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Problems with transmission in ford f-150

Where and what exactly is the converter is in the transmission (a picture will be very helpful)

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  • thextruexhur Jul 25, 2009

    how much would would a torque converter for a ford F 1-50 v6 4.2 2 wheel drive would cost?

    would it be better to buy a whole new transmission or just buy the converter?

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The torque convertor is sandwiched between the engine and the transmission.
It almost never goes bad, and requires the whole transmission to be taken out in order to replace it.
It weighs about 50 pounds with oil, and is about a foot and a half in diameter, about half a foot thick.

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Your torque converter looks like two bundt cake pans together.its connected to fly wheel.if you remove the starter cover.thats where it is located.the torque converter consist of 3 major parts inside of it .the impeller stator turbine.when engine is running.transmission fluid is circulating in a circular motion between the turbine and impeller. by angled cavities in the impeller .it forces fluid out of the impeller.while engine is running.then the turbine redirect the remaining fluid and force it back to the impeller.now the stator has blades angled to reverse the direction of fluid flow.as it leaves the turbine.so that it will again act against the impeller .in the direction of rotation.see that how a torque converter works.

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I just posted this and the darn thing got deleted. anyway it is bolted to the engine flex plate and connects to the transmission by notches at the end of the tork converter, it works like a jet engine has vanes inside that turn with the engine and vane on the oppsite side the redirect the flow of the fluid to create more speed and it operates the pump. inside the converter is 3 or 4 planatery gears with one mail ring gear all with teeth running inside each other when engine speed increases the turbine spins creating a buildup of hydraulic fluid until enough pressure is built up to move the truck, They also have a lock up clutch and I won't go into detail about that, they go bad sometimes too. If you step on the break and hold the break down and Rev it above 2000 rpms you will destroy the tork converter. Sometimes the vanes break off and sometimes the gears break and other times the teeth wear out for the center shaft. without it it will not make the transmission work it drives the pump that operates the transmission. The picture below shows a converter and if you look close at the end you will see the notches that operates the front pump, if they replace the converter they normally replace the front pump and pump seal, because if the converter goes out it most likely damage the pump, and if it scattered then they will have to pull the valve body apart to clean the whole system. if it has done a lot of damage they ay have to rebuild the trasmisson as well.
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Go to google and type in torque converter for ford pickup tranny. it will show you what it looks like and it is located in the tranny right between the tranny and engine. it is connected to the flywheel which is what your starter engages when you turn the key. its main function is to act as a counter balance between engine torque and tranny torque. its the trannys ying to the engines yang. what seems to be the problem with the torque converter?

Posted on Jul 25, 2009

  • jkaygisiz Jul 25, 2009

    typically you can get away with just a converter. it would be less than a tranny rebuild. probaley cost around 650-800 dollars as opposed to 2000 dollar rebuild cost. most places will now do rebuilds where they replace over worn parts and damaged parts with refurbs but if youre sure its the converter just do the converter itself and make sure it is new and not a rebiult unit. i personally dont trust them because in order ti rebuild them they are cut open and tacked shut which can lead to leaks, seperations and severe tranny failure which is not cool.

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