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Old 09-29-2020, 10:15 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by msethhunter View Post
Think of it more as a clutch. Yes, there is some torque multiplication happening but it's not much different than slipping the clutch in a manual. But it allows the clutches in the transmission to lock and the converter to "slip" in place if a manual clutch.
Absolutely like slipping a clutch in a manual. And itís what makes automatics so easy to handle doing parking lot maneuvers. This is why torque converters are used in many of the modern DCT setups. Slow speed smoothness. Iíve driven some DCTs that use computer controlled clutches, and they are nowhere near as smooth driving at speeds below 10mph as torque converter equipped DCTs.

Interesting fact though, the torque converters in DCTs go into lockup at very slow speeds compared to a conventional automatic.
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