Member Credit: dagreek
Here is a high-level summary of the whole process:
1. Remove drain plug from CVT oil pan.
2. Drain fluid
3. Reinstall drain plug in oil pan
4. Fill CVT with tranny fluid at the charging pipe
5. Drive CVT for 10 min
6. Check fluid level.
7. Add fluid if necessary
Now on the actual procedure
Remember to only use OEM Nissan Fluid. Specs below:
Type: NISSAN CVT Transmission Fluid
Part #: 999MP-NS200P
Price: $14.95/qt (You need approx. 6-7 quarts)
- 10mm Allen Wrench, T-handle
- 1.5 ft. of clear flexible tubing (1 in. diameter)
- Container marked of f at 1 qt. (did this with a measuring cup and sharpie marker)
- Collection pan to collect the used transmission fluid
- Flat Head Screwdriver
- Transmission Fluid Funnel
- 6-7 Quarts of NISSAN Matic-D Automatic Transmission Fluid
Experience needed: I would say some experience working on cars, at least be able to do your own oil changes before you try to do this. You will also need one person around to help.
Step 1: Drive car around for about 10 minutes to warm everything up. Park it, run through all the gears (P, R, N, D, and then back to P) and leave the engine running. Pull the transmission dip stick out, wipe clean, insert back in but rotate 180 degrees and push all the way down. Pull back out and check the level (remember where it is so you can refill back to same location, should be at the second notch). This is also where you will add transmission fluid.
Step 2: Raise the front end of the vehicle somehow. I have small ramps I use for changing my oil so I drove up onto these. Turn off the car.
Step 3. With the dip stick pulled out. Place a collection pan underneath the transmission drain plug. Using the hex screwdriver/tool, unscrew the drain plug. Notice that it doesn’t take much force to unscrew this so don’t over tighten when putting back on. Allow all of the fluid to drain, I left it to drain for about 15 min.
Step 4. Screw the drain plug back on. I think you can replace the o-ring on the drain plug but I didn’t do this.
Step 5. Measure how much fluid you drained out by using your container that you marked off at 1 qt. I drain roughly 4.5 qts. Add the same amount of fluid you took out back into the transmission through the recharging pipe (same place you pulled the dip stick out) using your funnel.
Step 6. Lower the car down. Run it back through all the gears and check the fluid level just as before. Adjust the fluid as needed.