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Can I use Valvoline CVT fluid in my 2010 Insight? I thought I would change mine but the nearest Honda Auto dealer is 50 miles away.

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Scratch that. I will buy the Honda fluid on the way home from work. Has anybody done this? Do I need a filter? Is there a filter?

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There is a filter. I would not bother with it on a first change, though another thought is to replace it on a first change to get rid of factory assembly debris it might have caught, then not bother with it for a while...

I replaced my fluid at about 25k miles and it was so clean I did not feel there would be anything on the filter to worry about. Might do it around 60k miles with my second CVT fluid change.
 

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Considering this car may have quarter of a million miles it maybe a good idea. There are 2 filters and a magnet, but for the most part we just replace the inline one to the cooler.

Standing on the drivers side looking under the hood, look straight down the radiator between the engine and cvt, more so towards the cvt. You should see the cooler lines and a typical inline filter or accumulator looking thing.

Thats the online filter. We replace those after the first change and a few down the road. I recently replaced mines with an aftermarket one with a magnet inside.Inline 3 8 Magnetic Transmission Filter by Magnefine | eBay
 

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Oh, was that the high-miler recently acquired? Yes, I'd replace the filter for sure on that one. Don't forget new washers too, if there are any - forgot if there were any washers or not, like on the oil change plug...
 

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cvt fluid change

Does draining the CVT get most or all the fluid out?
On the regular honda automatics they recommend 3 drain and refills with some driving between each to get most of the old fluid out of the torque converter.
 

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thanks Kocho
fluid and drain plug washer ordered, saw the cvt drain plug while changing the oil 2 days ago.

next on the list,,,,
now I have to fix a leaking trunk too.
Got rear ended 2 years ago
an under 5 mph bump at a red light
and the body shop at the dealer contracted the rear bumper skin replacement for a gran.

At first glance yesterday,
I see the trunk seal is wet on the bottom and the spare well is collecting what seeps through.
It's only just started to rust in two spots a bit.

This is gettin monotonous :p I swear I'll have some good news one of these days, I hope ...
 

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Sorry to hear of that, but glad you are ok. I carry a cooler full of ice and it snot uncommon for it to roll over and take a leak in the back of my vehicles. Because of this I normally drill a few holes so it can drain out.
 

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Cobb thanks for sharing. I supplied coolers full of hot water to the local occupy camp when it was cold and one of them took a leak all over the back seat. The camp was all mud when temps were above freezing and I always got a ton of mud on the back carpet too. I adjusted to circumstances.

I noticed the water in the spare well last thanksgiving too, but I just dried it and added a roll of paper towels in the well without knowing if something had been spilled or not.
The reason I was in the trunk the other day was to hit the back side of the pack with my shop light to see if it would help the batterries in the back side of the pack warm up and respond a bit better. I'll now know to keep my eyes on the spare well until I can find the leak, hopefully in the lower seal. It's not my first trunk leak either :D

edit: I found one of these
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Coast-LED-Lenser-Stainless-Flashlight/dp/B001AZCKMA/ref=sr_1_118?ie=UTF8&qid=1393179260&sr=8-118&keywords=lenser+flashlight[/ame] behind the left rear wheel well behind the trunk liner. It's all scratched up and batteries are dead but from a description I found at engadget or some similar site it had 24k gold battery contacts, so I may have a grain or recoverable gold or a through cleaning of the contacts to get it working again.
 
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