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Old 02-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Advice on clutch issue

So let me preface with "I know search is my friend and I swear I've looked."

I have an 06 Unlimited. Over the course of the last couple months, it has gotten progressively harder to shift into and out of gears (with reverse, 1st and 2nd being the hardest). The tension on the clutch pedal hasn't changed and neither has the fluid level in the MC. When the clutch pedal is pushed, there's what seems to be a slight metal spinning against metal sound. My thought is that given the tension on the clutch pedal AND the fluid levels have not changed that I can pretty much rule out needing to replace the MC or slave and that I need to get a clutch kit. Is my thought process sound?

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Old 02-03-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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The sound you are hearing might be your throw out bearing. Mine started out quiet but about a month later it wouldn't even go into gear. Got a clutch kit and replaced the old stuff.

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Old 02-03-2013, 11:10 AM   #3
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Cool...thanks for the advice. I've never replaced a clutch myself (well, on my track bikes, but not on a Jeep)...how much time should I allot for the job?
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Cool...thanks for the advice. I've never replaced a clutch myself (well, on my track bikes, but not on a Jeep)...how much time should I allot for the job?
Did this about 2 months ago...
It really depends on your level of mechanic how-to. I like to dink around, but in no means am that knowledgable about how to work on everything. I took it slow, had about 3 different write ups on my computer open that i followed. I prob spent 3 days, 8 or so hrs each. Could prob be done a lot faster. I could have done it by myself, but had the availability of a roommate on hand when taking off the flywheel and what not.
Oh, and mine took a little longer because i had to wait on specialty parts, and had to grind off a stripped bolt on the bell housing. Just things to consider.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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The first clutch I did it took me 4 days by myself the second only two the last few only 6-8 hours in my opinion the more you do the faster you are at it if you are replacing the pilot bearing i jammed it with white bread and took an extension and hammered it to get it out I also dropped the tranny and transfer case as one, separated them then put them back up one at a time to make it easier to line up by myself just some tips I learned along the way to make it easier hope it helps
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