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Old 09-29-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Another dumb clutch question

After talking to a few people I'm beginning to wonder if my clutch actually needs to be replaced of if its a different problem. While driving home last week I tried to change gears and I pressed in the clutch it acted like it didnt release. I couldn't shift into a different gear. I pulled off and tried but no luck. When i shut the engine off i was able to drop it back in first gear but when i started the jeep it started lugging forward like it I was starting it without pressing the clutch. I got it home and checked the slave cylinder and it had fluid. any other suggestions before i fork out 600 bucks for a new clutch replacment? Thanks for any help!!!

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Old 09-29-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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What you checked for fluid was actually the master clutch cylinder, the slave cylinder is down below the Jeep bolted to the transmission bell housing. I would unbolt the slave cylinder from the driver's side of the transmission, taking care to not drop its steel push-rod down inside the bell housing as you remove it, and then have someone step down on the clutch while you watch for the steel rod to be pushed outward. Use your hand to push against it to see that it is pushing out with adequate force. If it is pushing out ok, the transmission needs to be pulled to see what is wrong. Likely it is nothing expensive other than the labor to pull it if you can't do it yourself.

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Old 09-29-2010, 01:02 PM   #3
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and if its not pushing out, what would that likely be?
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A bad master or slave cylinder. The entire master and slave is, at least if you buy it from the dealer, a sealed and filled assembly that is ready to install. I would guess the entire thing can be easily swapped in 30 minutes. I removed mine in one piece in about ten minutes and reinstalling the new one shouldn't take more more time than that. Unbolt, remove, position the new assembly, bolt it in. It's easier to do and far less complicated to do than it may appear.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:09 PM   #5
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thanks for the advice! I'll dig into it this weekend! God i love this forum!!!
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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Caution that your problem may be internal to the clutch mechanism, like a broken clutch fork that transfers the slave cylinder's piston movement to the throwout bearing. No assurance your shifting issue is caused by the hydraulic master or slave cylinder.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #7
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hmm sounds like i would be better off just letting someone look at it.

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