Honda CVT transmission fluid

Honda CVT transmission fluid: Your Honda Civic will be happy to know that the search for the right automatic (CVT) fluid products you’ve been looking for is over! Advance Auto Parts has 3 different Automatic (CVT) Fluids for your vehicle, ready to ship or store pickup. The best part is that our Honda Civic Automatic (CVT) Fluid products start as low as $12.29.

When it comes to your Honda Civic, you only want parts and products from trusted name brands. Here at Advance Auto Parts, we work with only the best, trusted brands of automatic fluid (CVT) products and parts so you can buy with complete confidence. Some of our major CVT (Automatic Fluid Product) brands include Valvoline and Idemitsu. We’re sure you’ll get the right product to keep that Civic running for a long time.

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Genuine Honda transmission fluid is formulated exactly for the Honda transmission.

Advanced wear protection to reduce wear and increase life

Optimum shift quality

Reduced friction helps keep transmission free of sludge


ATF DW1 – Hondas with Automatic Transmission (Z1 Superseded)

MTF – All Hondas with Transmission Manual

CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) – Civic Hybrid, CRZ, Civic GX and HX, Insight

HCF2: 2nd Generation CVT Transmissions

ATF-TYPE 3.1 – 2016 Pilot (9-speed)

ATF-TYPE 2.0 – 2018 Odyssey (LX, EX, EX -L)

What is a CVT transmission?

“CVT” stands for continuously variable transmission. A CVT transmission uses a pair of variable diameter pulleys and a belt or chain to provide unlimited gear ratios.

How does a CVT work?

To illustrate, think of a traditional automatic or manual transmission. They are built with a defined number of gears, for example, from 1st to 6th (plus reverse). The transmission can operate in only one gear at a time. You usually feel a slight rise with each gear change.

However, CVTs offer unlimited gear ratios.

Look the following video. You can see the belt that connects the two pulleys on this CVT on a utility vehicle (UTV). The same principle applies in a CVT car, except your car uses its computer to vary pulley sizes based on engine speed and load.

Pros and cons of CVT transmission

What is the use of changing the gear ratio instantly?

Imagine pedaling on a bicycle. As you approach a steep hill, you adjust the shifters so that a smaller chainring attached to the pedals drives a larger sprocket on the rear wheel. This reduces the effort required to move the bike.

When he reaches a stretch of flat road, he adjusts the gear ratio again so that a larger chainring connected to the pedals drives a smaller sprocket. This helps achieve the perfect balance between energy expended and the speed of the bike.

The same principle applies to a CVT, except the computer does all the thinking for you.

When starting from a standstill, it varies the diameters of the pulleys (smaller drive pulley and larger drive pulley) so that the engine can move the car as efficiently as possible.

As you accelerate, it continually varies the size of the pulleys to keep the engine in its “sweet spot,” resulting in better fuel economy. Also, you never feel the commitments of the gears because, in effect, there aren’t any.

CVTs Gain Popularity, But There

These benefits are why many automakers, including Nissan, Honda, and Toyota, are introducing more CVT-equipped vehicles.


However, there are drawbacks, including the “rubber band effect” (revs the engine, but it takes a moment for vehicle speed to recover) and lack of driver input (zero fun).

Also, the relatively tiny parts of most CVTs can’t handle the power and torque of the truck or SUV you use to tow your boat or RV, which is why you find them mostly in smaller cars. There are some exceptions though, as the list shows, which shows popular vehicles with CVTs.

What cars have CVT transmission?

Honda Accord

Honda HR-V

Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class

Nissan Altima

Nissan Pathfinder

Subaru Forester

Subaru Impreza

Subaru Legacy

Subaru Outback

Toyota Camry

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Toyota Prius

Dive into something special

One look into the innards of a CVT and you can… No I stop wondering how the belt doesn’t slide wildly on the pulleys.

Believe it or not, transmission fluid plays an important role in ensuring that the belt or chain stays in contact with the pulleys without slipping.

That’s why CVTs require specialized CVT transmission fluids, and not the traditional automatic or manual transmission fluid you probably have in your garage.

CVT transmission fluids must be formulated with the correct friction requirements to prevent slippage. Using the wrong fluid will reduce performance and could ruin your transmission.

