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Old 12-10-2010, 08:31 PM   #1
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Clutch problems!!

So Tuesday I noticed problems with my clutch. The pedal has no resistance and will not go into gear easily. Within a day it worstened Horribally. I cant firgure it out. I havent started spending money on it yet. So I wanted some ideas before i did. The master cylinder does have the required fluids and it is the original clutch.. Any suggestions before i start tearing it apart?

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Old 12-10-2010, 10:03 PM   #2
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Nope.

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Need more information.

Acquired new or used?
First standard trann'y?
Miles on clutch.
Daily driver?
Off road much?
Tow any?
Plow any?
Number of drivers.

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Old 12-11-2010, 08:59 PM   #3
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Hart,

This should be easy for you to fix. I recently had a similar problem in which the clutch pedal resistance was NONE.

This is what I would recommend:
Check for obvious leaks from the master cylinder, clutch line and the slave. No obvious leaks? Make sure your system is bled. Easiest way is to pull the slave, remove the master cylinder cap and pump the slave piston until you cannot see air coming from the slave. Also Check:

1. Pull the slave off and have somebody pump the clutch pedal to make sure that is not the problem. If the piston moves in and out you might be in good shape with that. So reinstall it and move to step two.
2. Check to make sure the master cylinder is not leaking (air or fluid). This was the problem with mine. It had pressure, but the seals were not holding enough and air pressure was being released. After about the fourth pump of the clutch pedal, I could hear air releasing (under the dash near the linkage to the clutch pedal).

Usually it is either your slave or master. Clutches last a while and are pretty tough. If you do end up replacing the master, you may as well replace the slave if the age is similar.

Hope this helps.
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Hart,

This should be easy for you to fix. I recently had a similar problem in which the clutch pedal resistance was NONE.

This is what I would recommend:
Check for obvious leaks from the master cylinder, clutch line and the slave. No obvious leaks? Make sure your system is bled. Easiest way is to pull the slave, remove the master cylinder cap and pump the slave piston until you cannot see air coming from the slave. Also Check:

1. Pull the slave off and have somebody pump the clutch pedal to make sure that is not the problem. If the piston moves in and out you might be in good shape with that. So reinstall it and move to step two.
2. Check to make sure the master cylinder is not leaking (air or fluid). This was the problem with mine. It had pressure, but the seals were not holding enough and air pressure was being released. After about the fourth pump of the clutch pedal, I could hear air releasing (under the dash near the linkage to the clutch pedal).

Usually it is either your slave or master. Clutches last a while and are pretty tough. If you do end up replacing the master, you may as well replace the slave if the age is similar.

Hope this helps.
John
John, I recently went of road driving on the beach and noticed a burning clutch smell even though I hadn't ridden the clutch.It is not the first time this has happened, I find it also happens when i am riding the "bowl" which is all around the edge of a dune. I have checked the levels in the reservoir and they were low and i did top it up again. In my experience with cars i should really have to fill clutch fluid so often as i am doing. I have not found any leaks.. Any advise?
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What kind of Jeep is it? What transmission do you have? Without this information it's impossible for us to do anything but guess... Sounds like the slave cylinder and you will have to drop the transmission to get to it.
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It is a 1993 jeep wrangler with the 5 speed stantard transmision. It started last tuesday and by thursday it quit working at all. Now i cant get it into gear for nothing. I mean if i can get going then i can change gears without the clutch but im sure you all know that. But ive only had it for about 3 months now. it was a one owner with 105 k miles. It has been well taken care of and is in excellent shape... Thanks
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If the fluid level is normal, I'd look into the clutch itself. but I will warn you it sucks...

I just replaced the clutch on my 01...and it was horrid. but to those who say a clutch lasts forever...that's not always true. as the clutch I removed from mine (128k) was not original....having said that, my problem was actually the throwout bearing exploded...but I went ahead and changed everything while I was in there.

If it could go wrong it did, and it ended up taking me 12hrs....the pilot bearing took 3 hrs to get out. (had to be cut out.) I've done 4 or 5 clutches in the past, and this was the most irritating and time consuming.

If you can bleed it, you might give that a shot first...(on TJ's that's not possible..as there is no bleed screw...but dunno on the YJ's)

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