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Common Signs of Torque Converter Problems

The torque converter is the part of your machine that controls how much fluid is passed on to the transmission. It also allows your engine to continue to run while completely stopped. If this specific component of the machine happens to malfunction, it can cause strange behavior such as slipping. The difficult part is trying to diagnose what the exact cause of the torque converter malfunctioning is. There can be many causes for problems with torque converters.

It can be difficult to separate an issue with the transmission from problems with torque converters. Yet, there are some signs you should be aware of that can help you pinpoint what the issue is, whether that issue be with the transmission or the torque converter. Slipping, overheating, dirty fluid, shuddering, high stall speeds, and strange noises are all signs that point to a non-working torque converter. Most of the time, the torque converter will not be at the root cause of the issue you are facing, so be sure to get your transmission checked out by a professional before jumping to conclusions.

Here is some more information on the signs you should look for when a faulty torque converter is at play:

1) Overheating
If you check your temperature gauge and it seems to be overheating, then chances are, your torque converter isn’t working properly. This is the most common symptom of a malfunctioning torque converter, because if the fluid pressure drops, the transmission itself will begin to overheat. However, before you decide that the issue is with the torque converter, make sure that the problem isn’t due to other issues, such as low fluid levels or an issue with solenoid.

2) Gear Slipping
Problems with torque converters tend to show up rather quickly, since the fluid it manages is no longer being managed in a competent fashion. If there isn’t an appropriate amount of fluid being passed on to the transmission, the gears may slip, resulting in a lack of acceleration. If the fuel economy in your machinery drops, inefficient fluid may actually be the source of the issue, rather than a problem with the torque converter, so check your fluids first if any slipping with the transmission occurs.

3) Feels bumpy
When the machinery you are using feels as though it is shuddering, the problem may be the torque converter. Since the shuddering happens randomly, without rhyme or reason, you should get your transmission checked out as soon as you can. Since the shuddering issue occurs at random, you will not want to wait until it reoccurs.

4) Fluid Contamination
Another issue that points to torque converter problems is contamination in the fluid. If, when you check the fluid, you find thick clumps of dark material, either the clutches of the torque converter is damaged, or there is an issue with the transmission. Perform a fluid change before you assume the problem is the torque converter. Then, try and run the machinery for a while, and check back on it later.

5) Slow Engagement
With a ruined torque converter, the transmission will take longer than usual to engage the engine. This slow engagement results in higher stall speeds. Check you engine’s stall speed specifications, then perform a stall speed test based on the specifications listed, in order to diagnose for any torque converter issues.

6) Strange Sounds
Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, are strange or foreign sounds. Weird noises like revving or clicking may indicate a problem with the torque converter.

Using machinery with a bad torque converter is extremely dangerous, and doing so exacerbates the symptoms listed above. Once you have identified that the torque converter is the problem, you will need to get it replaced by professionals. This particular piece of the machinery is delicate and complicated. Therefore, it should not be fixed by the average person. Otherwise, more damage to the equipment could occur.

Luckily, we have a large selection of torque converters for you to choose from that is ready to be immediately dispatched at an affordable rate. If you are currently experiencing torque converter problems, we offer a rapid turnaround on the necessary replacement parts for your equipment.

Contact us today and let us find out how we can serve you!

How To Test A Torque Converter

The heavy duty machines that are used for industrial or construction purposes need proper maintenance and repair. Industrial torque converter problems can come from a number of things. 

List of common industrial torque converter problems: 

– Not Properly Installed

– May start to Overheat

– Blades could start to deform

Reasons why these problems exist & how to test a torque converter for these common issues:

  1. Torque Converter Installation Problems: It is always better to have a new torque converter professionally cleaned after any kind of new cooler lines or radiator installation. This is very important because you want to ensure that any contamination has been wiped cleaned and completely out of the system. You don’t want any failure from the old debris to be ingested because this can cause you to have to pay more money and it can be expensive.
  2. Overheating: Overheating is very common for industrial machinery since it’s caused when the machines are used constantly. There are several factors that can contribute to overheating that you will want to test and confirm. For example, unexpectedly low fluid pressure or even the air pressure levels in the system can correlate with overheating. The pump can and will fail due to clogged filters, over-worn suction lines could begin to crack, or there could be an issue with the charging pump. Improper fluid circulation, damaged seals, or broken gaskets can all be related to the torque converter overheating so testing for those issues can help you prevent and solve overheating issues.
  3. Damaged Blades: Torque converter blades can break into small pieces if too much heat is exposed to them. This can be expensive to repair, however it’s always better to catch a problem before it gets worse. Otherwise, a problem that could start off by just needing a repair could turn into a problem that needs a full rebuild, for example, if the problem is allowed to continue over time and the turbine blades start pulling away from the hubs.

