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Torque Converter symptoms

Discussion in 'Vans' started by Scrounge, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Scrounge

    Scrounge Got parts?

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    An ad for a '95 Ram van in Texas with a 6-cylinder engine and about 120K miles reports that the torque converter needs to be replaced, and says $300 worth of parts will fix it. What would the transmission be doing (or not doing) to indicate that the torque converter is bad? And is this a common problem with full-sized vans of this era?
     
  2. Bob Lincoln

    Bob Lincoln "CHECK FAULT CODES"
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    If it ran very low on fluid for extended time, the torque converter could be warped and causing slippage, or the pump could be burned out.
     
  3. Scrounge

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    Thanks. If it's still available when I return to Texas, I'll check for slippage. But running low on fluid for too long might cause other damage, so I wonder if the trans might have more problems that need overhaul or replacement.

    And now, I also wonder if the owner removed the torque converter for another vehicle, and the one for the van is just missing.
     
  4. ImperialCrown

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    You may have noise, vibration or shudder. If the torque converter has to be accessed, you might as well recondition the transmission clutches and check the cooler flow, etc while it is out.
     

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