How to remove torque converter from flywheel

Removing a torque converter from a flywheel typically requires accessing the transmission, as the torque converter is located within the transmission housing. This process can be complex and may vary depending on the specific vehicle make and model. Here are general steps to guide you through the process:

Materials you will need:

  1. Vehicle service manual

  2. Safety goggles

  3. Safety gloves

  4. Jack and jack stands (if necessary)

  5. Socket set and ratchet

  6. Torque wrench

  7. Flywheel holding tool (if required)

  8. Transmission jack (if needed)


  1. Safety precautions: Ensure the vehicle is on a stable surface, the transmission is in neutral, and the parking brake is engaged. If necessary, lift the vehicle and secure it on jack stands.

  2. Refer to the service manual: Consult the vehicle's service manual for detailed instructions specific to your make and model. The torque converter removal process can vary significantly among vehicles.

  3. Access the transmission: Depending on the vehicle, you may need to remove parts such as the transmission fluid pan, transmission crossmember, or access cover to gain access to the torque converter and flywheel area. Follow the service manual's instructions to access the torque converter.

  4. Rotate the engine: Rotate the engine manually using a socket and ratchet on the crankshaft pulley bolt (often located at the front of the engine). This allows you to access and remove the torque converter bolts or nuts one by one.

  5. Locate and remove torque converter fasteners: The torque converter is typically secured to the flywheel with a set of bolts or nuts. These are accessible through the torque converter access holes in the flywheel. Use a socket set to remove these fasteners one at a time. Be sure to keep track of them, as you will need them for reinstallation.

  6. Use a flywheel holding tool (if needed): In some cases, the flywheel may turn as you attempt to remove the torque converter fasteners. To prevent this, you can use a flywheel holding tool to keep the flywheel stationary while you remove the fasteners.

  7. Remove the torque converter: Once all the torque converter fasteners are removed, gently slide the torque converter away from the flywheel. It may take some wiggling and maneuvering to release it from the input shaft of the transmission.

  8. Inspect and replace (if necessary): Examine the torque converter for any signs of damage, wear, or issues. If the torque converter is being replaced, ensure the replacement is compatible with your vehicle.

  9. Reinstallation: To reinstall the torque converter, follow the reverse process, ensuring that it is properly aligned with the input shaft of the transmission. Tighten the torque converter fasteners to the manufacturer's specified torque using a torque wrench.

  10. Reassemble and test: Reassemble any parts you removed to access the torque converter, following the service manual's instructions. Test the vehicle to ensure the transmission engages properly and operates smoothly.

It's crucial to consult your vehicle's specific service manual for detailed instructions and torque specifications, as the process can vary greatly among different vehicles. If you are not experienced with this type of work, it's advisable to seek the assistance of a qualified mechanic or technician to perform the task safely and accurately.