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Old 01-13-2008, 07:41 PM   #1
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Unhappy I Killed my Jeep

So i went off-roading today, had a lot of fun, but then it happened. My clutch is gone, i can just shift my gears without pushing the clutch pedal, but gears dont engage. Then my starter went out, you can just hear it spinning thats about it. And to top it off, i hit a damn tree while being pulled/towed out of the woods.

Called Road-side assistance, they towed my car. The guys was nice enough and said that before taking it to dealership tomorrow he will wash it for me, so it doesn't look like it was off-roading.

I still have no idea what am i going to say to the service guys about how it all happened. Any ideas welcome.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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Dang man. Where did you go wheeling?

I feel your pain.

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Old 01-13-2008, 08:19 PM   #3
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Thats why I hate mud. You break less stuff when you stay clean.

Sorry though man. Hope its not gonna cost you too much.
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you can shift the gears without pushing the clutch pedal?
that sounds more like the TC is in N (perhaps the TC linkage is bent) and not like a destroyed clutch.
on my old TJ/YJ i often had problems with the hydraulic clutch. everytime i was not able to shift.

have you been in deep mud? first clean everything up and then you´ll see what´s wrong.
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:07 PM   #5
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Dang man. Where did you go wheeling?

I feel your pain.

Went up to Atson State park up in Jersey. Here are the gps/google maps coordinates 39.744517,-74.726086
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you can shift the gears without pushing the clutch pedal?
that sounds more like the TC is in N (perhaps the TC linkage is bent) and not like a destroyed clutch.
on my old TJ/YJ i often had problems with the hydraulic clutch. everytime i was not able to shift.

have you been in deep mud? first clean everything up and then you´ll see what´s wrong.
A few guys there looked at it, and said that TC is fine, cause you cant feel it switching between the ranges. When you press the clutch pedal it makes a slight grinding noise, as if broken bearing. If the car is rolling, its very hard to put in gear, but you can freely put it in gear if you don't press clutch pedal, but it still doesnt engage the clutch.
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Old 01-13-2008, 09:18 PM   #7
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I'm so sad to hear that! Good luck for you !
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Old 01-14-2008, 08:20 AM   #8
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tell them you were driving on a dirt road (to your deer blind, or checking a fence or whatever) and it just suddenly did this. fewer details the better.

btw, im assuming you're wanting them to warranty it, if not, just tell them the truth.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:21 AM   #9
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Sorry to hear that. Hey at least you had fun and that's why we live. We live to laugh, love, and have fun. (You laughed while mudding....You love your friends and your Jeep.......and it sounds like you had LOADS of fun.

Hey, everything is fixable; so your Jeep will be smooth like butter soon.......but I know it's a pain right now.

Keep us posted.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:21 PM   #10
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You may have just got alot of mud in the bell housing happens alot. Try taking off the dust sheild and get a hose up in there.
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You may have just got alot of mud in the bell housing happens alot. Try taking off the dust sheild and get a hose up in there.
Its too late, the car is already at the dealership, they said they will take a look at it tomorrow or Thursday.
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Old 01-15-2008, 03:43 PM   #12
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Well good luck.
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:18 AM   #13
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Good luck mate.

These darn Jeeps sometimes beg us to off road them.

If the dealer asks, just say it's the Jeeps fault. It talked to you and told you that it loved mud.
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Time for a new trans and an atlas II or a stak T-case....

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Its too late, the car is already at the dealership, they said they will take a look at it tomorrow or Thursday.
Have an update on what happened?
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Have an update on what happened?
Well, I went to the dealers service station to look at the car. Didn't see ANY sand/dirt/water/etc. inside the bell housing. Skid plate has about 2-3 inches of sand on top of it, but the tranny is clean. On my question where is the dirt, service manager pointed at the skid plate. I asked wtf does dirt on skid plate has to do with my clutch, was told that that the sand was inside tranny and caused a breakdown, but the tranny is CLEAN. Was told Warranty does not cover, and i have to pay $1220+tax. Basically what they say is, i need a whole new clutch kit, and i cant get the parts separate. ie just the throwout bearing.

Went to see a Russian mechanic, he called his parts dealer. New throwout bearing - $75, new clutch disk - $180. LABOR CHARGE FOR EVERYTHING - $250. And the guy said that he will get it towed from dealer to his shop - FREE OF CHARGE.

Went home called Chrysler HQ, explained to them the story, they said they will contact district manager (or some shit like that). Don't know what will happen next, but i will call my service manager today, and see whats going on.
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Old 01-28-2008, 09:21 AM   #17
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Best thing to do before taking a jeep into the shop for warranty work.....CLEAN IT!!

I worked for Jeep for 20 + years and thats the first thing they look at ...how much dryed up mud is on it.

I know that 90% of the people that own them take them off road ....and I know thats what there made for ....but they still say you should'nt take them in mud.

Good luck!!

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