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Old 03-18-2008, 07:28 AM   #1
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Replace the Clutch in a '98

Has anyone ever replaced the clutch assembly in a '98 Sahara? I am buying one, and the primary thing the current owner mentioned as a problem was that he thought the clutch was going (she has 152,000 miles on her, but this is the first time the clutch ever caused any problems).

If/When I get the Jeep, I am probably going to replace the clutch myself, I'm just not sure how hard it'll be (or should I really just take it to a shop for that kind of repair).

Appreciate any input, thanks

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Old 03-18-2008, 07:57 AM   #2
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I did the same job on my 97 Sport(AX-15 trans)a couple months ago.This was the first time for me ever doing a repair of this type,I did it alone and it took me a weekend with lots of breaks. My clutch was a Luke,got it on Ebay for $100 and its worked great.Just get a OEM style clutch and a heavy duty tranny jack for sure.This is the write up that I followed..The shop will want a fortune to do this(I checked)& you can do it.Good luck and have fun..

http://www.4x4xplor.com/clutch.html

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I did the same job on my 97 Sport(AX-15 trans)a couple months ago.This was the first time for me ever doing a repair of this type,I did it alone and it took me a weekend with lots of breaks. My clutch was a Luke,got it on Ebay for $100 and its worked great.Just get a OEM style clutch and a heavy duty tranny jack for sure.This is the write up that I followed..The shop will want a fortune to do this(I checked)& you can do it.Good luck and have fun..

http://www.4x4xplor.com/clutch.html
Just so he doesn't go crazy looking for a "Luke" clutch, it is actually a 'Luk' brand clutch. The entire kit which contains the clutch disk, pressure plate, pilot bearing, pilot shaft, and throwout bearing can be purchase for only $140 or so from www.dialaclutch.com/ I would go with the standard Luk kit, not the "Gold" which is more suited for a truck application.

I replaced mine last year and it can be done in a day if you're more energetic than me (I took a day and a half), there's nothing that hard about it.
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Thanks for the info, I'll give it a shot and let ya know how it goes
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So I am still waiting on getting the Jeep (and it's killing me) but, if I am going to do the clutch myself anyway, while I'm under there and playing with stuff, are there any other jobs people would recommend getting done early on?
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Not that needs to done at the same time as the clutch job, other than replacing the clutch assembly's throwout bearing which comes in the kit anyway.
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not a bad idea to do the rear main seal while the tranny is down.
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You could turn your fly wheel if needed.
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You could turn your fly wheel if needed.
That should definitely not be done. At most, per the FSM, he should only use a piece of emory cloth or a mild sandpaper to remove any glazing that is present. The TJ's FSM (factory service manual) specifically warns against surfacing (turning) the flywheel because that would remove a special dome shape machined into it to make clutch engagement smoother.
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That should definitely not be done. At most, per the FSM, he should only use a piece of emory cloth or a mild sandpaper to remove any glazing that is present. The TJ's FSM (factory service manual) specifically warns against surfacing (turning) the flywheel because that would remove a special dome shape machined into it to make clutch engagement smoother.
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