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Old 05-04-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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97 TJ Clutch/Tranny Whine

So about an hour ago I was coming home in the Jeep, and at a stop light it started making a whining noise. So I come to realize its only doing this when the clutch is pressed down. No shifting problems, didnt really notice anything else but the sound. Its high pitched and loud, and again, only when the clutch is pressed down. Even if you just touch the pedal, it starts. So I had the kid work the pedal and I looked underneath, of course the sound is super loud under there (HAHA) AND I noticed smoke or haze when the pedal was pushed. Clutch burning up? I checked the brake fluid reservoir, and it is full, so.....any help? suggestions??

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The brake fluid is not in question with the clutch. Has nothing to do with it. You do have a clutch fluid res that will be on the drivers side firewall closest to the fender. It is all black.

For the wine in your trans with the symptoms you list...Your throw out bearing is most likely done for.

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For the wine in your trans with the symptoms you list...Your throw out bearing is most likely done for.
I second that. The bearing will cause a swirling noise when it is starting to go.
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Yep a whine that occurs only when the clutch pedal is being stepped on is caused by a bad throwout bearing.

Might as well replace the clutch, pressure plate, & pilot bearing too while you're in there. Go with a 05-065 Luk replacement clutch kit which includes the clutch disk, pressure plate, pilot bearing, throwout bearing, and pilot shaft. You can sometimes even find that kit occasionally for <$100 on eBay or amazon.com.
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Yea I meant the brake fluid in the clutch reservoir...haha not a total newb.... but thanks for all the advice folks, sounds like I know what I need to do. I just put a new top on that thing, donesnt that ALWAYS happen? Jazz it up and something burns up HAHA
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Also how involved is it to put one of the kits Jerry mentions in? I'm fairly handy, but also dont want to get involved in a very intricate gearhead project right now...If I would pay a mechanic, what would be a ball park install fee?
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Depending on where you go, a clutch job could run you anywhere from $600-$1000, parts and labor. I've done a clutch kit job on my TJ a few years back with a buddy and common hand tools. It's really not that difficult if you can set aside a day, get yourself a good clutch kit (i.e. not DuraLast Autozone brand) and get under there and have at it. Here is a link to a great write up to give you a good idea of what's involved : 1997 Jeep TJ Clutch Replacement
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It's not an intricate job, it just involves some good old-fashioned hard work you can finish in a day. What I would buy or rent ahead of time is a transmission jack which will make the job a lot easier. Harbor Freight Tools has a pretty good one for $50-60 or so.
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I know this is an older post, but I finally have the time and money to do this! Order the Luk clutch kit from ebay for about $110, now another question. Knowing my TOB is likely toast, and the shop is about 20 miles away, would y'all attempt to get it there with RPM shifting or just get it towed? In a nutshell, can I trash something else by trying to save towing? Thanks in advance!
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Anyone out there? Anyone??
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If it's driving okay, and is just having throw out bearing noise, I would drive it. Worse that could happen is the T-O bearing gives out and you have to limp the rest of the way without a clutch or get it it towed. I drove mine for a couple of months with T-O bearing noise before doing my clutch.

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