All automatic transmission vehicles have a torque converter as a vital part of their transmission system. It is what enables the car or truck to shift automatically between gears while you are driving. Power from the engine is converted into hydraulic pressure. The torque converter is a very important, yet sensitive, piece of equipment that is prone to failure. It is one of the most common causes of internal transmission damage. Once a torque converter starts to malfunction, it can lead to all sorts of other issues.
Transmission fluid problems (too much, too little, too old/corroded) can also lead to torque converter damage, so it is important to maintain your transmission as part of your overall automotive preventative maintenance schedule. At the first sign of any transmission problems, especially torque converter issues, you should get your vehicle looked at by an automotive expert.
Here are some of the signs of a failing torque converter, according to the Northern Delaware automotive repair specialists at Fox Run Auto:
1. Loss of Power
One of the telltale signs of transmission issues is when our vehicle feels oddly sluggish and is struggling to accelerate. Many drivers assume this is an engine problem, but it is often the transmission causing a loss of power.
2. Failure to Shift
If you are having trouble shifting the vehicle into gear at all or it is not shifting smoothly into certain gears, there is a good chance you could have a problem with your torque converter.
3. Slipping Between Gears
Automatic transmission vehicles should shift smoothly between gears while you drive. If it is slipping out of gear or not shifting smoothly, it might be a torque converter issue or some other transmission concern worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic.
4. Overheating Transmission
Like your engine, your transmission can also overheat when it is taking on too much stress or if there is damage to certain components like the torque converter. An overheating transmission is nothing to take lightly and should be addressed as soon as possible.
5. Transmission Fluid Leaks
Leaking fluid can be the sign of a damaged torque converter or other internal transmission problems. Or, it could ultimately be the cause of major transmission issues if you are losing fluid. You need the proper level of clean fluid running through the transmission system. Fluid leaks should be identified and dealt with immediately. You can often prevent significant internal damage by catching a transmission fluid leak early on.
6. Bad Transmission Fluid
Beyond just the fluid level, you can look at the quality of the transmission fluid itself. If it is dark, dirty, milky or discolored in anyway, it is not a good sign. Get your vehicle inspected before it gets any worse.
If you are experiencing any transmission problems in Northern Delaware, call Fox Run Auto today at (302) 597-9205 to schedule an inspection appointment. You can also book your service online.