First time post; Ive searched a lot of other threads and I can't find a similar issue - here goes...
Just bought a 91 YJ 4cyl with about 150k on it. Its a rust bucket but it runs good. Recently after deep sand beach driving in 4L I was headed home in 2H it was revving high in 4th and 5th and seemed like it was getting no power to the wheels... had it floored in fifth and was only going 45. So i pulled over, shifted through the gears took it in and out of 2H to be sure it was properly in gear... seemed to do the trick. (it was a warm day this day).
A few weeks later (another warm day) I drove it to work (about 30 miles away mostly hwy driving ie not shifting around) on the way home coming into town, after a few stops, shifting through gears, I started to notice it felt like it was doing the hi gears problem again. The pedal felt/sounds fine... no grinding or trouble with any gears. When starting from a stop it feels inhibited, doesn't want to coast in neutral or with the clutch in... to be honest it feels like the parking brake is still on (its not... at least the pedal is up and released).
Other notes, (not sure if this is a normal thing) it will turn over in neutral with no foot on the clutch. The idling pulley needs replacing - makes a steady low whine consistently when engine is running (prob has no impact on this issue). Checked fluid in clutch lines... it is full and not leaking from master. Slave is inside bell housing on this model; so hoping I don't have to go in there, also hoping I don't need a new clutch.
Is it possible that parking brake is stuck even though it released when the hand release is pulled? Is there any thing I can trouble shoot to narrow down the problem? Im thinking I should flush the master cylinder? don't want to f*ck anything up fiddling around with little knowledge. Am I even on the right track thinking its a clutch issue? Can I check the parking brake somehow?
IDEAS? THOUGHTS? HELP!?