The torque converter for your car, truck, van or SUV is a type of hydraulic coupling, or fluid coupling, that is used to transmit rotating mechanical power in an automatic transmission system.
Generated by the engine, this rotating power is then transferred to a rotating driven load. Regular fluid coupling cannot multiply torque, but can match the rotational speed. Without torque, your vehicle would not be able to move. But what transfers torque in a compact from (torque density) to the output shaft are planetary gear sets.
When you’re having trouble with your car, truck, van or SUV, call 12th Street Auto Care Center. We’re a local Sioux Falls, SD auto repair shop with ASE-certified mechanics. They can do anything to improve the performance of your vehicle, including full torque converter replacement.
The amount of rotating power, or “turning power,” that a car has is its torque. You could equate torque to the same amount of force needed to turn a socket wrench. Torque is useful when getting your car to accelerate. It is also very useful with moving heavier vehicles that need more torque, or rotating power.
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