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Old 07-13-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Clutch gone 88 wrangler

Clutch just went on y 88 wrangler 4.2. Stuck on the side of the road in the ghetto of Springfield, MA. Yay. Anyone know how much "fun" it is to do a clutch on one of these? Looking forward to doing it myself... Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks all!

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Old 07-13-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Start it up in 1st gear and the shift with no clutch at your norm all shift points.

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Old 07-13-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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Hey man thanks for the reply. For some reason she wouldn't start in first at all and I had a tough time getting her in and out of gear. Luckily triple A came through but looks like I will be doing a clutch job soon. Hoping its not too bad!!
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Its not to bad. Help from a friend and a trans jack is really helpful. Iv done it twice. My second time probley took 5 hours total. Maybe a little less but i busted my ass!! Just drop it connected to the skid plate. Much easyer to control and move around. Any other questions let me know !
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #5
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Thanks cakes, I appreciate that because it looks like I have no choice but to do the job myself and I've never done a clutch job except on some motorcycles so I am not sure what to expect. I will do it this week hopefully! I will definitely let you know if I have any questions. Thanks again.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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YouTube will give some ideas check out a video. Once you have the motor jacked remove the shafts, skid, T-case and tranny. The kit comes with an alignment tool. Use torque wrenches and double check all your work before re assembling at every step you only want to do this once.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:16 AM   #7
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You ain't kiddin. I don't even wana do it once! Well looks like it'll be yet another project I will know how to do on jeeps by the end of this week (hopefully) thanks for your input guys I will let you know how I make out.
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You ain't kiddin. I don't even wana do it once! Well looks like it'll be yet another project I will know how to do on jeeps by the end of this week (hopefully) thanks for your input guys I will let you know how I make out.
I had to do it twice!!!!
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #9
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Any input on where to get the clutch kit from? Autozone has the kit w everything (so they told me) and the alignment tool for about $150 and if I need the flywheel it will be another $80. Not sure what to expect as I've said I've never done this job before. Hoping for a cooler day soon it's been in the 90s all week and I will be doing this in my driveway boooo
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Got mine two years ago from Advance Auto seems like it was around 130. Take your flywheel to napa or someone that resurfaces them they will tell you if it can be resurfaced or needs replaced as I remember it was about 30 dollars to resurface mine, THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DO otherwise you're just wasting money and time.
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Got mine two years ago from Advance Auto seems like it was around 130. Take your flywheel to napa or someone that resurfaces them they will tell you if it can be resurfaced or needs replaced as I remember it was about 30 dollars to resurface mine, THIS IS SOMETHING YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU DO otherwise you're just wasting money and time.
Napa resurfaces flywheels? Wow that would have been nice to know.
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Hey thanks for the help. Advance told me they have a clutch kit with the slave cylinder(?) and without. It's about $100 difference from $150 to $250. Not sure if I even need that. The flywheel is $80 more. Thinking I will get the flywheel just in case it cannot be resurfaced then return it if need be.
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Hey thanks for the help. Advance told me they have a clutch kit with the slave cylinder(?) and without. It's about $100 difference from $150 to $250. Not sure if I even need that. The flywheel is $80 more. Thinking I will get the flywheel just in case it cannot be resurfaced then return it if need be.
When replacing the cluch most of the time you replace the slave cylinder. I highly suggest it. I'd also suggest replacing the clutch line and the clutch master cylinder as well.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:19 PM   #14
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Hey guys so I am attempting this clutch job soon but I wanted to get your input before I did so. I just want to see if there is anything I should try that is easier or inexpensive before I drop the transmission. As I was driving, and I noticed this occasionally, it would become tough to shift into first or second when coming to a stop. When it finally failed I noticed the clutch becoming easier to push to the floor and eventually feeling as though there was no grab whatsoever or it wasn't even there and wouldn't go into gear at all. I have been wondering if it was anything as simple as a clutch line or something that I could at least try to replace before dropping the tranny and starting a job I've never done before. Any ideas? Thanks on advance guys.
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Your master cylinder could have went. Witch isn't to hard to replace... or ur slave could have went. And depending on your trans you will need to drop it anyways to replace so Sence you would have the trans down do the clutch anyways so you only have to drop the trans once!! Check for leaks around fittings and look under your dash where the clutch peddle is. You will see a black boot with a shaft connecting to your peddle. Check that for leaks and drips to. Its part of the master.
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Since its an '88, you'll have an internal slave assuming its the original tranny and hasn't been modified.

I have the internal slave too and will be converting to external this winter when I rebuild the trans. Should make it easier down the road if/when it needs replacing in the future.

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Old 07-20-2013, 07:59 AM   #17
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Thanks so much guys. I will definitely check it out and keep you posted. At least after this I will know it has a new clutch in it. (Trying to stay positive)
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #18
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if you haven't bought the clutch yet check out rockauto.com they have good prices on the luk clutch. I've heard way to many stories about the discount throw out bearings failing to take a chance on them, its not a job you want to do twice.
luk made the original clutch parts for the yj.
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Old 08-04-2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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Thank you rob that's very helpful. I definitely don't want to do it twice. Not sure I want to do it once haha. I will definitely look into it. Doing the job this week after my summer semester of college ends. Wish me luck... !
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:24 PM   #20
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I'm just about finished with doing mine, I removed the transfer case as my rear seal in the tranny was leaking. I got the parts from rockauto, 207 shipped for the clutch kit and flywheel, both from LUK. I have read about people having trouble bleeding it but I just opened the bleeder and put a piece of vacuum hose on it and stuck it in a container then just kept the master full and let it gravity bleed. the fluid drained thru it pretty quick. then just closed the bleeder and its working good.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:41 PM   #21
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another tip, your pilot bearing is in the end of the crankshaft and will have to be removed. I packed it full of grease and stuck a tight fitting bolt in it and hit it with a hammer, the bushing popped right out. then drove the new bearing in with a socket that was the same size.
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Old 08-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #22
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Hey guys. I haven't had a chance to replace the clutch yet and the jeep has been sitting for a couple weeks. Now when I had to have it towed, it would not shift in or out of gear at all and I was pretty much stuck. I just went outside to check out a few things and check the master cylinder. For the hell of it I let it run a while and tried gifting it into gear. It went into all gears pretty easily and I even drove it down the road no problems but I honestly couldn't tell if the clutch had the same grab to it. I guess my question is, do you think a clutch replacement is needed? When I bought the jeep less than 5,000 miles ago, I was told the tranny was rebuilt and a new clutch installed but who knows for sure. I'm just confused as to how I go from being stuck on the side of the road, unable to engage any gears, to just driving it down the road. I am weary to drive far as I am afraid it will go again, but I also don't want to do a unnecessary clutch job. Any ideas, thoughts, input?

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