How to Tell if there’s Something Wrong with Your Torque Converter


Once your torque converter is damaged, you may be looking at some very expensive repairs. But first, what’s a torque converter anyway? The short of it is that it’s a type of clutch. For manual transmission, you’re going to need to operate the clutch so that you could shift gears. It helps in separating the engine and the transmission so that they can operate independently. 

For cars with automatic transmission, they don’t have this type of manual clutch. What they do have is a torque converter. It allows automatic transmission and the engine to function separately. It also provides the needed power to the car’s rear wheels to allow you to accelerate. With the torque converter, you can stop your car without the engine being shut down. That’s what makes this component so important. So, to check it, here are some signs to look for.

Slipping Transmission

When there is transmission slippage, it’s one of the early signs that there’s something wrong with the torque converter. It’s quite easy to know if you’re having this issue. Whenever you feel that the tires of your vehicle seem to be slipping, then there’s a problem. Even if you try to accelerate, your car isn’t going any faster. The engine may rev but you’re not really accelerating. 

The Transmission Fluid is Dirty

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If you can easily check the transmission fluid then you should make it a point to do so regularly. This will allow you to see if the transmission fluid is dirty. So, whenever you get an oil change, also get your transmission fluid checked. The color of the transmission fluid should be reddish in color and there shouldn’t be any particles floating around. 

If you see that the fluid has a brownish or blackish color and there are floating shiny particles, then it can indicate that there are some metals coming apart in your transmission. This is definitely a problem. Get your car checked immediately if this is the case for your car. 

The Car Doesn’t Drive Smoothly

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Your torque converter may have some issues if you notice that your car isn’t running smoothly. This is most obvious when you’re driving at a low speed such as 40 mph. Even when you’re driving on a good road and then your car starts to run as though you’re driving on a rough road, then it’s best to take your car to an auto repair shop for proper assessment. Usually, the causes of a faulty torque converter are broken clutches, leaking seals, and bad bearings. Get those parts checked as well so that your car can run smoothly again. 

Final Thoughts

Repairing a faulty torque converter is going to cost you a good amount of money. However, if you leave your car in this condition then you’re going to face bigger problems in the future. That’s why as early as possible, have an auto mechanic fix the problem so that you don’t have to worry about other parts becoming affected. 


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