torque converter

noun

Definition of torque converter

: a device for transmitting and amplifying torque especially by hydraulic means

Examples of torque converter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With 110 horsepower on tap, the Chevy V-6 performs pretty well through either the five-speed manual or the three-speed automatic (with lockup torque converter) transmissions. Michael Jordan, Car and Driver, "1984 Jeep Cherokee Reimagines the 4x4 for a New Age," 4 Aug. 2020 On cool days, the Syclone's turbo, torque converter, and adhesive-tape traction are devastating from zero to 60. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 GMC Syclone vs. Ferrari 348ts," 29 May 2020 This should unlock the torque converter clutch, resulting in a consistent (slightly higher) tachometer reading (assuming no gear shifts occur). Brad Bergholdt, chicagotribune.com, "Under the Hood: Ridgeline experiencing mysterious surges," 22 Nov. 2019 In place of a conventional automatic's torque converter, this dual-clutch six-speed transmission uses two clutch packs to couple the engine to the transmission—one that's engaged when an odd gear is selected, the other for evens. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "What You Need to Know about Ford's PowerShift Transmission Problems," 13 May 2019 But if the transmission clutches are cooked, the gears are chewed up or the torque converter is failing, those cannot be repaired with the transmission still in the car. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "There’s really no shortcut on a transmission rebuild," 6 Apr. 2018 To save weight and optimize response time during acceleration, a wet start-off clutch replaces the torque converter. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Updated Mercedes-Benz E-Class gets new AMG E63 S variant for year 2018 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 15 Dec. 2017 All of the dirty fluid that’s sitting in the torque converter, and many of the passages, just stays there and contaminates the new fluid. Ray Magliozzi, sandiegouniontribune.com, "When it comes to transmission fluid, flushing beats changing," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of torque converter

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Torque converter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torque%20converter. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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