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Old 02-20-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Stiff Clutch

Any ideas would be helpful. I have a 98 TJ with about 125K miles and the clutch is getting really stiff to push in. I also drive a 98 with about 50k and that clutch is really easy to push in. Is the clutch just getting wore out?

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Should not get harder to push as ages

I would inspect the bushings that the actual pedal rotates on up above your feet that can fail and then no more smooth rotation point

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:39 PM   #3
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Should not get harder to push as ages

I would inspect the bushings that the actual pedal rotates on up above your feet that can fail and then no more smooth rotation point
^^^X2^^^ There is a plastic bushing that is a fairly common failure point where the clutch master cylinder attaches to the pedal. The bushing can break apart and kind of get wedged in the hole. If you find out that's what it is, don't let anyone tell you it isn't available on its own. The bushing is Chrysler part #4643448 and cost less than $5. Here's a picture. It's a really easy fix if that's the problem.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:54 PM   #4
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Clutch will definitely get stiff with age... went from stiff clutch to smooth as butter with a new one. Lubrication on the fork contact points and the sleeve the TO moves on makes a big difference too so if you replace the clutch make sure to grease things.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:16 PM   #5
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Should not get harder to push as ages I would inspect the bushings that the actual pedal rotates on up above your feet that can fail and then no more smooth rotation point
X3 very little grease is used on the clutch. I doubt it has a huge affect. A new one feeling lighter would probably be due to lighter springs on it. Over greasing stuff in there can destroy the clutch.
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The throw out bearing is pre packed with grease and will dry out and make clutch peddle movement very difficult. Overall there's not alot of freest in a clutch system but if the TO bearing is dry or damaged it will cause a noticeable problem. Make dirt isn't making it in to the tranny can bind stuff up
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For the record I'm not saying to go crazy with the grease and pack bearings. Just a dab of grease on the fork pivot points and a light coating on the input sleeve the TO slides on.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:48 PM   #8
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It takes slight grease on bushing throw out bearing slides back and forth on

The throw out bearing is a SEALED bearing and unless damaged like overheating from dragging and spinning when not in use it never looses its grease and if it does it has to be replaced and sound is apparent NOT a stiff clutch pedal
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It takes slight grease on bushing throw out bearing slides back and forth on The throw out bearing is a SEALED bearing and unless damaged like overheating from dragging and spinning when not in use it never looses its grease and if it does it has to be replaced and sound is apparent NOT a stiff clutch pedal
X2 was waiting for someone else to say it. Don't want to argue tonight.
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Thanks everybody. I'll let you know what I find out in a couple of weeks when I have time to work on it.

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