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Old 9th November 2012, 11:24   #1
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Hi Everyone,

I have Honda ZX CVT automatic.

I read somewhere that because a CVT is different from a regular auto-box the oil is also different a CVT specific oil needs to be used for replacement.

Of course the service centre guys seem clueless and talk about manual synthetic gear oil only.

any tips suggestions on what oil to get ?
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Have you checked the car's owner manual? The manual will have the specifications of what type of oil needs to be used.
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Use ONLY genuine Honda CVTF (Continuously Variable Transmission Fluid), not Honda ATF Z1 or DW1 (For the normal torque converter Automatics)

Any reputed Honda A.S.S. should be able to do it -my personal recommendation would be Linkway Honda Andheri(E)
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A Honda expert mechanic has this to say:

- Very important for CVT oil changes to happen at 20,000 kms tops! Honda recommends a change every 40,000 kms, but that is NOT recommended due to our driving conditions (continuous stop-go traffic, heat, dust). This is one of the primary reasons you see so many bust CVTs on 75,000 km Honda Citys.

- Some Indian Honda dealers wrongly use EP80 oil for transmissions. This is apparently not well-suited to CVTs. AS d_himan posted, genuine Honda CVTF is your best bet.

- If you want to buy from the after-market / online, he recommends Idemitsu's CVT-specific oil.

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I recently had an incident where the CVT Unit had to be replaced as the previous owner hadn't ever changed the oil once in >40,000 kms. The system had jammed up the car wouldn't go past 1st gear. I did, however, manage to find a refurbished unit to fit in.

Honda CVT Oil costs about 400 Rs/Litre when I last checked (Dec 2012) and in Mumbai it seems to be available only with Honda. (I also highly reommend Linkway Andheri (E)). You will need about 4-5 litres for the model you specified. They charge about 1500 more for filter/labour.
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I recently had an incident where the CVT Unit had to be replaced as the previous owner hadn't ever changed the oil once in >40,000 kms. The system had jammed up the car wouldn't go past 1st gear. I did, however, manage to find a refurbished unit to fit in.

Honda CVT Oil costs about 400 Rs/Litre when I last checked (Dec 2012) and in Mumbai it seems to be available only with Honda. (I also highly reommend Linkway Andheri (E)). You will need about 4-5 litres for the model you specified. They charge about 1500 more for filter/labour.
Could you let us know as to what was the estimated amount given by Honda to replace/repair the CVT box and how much did you end up spending on purchasing the refurbished CVT box??

Your info would help us compare maintenance costs of a CVT with that of a DSG as we've seen many instances where people have to shell out a fortune over DSG repairs.
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A Honda expert mechanic has this to say:

- Very important for CVT oil changes to happen at 20,000 kms tops! Honda recommends a change every 40,000 kms, but that is NOT recommended due to our driving conditions (continuous stop-go traffic, heat, dust). This is one of the primary reasons you see so many bust CVTs on 75,000 km Honda Citys.

- Some Indian Honda dealers wrongly use EP80 oil for transmissions. This is apparently not well-suited to CVTs. AS d_himan posted, genuine Honda CVTF is your best bet.

- If you want to buy from the after-market / online, he recommends Idemitsu's CVT-specific oil.
This is quite an eye opener. Slightly OT perhaps but is there comparable critical oil change advice for the Honda torque converters as well? I'm asking from the standpoint of the Civic ATs.
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