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post #1 of 16 Old 06-14-2005, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question how to check CVT fluid level?

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i tried to pull out the dipstick for CVT to check the fluid levels. it would not go and i was not sure if it was something that i am allowed to do.

anybody can help?
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You'll need a small flathead screwdriver to push in the tab on the dipstick to release it. Then rotate the dipstick around 180 degrees (about its axis) and reinsert to get an accurate reading. Make sure you put the dipstick back in to the "locked" position before driving off.

The CVT level is checked with the engine on, at operating temperature, on a level surface.

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Service manual says something about a 10 minute drive and make sure you run the selector through all the positions, then the level must be checked in P or N.

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At ~26,000 miles today I checked my CVT fluid level for the first time. Fluid was a brownish color but looked fine otherwise (I wonder what the color was when it was new). In the process I pushed a little hard with the screwdriver and broken the little retaining tab on the trans dipstick. I thought about calling my dealer and ordering a replacement dipstick, but I was standing next to my workbench at the time and spied a less costly solution - duct tape. Not pretty but that dipstick isn't coming off unless I want it to!

Question to anyone who reads this: what color is your CVT fluid?

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R.I.P. 10/15/2015 CVT failure.
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Clear. no color. no odor
At least mine is like that @ 29k.

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Ditto mfshin. 30400mi.

If the fluid is discolored, and/or smells (burnt) you may have a problem.

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Well mine is definitely not clear, more of the color of brand new motor oil (a very very light amber). I guess I might have the dealer take a look at it, but you know what they will say - we plugged in the computer and found nothing wrong.

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R.I.P. 10/15/2015 CVT failure.
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Called the $tealer to set up an appt to check out the amber CVT fluid. Was rescheduled for next week because this week their scan tool was "not working." I wonder how much they even use it - usually they resort to suggesting some rip off unnecessary service like the "15,000 mile engine flush" before they properly diagnose the problem. Will keep the forum updated on this issue.

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R.I.P. 10/15/2015 CVT failure.
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Late update: dealer said CVT fluid was fine, and ordered and installed a new CVT dipstick under warranty. Overall, other than the time it took, it was a pleasant experience.

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CVT fluid

I checked my CVT fluid level and it's low,near the lower part of the add hash marks.The engine was fully warmed up,running and in park,on a level surface.I know I need the NS-2 fluid too.
My concerns are...Is my Nissan Service Dept. the only place to get this fluid?
How much fluid will it take to bring it back to where it should be?
And why is it low in the fiest place?
My Mo is a 04 SE with 25000 miles on it.I bought it used this past May under Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned program.
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First be sure that you are reading it correctly. Be sure to look at the amount via the reflection. Although I have not checked the CVT fluid myself I'm sure its like the oil dipstick in that the actual level is hard to see unless you look at the reflection of the fluid on the stick.
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Assuming you read the dipstick correctly and its a bit low, I don't see why the dealer would not top off the fluid for you for free under warranty, since the CVT "officially" doesn't have to be serviced under "normal" conditions and should not lose any fluid.

It should take less than a quart to bring it from the bottom of the hash to the top of the hash region on the dipstick.

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Well, at 31k CVT oil was relpaced and level reads way too high.
Even with cold engine it reads higher than Hot level.
Is this a problem?
BTW, after a visit to a delaer the CVT oil dipstik has become loose-plastic tab is gone. The O-ring holds dipstick in its place, however It can be easily pulled out Should I address it to the dealer.
Total price was $171.. including labor and 6 Qrts of NS2.
Oil was clear with no odor whatsoever before the service.

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Yes yes yes yes... have the get the level to the proper amount. Too much is bad... much worse than too little.

Regarding the stick... yes yes yes yes that should be replaced. If they broke it show them and ask that they replace it as it was not like that prior to the service.
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Hi I have been worried about my transmission on my 06 murano it's making a noise like a propeller hitting plastic the faster the car moves the faster the noise is
I was going to check the fluid and could not get the cap off and I found this site
I asked one mechanic he said not to worry and I let it go and now the sound is getting louder and then went to a different mechanic and they said to replace it not sure if that is what it needs until I can check the level my self now that I know more about it
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