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 #49419  by motosonic
 Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:59 pm
I FINALLY put in the work to remove those door/vent visors from my 2013 SLS. It came with those on the doors and they were noisy since day 1 and just got progressively worse no matter what I did.. It was HARD getting them off. That glue was awful.. but, it's so much quieter without them.. I love it. LOL
 #49538  by BLyons
 Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:33 am
I took it auto crossing again. Was only able to get 2 laps per heat before the CVT would start whining. Got a lot of compliments on it though, and one person actually knew what it was and was pretty excited to see one in person.

I got beat by three Fiesta STs and a Civic Si, which on paper I shouldn't have been able to compete with anyway, but beat the rest of the cars in the class.
 #49539  by Ronzuki
 Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:59 pm
Excellent to hear you're still having fun with the car. So your whining issue...without digging through a bunch of past posts/threads, any idea how many miles are on your fluid since the last time it was changed? What's the current mileage on the car/trans?
 #49543  by FrankoLaMoya
 Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:17 am
Hi peeps, I have not been on this forum for a long time... I need your help! I have been hearing some noises when going over some bumps and I was told I need to replace one stabilizer bar bushing in the front and one in the rear. I am at 118 000 kilometers. I bought the parts (4 bushings, 60$ whatever let's change them all at the same time right?) and returned to the same shop (Midas) to be told their system indicated 5.8 hours of labour only for the front because they need to remove the sub frame or something like that... is that possible? Lol it's going to be quite expensive to install bushings. They cannot find how much time for the rear ones. What do you think? I did not really do any research yet. I thought the regular ones would know? Thanks!!
 #49544  by BLyons
 Tue Jun 25, 2019 1:32 am
Ronzuki wrote:Excellent to hear you're still having fun with the car. So your whining issue...without digging through a bunch of past posts/threads, any idea how many miles are on your fluid since the last time it was changed? What's the current mileage on the car/trans?


I drain/filled it twice in the fall, so only about 4k miles on it since then. At about 94k total right now. Will definitely do another drain/fill this fall, maybe two again.
 #49545  by Ronzuki
 Tue Jun 25, 2019 12:08 pm
Damn...not what I wanted to hear. Just changed it out and whining again, or still?? I'd go the full three myself. Maybe even 4 if you're going to keep auto-crossing and you're not dropping the pan or changing the cartridge filter. As I'm sure you know, either process yields quite a bit more fluid draining out of the trans after the initial drain from pulling the plug.

After seeing how much 'clearer' the SX4's fluid was during the initial drain at ~55k miles as compared to the last of the 3 drains on the Kizashi at ~80k (and accounting for the abusive way I drive the K), I'm operating under the premise that after not servicing it at all for 80k, two drains on the Kizashi at the next service I plan on at 95-100k is not going to be anywhere near good enough. I'd ration the same for yours as well since it's whining again/still.

On a good note, it was 90 degrees F yesterday on the way home and after a spirited 45 minute drive, then finishing up with a really nice hard romp through the hills-n-twisties, it was still pretty darn quiet when I rolled up to the last stop sign and took off again. A good sign after about 6k on the 'new-er' fluid.

Based upon reports on this forum, I'm also fairly convinced the Japanese built CVTs used in the 2010s and early 2011s are less problematic through the long haul than the units built 'off-shore' elsewhere.
Complete speculation on my part, but seems that way to me.
 #49552  by old tech
 Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:38 am
FrankoLaMoya wrote:Hi peeps, I have not been on this forum for a long time... I need your help! I have been hearing some noises when going over some bumps and I was told I need to replace one stabilizer bar bushing in the front and one in the rear. I am at 118 000 kilometers. I bought the parts (4 bushings, 60$ whatever let's change them all at the same time right?) and returned to the same shop (Midas) to be told their system indicated 5.8 hours of labour only for the front because they need to remove the sub frame or something like that... is that possible? Lol it's going to be quite expensive to install bushings. They cannot find how much time for the rear ones. What do you think? I did not really do any research yet. I thought the regular ones would know? Thanks!!


The rear of the subframe will have to be lowered to change the bushings but its not THAT hard. You could just loosen the two bolts on the bushing u clamp and slide a nickle under the bushing center instead. either way a nice long 1/4" ratchet and short 12mm socket is very handy for this.
 #49558  by FrankoLaMoya
 Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:17 pm
Thanks man! Any idea how much time for the rear?
 #49559  by old tech
 Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:28 am
The rear ones just dont get any easier than these as long as you are not in a high corrosion area . You should try to do these your self if its not rusty . If you are going to pay a shop than it will probably be estimated at an hour and that would be more than enough
FrankoLaMoya wrote:Thanks man! Any idea how much time for the rear?
FrankoLaMoya wrote:Thanks man! Any idea how much time for the rear?
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