Torque Converter for Ford F-150, F-250 and F-350 Trucks in Maryland
Ford truck torque converters are subject to considerable force and vibration, so choosing a heavy duty torque converter is crucial. Different levels of torque converter modification are available, so internal components can be selected to match the performance level of a diesel or gasoline engine. Weight is also a consideration, as F-250 and F-350 are generally beefier than the F-150, and are often used to haul heavier loads. Ford Trucks in Maryland can operate in temperatures over 100 degrees in the Summer, and this can affect the amount of heat within a transmission. Maryland also has its share of steep roads, which can affect transmission operation when hauling heavy loads. Here are a number of upgrades to consider for a heavy duty torque converter:
Billet Torque Converter Cover
All 4R100 and E4OD torque converters in Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks should be provided with billet steel front covers, and every performance converter you see will note the use of a billet cover. The front cover is the front side of the torque converter that sits against the engine's flywheel. The front cover has four or six studs on it, used to bolt it to the flywheel. The other side of the torque converter housing is called the pump, and faces the transmission. Billet front covers are much stronger than the stamped steel parts that they replace. They are thicker in critical areas which helps to prevent ballooning of the converter. The material is not only stronger, but also harder, so is less prone to wear in the places that are subject to it. A commonly worn area is where the outer converter clutch splines meet the cover on the inside, as shown here. A billet torque converter cover will prevent this from happening.
Ford Truck Torque Converter Stall Speed for Maryland
Here in Maryland, the terms tighter converter or looser converter are commonly used to describe the stall speed, but these terms can also describe the efficiency of the torque converter. Higher stall converters produce more heat than lower stall converters, so the stall speed RPM should be chosen carefully and according to the application. Hauling heavy loads in Maryland will require that the torque converter allow the engine to operate within the proper RPM range. While a lower stall converter is generally more efficient, it may drop the engine RPMs under the working powerband, which is undesirable. So when planning on towing, this needs to be considered. A good rule of thumb is to use your existing converter as a guide when choosing a new ford truck torque converter for use in Maryland or similar terrain.
Bearings To Replace Thrust Washers
Many standard thrust washers are made of special types of nylon, which are slippery enough to get the job done, but can melt from excessive heat. Most of the heat within an automatic transmission originates from the torque converter. Where possible, it is always beneficial to replace thrust washers with bearings.
Triple Disc Lockup Clutch
The lock up clutch inside the torque converter can come as a single or triple clutch configuration. In most cases, a triple disk converter can be used to replace a single disk converter, providing more holding power.
The strength of a torque converter can be increased by brazing the internal fins. Brazing is accomplished with much less heat than steel arc welding, which prevents warping of steel components. Our Ford Powerstroke torque converters are typically hand brazed with rod, which is much more reliable than furnace brazing.