Reconditioning Torque Converters
A torque converter is the component between the engine and automatic transmission that allows slippage when stationary and drive when the accelerator is depressed. It is like two fans facing each other, switch one on and the other fan starts to turn. The components are in a weld bowl assembly and fluid is used to transfer the drive. There is always a certain amount of slippage because there is no solid connection between the engine and transmission. A clutch assembly inside the torque converter will engage once load is reduced and suitable speed is reached so a solid connection to the engine is achieved and fuel economy increases.
Lincoln automatics has the latest equipment for cutting and re-welding torque converters.
The torque converter is often the cause of a transmission failure and is necessary to recondition when rebuilding the automatic. Clutch systems used in torque converters range from single clutch plate to multi-clutch units. Materials used for the clutches range from conventional linings, carbon linings and Kevlar for heavy clutch use.