Transmissions don't eat torque converters, it's the other way around. But I'd replace the torque converter, replace the transmission filter, and run it. If you wait and the torque converter vanes start breaking off and go into the pump, it will certainly catastrophically fail. MaynardVanZant, Nov 18, 2019
Is this converter new or did you drain it? I don't understand how you find it empty? The pump should keep it filled as needed to do its thing. I don't recall any tricks when one was lowered by a drain plug except making sure level is fine when all done as you would anyway. They hold a bit of ATF vs just what you get out when dropping a pan.
A torque converter, common to automatic transmissions only, is the equivalent to a clutch in a standard transmission. The torque converter converts the power from the engine, seamlessly and smoothly to the transmission instead of having a clutch to assist on take off as in a standard transmission.
This engine produces 295 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque in the refreshed Toyota Highlander, 296 hp and 263 lb-ft in the Toyota Sienna, and 295 hp and 268 lb-ft in the Lexus RX 350. All-New Base Engine ... Jun 11, 2020 · When a torque converter goes bad, there are many different kinds of noises that can be made. First, there may be a whining noise that sounds like a power-steering pump with little fluid in it. The assembly’s motor contains a mechanism that has clutches. When this mechanism goes bad, a rattling noise can be heard.