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Old 01-16-2013, 06:10 PM   #1
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Clutch ?

Hi all, after about an hour+ of stop and go traffic today. As I was getting home, every time I would go into 1st gear and accelerate my Jeep would start to tremble. Sometimes it would be mild sometime it was hard..

Every other gear would be fine. Then I tried reverse and the same thing would happen.. Also it got very difficult to put it into gears almost like it was being blocked..

Aer these signs that I am going to be need a whole new clutch ? or is it something else ?

Thanks.

Fluid level is fine.. 1997 5spd 2.5L

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:09 AM   #2
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Update.. Driving in to work this morning no problems... Google problem and I am getting different responce as :

motor/torque mounts .. prob. not as I would think it would happen constantly

warped Flywheel or contaminated in oil .. possible

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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Yep, clutch chatter. It sounds like you have a dirty flywheel.
My 05 does it on damp or rainy days, for the first two or 3 times I use the clutch in a given day. It works fine after that, until it cools down again. Mine is mud/dirt for sure, not oil.
Oil can give the same symptom, but doesn't get better with use.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:22 AM   #4
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Wow, this is the first post I've seen with my exact symptoms. Lynn, we've had a lot of rain the past few days, and I've noticed it does it a lot. I can usually kind of ride it a bit and get it to take off smoothly, but not hardly on a wet day. Guess I need to get the ol' flywheel resurfaced. But what's this I hear about them being 'concave', I've heard that you can't get them turned, just cleaned up. Anyone ever heard of that?
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:09 AM   #5
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Yep, TJ flywheels are dome-shaped. You can't get them resurfaced to a flat profile and have them work correctly.

On wet/damp days mine chatters the first time or two that I pull out from a stop. After that it works like normal. I'm not going to throw any money at fixing this... it's a minor idiosyncrasy that I can live with. If it happened every time I pull out or back up, I'd lose patience with that and look into a replacement clutch disc/flywheel cleaning or replacement. If I found that oil contamination was the source of the problem, I'd be sure to address that before replacing clutch components.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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Just thought I would toss my name in too. Assuming its a rear main seal leak on mine causing it. Dry days one or two times through the gears and it quits. Damp days might take 3 or 4.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:55 AM   #7
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Mine does the same thing on rainy days. Didn't know the flywheel is concave though. Does anyone know the reason it is? Just wondering.
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