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.
Since 1841, the oil industry has been the beneficiary of an amazing set of products from National Oilwell Varco. NOV manufacturers some of the most powerful oil and gas collection systems in the world, and in 1949 they debuted their individual National brand to provide the rest of the industrial world with their versatile torque converters. Torque converters are relatively basic devices that must be used by nearly every heavy-duty machine with a transmission. These components essentially move power from the engine to whatever the engine powers, and no industrial machine can be considered fully automatic without them. K&L Clutch has seen the premium quality provided by National products, so we gladly stock a wide range of National torque converters, and we offer comprehensive National transmission service and repair.
Why are Torque Converters Important?
Torque converters are found in nearly all large-scale machines, and they are considered indispensable technology. Most torque converters are simply hydrodynamic fluid couplers that connect and distribute power from the engine to the driven load. Perhaps the most important function of a torque converter, however, is that it steps up the input rotational power when a higher output is needed. Many converters can even lock to the engine when they match speeds. This process prevents faults and generally holds efficiency at a high level.
National Premium Quality
National did not initially start off making torque converters, but they began to do so when they realized that few third-party components could stand up to the harsh challenges presented in the oil industry. Using their tremendous experience, they designed and manufactured a line of torque converters that perfectly suited their needs, so they decided to make those durable products available to the world. Since then, National torque converters have influenced many industrial fields, including:
These are just a few of the applications where National shines above all else. K&L Clutch understands the importance of using the most powerful components available on the market, and we proudly offer full service National transmission repairs, rebuilds, and more.
A Brief Inventory List
K&L Clutch carries an impressive line of National torque converters, and we can install, service, repair, and maintain any National transmission system. We’ve included below a sample listing of the National torque converters we carry, but this list is by no means exhaustive.
For a full list of the inventory offered by K&L Clutch, contact us here. Our helpful, professional staff will happily answer any questions you may have about our services, and they can assist in scheduling a consultation.
When they are malfunctioning, it not only leads to frustration on your part, but it also can lead to downtime and lost business opportunities. If you regularly work with industrial equipment like cranes who need regular service and repair on parts such as torque converters, here are some important signs that your torque converter is going to need service real soon.
Knowing 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. Here’s a guide of the most common issues that could arise with your heavy machinery torque converter, as well as a list of signs and symptoms to look out for.
3 common torque converter problems:
1. No Power from the Converter
You know the feeling—you ask for power and get very little of it. A problematic torque converter can play a big part in this because it plays a vital role in converting horsepower to torque. To get proper power from the torque converter, you need to allow enough time for converter pressure to form. If it doesn’t, you won’t get the power you need.
When the torque converter fails, it can cause the transmission to receive too much or too little fluid, which in turn causes the transmission gears to slip. This will result in a loss of power for the machine. If you notice the machine doesn’t have the amount of power it should have, it could be the torque converter. In cars, a sign of this would be a loss of fuel economy. Also, be sure to rule out low or dirty fluid. It may be the system just needs a fluid replacement.
2. Surging and Lagging
Surging is the flip side of the power-loss coin. If your machine “surges” or “lags” during operation—in other words, if it can’t seem to maintain a constant speed, power, or lift—it might be a torque converter problem due to erratic converter fluid pressure or flow.
A failing torque converter with high fluid pressure can cause more power to be transmitted than normal from time to time. This will cause the machine’s power to “surge” unpredictably. It may be a rare incident, or the engine might seem to be speeding up and slowing down in a cycle. The torque converter may be the culprit if the engine is functioning normally.
3. Power Loss due to Clutch Slippage
You’ll notice this when, especially after heavy acceleration, the clutch tends to slip. It will feel just like the converter is losing power while all along, the engine is making power, but the master clutch assembly is not transferring power to the torque converter.
A simple clutch adjustment and you can be up and running in no time. If this condition goes untreated for too long, excessive damage will occur to your master clutch assembly requiring removal and replacement. The key to saving money is maintaining your equipment and fixing problems quickly before they grow into bigger problems.
Signs and Symptoms to Watch Out For
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.
Let’s take a look at a few symptoms that you can spot to detect when something has gone wrong. After all, spot the torque converter problems early on, and they’ll be much easier (and cheaper) to fix.
Symptom 1: Shuddering
A mechanical failure in a torque converter can cause serious shuddering. In a car, the shuddering can be severe enough that it feels like driving on a gravel road. The shuddering is caused by a misalignment inside the converter, and it can be intermittent. If you notice shuddering when a machine is operating, have the torque converter and transmission checked out immediately, as it can be a sign of an imminent failure.
Symptom 2: Strange Noises
Clicking, grinding, or revving noises coming from the torque converter are a sign of a mechanical problem. Have it serviced immediately.
Symptom 3: Contaminated Transmission Fluid
If the torque converters’ moving parts come into contact and grind against each other, the result will be contamination of the transmission fluid. Chances are, this problem will lead to other symptoms like noises and shuddering, but it may be subtle enough that it’s not detected until the fluid is checked.
Symptom 4: Overheating
A transmission that’s overheating can be caused by a failing torque converter. If the converter’s seals have gone bad, the fluid used to transmit power from the engine to the transmission could be leaking. A drop in fluid pressure will cause the transmission to overheat. Of course, the leak could be somewhere else, so check for a fluid leak before replacing the torque converter.