Wear Protection Is Important Too Strong wear

protection is also vital to maximizing CVT performance and life. That’s why we designed AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid to fight wear and help extend transmission life.

To prove it, we pitted AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid against Nissan NS-2 CVT Fluid in a field test. After 100,000 miles, the AMSOIL Synthetic CVT Fluid-lubricated belt showed minimal wear, as can be seen in the pictures. This helps you get the best performance and longest life out of your CVT.

Does the brand make a difference? Discussing Honda Transmissions

If you’ve ever taken a marketing course, they’ll tell you that brand name is everything. You need to consistently and successfully brand your product or service and stay “on brand” at all times. After all, what you sell is your brand. Sportswear brands don’t sell running shoes, they sell an active lifestyle. Beer brands don’t sell IPAs or lagers, they sell good times. And car manufacturers don’t sell cars, they sell adventure, luxury, environmental awareness, and half a dozen other things. But is this all that brands are?

Car brands

When it comes to the cars themselves, there are some significant differences between car brands. We can also see this in the broadcast. Often these differences are subtle. Sometimes there are big differences. Knowing the differences between transmissions from different auto manufacturers may not make a huge difference, but it can help you make the best purchase for your needs and wants or help you care for your transmission. In this article we will discuss Honda transmissions.


Honda Motor Company, Ltd. was founded in Hamamatsu, Japan in 1946. In addition to automobiles, they make motorcycles, aircraft, electrical equipment, and more. Popular Honda cars include the Civic, Accord, CR-V, and its luxury brand, the Acura. As a company, Honda is doing very well. They are the world’s largest producers of internal combustion engines by volume. But how good are their streams?

Honda Transmissions

The first thing to note about Honda transmissions is that you really should be using a Honda brand transmission fluid with them. If you use non-Honda brand transmission fluid in your transmission, you may have problems. It may sound like a cynical ploy to get you to buy your transmission fluid, and in a way it is, but it has a real effect on your Honda transmission.

It should also be noted that Honda automatic transmissions do not have replaceable filters. Honda transmissions have filters, but the filters are internal. The only way to change the filter on a Honda transmission is to open the transmission case. Honda transmission filters are apparently lifetime filters and therefore do not have a suggested service interval. The maintenance required with a Honda transmission is just to drain the old fluid, clean the drain plug magnet, and refill with fresh Honda fluid. If you do this about every 50,000 miles you should be able to avoid most transmission problems. But, as with all transmissions, if you neglect recommended maintenance procedures, you are likely to encounter transmission problems.

How Often to Change Transmission Fluid

As you may know, there are many fluids in your vehicle, from oil to coolant to windshield washer fluid and more. Transmission fluid is one of the important fluids in your vehicle and it needs to be changed from time to time.

Your manufacturer’s maintenance schedule is the best schedule to follow for how often to change your transmission fluid.

When to Change Transmission Fluid

Most automotive experts will say that transmission fluid should be changed between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle came with a manual transmission, it may need to be replaced sooner, around 30,000 miles. Not sure about your transmission fluid and when it was last changed? A service center will inform you if the fluid needs to be replaced.

When it comes to transmission fluid, the suggested time period will be adjusted based on the transmission type, make, model, and how you drive the car. For example, if you frequently drive in extreme environments and climates and tow your vehicle nearly every day, you may need to change your fluid after 15,000 miles.

Regardless of your transmission (manual or automatic) and the way you drive, consult your owner’s manual for more information on when to change this fluid and the other fluids in your vehicle.

How to Change Transmission Fluid

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Consider changing the transmission fluid in your own time. You should let your car idle for a few minutes, then turn off the ignition, jack up and secure the vehicle. Loosen the bolts, allowing you to tilt the pan and drain.

Clean the gasket surfaces on the transmission case and pan, inspecting the pan for any signs of internal damage. The transmission filter and o-ring must be removed, and a new filter must be placed inside.

Proceed, lowering the vehicle and filling the transmission with the proper amount of fluid. Start the car, warm it up, and then turn it off, checking for leaks in the process. If no leaks are detected, move the shifter through the gears to make sure everything sounds good, checking the dipstick while the engine is idling. You’re ready to hit the road once again.

