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Old 07-19-2009, 11:38 AM   #1
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Clutch Stutter

I have an 04 Sahara, 5 speed. I've noticed something here recently
that I wonder if I should be concerned about. We've had a lot of rain lately,
and after my Jeep has set for a day or so, when letting out the
clutch, it feels like it stutters. On the days when it's sunny and the humidiy
is down, it don't. I've driven straight shifts all my life, even an 18 speed
split shift Mac coal tractor trailer so it's not that I can't drive a straight
shift. The only commonality is the rain/humidity vs sun shine/low humidity.
The jeep has 47,000 miles on it. It goes away after the first few shifts
and doesn't do it again until it's set for a day or so.
Something to be concerned about or not?
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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Hi Dano,

I too have wondered about this. "Silver" is an '06 X and has a done this for a while. Just as you described. She has 28900 miles on her and the clutch was replaced under war'nt at 17500 miles (along w/ a host of other parts). It did it b4 the change out and it does it after too! Go figure. I've learned to just accept it!

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Old 07-19-2009, 10:33 PM   #3
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my clutch does the same thing after i run it through some deep water or a mud hole but recovers quickly after. my guess is the clutch is just soaking up water and it drys out after a few minutes of use.
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The flywheel and pressure plate have no lube on them. They'll very quickly form a thin coating of rust. That rust is rough, causing the "grabbing." A few applications, the rust scapes off, - till next time.

Look for where water is dripping down on, and into the bellhousing. Ducting, vents etc.

You might also try a bead of silicone along the bellhousing/engine joint, and reroute the path the water takes when dripping. And check to see that the bolts on the bellhousing/engine joint are tight.
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