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Old 04-23-2014, 02:04 AM   #1
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Unhappy Clutch Issue (i think)

Hello guys!

I would like your expertise for a minute. So, i experienced the following problem and I do not know what is going on. First of all I am driving a TJ 2.5lt 2001 manual (European).

After driving for abt 10 mins, I came to a full stop at an intersection and I started slightly harder than I used to (car reached abt 3000rpm - i usually drive extremely easy on road) and by the time I passed the intersection I tried to shift to 2nd gear. The 1st gear disengaged normally but when i pushed the lever down for the 2nd gear it did not / could not go in.

I let the car reach the side of the road and while the car was idle i tried to engage any gear but no luck. The clutch pedal was extremely light without any resistance at all, but it still was coming back to position whenever I was pressing it.

I tried to turn the engine off and start again, but the same thing happened. Second time I turned off the engine, I engaged 2nd gear (without using the clutch) and while pressing the clutch pedal I started again the engine. Surprisingly (to me :P) the engine started and clutch was working again normally.... Also the clutch pedal has proper (the usual) resistance and I could normally change gears.

Since then, the car has done about 60 kms, very easy driving and no abnormalities so far.

Btw, the car has a bit more that 200.000km and I am driving it for the last 3 weeks (it used to be my parents car).

Any idea what might be the problem? Should I be worried??

Thanks in advance
Jim

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First thing to check would be the fluid level in the clutch master cylinder, but my guess is that you are probably not far off from needing a clutch job.

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This is pretty much identical to when the ear broke off my throwout bearing. If your fluid is good like Waterdog said. I would then pull the slave cylinder and try to operate the clutch manually with a wood dowel or screwdriver. This will rule out the slave and you will need a little mirror or pulling tranny to rule out further. DO NOT push clutch pedal slave removed it will destroy it. Make sure helpers know if your down there manually actuating or attempting too.

Or your release spring broke and it wasn't on pivot ball. (Fork) Now it is. That's my new guess. I brainstorm a lot lol. Sorry.
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This is pretty much identical to when the ear broke off my throwout bearing. If your fluid is good like Waterdog said. I would then pull the slave cylinder and try to operate the clutch manually with a wood dowel or screwdriver. This will rule out the slave and you will need a little mirror or pulling tranny to rule out further. DO NOT push clutch pedal slave removed it will destroy it. Make sure helpers know if your down there manually actuating or attempting too.

Or your release spring broke and it wasn't on pivot ball. (Fork) Now it is. That's my new guess. I brainstorm a lot lol. Sorry.
If you remove the slave cylinder take some measurements and see if they are close to the pictures below.
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If you remove the slave cylinder take some measurements and see if they are close to the pictures below.
Great info.
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Thnx a lot guys!

Will check, with some help from a more expirienced friend, and revert with results

Just hope that the cost will be as low as possible

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