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I have a 2003 CRV AWD automatic and Ive been meaning to change the transmission fluid for a while. The previous owner changed it before he sold it at 203k miles because it was shifting hard into second. But ever since I bought it thats not been a problem but a code has come on for the transmission clutch solenoid not functioning properly, I took it to a transmission shop to get an opinion and he said the torque converter is probably failing and on its way out. My gas mileage has stayed the same and it tends to slip after 25mins of driving when the fluid gets up to temp or hotter at least.

Anyways i finally got around to draining the trans fluid today(209.5k miles) and about 4.5 quarts came out and it took like 10mins. This was unfortunate as I only had 4 quarts and it wasnt showing up on the dipstick when running im neutral but it showed half full when engine was shut off(I was on level ground. So I went to the honda dealer and got some more and put in another 20oz. Is it abnormal that more than the 3.3 quarts or whatever came up than was supposed to?
 

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Yeah, the transmission shop I took it to the guy had a scan tool and graphs and he said it looked like the torque converter solenoid was activating like it should. and the others graphs looked fine. Yeah I was gonna change the fluid another time in a few miles or so(I figured it should be close to enough to 3 since it was drained and filled only 7k miles ago. I wanna get a new transmission fluid filter to do with that change. I'm not gonna drop the transmission pan and pull out the mechatronics to take a look at that as there is hardly any information on it online and I'm not taking it to a shop as I'm not gonna drop anything serious into it, as I payed $2400 for it. Thanks for the suggestion though. Still doesn't answer why 4.5 quarts came out when only 3.3 was supposed to. And yes the engine temp gauge stays perfectly fine even on 100+ mile trips stays exactly a tad under the halfway point, I wish I had a transmission temp gauge though.
 

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Ok, thanks, I need to take off the lower/front splash guard to access the inline filter correct? The two bolts at the front do not want to come out they are very rusty and just spin in place and dont thread out, is there something I'm missing? Or should I just drill them out or something.
 

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Ok, I think maybe previous owner overfilled it, like I probably did filling it. But it did not show anything on the dip stick when I added 3.25 quarts, and not in between cross hatching with 4 quarts in. I understand that It wasn't at operating temp but how the hell do they expect me to go out and drive my car around if I have a possibly dangerously low amount of fluid in to see if its within the marks.
Yes it was on flat ground I didn't even jack the car up at all. The shift solenoids aren't the problem, and besides there's nothing online that tells me what the specific gear or function they do, it just says solenoid assembly A or B. The POTENTIALLY (not saying it is) problematic solenoid is the lockup solenoid which if you look up there's no information on, parts stores like advanced auto don't even have them.
 
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