So I finally completed my final fill. The first 3 drain and fills were flushing and cleaning my system with the NS-2 fluid. Since this will be my final fill, I decided to replace the filter or actually the strainer this time. Yeah, I know, OCD and anal retentive that I am.
But guess what, bummer since I received the wrong part. Yes, dumb me did not remember what it looked like when I dropped the pan a few weeks ago. It was dark. So I trusted the web site by entering my vin# and I guess I made a mistake and got the wrong part. So my vehicle was up for a week waiting for the strainer.
I am following how the Honda Technicians service their cvt’s. They usually do a 4x drain and fill. They might drive it around between fills but I read they increase the rpm’s while hoisted and changing the gears.
For myself, as I drove during these weeks, I always made sure I went through all my gears slowly whenever I can to replace all the old fluid in my torque converter etc.
Since I get over 50% transmission fluid drained each time, after completing the final 4th drain and fill, I will have nearly 90% new fluid inside my system.
Anything after, the laws of diminishing returns occurs and I will be wasting more fluid than increasing benefits.
So while waiting for my strainer, I decided to primer and paint my drain pan.
It was clean from dumping the pan a few weeks ago, so it was still quite clean.
Anyways, while cleaning it, I saw this bump inside the pan thinking it was leftover magnetic material or what not, so I scraped it off with my fingernail and peeled a pen-prick sized bit of the powder coated paint.
Getting paranoid that it would continue to peel off, which would probably not. I mean I seen pan out there worse off, but NOOOOOOO, my dumb anal butt HAD to buy another pan. BECAUSE I know just one speck of paint will cause my ORIGINAL CVT transmission to fail with my dumb luck. So I bought a new OEM online and had my vehicle up for another week.
So yes, I been draining transmission fluid for nearly 2 weeks, and yes it kept dripping for that long. So it was really dry except for the fluid stuck inside the rest of engine.
I think it would be smarter to let this cvt fail so I can get a new one. THEN maybe maintain it like hell.
But what if this is one of the CVT that were the magic 180k version. With proper malignance, maybe I can make it last like 250k no problem?
So heck with it, lets try to keep this thing going I guess…is the BEST.
Anyways, its runs like new, because before any new cvt fluid was introduced, it jerked and hesitated like crap. Seriously, CVT fluid should be changed more often than motor oil at least for the Rogue.
Oh yeah, while waiting for the Pan, I decided to change my Amsoil which was between 13,000-15,000 miles and a fram ultra oil filter which was on for only a few weeks.
So a new filter and Amsoil 0w-30 was used. I probably leave this on closer to 25,000 this time around and do a 2nd filter midway.
This represents over 15 QTs of new fluid that has been replaced within the last 2 months.
It's like ST. Patrick's day in here!
Leave a few bolts facing toward the front end so you can drain on the other end.
Still clean from my last drain.
With my old strainer.
While my Rogue was on ramps, I decided to change my 13,000 mile motor oil
CVT fluid on the left while amsoil on the right.
Painted my old pan but never used. Kept it and old bolts for backup.
With heat resistant paint. Didn't like the powder feel.
New and old.
You can see specks of metal in there.
You can probably clean with brake fluid to save a few bucks.
New one lacks the accordion-like louver plate of metal behind mesh screen on this one.
Possible benefit that it flows better.
Chrisfix gave me the idea to re-torque all these bolts, only 1 was out of spec.
Re-torque all the bolts in this project at 70 inch pounds.
Where I took old strainer out.
My new pan.
Bought new Bolts while waiting.
With my old bolts.
Easily snaps in. Make sure to apply ns-2 fluid to new gasket.
New strainer in!
My second new gasket in these few weeks.
Ready to attach my gasket to the pan.
Ready to attach new bolts. Don't do what I did and forget the magnets 7 bolts in! Arghh.
Next day, new pan, no leaks!
My oil filter set-up with 2 magnets. Magnetic drain plug too.
Magnet on the end too!