If your automatic vehicle isn’t changing gears properly, you may want to think twice before tinkering with your transmission. The issue could be with your torque converter. Because a faulty torque converter directly impacts the transmission, vehicle owners often mistake issues with their torque converter as transmission problems.
A torque converter is a type of fluid coupling located between a vehicle’s engine and transmission. It transfers the engine’s rotational force into hydraulic pressure, which then supplies the necessary power required for the transmission to shift gears. If a torque converter starts failing, the transmission may have trouble changing gears or may take longer to engage the engine, which is why many people think that they’re having transmission issues when the problem really lies in their torque converter. To help you diagnose the root cause of your vehicle’s issue, check out these signs of a failing torque converter.