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Old 08-28-2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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Gritty, Sticky Clutch... WTH? Help.?

My prior Jeeps developed this issue when wheeling and getting in lots of wet territory. Today, my current 98 Sport did it too.

In my old 97 SE when I would be out in wet mud, after a little bit when I'd push the clutch in, it would feel sticky and gritty. Sometimes it would even do it while driving in heavy rains.

Now today, in my 98 Sport it rained today, but my Jeep sat in the parking lot at work and roads were dry by 'go home' time. To my surprise, I had bad memories of my old 97's sticky clutch! Only this time, I didn't even drive in the rain.

WTH is causing this???

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Old 08-28-2009, 10:41 PM   #2
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my clutch travel gets a little sticky at times, i havent looked hard but i dont think you can get to the fork or linkage from the slave to spray it with any lubricant though.

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Old 08-29-2009, 06:59 AM   #3
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Mine does that if I play too much in the wetness... But then it will be fine later. And it is sticking in second now ever since I let my friend borrow it...
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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why is this happening and what's the fix???
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Just drive it. Mine does the same thing the clutch gets wet needs to dry. It will go back to feeling normal a few days later.
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:13 PM   #6
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Stepping down on the clutch pedal when your tranny/clutch is in deep mud or muddy/dirty water is just asking for it to flow in between the clutch disk and flywheel. A good practice to follow is to NEVER step on the clutch when you're in deep muddy/dirty water. If you must stop, kill the engine and shift into 1st gear and then use the starter to start you up without stepping on on the clutch. This is why Jeep included the ability to insert a fuse into the clutch safety interlock circuit, so you can start the engine without needing to first step on the clutch.

It may be possible to rinse it out if you can find some deep enough clean water to drive into and then step on the clutch with the engine running in hopes it will rinse out the trapped mud/dirt.
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Sometimes it can not be avoided with stepping on the clutch in deep mud or water. Rocking the truck when stuck in deep mud for example. (Been there done that have the tee shirt lol). IT will go back to feeling normal in a few days.
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It's already back to normal, so I'm in good shape. I just can't figure out why it did it from just sitting out in the rain. Like I said, fine on the way to work in dry weather, rained during the day, jeep sat still in the parking lot, roads were dry on the way home and it started sticking. ???

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