Chrysler Crossfire is called to the front line

Daimler Chrysler ’s release of the new Crossfire has proven to be quite a success. Equipped with a Daimler Chrysler built transmission, shifting and driveability is a joy; howev er, there appears to be a few shortcomings with its new converter.

Numerous repairs and complaints are noted due to water contamination from the defective transmission cooler. At the time this article was written, it appears there is no official recall surrounding this complaint.

The converter is of a high-quality designed component, although some improvements are needed with the roller bearings. Failure seems to occur more than would be expected, possibly again due to water contamination. Replacement bearings are not yet available, and the rebuilder may have to be a bit creative with using other types of bearings. The typical 604 bearing, which is commonly used, may be a good substitute.

In addition, the clutch plate s seem to wear prematurely, which leads to replacement being a must. After only 40 to 50 thousand miles, inspection indicates most units show signs of needing replacement due to excessive w ear. Expecting to see the clutch plate last the life of the vehicle is not realistic. Clutch plates and seals are available from your local parts distributor.

Rebuilding this converter is quite simple. Overlap is generous, and replacing needed clutches and seals is simple enough for the unseasoned rebuilder. Be sure to disassemble the complete sprag assembly. It is a collection point for unwanted debris. On a few disassembled converters, the internal sprag race was bound tight and required gentle persuasion to remove it.

As a final thought, any torque converter that is contaminated with water and antifreeze, clutch plates and seals must be replaced, even if the condition looks good.