Properly testing and maintaining your machine’s torque converter is crucial to ensure proper long-term maintenance. If you need help, replacement parts, or repair services, give our experts at K&L Clutch a call today!

What is Basic Maintenance for Heavy Machinery?

Sep 28, 19 • Maintenance, Torque ConvertersComments Off on What is Basic Maintenance for Heavy Machinery?

Qualities to Look for in a Heavy Machine Repair Company?

A quality heavy machine repair company has certain assets you need to look for before hiring them to do your repairs. The first thing is a company such as K & L Clutch who is seasoned, meaning it is highly experienced and has been repairing heavy machinery for several many years.

A quality heavy machine repair company offer services not just across the United States but globally. The parts used must be of high quality and brands that are known and trusted by all corporations.

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When it comes to owning a business, you need to have everything in order inside and out. The outside of your property is the first impression your customers will have of you and your business. Keeping the outside of the business in order consists of landscaping and the parking lot. What can happen to your business when your parking lot is not in the best of shape? Several companies use various machines to create the best asphalt parking lot for your business. Read on to find out what these machines are and what they do. If you have a paving company and are in need of service and repair please consider contacting K&L Clutch for all your repair, parts and maintenance needs.

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What are the Common Mining Machines that are Used in Mining?

Aug 17, 19 • MaintenanceComments Off on What are the Common Mining Machines that are Used in Mining?

Many countries around the world benefit directly from the mining industry. This industry enables the extraction of the resources that can be found on the surface of the Earth, or underneath it. Iron, copper, quartz, cement, coal, gold, silver, natural gas, and petroleum are some of the most common items that the humans mine. The mining industry offers a lot of opportunities to those who wanted to enter the industry. Geologists and mining engineers are the professions that benefit most from the industry, and they study for several years to understand the most common procedures required to mine ores. Mining companies, on the other hand, are investing heavily to purchase the most powerful tools that are used in the field. Over time, the heavy equipment and mining machines used in the industry becomes susceptible to wear and tear. K&L Clutch is a company dedicated to providing the best services to repair heavy equipment that has been subjected to excessive wear and tear.

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What is the Importance of a Power Take Off?

Jul 20, 19 • Power Take OffsComments Off on What is the Importance of a Power Take Off?

Before we can begin on the importance of a power take off (PTO), you should first understand what it actually is. This is a piece of equipment that transfers the mechanical power of the engine over to another part of the equipment. Trucks have many different parts in them, and some of the things found in a truck aren’t found in a car. One of the things that a car doesn’t have is known as the PTO.

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What is the Difference Between a Condenser and a Heat Exchanger

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Water-cooled brakes also know as WCB is when the brakes are air actuated and then it is cooled by a constant flow of water from a cooling system with an open or closed loop cooling system. The air tube design does not require any kind of special coating or treatments and it is corrosion resistant as well.

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How Do You Drain a Torque Converter?

May 10, 19 • Torque FluidComments Off on How Do You Drain a Torque Converter?

Step by Step Directions to Drain a Torque Converter.

Since a Torque Converter, (T-Converter) is your transmission’s number one assistant, a well cared for T-Converter makes for a happy transmission. A misbehaving T-Converter can cause transmission slippage, stalling, strange noises and much more serious damage to the vehicle’s transmission. Over time, debris from disintegrating internal moving parts can contaminate the transmission oil and prevent the T-Converter from working effectively, thereby causing transmission damage. Taking the extra step to include a good flush of the T-Converter is a good idea since it is not normally included in a standard transmission oil change. A T-Converter’s purpose is to assist the vehicle’s automatic transmission to perform well and provide a smooth and carefree shifting experience between gears. A flush of the T-Converter can be a quick and easy process, however certain vehicle models can present some challenges. It all depends on the type of connections on the vehicle’s transmission oil connector lines.

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Apr 23, 19 • Cranes, TransmissionComments Off on What Equipment is Needed for Mining?

 

Mining equipment has been modernized over the last few years, and mining companies must be careful to purchase the right gear and parts for each job. Drillers and excavators are still needed to get the work done, but companies also need hand tools that work in the lowest parts of a mine, the parts to maintain these machines, and the extras that are required to keep the miners safe. Look below at what you need to do to buy the right mining equipment so that your operation runs smoothly.

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Apr 10, 19 • News, Torque Converters, Torque FluidComments Off on What is a Torque Converter and How Does It Work?

It is worth noting that not long ago, in 1902, the year, the design for the automatic transmission torque converter appeared. Nearly nothing has changed during this time, all the basics and features are included in modern models.

Initially, these converters were installed exclusively on buses. Only a few decades later, manufacturers started to include it in passenger vehicles. And this is not surprising because the part allows you to convert and transfer the moment from the engine to the installed automatic transmission very well. The driver can also change the torque and speed. Initially, this innovation began to be installed on the Ford car. Popularity has increased significantly after a few years.

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