Well, what convinced me that their diagnosis about worn clutch packs was
right was that though they found the solenoid screens clean, the ATF was
not only pretty dirty but had a burn smell. Then it came to me that lately
I also smelled some strange burn smell in the car and I could not figure
out the source. So I tended to think that perhaps it was from a passing
car till I noticed it even when I started up the car in my driveway in
the morning. It reminded me a bit of overheated plastic. But I am just
OK, the transmission swap job is finished and from what I can tell after
half a day of driving around, it feels good again. The gears shift
pretty smoothly without any flare-ups between gear shifts. I hope it
will stay that way till I finally get rid of it.
Well, I was able to find a long nose plier with real long handles that
makes the accessing of the ATF dipstick much easier, so I was finally
able to check the fluid level as per Honda's instructions. I was pleased
that it was at the top mark on the stick. So at least that is out of the
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