Symptom 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.
How to fix your torque converter problems
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.
Take a second from time to time to inspect the torque converter for visible problems like fluid levels, pressures and clutch adjustment to catch potential problems before they exist, but know that we’re here for you when more serious problems arise.
If you are in need of a replacement torque converter, we have a large selection 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!
The profit losses start mounting as soon as your transmission fails out in the field. When it happens (and it happens to just about everyone), you need transmission replacement and repair parts, and you need them fast.
K&L Clutch and Transmission offers customers a solid investment for their industrial projects since our products are longer lasting, our work more efficient and our quality services mean less downtime.
1. Longer Life
The longer industrial transmission and clutch components last, the more you’ll save on your project’s bottom line.
For example, our torque converters are tough, durable, and long-lasting, meaning you’ll spend less on equipment repairs and replacement parts, and more on investments that are actually profitable. But beyond their own integrity, our industrial torque converters actually extend the life of heavy equipment engines and transmissions themselves, thanks to smooth operation at optimum efficiency speed ranges, and shock protection from load and equipment damage. Read Full Article →
Here at K&L Clutch, we don’t just supply our clients with critical industrial transmission parts like pneumatic clutches and torque converters. We keep companies drilling, digging, dredging, and doing the work that powers the world.
In other words, our goals exist to make it easier for companies to achieve their’s.
One of the company’s most recent triumphs, for example, was the Hubline Project for Algonquin Gas Transmission Co. — a 29-mile long, 30-inch steel pipeline installed under Massachusetts Bay. It is the longest undersea gas line in New England, and was built to carry natural gas for local and regional markets. […]
Complicating matters was the location of the work, the company adds. “The uniqueness of this restoration project is that Norfolk Dredging Co. had to perform this work some five miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, in the middle of winter, digging to depths of 120 feet over an active high-pressure gas pipeline, while working under a rigidly defined time frame for completion,” it says. Nevertheless, the work was completed on time and without incident.
No excuses. They just got the job done.
We’ve been working with crane and dragline companies like Norfolk Dredging for more than 30 years — and this company typifies the sort of relationships we aim to build with our clients.
The key is customer service, because professional service capabilities can make the difference between project profitability and failure — especially since so many industries we work with are hard at work around the clock in hostile work environments.
In the end, customer service is a state of mind. From our headquarters in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, this mission revolves around a series of service capabilities:
Fully-equipped service trucks that come to you.
24/7, round-the-clock readiness.
Expert technicians and staff.
An innovative in-house machine shop that provides customized solutions to unique challenges.
Time is money when you’re out in the field, and even a small breakdown can be crippling to your project’s finances. When you need service, you need it then and there—not in three to five shipping days needed to get the right tools for the fix (or even the three to five hours it takes an ill-equipped company to get the industrial transmission part into the right place) and that’s where K&L comes in with our fully-equipped field service trucks.
Our field service trucks are carefully designed to respond to the complex and ever-evolving needs for job-sites in industries like oil, gas, mining and construction. Our trucks will come to you—24/7, wherever you’re working—and they’ll come armed and ready to get the job done.
Let’s take a closer look at what they carry:
A 5,000-Pound-Capacity Auto Crane
A heavy-duty Auto Crane makes it much easier to respond to demanding industrial power service needs, and gives us the flexibility and accuracy needed to do fixes in hard-to-reach places.
Why? Reach and lifting abilities matter. If we just showed up with the right tools and replacement parts, but no way to easily position them to where they need to be, additional time and manpower would be wasted trying get everything in the right place.
The cranes feature rack-and-pinion rotation systems—resulting in the high torque needed for heavy lifting and positioning—and rotational cylinders guarded by flow controls and load-holding valves, which boost safety and operational precision. All together, this makes repairing or replacing equipment like torque converters, mechanical clutches and pneumatic clutches simple.
In other words, the 5,000-pound Auto Cranes on our trucks make sure they arrive ready to work.
Complete, Customized Tool Capabilities
There’s nothing more dismaying than a service provider showing up unprepared or unable to do the job. From the heaviest-duty appliances to the smallest hand tools, we’ll arrive with everything needed to install and service the wide range of units we sell.
In fact, at our headquarters in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex, we thrive on coming up with customized solutions to unusual and unexpected problems. Our tool sets reflect these diverse, nimble solutions capabilities.
Machine Shop Support and Talent
In the end, what’s on our truck is only as good as the people that arrive with it. And thanks to our extensive support experience, our technicians are simply the best in the business. Headquartered just nine miles from DWF International Airport in the town of Hurst, we’re also ideally located to get them to jobs all over the country.
Furthermore, as with our tool sets, our North Texas machine shop and service center gives us the backing needed to solve problems specific to your job’s unique needs and situation. We’ll get you back up and running in no time.
Time spent not working is money poured down the drain, so the ability to respond instantly as soon as a breakdown happens is critical. Nonstop service capabilities can make the difference between project profitability and failure — especially since so many industries we work with are hard at work around the clock. From our service center and machine shop in North Texas, we can respond at any time a need arises, providing excellent industrial equipment services.
Factor in time zone changes, and this flexibility becomes even more vital—when work breaks down in the middle of the day in the Middle East, you shouldn’t have to wait until the normal business day starts up again in Dallas to get technical support and troubleshooting advice. Read Full Article →