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Old 12-01-2011, 01:59 AM   #1
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Possible clutch problem?? PLEASE HELP.

Hello, I have a 95 wrangler rio grande with the 2.5 and manual transmission. I apologize for the long post that follows but i wanna be as detailed as possible.

Il start by saying that I have searched alot on here and am going to check the clutch saftey interlock switch tomorrow morning and possibly bypass if it hasnt already. Now on to the problem....

I try starting my jeep with the clutch pedal pressed in and nothing happens. I get all lights and power but no sound when trying to start. This has happened 3 times in the last 3 days. 1st time i push start it to get it going. 2nd time i try starting without clutch pedal pushed in and in neutral and it starts up (after a couple of failed attempt at push starting by myself). 3rd time it doesnt start with clutch pedal pushed in or not and has to be push started again. I feel this is a problem in the clutch because of other issues i have with the clutch.....

On regular operation, my clutch engages when i let the pedal all the way out but if i sit with my pedal pushed all the way down and its in gear ( like sitting at a red light waiting for the green) the clutch engages about an inch off the floor when i start to let off. Also if i dont shift in to 2nd slow enough the gear grinds and down shifting into 2nd it grinds unless im under 12MPH or so. Im lloking at the redline MT-90 for that deal. Could this be related to my no start problem or do i have a bunch of issues that need to be addresed?

I really appreciate any help and again apologize for such a long post.

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Old 12-01-2011, 02:57 AM   #2
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The starting issue could be a faulty switch. Or could be in the ignition switch. Does the starter drag or has ever made the clicking sound?
Starter interlock switch is located on the clutch pedal housing. Should be an override in the main fuse panel under the hood.

The shifting problem could be an out of adjustment clutch. Or weak pressure plate / throw out bearing. If it has a hydraulic clutch system you could have air in the line.

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Old 12-01-2011, 09:59 AM   #3
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Im going to check the switch today and hopefully thats my problem. There is no noise coming from the starter when i try to crank it. Is there a way to check the ignition to see if thats my problem?
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:12 AM   #4
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Its probably the switch on the start problems, as far as grinding, if the pedal is near the floor when the clutch engages, it sounds like a bad master/slave or just needs fluid or bleeding...how many miles on the clutch?
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:38 AM   #5
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Im not sure, the jeep has 131,000 on it but I just bought it about a month ago so im not sure if its ever been replaced. I would think it has.

Well I went out to check that swith but im not sure what im looking at. All i see is a plastic bracket on the top of the clutch pedal with a rod that goes into the firewall. Everything there looks fine but again, im not sure what im looking at. I looked in my owners manual but couldnt find anything about a clutch interlock switch. I also cleaned my terminals on the battery and checked the starter wiring. all looks intact. I do have a minor oil leak coming out the side of the oil pan and its getting on the starter connections. could this be a factor?
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Old 12-01-2011, 10:55 AM   #6
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So i have been reading other posts on bypassing this switch but im only seeing them for the TJ and newer models. Do i even have this switch in my 95 YJ
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Old 12-01-2011, 11:53 AM   #7
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There its no clutch switch on a yj. To see if your ignition switch is sending a signal to the starter you can check for voltage at the small wire on the starter when the key is in the start position. As for the clutch, definitely check the fluid level first. If it's low, top it off and check for leaks. If you can't find any leaks it's most likely a bad master cylinder.
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Old 12-01-2011, 12:11 PM   #8
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Thanks ill check the starter out. I was going to check the clutch fluid but i cant get the cap off. Gonna have to mess around with that i guess.

So at first i said there was no noise what so ever but upon further inspection i found out that there is a really quiet click coming from the engine bay and it sounds like the passenger side area but i cant pin point it as im the only one here right now.
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The faint click is probably the starter relay in the power distribution center in front of the battery. You can swap the starter and horn relays for a quick verification that the relay is ok.
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Old 12-01-2011, 01:49 PM   #10
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Ok ill try that after i get to work. thanks
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:15 AM   #11
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TanYJ I am sorry, I did not realize that the YJ did not have the starter interlock switch. Had you looking under the dash on a snipe hunt. Your starter solenoid could be going out too. I would check out the relay like Tyewilly said.
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Old 12-03-2011, 03:09 AM   #12
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No problem Vich. I really do appreciate the replies and any help. It didnt take me long to see there wasnt a switch under there.

So ive checked the relays and they're good. I think I have it narrowed down to either the battery cables to the starter are bad or may batt terminals are not tight enough. The terminals are on pretty snug but i can spin them with my hand. The neg terminal bolt has been broken off so there was no way of tightening but i bought some bolts and am gonna tighten them up in the morning. Hopefully this will fix my problem. It should have been the first thing to check.

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