Word forms: (regular plural) torque converters
nounPronunciationNote that torque only has one syllable. It comes from the Latin torquere, which means 'to twist'. ( Automotive engineering : Vehicle components , Engine, transmission, and exhaust )
The torque converter is generally used with automatic transmissions, where it serves as a hydraulic clutch.
The torque converter gives the car more torque when it accelerates out of a stop.
In place of a clutch, the car uses a torque converter to transfer power from the engine's flywheel to the transmission.
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