New kid on the block here. I have been researching everywhere on this forum as well as other forums around the internet and could not find anyone who has used domestic CVT fluid that is available in auto zone etc.
I have a 2011 SX4 (J20
Sportback FWD with around 197400 miles on the od. No problems out of my SX4 compared to past vehicles that I have owned other than having to replace little things like tie rods (inner and outer).
Now before I go any further, I have the 2011 manual for the SX4 and in the section describing maintenance of the CVT, it says to "inspect" the fluid and replace if necessary.The manual also describes that Suzuki CVT or Shell Green1 or Green2 are recommended for the transmission. Now here in the states, the nearest Suzuki dealership is around 50-60 miles away for me. I know that if I go to the dealership, I will be paying close to $190 - $200 for a fluid replacement. I have changed transmission fluid in the past but never worked on a CVT. I checked the CVT fluid in my car and the fluid still has a clear/yellow tint to it with a little brown indicating that its time to change the fluid.
My question is, has anyone used the domestic products like Valvoline, Castrol or any other domestic brand that is available in stores to change the CVT fluid or have had the fluid changed at the dealership? I am trying to stray away from the dealer if I can perform the services myself and save a little extra $$. The job is not hard at all even though I will have to change the fluid several times to get the old fluid out.
I have been only able to find Valvoline and Castrol on the shelves that make CVT fluid here where i live. They state that their fluid can be used if Suzuki CVT or Shell green1 and Green2 call for it but I am a little skeptical as I know CVT is very sensitive if improper fluid is used. I opened a bottle of the Castrol CVT fluid and its pink like standard transmission fluid.