If you are searching for “how to replace a torque converter,” then this article will provide you with a step-by-step guide.
Steps To Replacing A Torque Converter
Follow these 10 steps to replace your car’s existing torque converter:
- This one is simple: make sure your vehicle is parked on a flat (and clean) surface.
- Support the weight of the vehicle onto two jack stands after one end has been lifted off the ground.
- After doing so, move to the opposite end of the vehicle from which you began this process.
- Lift the vehicle and place it on two more jack stands.
- Make sure the two jacks stand at the same height. This will be the vehicle’s resting position.
- Get under the vehicle to the end of the drive shaft. Find where it is connected to the rear axle.
- There is a universal jack that holds the two pieces together – it will stay inside one of the yokes after separation.
- Loosen the four U-bolt nuts, and pull the U-bolts free from the yoke.
- Put the vehicle in neutral so the drive shaft can be turned.
- Separate the two yokes by moving the universal joint, causing one of the free ends to be tipped away from the rear axle.
- Now you can turn the drive shaft, as well as pulling the shaft away from the rear axle yoke.
- Hold the free end of the shaft, which is above the rear axle yoke, then pull on the shaft to separate it from the back of the transmission.
- Locate the transmission fill tube when opening the hood of the car.
- Find the bracket that is used to keep the tube in place.
- Remove the bolt that goes through the tube, then pull up to remove this from the transmission.
- Put the car in park and find where the torque converter is visible – this will be by the front of the transmission.
- Remove the bolts that fasten the converter to the fly wheel by loosening them.
- The converter features three to four feet, which are all fastened by a nut and bolt. Remove all nuts and bolts used to tighten the converter.
- Put a floor jack below the transmission pan, then raise the arm up to the pan and put upward pressure on the transmission.
- Remove bolts that fasten the transmission to a cross member.
- Also remove bolts that secure the cross member to the frame of the vehicle.
- Remove the cross member altogether.
- Loosen the transmission’s bell housing bolts. There should be 6-7 bolts present.
- Pull the transmission away from the motor. All the weight will be on the jack at this time.
- Pull away the transmission from the motor and lower it down.
- This is done so the jack can be removed, and to set the transmission on the ground.
- Pull away the old converter from off the transmission’s input shaft.
- Fill a new converter with a quart of transmission fluid.
- Then push onto the transmission’s input shaft.
- After the converter is pressed onto the shaft, turn it any way until it meshes with the notch. It should sit completely in place at this time.
- Line the converter up with the shaft, pushing on it for a better fit, if needed.
- Reinstall the transmission in reverse order this time.
- Fill the transmission with fluid, checking the level while running the car.
Torque Converter Replacement Cost
Typically, a DIY torque converter replacement costs between $200 and $600, according to Oards.com. Costs for a professional torque converter replacement can vary based on the labor rate at automotive shop locations. Labor costs should run between $400 and $700 at most shops. The total price for parts and labor should range from $600 to around $1,000.
If this seems too costly, doing the replacement yourself remains an option, and cheaper alternative. The average cost for a DIY replacement is $400, while a typical average cost for a professional service is around $850. At the time of a torque converter replacement, a change of the transmission fluid is recommended. Transmission flush costs range from $125-$250.
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