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Old 04-14-2014, 07:17 AM   #1
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Is my clutch going?

I have a 2010 Wrangler JKU with about 54k miles. The other day I noticed my clutch was acting weird. Usually it catches when it is almost all the way let out. Yesterday,however, I noticed that it is catching very close to the floor. It almost catches immediately when I begin to let it out.Is this a sign that my clutch needs replaced? or could it be something else? If it is the clutch, can someone please recommend a replacement? I use my jeep as a DD and to tow a boat during the summer months. What would be the best clutch for those purposes? Thanks guys and gals!

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The lower to the floor it catches, the more life you have left in the clutch. The jk has a non-adjustable hydraulic clutch that runs off of brake fluid. Check your brake fluid level.

But no, your clutch is fine if it catches close to the floor

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Old 04-14-2014, 01:34 PM   #3
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The lower to the floor it catches, the more life you have left in the clutch. The jk has a non-adjustable hydraulic clutch that runs off of brake fluid. Check your brake fluid level.

But no, your clutch is fine if it catches close to the floor
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Check the fluid level, you may have a leak.
Also, any issues with engaging the reverse? Like grinding gears.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:39 PM   #4
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Fluid is a good place to start. The clutch on JK's, including my 10, catch almost 75% up from the floor. It has done that since new and nothing has changed. I think you'll find that owner's of JK's with manuals and the original clutch will tell you that's where they catch.
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Thanks a lot to the advice. I will check the level as soon as I get home.
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X2.

Check the fluid level, you may have a leak.
Also, any issues with engaging the reverse? Like grinding gears.
I should have mentioned that in my original post but it slipped my mind. Yes, i did have trouble getting into reverse. I had to try it a few times and it still took some extra strength.
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Thanks a lot to the advice. I will check the level as soon as I get home.

I should have mentioned that in my original post but it slipped my mind. Yes, i did have trouble getting into reverse. I had to try it a few times and it still took some extra strength.
Sometimes the gears just don't mesh. It happens sometimes with gears when not moving. You get used to feeling when it's not fully in. Every few months mine won't mesh and I can feel it so I just inch foreword a bit and then you can plop it right down into reverse.

As to where it catches, mine is 3/4 of the way up. If its lower than that its not a problem
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:08 PM   #7
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I just went to try and move my car. The clutch basically goes all the way down to the floor with no resistance. It also won't allow me to get into any gears. Haven't checked the fluid yet. Does this still sound consist with low brake fluid?
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Old 04-14-2014, 06:31 PM   #8
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Sounds like low fluid or blown seals in the slave cylinder. Basically, when you are pushing in your clutch pedal, you are either compressing air in the line or pushing fluid past the cylinder seals, but either way, you are not actually disengaging your clutch. This explains why the clutch was catching close to the floor, you were having issues engaging non synchronized gears, and now can't get any gear to engage. If your fluid level looks ok, it's probably a bad slave cylinder. If your fluid level is low, you will need to find the leak, repair it, and then fill and bleed the system.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:23 AM   #9
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I am going to check my fluids and if low, bleed the lines, add brake fluid, etc. My question now is, and i apologize for being a PITA, I had my Jeep in the shop last week to have the e-brake replaced. It snapped when I pulled it up and needed replaced. Would they have done anything with the brake fluid and not filled it?
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I am going to check my fluids and if low, bleed the lines, add brake fluid, etc. My question now is, and i apologize for being a PITA, I had my Jeep in the shop last week to have the e-brake replaced. It snapped when I pulled it up and needed replaced. Would they have done anything with the brake fluid and not filled it?
Nope the brake is fully mechanical with the cable running to a drum brake inside the rear rotors. The systems are meant t be independent so if your brakes fail you can use your ebrake still. The clutch is the same way. If you look in the brake reservoir there is a divider. This is so if your brakes or clutch blow out and drain all the fluid there will still be some left to use the other system. When the reservoir is full, it goes over the divider but then it's low the fluid gets divided.

For that reason don't worry about any brake lines. I think your clutch is fine. I'd keep driving it and see if the friction point changes or fluctuates
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Old 04-17-2014, 02:45 PM   #11
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Well guys I got it into the shop. The slave cylindar had a leak in it as some of you suggested. Thanks for helping diagnose this problem. Unfortunetly, my warranty doesn't cover it so I'm out $350 but I'll be happy to have my Jeep back up and running.

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