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Old 10-07-2013, 08:04 PM   #1
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Clutch problem

Hello all. After starting up my '86 CJ7 in gear with pedal fully depressed it tried to move on me. However, when I let the pedal out out just slightly the clutch disengaged. Letting the pedal out further engaged it again as normal and I could drive it. The pedal feels normal, not a lot of play. I checked the linkage and everything other than the boot going onto the transfer case looked ok. (the boot had come loose on one side so it just pushed it back in). I've adjusted linkages before but that's usually been when there too much play in the pedal and it won't disengage at all so I'm a little perplexed. I can fool around with the linkage but thought I'd see if anyone out there had a thought before I tore into it to much. Thanks!

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Old 10-07-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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I can't picture the lingage in my mind,but,perhaps something in the lingage is going past the breakover point,if you understand what I am trying to say,and at that point actually letting off the clutch a little..maybe get someone to work the clutch while you watch the linkage work

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Old 10-12-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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Well maybe I was just lucky about getting to disengage enough to get it in the garage 'cause now it just won't disengage at all. At least I got it in the garage. Anyway, I've adjusted the linkage back (toward the throwout lever) to where there is pretty much no play in the pedal and the clutch still will not disengage. I guess now I will have to start taking the linkage a part. Do you think replacing the linkage will do any good or might I have an other problem. Btw, there was no warning this was going to happen. It shifting fine one day and the next nada (in case that gives any clues).
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Old 10-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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make sure that the release arm is still attached to its pivot as it should be
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OK this may sound a little crazy but without doing anything I decided to try and start it again (I have denial issues) and it's working all of a sudden! (thus reinforcing my denial issues). I get the feeling is only temporary so I'm not real comfortable driving it around much. I can start it in gear, shift into all gears and it disengages when it's supposed to. Who knows, maybe something slipped back into place or something. I backed off the adjuster to give me some free play back and had my wife push the pedal in a few times while I check things out and looked behind the boot cover an all that looks good as far as I can tell. I will say that the throw out lever does have some movement up and down (maybe pivoting on this pivot point) is that normal? I'll let you know if it craps out on me again. Until my fingers will be crossed.
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Old 10-12-2013, 06:48 PM   #6
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that pivot point can wear to the point of not holding the arm..that would be the first place I would be looking
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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Hey harledragon here's an update on my clutch issue. I finally threw my hands up and took it to my mechanic. He had a hard time figuring it out too. Ended up pulling the Transmission twice after thinking he had it fixed. Turns out one of the metal tabs that sort of hold the springs in on the clutch disk had broken off and was causing all the havoc. Not sure how that would even happen (it was a new disk too so maybe defective?) Anyway, no way I was going to be able to figure that out on my own or fix it myself. But thanks so much for your input. I'm sure I'll be asking for some more sooner or later.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:58 PM   #8
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damn...that's one of those weird off the wall problems..must have been a factory defect..glad you got it fixed

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