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Old 06-17-2012, 02:50 AM   #1
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2004 tj clutch problem?

Ok so I was getting on the interstate and went from first to second, and the clutch seemed a little rough, shrugged it off then went to third, once I got to about 2100 RPM's it felt like the clutch slipped and the engine rev'd up but it wouldnt pull anymore. anyone have any ideas or help here? the clutch seems to make an evil clicking noise when I barely press the clutch. it seems to grab very rough as well.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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If it is slipping see if it can be adjusted (I am not familiar with if/how this is done on an 04). Your throwout bearing could be toast. There isn't a whole lot to a clutch and how it operates, but it is a PITA to get to and work on.

How many miles are on the Jeep? Are you the first owner, or did you buy it used? If you bought it used, you probably have no idea how the person before you drove it. For some reason it seems like all the used vehicles I buy that are stick with > 50K miles on them usually need a new clutch. I think people no how to drive them.

Unfortunately if it can't be adjusted, you'll have to tear into it to take a look. If you do tear it apart, you might as well change everything while you're in there.

Also don't go with a High Performance clutch if you don't have the HP. I put a stage 3 clutch in my Cobra (a month or so before I put the NOVI/Paxton Super Charger on), and that thing would really grab tight. It took a lot of finesse to get it to shift smooth. A stock equivalent replacemnt should work fine.

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Old 06-18-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice sir. What I am really confused about is, I just replaced the clutch about 6 or 7 weeks ago with a perfection clutch kit from advance auto. Unless the clutch kit was a faulty product, idk what else couldv'e happened...I mean I did a little offroading and grinded a few gears here and there but nothing the jeep couldnt handle.

I baught it used with 94k on it, I replaced the clutch around 101k because it completely stopped working. and now I am at 103.5k so I know I didnt blow out my clutch in 2500 miles...

Its also hydraulic so I dont think it can be adjusted
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:21 PM   #4
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How did the flywheel and pressure plate look when you were in there? Did those get replaced as well? Did you get them resurfaced? If it was slipping pretty bad, it's possible they could be worn beyond tolerance.

Unlikely that the clutch is gone after only 2500 miles. Have you been smelling it burning? A clutch has a very distinctive smell when it gets ridden hard.

I'm throwing out some general clutch info, as I am not familiar with the 04 Jeep in particular, but have changed quite a few clutches out in the past. Some slave cylinders do have adjustments on them.

Hopefully someone with more info on Jeep specific can help you out.

Good luck.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:38 AM   #5
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when i switched out the pressure plate it looked like crap, I replaced it. Not so sure about the fly wheel. but no, I only smelled my clutch burning once and that was trying to reverse up a cliff lol... dont ask, but thats it, and that was a while ago. Im thinking im just gonna have to get in there and look around. thanks for your help sir. its much much much appreciated.
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