A/T System Description - Lock-up System

Lock-up System


The lock-up mechanism of the torque converter clutch operates in [D] position (3rd and 4th) and [D] position over-drive off mode (3rd). The pressurized fluid is drained from the back of the torque converter through a fluid passage, causing the torque converter clutch piston to be held against the torque converter cover. As this takes place, the mainshaft rotates at the same speed as the engine crankshaft. Together with the hydraulic control, the PCM optimizes the timing and volume of the lock-up mechanism. When the shift solenoid valve E is turned on by the PCM, shift solenoid valve E pressure switch the lock-up shift valve lock-up on and off. The A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A and the lock-up control valve control the volume of the lock-up conditions.

Torque Converter Clutch Lock-up ON (Engaging Torque Converter Clutch)

Fluid in the chamber between the torque converter cover and the torque converter clutch piston is drained off, and fluid entered from the chamber between the pump and stator exerts pressure through the torque converter clutch piston against the torque converter cover. The torque converter clutch piston engages with the torque converter cover; torque converter clutch lock-up ON, and the mainshaft rotates at the same as the engine.

 

Torque Converter Clutch Lock-up OFF (Disengaging Torque Converter Clutch)

Fluid entered from the chamber between the torque converter cover and the torque converter clutch piston passes through the torque converter and goes out from the chambers between the turbine and the stator, and between the pump and the stator. As a result, the torque converter clutch piston moves away from the torque converter, and the torque converter clutch lock-up is released; torque converter clutch lock-up OFF.

 

No Lock-up

Shift solenoid valve E is turned OFF by the PCM, and shift solenoid valve E pressure (SE) is not applied to the lock-up shift valve. The lock-up shift valve stays in the right side to uncover the ports of torque converter pressure leading to the left side of the torque converter and releasing from the right side of the torque converter. Torque converter pressure (92) changes to (94) at the lock-up shift valve, and enters into the left side of the torque converter to disengage the torque converter clutch. The torque converter clutch piston keeps away from the torque converter cover, the torque converter clutch lock-up is OFF.

NOTE: When used, ‘‘left'' or ‘‘right'' indicates direction on the hydraulic circuit.


 

Lock-up System (cont'd)


Partial Lock-up

As the speed of the vehicle reaches the prescribed value, shift solenoid valve E is turned ON by the PCM, and shift solenoid valve E pressure (SE) is applied to the right side of the lock-up shift valve. The lock-up shift valve is moved to the left side to switch the port of torque converter pressure (91) leading to the right side of the torque converter, and the port of torque converter pressure (94) releasing from the left side of the torque converter. Torque converter pressure (91) flows to the right side of the torque converter to engage the torque converter clutch. The PCM also controls the A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A to regulate A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A pressure (55) applying to the lock-up shift valve and lock-up control valve. The position of the lock-up control valve depends on A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A pressure (55) and torque converter pressure released from the torque converter. The lock-up control valve controls volume of the torque converter clutch lock-up conditions until fluid between the clutch piston and torque converter cover is released fully; the torque converter clutch partial lock-up condition.

NOTE: When used, ‘‘left'' or ‘‘right'' indicates direction on the hydraulic circuit.

 

Full Lock-up

When the vehicle speed further increased, the PCM controls the A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A to increase A/T clutch pressure control solenoid valve A pressure (55), and the lock-up control valve is moved to the left by pressure increased amount. Torque converter pressure (94) from the left side of the torque converter is released fully at the lock-up control valve, and torque converter pressure (91) engages the torque converter clutch securely; the torque converter clutch full lock-up condition.

NOTE: When used, ‘‘left'' or ‘‘right'' indicates direction on the hydraulic circuit.