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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.

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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!

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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.

Heavy Machinery

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What is a Torque Converter and How Does It Work?

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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Torque Converter Problems and Fixes in Heavy Machinery (Updated)

Mar 11, 18 • Torque Converters1 Comment

Torque Converter Problems | Detecting and Fixing Broken Torque ConvertersKnowing the symptoms of a failing torque converter can make diagnosing problems with a machine much easier.

Despite the excellent capabilities and reliability of the torque converters we provide, problems do arise from time to time—especially considering the extraordinary torque converter performance your extraordinary projects require.

Diagnosing torque converter problems can be tricky because the symptoms often look like a problem with the transmission, but that’s not always the case.

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Drilling Rig Parts and Repairs

Jan 29, 18 • Air Clutches, Air Compressors, Clutches, Industrial Mechanical Parts, Industrial Product Service, News, Torque Converters, TransmissionComments Off on Drilling Rig Parts and Repairs

drilling rig parts repairs by KL Clutch

Drilling rigs provide an invaluable service for companies that need to dig deep, with the convergence of drilling rig components and parts working together to do their job.

However, the reality of this situation is that the rigorous work being performed will likely hasten the onset of drilling rig repairs at some point.
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SINGLE STAGE Torque Converter SALE!

Feb 12, 16 • News, Torque ConvertersComments Off on SINGLE STAGE Torque Converter SALE!

6CO-1504-1 6CO-1512-1

For a limited time we are offering a special price on remanufactured Twin Disc 6-CO Torque Converters.

6-CO-1504-1 MS: 280 or MS: 400

The Exchange Price has temporarily been dropped to $6900
The Exchange Core Charge has been reduced for a short time to $6900

6-CO-1512-1 MS: 280 or MS: 400

The Exchange Price has for the time being been dropped to $6900
The Exchange Core Charge has briefly been reduced to $6900

For either 6CO-1504-1 or 6CO-1512-1 with a specific torque of 280 or 400
The OUTRIGHT Price for the moment is $14,500

6CO1504 [28862]

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Save on remanufactured Torque Converters for heavy machinery!

Dec 29, 14 • News, Torque ConvertersComments Off on Save on remanufactured Torque Converters for heavy machinery!

Save money with a refurbished or remanufactured torque converter with the same great warranty!!

Remanufactured Torque Converters Save you money!!

At K&L Clutch and Transmission, we know that equipment breakdowns mean lost profits. When critical failure occurs, you need a well-stocked partner equipped to respond as soon as possible. Whether it’s rebuilt transmissions, a brand new torque converter or any unforeseeable industrial solution you need, we can provide it.
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When speed is key – Quick Torque Converter Repairs and Replacement

Jun 6, 14 • Industrial Product Service, News, Torque ConvertersComments Off on When speed is key – Quick Torque Converter Repairs and Replacement

Downtime – Public enemy #1!

Rapid turnaround for torque converter repair - KLClutch

Downtime is a problem. No matter what industry you work in, time waiting on a machine to be repaired or replaced is time when your company may not be running at full efficiency. In many industries, particularly industries that rely on massive, expensive machinery, this type of downtime can cost you hundreds of dollars per hour. For some of our clients in the oil industry, downtime expenses can reach in excess of $900/hour!! Many of our customers would be financially crushed by these costs if not for our quick torque converter repairs and replacement services. K&L Clutch is very aware of this fact, and for that reason we make it our top priority to offer a wide selection of parts that we keep in stock at all times, and this is one of the secrets to our rapid turnaround on repair requests or replacement parts. Read Full Article →

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An American Oil Boom Challenges the Future

Jan 31, 14 • Industrial Product Service, News, Torque Converters, World NewsComments Off on An American Oil Boom Challenges the Future

U.S. Oil Boom reshapes markets around the world.

The American oil boom has put European refineries out of business, while undercutting West Africa crude suppliers. As well, domestic drilling is challenging producers in the Middle East and South America.

Over the past five years, the U.S. went from depending on fuel from Europe to being an exporter to the region. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Nigeria ships fewer than three supertankers of crude each month, where in the recent past it numbered closer to a dozen. The West Coast will soon cut back on imports of oil from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, replacing it with cheaper oil from the Rocky Mountains where output has grown by 31 percent since 2011.

With North American exports of gasoline and other refined products hitting a record last month, the U.S. is on pace to become the world’s largest oil producer by 2015. Drilling in the Permian Basin in West Texas and the oil-rich Bakken shale, which stretches from North Dakota into Montana and Canada, has led the boom. Texas, pumping more than Iran, has more than doubled its crude output since 2011, along with North Dakota.

Warning: Industrial challenges ahead

American Oil Boom

Growing North American production will help the United States begin to meet its own energy demands, leading it to cut back on imports that will instead flow to emerging markets. This will inevitably lead to the shifting of the economic and political realities of the World as a whole.

K & L Clutch and Transmission stands to assist in the industrial challenges that are equally inevitable, as new technologies and proven technologies are applied together to meet the challenges that present themselves, both domestically and abroad.

 

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