View Full Version : CVT Transmission fluid/filter

11-04-2008, 01:23 PM
Anyone serviced their CVT tranny themselves? I'm at 80K on my 2007 Dodge Caliber and the dealer wants $250. Before I bend over for Dodge, thought I'd chech in here. They have never done one before which is scarey in itself. Thanks for any input.

11-04-2008, 01:29 PM
Thought of asking for a deal?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
11-04-2008, 01:35 PM
Check with Freddy on this.

11-04-2008, 02:32 PM
Thought of asking for a deal?

Jim, What do you mean? Thx

11-04-2008, 03:42 PM
I mean, if you bought it there, maybe they'll discount it so you'll actually have them change it for you instead of going somewhere else.

11-04-2008, 03:58 PM
Jim, Thx, I'll ask. They said parts are $189. Would love to change it myself, but have not found anyone who has done it, or a written procedure.

11-04-2008, 04:06 PM
How many parts does it take to change the tranny oil and filter? They must be really good parts.

11-04-2008, 04:36 PM
I have to adnmit, I do not know much about CVT Transmissions, but don't they have some sort of belt (think snowmobile) that may need to be replaced from time to time?


11-04-2008, 05:50 PM
I suppose it does take more time/parts, etc but if I know car designers, it's a total PITA to do.

11-04-2008, 06:20 PM
not sure about the belt, other than there is one ;)
no dice on a deal, went ahead and made the appt for Fri. It's a Nissan tranny in the Caliber, and I've gotten used to it and actually like it, much like a snowmobile. A little short on balls, but I can blame the 2.4L.

Thanks guys!

11-06-2008, 12:07 PM
the fluid is very expensive, that's why the cost for parts is so high. and if theirs are anything like our(fords) CVT transmissions you have to set the fluid level at a very specific trans temp which needs to be monitored with a scan tool. even a small amount over or under filled can destroy the tranny. also, if cvt fluid mixes with any regular tranny fluid it turns to a strange compound that will pretty much take out the tranny on the spot.
but other than that its a real simple job that anybody can do

and there is no belt, it's a chain