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Old 02-21-2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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Fried Clutch??

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Well I was just doing a little light wheeling when I saw another jeep stuck. Went over and tried to help, well here is my problem..I was pulling him out in Reverse and was yanking him out but my clutch was smoking like crazy it was coming threw the vents up threw the shifter and there was a giant cloud of some everywhere on the outside..Now this happens to me every time I go wheeling but she drives amazing on the pavement..Does anybody know what is wrong or if Im doing something wrong?...Thanks as always guys

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Yep.
Smoked the clutch, time for a new one.

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yep.
Smoked the clutch, time for a new one.
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does it smell like a dirty ass?? if so then yep a clutch is a no good.
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:49 PM   #5
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imo......if a clutch is out then it doesnt work at all or it slips alot.....if it drives good on pavement i would make sure that that is the problem before yankin the tranny
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Old 02-21-2009, 10:59 PM   #6
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Yea she drives fine on the road but smokes and smells like ass when I go wheeling
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imo......if a clutch is out then it doesnt work at all or it slips alot.....if it drives good on pavement i would make sure that that is the problem before yankin the tranny
I took my semi in for a new clutch because it was slipping bad under a load. They told me it would take about 5 days before they could get to it since they were busy. No problem, I had been running hard so I figured a week off wouldn't be a problem. I went back at the end of the week and they hadn't done the clutch, they said the mechanic took it for test drive and it drove fine. I asked if they'd put it under a load, nope, he'd just bobtailed around town. I told em I wanted a new clutch whether it needed it or not and since I was paying for it to just do it. The clutch fell apart in his hands as he tried to remove it.
Just putting around town doesn't put anywhere near the strain on a clutch as wheeling or trying to pull something.
Most likely the OP slipped the hell out of the clutch when he was trying to pull the guy out and glazed the disk. It would still provide enough friction for normal driving but not enough under a load.
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agreed.....perhaps its worth a tranny pull...but just smoking the clutch....we do it all the time i dont think is worth pulling it unless it starts actually slippingif he was losing friction then that would be far mor noticeable then a little smoke.....since i switched to auto i dont have to smell it anymore but i cant remember a trip that i didnt smell clutch on when i was manual
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IF you don't smell clutch your not doing it right lol!!!! Try this. find some flat ground come to a complete stop and put it in 3rd gear. Let of the clutch using no gas and if you start rolling out then your clutch is pretty much toast. Are your RPM's hanging when you push the clutch in? IE stay at say 2500 and not dropping when coming to stop? IF so your clutch is gone.
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:06 PM   #10
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I doing something wrong when I wheel or is it suppose to smoke like that
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No, how many miles? If you don't ride the clutch out to long you will be fine
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:35 PM   #12
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Its just under 49,000...Im driving the same as I would on the road..Its just embarising having a cloud of smoke with the smell of clutch around ur jeep lol
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Kinda weird to fry it so soon. Does it feel as if it is slipping? Can you strap your truck to say a buddies truck on dry land ie the street have him put it in neutral and try pulling him. If it goes up in smoke there it is gone. Do you power shift it at all lol- I don't think you do but gotta ask!
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:07 PM   #14
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Im guna be honest I dont know what a "power shift" is lol
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Yep.
Smoked the clutch, time for a new one.
Smoking a clutch doesn't necessarily mean you need a new clutch. I smoked my clutch many times and it was still in very good condition when I did a precautionary change at 167,000 miles. The clutch still had a good 20-30,000 miles left on it from the amount of material left on it.

I drove it another 80-90K miles after the below pic was taken, that smoke pouring out is from my clutch.
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Old 02-22-2009, 10:24 PM   #16
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I still think my clutch is good, but that Im doing something wrong when wheeling cause as soon as I hit the dirt smoke comes out
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Once your discs have glazed over its virtually uncorrectable.
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Old 02-23-2009, 12:00 AM   #18
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unless you unglaze it! lol - We call that clutch cleaning what Jerry is doing! really 4point is correct if you glaze it you change it.

Well that is good you don't power shift! Power shifting is not taking your foot off of your gas pedal when you shift. I have power shift my jeep and it makes it much smoother, half I mean keeping the revs in the sweet spot for shifts.
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I still think my clutch is good, but that Im doing something wrong when wheeling cause as soon as I hit the dirt smoke comes out
Comes out of where exactly?
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Smoking a clutch doesn't necessarily mean you need a new clutch. I smoked my clutch many times and it was still in very good condition when I did a precautionary change at 167,000 miles. The clutch still had a good 20-30,000 miles left on it from the amount of material left on it.

I drove it another 80-90K miles after the below pic was taken, that smoke pouring out is from my clutch.
Nope, it doesn't necessarily mean you need a new one...unless you get slippage every time you put it under stress afterwords as the OP suggests.

Or at least as I'm interpreting his description of his symptoms.
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Well the smoke comes out from my underbody...And last time it got really bad and it come out of my vents and up from my shifter to the point where I couldnt breathe in my jeep

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