Color of the oil is not a good way to judge the properties.I asked him about the drained fluid, and he said it looked dirty (not horribly so).
There are other markets including AU i think that have a higher towing capacity, 2500 vs 1500 lbs, and that's one of the reasons. They have an oil cooler for the CVT.
Sorry if you feel that you know better than the company that makes your vehicle, I'm not sure how to politely disagree. But, I'll leave that to your opinion.
Do you understand the difference between normal oil and CVT fluid? Do you know that the reason that Subaru's CVTs work so well is primarily because of the heavy research they've spent on that fluid? Because of that, NO other CVT fluid is approved, despite other claims, for use in it. Maybe the old Jatco ones, but not the new Lineartronic ones.
I can't imagine that being the case if the CVT fluid change is performed by a Subaru dealer. Interestingly, Subaru of Canada requires a CVT fluid change to maintain their 10 year/160,000 km extended CVT warranty:Is it true that if you change the CVT fluid before 100K miles, that your warranty will be voided,? regardless of who performs the CVT drain/fill...??
Not true. The guy who went on rants at the beginning of this thread is not a great resource first of all.Is it true that if you change the CVT fluid before 100K miles, that your warranty will be voided,? regardless of who performs the CVT drain/fill...??
Freddie every thing you said is correct. But with nothing else to go by to decide when to do the first CVT fluid drain and fill colour will have to do for now 🙂Once again, it’s quite impossible to ascertain the quality of an automotive fluid (oil, transmission, etc.) solely by the color/discoloration of the fluid alone. Discolored fluids have been used since automobiles were created as cons by either unscrupulous or uneducated service shops as an easily method to bleed cash from vehicle owners.
I‘m not attempting to dissuade anyone from doing CVT fluid changes, but the only way to know if you’re doing anything productive (other than pseudo-satisfying your doubts so you’ll feel better) is to have the fluid being changed analyzed by a quality analytical lab.... just know what you’re getting for your effort/dollar.
For those who need a real-world example, take a look at the color of engine oil in a diesel engine 200 miles after a oil/filter change.