So, I was driving home from a very stressful day at work today when all of a sudden I hear a BOOM noise come from the engine - and all of a sudden I can barely shift gears. I had to forcefully push it into 1st and 2nd with a lot of grinding. It really stressed me out b/c I didn't want to pay $75 for a tow job, but I didn't want to really mess it up. Realizing something crazy is going down I immediately turned around and headed for the nearest mechanic. I almost made it - 200 yards short when it gave out and wouldn't let me put it in gear at all. I tried with all of my strength - nothing. So, I had to hop out and push it the final stretch (about an hour before rush hour, thank god - but extremely stressful none the less).
I'm not mechanically inclined at all, and I live in an apartment - so working on this by myself is out of the question. I really don't want to get taken advantage of by these guys, but they've got me by the balls b/c I can't drive it! Can someone make some recommendations on what this might be, so when I hear the verdict on Friday, I'll know whats up?
From what I've been reading it sounds like the throw out bearing is shot, and maybe the master cyclinder too? Anyone have a shop replace these recently - if so how much did it run?
Specs: 2004 Wrangler X 4wd 6 cyl, 30" tires