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post #1 of 38 Old 12-31-2016, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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At what mileage should I expect MM to show its time to change CVT fluid?

I have a 2014 Accord with the CVT. No harsh driving. It has 33k miles on it now and I basically follow the maintenance minder. At 16k miles..the Honda service tech recommended that I change the transmission fluid. I declined since the maintenance minder only asked for an oil change. At 30k miles..said thing. Now the dealership is sending me a notice indicating that they are recommending that I change the transmission fluid. It's not that expensive. I think $100 or so and I dont want to be too late. At what mileage should I expect the maintenance minder to show that its time for me to change the transmission fluid? Should I just have them change it now?

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I changed mine at around 50k and it didn't show up on the MM until 60k


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mine at 40k... Looked like maple syrup at that point. Dont know if that means anything really, though.
It is easier than the oil, since there is no filter. Just drain and fill....
But $100 isnt too bad, I think 4 quarts runs $40 or so ...
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I was wondering when the MM came on for the trans as well.
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I'm almost at 50,000 miles on my LX, still not popped up on MM, yet! Not going to change it early, as I have a "Lifetime warranty" on the transmission...thought it was prudent to have since it's a relatively new transmission setup. And, Honda hasn't exactly had a great reputation for transmissions the past 15 years. I had one they had to replace at 2500 miles back in the late 90's, and they've had some other glitches with certain gears needing more cooling spray (Odyssey, maybe others?).

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I did 3x drain and fill at 89k miles with Castrol CVT fluid. 12 quarts of fluid for roughly 75 bucks. Castrol CVT fluid meets and exceeds Honda specs for a third of a price of a Honda fluid. The transmission is silky smooth after 3x drain and fill.
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45K, is when I got mine, and you can check my signature to see the pattern of when else it will come up.

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Don't change it until MM, the dealer will not override the system to reset. Therefore the light will come on shortly after, because car doesn't know it was serviced. Honda corporate was the one who had told me not to, and if dealer recommend ask them why. It's on their website, about being OK with color, and scent.
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Honda was notorious for having an extended amount of time within transmission changes.... for those of us who remember replacing the Z1 ATF fluid we did it VERY often... why? Cause Honda auto trannies can be time bombs.

I have already changed my CVT fluid and I have 25k on the car.. I plan on doing it every 40-50k.. cheap insurance on the CVT.
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Hi, For those who have changed the CVT transmission fluid on your Honda Accord I4 CVT Automatic, I would like to know what did you do to reset the Maintenance Minder (code 03) after replacing the CVT transmission fluid. I have tried but could not reset the Maintenance Minder after I changed the CVT fluid on my 2013 Accord I4 EX-L. Please advise and thank you.
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Hi, For those who have changed the CVT transmission fluid on your Honda Accord I4 CVT Automatic, I would like to know what did you do to reset the Maintenance Minder (code 03) after replacing the CVT transmission fluid. I have tried but could not reset the Maintenance Minder after I changed the CVT fluid on my 2013 Accord I4 EX-L. Please advise and thank you.
I'm sure there will be different opinions, but if you are going to change the transmission fluid, before the Maintenance Minder code comes up, do not reset it. You cannot reset the MM just for transmission fluid change, so you would be resetting it for everything that next code would include.
I will see how it goes, but at this point I don't plan to follow the MM for oil changes or transmission fluid, so I will keep track of those in some other way.

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Hi, For those who have changed the CVT transmission fluid on your Honda Accord I4 CVT Automatic, I would like to know what did you do to reset the Maintenance Minder (code 03) after replacing the CVT transmission fluid. I have tried but could not reset the Maintenance Minder after I changed the CVT fluid on my 2013 Accord I4 EX-L. Please advise and thank you.
Took the dealer 5 mins to reset it using the Honda diagnostic tool. We can't reset specific maintenance our self only the dealer can.

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Hi, For those who have changed the CVT transmission fluid on your Honda Accord I4 CVT Automatic, I would like to know what did you do to reset the Maintenance Minder (code 03) after replacing the CVT transmission fluid. I have tried but could not reset the Maintenance Minder after I changed the CVT fluid on my 2013 Accord I4 EX-L. Please advise and thank you.
I'm sure everyone is understanding that you're changing the fluid before the code 03 comes up on the maintenance miner display.

If the code is showing on the MM it can be easily reset with the standard reset procedure in the owner's manual. Of course for people that change the CVT fluid before the code 03 shows they'll just have to make note of their mileage for the fluid changes and when the 03 naturally occurs the standard reset in the manual will apply to them. Seems pretty simple.

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Hi ypsibird, The code 03 was displayed on my car Maintenance Minder when it's odometer shown 46,xxx miles and before I changed the CVT transmission fluid. However, I could not reset the MM. I looked through the car manual but could not find the procedure on how to reset it. I hope that you don't mind to share with me on how to reset it or where can I find the reset procedure in the owner's manual. Your help or suggestions would be much appreciated!
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I suggest signing up on Honda owner's link, so you can access the owner's manual on the website. It has a lot more information than the paper owner's manual. The instructions for resetting the maintenance minder are on page 136, in my 2016 Accord (paper) owner's manual.


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