What is this automatic transmission part called?
A. Output drum
B. Torque converter
C. Front pump
D. Fluid testator
Answer: B. Torque converter Did you get this question right? Not me! Here is some basic information on torque converters.
A torque converter is part of an automatic transmission. Because the converter is enclosed in the transmission you will not be able to see it when looking at the underbody.
A torque converter takes the place of a manual clutch. It lets the engine move partially independent of the transmission. This is why the engine is able to idle at a traffic light.
When a vehicle doesn’t accelerate properly, the most likely reason is a worn out torque converter. Drivers will experience slow acceleration even though they are pushing on the gas. Not only is this aggravating, but is bad for the transmission.
Once the converter starts showing signs of being worn out and the car continues to be driven, it will start sending slivers of metal into the transmission fluid. The transmission will most likely need to be rebuilt as well as having the torque converter replaced. DO NOT drive your car if you suspect any transmission issues!
You will want to have your vehicle diagnosed properly at an auto repair shop as soon as you notice any symptoms with accelerating or shifting.
As always, when your vehicle “talks” to you, taking action sooner than later is the best policy.
Enjoy your springtime rides!
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