco CVT fluid" but the Valvoline fluid claims to be a replacement for "Dex CVT Fluid", those seem to be 2 different fluids made by ACDelco.


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I now see crux of your question. smile

Your vehicle's CVT specifies ACDelco/GM part number 19260800/10-4092.

This fluid is now used as a replacement for the DEX-CVT fluid 15250985/10-4036.

A bit of history. The prior DEX-CVT fluid 15234609/10-4035 required an additive number 15231847 to be added at time of replacement for GM/Saturns, etc.

The DEX-CVT fluid 15250985/10-4036 Fluid replaced the prior DEX-CVT fluid 15234609/10-4035.

The current formulation CVT fluid ACDelco/GM part number 19260800/10-4092 is now the general replacement fluid for GM's line of CVT's.

Replacement CVT fluids could be:

Amsoil: https://amsoilcontent.com/ams/lit/databulletins/g3273.pdf

or,

Valvoline CVT Fluid: https://sharena21.springcm.com/Publ...bd3/89a30b24-93bb-e711-9c12-ac162d889bd1

or,

Redline CVT Fluid:

https://www.redlineoil.com/Content/files/tech/NON-SLIP_CVT_PROD_INFO.pdf

or, LubeGard CVT fluid

https://www.lubegard.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LG_Complete-CVT-Fluid_sell-sheet_fnl7.pdf

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Eneos CVT fluid is also another good possibility..

Idemitsu CVT fluid iis another good one has well.


and Eneos actually mkes OEM initial fill CVT fluid for Japanese vehicles unlike Valvoline etc etc...


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Re: ACDelco CVT fluid substitute [Re: MolaKule] #5465801 06/29/20 04:50 PM
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Originally Posted by MolaKule
I now see crux of your question. smile

Your vehicle's CVT specifies ACDelco/GM part number 19260800/10-4092.

This fluid is now used as a replacement for the DEX-CVT fluid 15250985/10-4036.

A bit of history. The prior DEX-CVT fluid 15234609/10-4035 required an additive number 15231847 to be added at time of replacement for GM/Saturns, etc.

The DEX-CVT fluid 15250985/10-4036 Fluid replaced the prior DEX-CVT fluid 15234609/10-4035.

The current formulation CVT fluid ACDelco/GM part number 19260800/10-4092 is now the general replacement fluid for GM's line of CVT's.

Replacement CVT fluids could be:

Amsoil: https://amsoilcontent.com/ams/lit/databulletins/g3273.pdf

or,

Valvoline CVT Fluid: https://sharena21.springcm.com/Publ...bd3/89a30b24-93bb-e711-9c12-ac162d889bd1

or,

Redline CVT Fluid:

https://www.redlineoil.com/Content/files/tech/NON-SLIP_CVT_PROD_INFO.pdf

or, LubeGard CVT fluid

https://www.lubegard.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/LG_Complete-CVT-Fluid_sell-sheet_fnl7.pdf

I did not know that, thank you for explaining! We ended up going with the Valvoline CVT fluid. I dropped the pan, cleaned it out, removed and washed the filter screen in acetone, and refilled with 4 quarts of that Valvoline fluid out of 6 total, so I was able to change about 2/3 of the fluid. I would say that the fluid replacement was 90% successful. It is still a little jerky at times like when getting on and off the gas, but at least now it actually moves when stepping on the gas instead of revving freely and lurching forwards in spurts like it is going to fail any second. It has 90K miles and was screwed up so who knows how much life that transmission has left in it, but if changing the fluid buys my friend a bit more time it's worth it, it was obvious that it wasn't going to last much longer the way it was slipping and lurching.

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Sometimes a new fluid change helps shifting since it starts cleaning the internals.

I would do another D&F and add LubeGard RED as some varnishing and glazing may have occurred. Follow bottle directions and don't overtreat.

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Originally Posted by MolaKule
Sometimes a new fluid change helps shifting since it starts cleaning the internals.

I would do another D&F and add LubeGard RED as some varnishing and glazing may have occurred. Follow bottle directions and don't overtreat.

Another drain and fill would probably help if I can talk my friend into it lol. Lubegard’s website says that their Red fluid supplement isn’t for use in CVTs, but they have a Yellow supplement for CVTs.

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Originally Posted by Avery4
Originally Posted by MolaKule
Sometimes a new fluid change helps shifting since it starts cleaning the internals.

I would do another D&F and add LubeGard CVT supplement (Yellow Bottle) as some varnishing and glazing may have occurred. Follow bottle directions and don't overtreat.

Another drain and fill would probably help if I can talk my friend into it lol. Lubegard’s website says that their Red fluid supplement isn’t for use in CVTs, but they have a Yellow supplement for CVTs.



I put in 5 Oz's of the Lubegard CVT recharge fluid in my car...

Amazingly it smelled just like Eneos CVT fluid and I mean exactly like it. I opened it in my car with the doors closed... And it smelled like used cat litter filled with cat urine that had sat in a hot car for like 7 days LOL

Must be the additives that smell like that... Crazy.


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