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Old 11-20-2013, 05:50 PM   #1
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Opening in my transmission

It seems that there is a small opening in my transmission and I don't know if it's normal, and if it is, couldn't debri get in there if I was muddin

Here's a few pic

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Oh and I forgot to say, it's from a 2014 jeep rubicon unlimited with a manual transmision

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Old 11-20-2013, 06:31 PM   #3
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Perfectly normal. Mine looks the same.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:39 PM   #4
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that is why you don't want to use your clutch in the deep mud.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:59 PM   #5
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Then how do you stop or shift if you don't use the clutch
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:02 PM   #6
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Then how do you stop or shift if you don't use the clutch
You enter the mud driving in your preferred gear and don't stop until you've conquered the obstacle. If your rig stalls you start it without depression the clutch pedal.
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You enter the mud driving in your preferred gear and don't stop until you've conquered the obstacle. If your rig stalls you start it without depression the clutch pedal.
This.

4low and 2nd or 3rd gear works for me. Although I just avoid mud like the plague. Not fun to go thru, not fun to clean up

That hole is to let clutch dust fall out so it doesn't get into bearings and make them wear faster. It would be really nice if a company made a rubber plug for that hole. You put it in only when you are mudding/ going thru water and take it out when you get home. If you leave it in, you'll probably kill some bearings but just add a disclaimer that its off road use only. I'd buy one. Even at $50-100 they'd sell if they sealed tight
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I just did a quick google search of making silicone molds and there are TONS of sites that sell kits for this for baking and other purposes. I may look into making a plug
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:14 PM   #9
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Oh I thought you had to push in the clutch or else the car
Wouldn't start
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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Oh I thought you had to push in the clutch or else the car
Wouldn't start
In 4low you don't. The FJ cruiser is the same way
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #11
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Thanks guys, this topic has been bothering me a whole lot.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:51 PM   #12
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This. 4low and 2nd or 3rd gear works for me. Although I just avoid mud like the plague. Not fun to go thru, not fun to clean up That hole is to let clutch dust fall out so it doesn't get into bearings and make them wear faster. It would be really nice if a company made a rubber plug for that hole. You put it in only when you are mudding/ going thru water and take it out when you get home. If you leave it in, you'll probably kill some bearings but just add a disclaimer that its off road use only. I'd buy one. Even at $50-100 they'd sell if they sealed tight
Wouldn't some of that 100 mph Nascar Duct tape work?? Slap some on before you go muddin and pull it off once you get home. LOL, jk!!
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:36 PM   #13
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Wouldn't some of that 100 mph Nascar Duct tape work?? Slap some on before you go muddin and pull it off once you get home. LOL, jk!!
Hah if that worked itd be awesome but its probably too dirty
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Hah if that worked itd be awesome but its probably too dirty
I don't know....the high-end Duct tape is pretty dang sticky.....if anything, it might be worth an experiment. I mean, doesn't Duct tape fix everything? Well heck, it's gonna start raining here in N. TX in the next day or two, and I'm going out this weekend (if I don't take the truck and 4-wheelers).....I can try the Duct tape myself! Is there any harm in taping up that opening for about 3 days? Any clutch dust would collect on it. I guess the down side would be if crud got in, it may not get out as easily, huh?
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I was actually thinking the same thing, I'll try it and let y'all know when I get back
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Welp, after hearing this weekends forecast, I ain't gonna try out the tape idea. Winter mix with high winds......no thanks. But the tape I'm referring to is Gorilla tape. The stuff is stout!
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^^ I think Gorilla tape might just work.^^
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^^ I think Gorilla tape might just work.^^
Definitely possible. Next time It's raining I may slap it on before I drive on the roads. I'll hit a lot of puddles and if it can't stand up to that then it won't work off road. If it doesn't fall off, someone else can try it off road cuz I don't like deep mud. Just rock crawling and wooded trails for me

I'm not sure if I'd do it for 3 days. That probably won't hurt it but probably keep it as little as possible
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How much clutch dust is actually created?? And how does it compare to dust/dirt from a dirt/gravel road?
Just thinking if one lived on a dirt/gravel road, that dust and dirt would constantly be going in through that hole and start accumulating. Not sure if it'd be much different than clutch dust accumulating.
Just wonder if that hole is really in truly needed?
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I don't think much accumulates. The clutch itself isn't too thick and they last a long time so over 3 days I doubt much accumulates. I wouldn't leave it forever tho
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:08 PM   #21
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It probably helps a bit on cooling.
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Old 11-22-2013, 09:56 PM   #22
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I'm back!!! And let me tell ya what, that gorilla tape works like a dream. No mud in my tranny.
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I'm back!!! And let me tell ya what, that gorilla tape works like a dream. No mud in my tranny.
I had a feeling it would work. Still another use for duct tape.
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It probably helps a bit on cooling.
This would be only real question. Is this outlet hole pulling out the dust and cooling the trans as well? The tape would be better than a silicone plug to me, since the tape could collect the gear dust, but the air would be stagnant, so would it get too hot?

I also wouldn't trust tape in submerged areas. A quick splash, some mud, etc should be fine. A long day in the river, or lake, eh..
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Old 11-22-2013, 11:35 PM   #25
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We'll, I didn't find any moisture when I took the tape of. Also it shouldn't get too hot because it is constantly getting cooled by the mud or water. And when me and my buddy went, I asked him what would happen if mud got in the while and he said you could just get a hose and wash it of
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The hole is in the bell housing and that really doesn't get hot. The ribs on the manual transmission are the only source of cooling. As a whole, manuals don't get tremendously hot and as said, the muddy water will help

There should be a disclaimer tho:
This is definitely for temporary off road use only(maybe a little bit on road to drive there). It can have detrimental affects if left on too long and if mud and water get behind the tape it could hurt it more than If you had no tape at all

That being said use good tape, make sure its on firm and make sure there Isn't overhanging tape
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The hole is in the bell housing and that really doesn't get hot. The ribs on the manual transmission are the only source of cooling. As a whole, manuals don't get tremendously hot and as said, the muddy water will help There should be a disclaimer tho: This is definitely for temporary off road use only(maybe a little bit on road to drive there). It can have detrimental affects if left on too long and if mud and water get behind the tape it could hurt it more than If you had no tape at all That being said use good tape, make sure its on firm and make sure there Isn't overhanging tape

I'm gonna agree with him on this one
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Old 11-23-2013, 01:16 PM   #28
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Oh and guys I thinks I found an issue with my power window. On the front passenger side, it will barely roll down and it sounds like it's really struggling. The other windows roll down fine
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Oh and guys I thinks I found an issue with my power window. On the front passenger side, it will barely roll down and it sounds like it's really struggling. The other windows roll down fine
Did you get mud down there? If it got into the regulator or tracks it could stick to the grease. I just took my doors apart to install power locks. I'd see if they get faster in a week or so. Taking the door Panels off is kinda a pain. Luckily they are removable so you can do them in a heated area. If it doesn't get faster I'd take it apart and grease the regulator and tracks
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We'll I'm pretty sure no mud got in there, because I never rolled down the window except for the drivers side

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