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Old 12-19-2012, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, my Insight have about 27.4k miles on it and the service wrench came on listing A123. From what I know, it's oil change, rotate tire, filter change, and cvt oil change. I do plan on taking it to Honda to get the service done. However, I already replaced the air filter at around 20k miles with a K&N drop in filter and the cabin air filter 2 days ago at 27.2k miles. I just haven't done the oil change and rotate tires but I'm thinking my tires might need to be replace soon anyways so might skip that unless my dealer wants to do it at free of charge which I doubt....

I just want to know what's the cost for oil change and cvt oil change and will Honda do a good job on CVT oil change? If there's a filter needed to be change or not for the CVT transmission.
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Ive serviced what I can myself. I think cheesie and a few others had that service done and was quoted around 300 bucks. I believe I changed my cvt inline filter by the radiator at 17 thousand miles, then again at 50k after my accident.

The filter is not required to be changed. The fluid alone is like 50 bucks from Honda for 3 qts.
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I had the CVT fluid, oil change and tire rotation done for $99.50 tax included at my dealer. The trick is go online and see if the dealer has a coupon for either free tire rotation or a discount on the oil change (look for the 0-20W price on the coupon). Avoid doing the dealer '30K' service as this only includes a few 'checks' and the air/cabin filters which are easy to do yourself. Often the oil change includes the 'checks' that are in the 30K service.

I got 52K out of the original tires when they were rotated at every oil change, with 27K you should still have life on them. You can get good tread depth gauge for $7 from Bernardi and avoid being persuaded by a dealer to replace tires with tread left.
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I had the CVT fluid, oil change and tire rotation done for $99.50 tax included at my dealer. The trick is go online and see if the dealer has a coupon for either free tire rotation or a discount on the oil change (look for the 0-20W price on the coupon). Avoid doing the dealer '30K' service as this only includes a few 'checks' and the air/cabin filters which are easy to do yourself. Often the oil change includes the 'checks' that are in the 30K service.

I got 52K out of the original tires when they were rotated at every oil change, with 27K you should still have life on them. You can get good tread depth gauge for $7 from Bernardi and avoid being persuaded by a dealer to replace tires with tread left.
I checked for coupons everywhere and the cheapest I find was $20 for 0-20W at one local dealer if you "donate a toy" to them. The transmission oil change, I asked around and it was $130... That's what's killing me right now.

Filters, I know how to do myself, tires, I actually not too sure because I do corner a bit quickly and hard acceleration from time to time.
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You can get tires anywhere, its not something thats limited tothe Honda dealer. I get mines online from either tirerack, simpletire, discount tire, etc. Then get a local shop to install and balance them.

The cvt fluid is easy to change. You dont even need to jack your car up to do so. Just need a philips screw driver and a 3/8 rachett or breaker bar. Turn wheels to drivers side, get under drivers side wheel. Unscrew 4 screws behind it on bottom. Remove piece of plastic. Un screw bolt like thing. Put pan under bolt area before complete removal. Clean bolt end of all black stuff. Its magnetic. Uninstall, fill with 3 qts of cvt fluid and put the plastic piece back.
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DIY change CVT oil and engine oil... damn CVT is much easier than engine oil, doesn't require taking off the whole under body plastic to reach the CVT drain plug.

So, I added 3 qt of CVT oil and 3.4 qt of engine oil, is that correct?
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How was both? I did both at 67 thousand miles. My oil like had 30% left. It started to turn black. That in my experience means its slghtly past needing to change unless its a diesel. The cvt fluid was maybe a tint darker than it was going in, however the magnet drain plug had some lumps on it.

The engine sounded the same afterwards, but the clutch was smoother engaging from auto stop.

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Was quite dark but had about 10k miles on the oil and 27k on the cvt oil

Is it bad that I used 0w-30 instead of 0w-20? I couldn't find 0w-20 at my local walmart so I decided to go for 0w-30 instead..
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Depends on where you live. Heavier oil is better for warmer climates and or operation ranges.

My area 0w20 is hard to find, I normalyl find 5w20. Ive lucked out twice and got 0w20 at big lots by quaker state and once at Ollies. Otherwise I end up going to one of the big 3 auto stores like ORelies, Advance or autozone.
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How was both? I did both at 67 thousand miles. My oil like had 30% left. It started to turn black. That in my experience means its slghtly past needing to change unless its a diesel. The cvt fluid was maybe a tint darker than it was going in, however the magnet drain plug had some lumps on it.

The engine sounded the same afterwards, but the clutch was smoother engaging from auto stop.

How to change the oil in Honda insight How to change cvt fl - YouTube
thanks for the video! when the weather gets a little nicer around here i plan on getting to that. when can you jack the car up from on the front end? and where is the fill point for the CVT?
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