Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: East TN Sevier County is Near Knoxville
I think a lot of this service (MFG Recommended) is questionable as far as need. Yet one is scared to Void a Warranty.
I have changed my on oil except for the FREE 1st one, and another with a deal for $18.
I became aware of the Clutch Actuator Fluid thing after I had 30,000 miles on the car (recommended for 22,500 miles). Folks on this Forum said dealers run $80 to $150.
I decided to do the suck reservoir empty and refill (used DOT 4 Synthetic Brake Fluid) method. A guy on this forum used the method (he did it three times at 150 mile intervals to let the new added fluid mix with the old).
Now, I read that may not work as the fluid in the clutch and hoses does not really change during operation (it is just there and stays there - SO, NO MIX).
Dealer if they know how and have the equipment to change it uses some sort of pump to pump it out and add new fluid. Get the impression from another source some dealers do not and to quote from this topic "I pointed to the manual and highlighted where it indicated the clutch fluid needed changing....and no fuel system service...to which they said they had never heard of that."
Another guy on the Forum said, he had 100,000 miles and has never changed the fluid.
PS; One begins to wonder if keeping warranty in effect is reasonable with all the DANG Maintenance Expense if go to a dealer.
Example: I am 81 years old (had a lot of cars) and never ever had a car that needed warranty service repairs (while under warranty).
Never did much to cars for maintenance except what I did myself (mostly only change engine oil at around 5000 miles + /- and use to have to lube joints.)
Did of course have brake pads and shoes to change, points on older cars, wires and spark plugs over time, and water pumps. Most of that not covered by warranty anyway and was out of warranty.
PSS: One exception -- I had a NISSAN Rogue before this NIRO and did take it in for a CVT Transmission Fluid change at recommended 30,000 miles (or was it 50,000) for like $120 at Ted Russel in Knoxville (dealer I bought the car from wanted $200 +). I was worried about the new fangled CVT LOL.
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