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Old 07-25-2010, 11:15 AM   #1
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Clutch "grabbing"

Started having a clutch problem a couple of months ago during a rainy spell. When my TJ had been sitting for a while and I would first take off, I got a shuddering as I was taking off in 1st gear then it would stop after the clutch heated up. It's still doing it and it's been dry.....can't blame it on that anymore. After I have started off once or twice, it doesn't do it anymore. Any ideas?

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Old 07-25-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Old 07-25-2010, 08:22 PM   #3
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Mine does the exact opposite its fine when its cold but shudders when it heats up
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Old 07-26-2010, 08:56 AM   #4
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Could be moisture in the bell housing. You say it has been raining alot lately. This water could be causing a light layer of rust to form on the flywheel or pressure plate surface. When you start off, the clutch would shutter until the light layer of rust is taken off. I just did a clutch replace and there were signs of alot of water being in the bell housing. The previous owner obviously submarined in the mud with it alot! See if it happens after a prolonged dry spell? Not sure how long water would sit in that bell housing with the heat, but it does not have an easy escape route! Warping could be an issue also. Changes shape when it heats up.
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Old 07-26-2010, 09:42 AM   #5
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I think 2004 rubi is probably right. The only other thing that i know for sure from experience that causes shuddering is a warped flywheel. I just found out the PO of my jeep (my older bro) had the flywheel resurfaced and that is a very big no no for wranglers.
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:53 AM   #6
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I think I'm with Vaultzz, my clutch works fine most of the time. Every now and again when I get stuck in stop and go city traffic, it starts to shudder going into 1st (when it gets hot?). I didn't know if it had anything to do with the hydraulic system because it seems like it gets bad when I have to constantly work the pedal.... ??? Who knows. I just grit my teeth and get through it.

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