Hello and thanks for reading my post. I have also posted this on other forums in order to reach as many TJ owners as I can.
I recently bought a 2005 TJ Rubicon 6sp from a dealership. When I test drove the jeep, it made a clicking sound when depressing the clutch, especially at low speeds and especially "bouncing" the clutch at a light or something to keep a low speed. I can hear a pretty loud click, sounding like it's under the engine, when the clutch is bounced and I can feel it a little in the pedal.
The salesman suggested that this would be the throwout bearing, as many have on the internet. He talked to a tech who agreed that this was likely the case. I agreed to buy the Jeep if they fixed the bearing, and they agreed to fix it.
They fixed the bearing and the click has not changed a bit. I did get the receipt that the bearing was done, and the salesman essentially said that the bearing was bad, but the clicks are normal.
"Ask other Jeep owners, and you'll see that the forks within the clutch system have a lot of free play. This allows for durability, but it can be noisy."
Does this sound like BS? I've never heard any vehicle, 4x4's included, make this noise while depressing the clutch. They had sold out of all of their TJ's, so we couldn't test drive another one.
I have a feeling I'm on my own with this from here on, and I'm hoping I don't have to drop the tranny to get to the real problem if there is one. I do have one more year of warranty on the Jeep, but it's only the drive train.