Risks of Not Changing Oil and Fluids

Your vehicle is stocked with a wide range of oils and fluids for various purposes, from lubrication to cleaning to maintaining temperature. Most of these oils and fluids require periodic changes to keep your vehicle running at its best for the long haul. 

This is what you risk from not changing your oil and fluids at the recommended intervals. 

Risks of not doing an

oil change Your oil is the main lifeblood of your engine. Without it, the mechanical movement within your engine would create excessive friction and heat in a matter of seconds, causing catastrophic damage. Basically the motor would seize or components would break. 

As your engine oil breaks down, moisture, fuel and other contaminants dilute it, lowering its viscosity and affecting its lubricating ability. It can also generate sludge that can increase friction and stress on moving engine components. 

Changing your engine oil and oil filter at the manufacturer’s recommended interval ensures that you get fresh motor oil in the engine before the oil breaks down enough to cause any damage. 

If you don’t change dirty oil at the interval recommended by the car manufacturer, which is generally every three months or 4,800 km to every seven months or 12,000 km, you risk the engine oil losing its ability to lubricate and clean internal engine components. This can cause additional stress on internal engine components and lead to excessive engine wear or possible premature failure. 

While total engine failure can take a while to occur, other early symptoms will emerge, including knocking or knocking in the car’s engine, rough engine running, and poorer fuel economy. 

Pro Tip: Switching to a synthetic oil doesn’t mean you can wait longer or skip oil changes. Yes, synthetic oil generally has a longer lifespan than regular oil, but the manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval is based on engine tolerances, not the oil you use. 

Risks of Not Shifting

Your Automatic Transmission Automatic transmission fluid is one of the hardest working fluids in your vehicle. Not only is it responsible for the hydraulic pressure in the transmission that allows you to change gears, but it also provides lubrication, cleans the internal moving parts of the transmission, and helps regulate the internal temperature of the transmission. 

Most manufacturers recommend changing the transmission fluid and filter, if applicable, every 30,000 to 60,000 miles. In some cases, you’ll need a repair center to flush with a machine, but other vehicles require you just remove the transmission pan, drain the fluid, and replace the fluid and filter. 

If you don’t replace your transmission fluid, it will break down like motor oil and lose its lubricating and cleaning properties. This leads to high temperatures, sludge buildup, and excess friction, which can damage the internal clutches that shift the gears.

As the internal clutches wear, friction and heat will continually increase. After enough time passes, all of the friction material in the clutches will wear away, leading to slippage of the transmission or failure of other internal components.

Once slippage or internal component failure occurs, a new or rebuilt transmission is the only way to get the vehicle back on track. 

Risks of Not Changing Manual Transmission

Fluid Unlike automatic transmission fluid, manual transmission fluid has no hydraulic properties. Instead, its sole purpose is to lubricate and clean the internal components of the transmission. 

Like most oils, manual transmission fluid breaks down over time. It can also become contaminated with external debris and metal shavings from internal transmission components. 

Most manufacturers recommend changing manual transmission oil every 30,000 to 60,000 miles to combat thinning and contamination. 

If you don’t change your manual transmission fluid, the declining viscosity limits its ability to lubricate transmission components. This can make gear shifting difficult and put extra stress on the transmission, which can cause premature failure.

Risks of not changing

the coolant The main job of the coolant is to regulate the temperature of the engine, but it also has other functions, including: 

Acting as an anti-freeze to prevent the cooling system from freezing in the winter

Introducing anti-rust additives in the cooling system to prevent rust

Automatic transmission fluid temperature regulation, which then regulates transmission

temperature Heater temperature regulation to keep the cab warm

Most manufacturers recommend replacing the coolant at least every 96,000 km, but the intervals are sometimes as short as 48,000 km. They recommend replacing it at these intervals because that’s when the rust inhibitors in the coolant start to break down. As they break down, corrosion can begin to form in the cooling system and turn the coolant from a liquid to a slurry. 

The suspension reduces the coolant’s ability to remove heat from the engine and transfer it to the heating system, which can cause the vehicle to overheat or the heater to malfunction. 


Eventually, the suspension can become so thick that it blocks the veins that the coolant or radiator passes through, causing even more potential problems with overheating, which can lead to engine failure.

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