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Old 03-16-2014, 05:07 PM
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Hired mechanic for clutch job- now airbag lite on, scraping sound

Well I had a new clutch kit put in along with replacing just about everything else when my engine was replaced in November.
2002 Jeep Wrangler.

About 3 months later aka last week, I was driving through the fast food window when the clutch suddenly stuck in the UP position, locked. Thank god, I wasn't out in traffic or on the highway. SO I pushed the Jeep to a parking spot and ended up towing the Jeep to the original mechanic, where it sat a week because he had no time to get to it :/

Desparate to have a vehicle, and since finding out the original work was no longer covered because his "warranty" had expired, I was ready to try someone new. So I towed the Jeep again to a new second mechanic who was recommended, and said he could work on it right away.

That was also because on the phone, Mechanic #2 said it was probably the slave cylinder, and he could replace that for $100.00. And unlike Mechanic #1, he offered a 6 month warranty on his labor, not 90 days. Great.

However--- after I had the Jeep again towed to HIS lot, and he looked things over the next morning the story had changed. I needed a whole new clutch job- he said the throwout bearing, clutch pressure plate and pilot bearing were shot and now the labor was $450.

Thankfully Advance Auto gave me a replacement clutch kit as the fault was generally agreed to be a failed part, though they only chipped in less than half on the labor- I was forced to eat the rest

OK so he did the work, and I paid- and that is where we are now. Finally having a vehicle again, as I was driving the Jeep off the lot with the new clutch installed, I immediately noticed two things:

1) My air bag warning light beeps and then stays permanently on- and since I bought the Jeep new in 2002, it has never to my knowlege, lit before. In fact, I didn't even know I had an air bag warning light.
2) There is a faint 'scraping' sound immediately as I start to push down on the clutch, which goes away when the clutch is fully depressed. I noticed this after I got about 3 blocks from the mechanic's lot.
I called the mechanic of course right away, and his first response was, "They do that for the first xxx miles, it will go away when its broken in."

But by the next day, the light scraping sound was happening all the time, in idle and it was getting louder too. It only goes away completely when I press the clutch all the way down.

I then took the Jeep over to the Chrysler dealership and two guys there listened to the sound, and their answer there was "No, I've never heard of a clutch making noises when first put in, there should not be any noise".

My new mechanic then said he's out of town at a funeral over the weekend, and he'll look at it, but can't until Monday. But he did text me and said maybe we should start by changing the transmission fluid.
Quite frankly I'm afraid to drive the vehicle at all unless I constantly ride the clutch- and I'm afraid to do that too.

If all the Jeep needs is transmission service, great. But somehow that sounds like too much luck for me. To my worry, a friend suddenly mentioned today that 'maybe he didn't grind the flywheel?'

Anybody have any thoughts? Quite apart from having to pay twice to have two clutch kits installed, this has been a nightmare :/

BTW, this post originally in the TJ Tech Forum where I usually post, I posted it again here just to see if there are any mechanics in the Springfield area anyone recommends.
I'm going to stay with this guy until the job is done but I might be looking again--- thanks!
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