I talked to another service tech, and yeah he said it can be changed for $265, but that it wasn't due until 120k. Should I change it early? Or do you think I can wait until 100-120k before changing.
Thanks for the help. Super appreciated.
According to the manual the fluid doesn't need to be changed until 100-120,000 miles. However
, if you read all the conditions they consider severe service, then almost every vehicle qualifies. Among other things it says day or night temperature below freezing! There aren't many places in the USA that don't get below freezing once in a while. Another is driving at sustained speeds over 90F. Even where I live (NH) the temperature can get above 90F, and after even an hour on the highway at 60MPH the tranny starts to scream.
See post #2 in this thread: https://www.jeeppatriot.com/threads/.../#post-1865901
. He is quoting from the Dodge owners manual, but Dodge Calibers, Jeep Patriots and our Jeep Compasses all use the same transmission.
So what I'm saying is, you need the transmission fluid changed at about half the interval recommended in the owners manual
. I had a Jeep Patriot with the CVT and the transmission failed at 110,000 miles. It never got to its first scheduled change before it went <kaput
>. Fortunately mine was covered under the lifetime warranty that Jeep was giving away free in 2008 when I bought it.
$245 is a very low price for a full tranny service. I think your mechanic is only talking about changing the fluid, not the filters. The CVT has two filters and they should be changed too. Typically changing the fluid and filters runs $400+. You can discuss that with him, but I'd say do it all for your own peace of mind. At $400 a full tranny job is only 10% the price of a new transmission. That's pretty cheap insurance.