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Old 04-03-2009, 02:26 PM   #1
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5-spd clutch master cylinder going bad?

Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem, I suspect it's the clutch master cylinder taking a dump. Clutch peddle felt funny all of a sudden, it's kind of hanging up within the last 2 inches of travel when pushed in. Also hanging up in the same area when released. By hanging up, I don't mean it'll stick; I mean there's an obvious hard spot when depressing/releasing, not smooth throughout. I initially thought it could be the linkage, but after examination I don't see anything that could be causing it. And with the sudden onset (wasn't doing it one day, then next day when going through the gears it suddenly felt like the floor mat got stuck under the peddle - that's the feeling, and no, it's not the floormat), I think it's probably the master cylinder. Input? Thanks in advance

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Old 04-03-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
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Have you gone through water that could of gotten the clutch itself wet? Mine was doing the same thing game it about a week and it was back to normal.

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Old 04-03-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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Only a big puddle in the road, been raining alot here lately. Since you mention, it didn't start doing it 'till after I hit it. Hmmm....
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Old 04-04-2009, 12:05 AM   #4
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If you can jump under it with brake clean go through the inspection holes and spray the clutch disc. Your not going to hurt anything by doing it. I mean try getting all of it and then some lol. Jump in and drive it with it not dry yet and see if that helps out a little.
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:11 PM   #5
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I really don't think that's it, hasn't rained in two days so I doubt the clutch plate could still be wet. I've had a clutch master cylinder go bad before on a previous vehicle, so I believe it's one of those 'once every blue moon' parts to change. I think I'll just replace it, I'm quite certain that's the problem.
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Old 04-04-2009, 05:26 PM   #6
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it may very well be the clutch problem your describing...sounds like it anyway. I had a 1990 eclispe that the slave cylinder went bad and the clutch would stay on the floor after pushing it in...I remember I had to reach down and pull it back up.

Just some food for thought as far as it getting wet. After doing some mud holes in my 97and having my clutch get wet, it didnt feel normal for a few days. Id say 3-4 days till it felt back to normal.
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^ exactly the same thing that happened to me. It took bout a week then it went back to normal.
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Old 04-05-2009, 01:23 PM   #8
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Wow....strange. Ok then, I won't argue the wiser I'll give it a week or so to see if it stops.

I just have to rant here! You really gotta wonder sometimes, what the %$*@ were the engineers thinking when they designed some parts of the jeep???

-Like the clutch - really, was it necessary to design the clutch on a 4x4 machine which may very well be used in wet conditions to get wet? Was there some sort of performance gain imagined by this, of which the ultimate plan backfired and actually decreased performance?

-Or the fender flares - why are the front ones half-way held on with the rubber backing nuts, and the other half riv-nuts (which are the absolute worst invention in the history of humanity, btw)? Its like they said, 'Oh, our fat hamfists won't fit up that gulley in the fender that any other normal-sized human beings' hand would fit, so let's put these riv-nuts here instead. It'll be easier to install the flares, but since we'll never actually have to take them off it'll be someone else's problem.'

Grrrrrr.....seriously though, they must have some good ganja or something.
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Old 04-05-2009, 01:28 PM   #9
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^ haha I completely agree. Your 100 percent correct, I have to pull my flares to put my rock sliders on. They are all free spinning about to rip them off and grab the bondo and fill sand and touch up paint them they are pissing me off that bad! Then just leave them off.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:29 PM   #10
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Just an update here, the sticky clutch went away, it's smooth again. It's weird though, I didn't notice it had stopped until today, and can't really decide if it was gradual or immediate. ???

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