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Old 03-26-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Clutch Slave Question?

I'm a potential Jeep Wrangler owner - I have a '91 Toyota 4x4 pickup that is about to give up the ghost, and I need a 4x4 where I live.

Anyway, my son has a 2011 Wrangler Sahara 4 door and I really like it. His is an automatic, though, and I'm a kind of Retro-Grouch sort of guy and would prefer a manual transmission.

My question concerns the clutch mechanism. I presume that the clutch is hydraulically-actuated, and, of course, has a slave cylinder down there somewhere to operate the throwout bearing. Is the slave cylinder internal to the transmission, or is it external and user-serviceable?

The reason I ask is that my Toyota slave cylinder went out a couple of years ago, and it was a quick 1-hour max job and under $50.00 for the parts to fix it. I did it myself, and it was easy, and a good part of the work could be done by reaching in through the passenger wheel well. My son-in-law, however, has an S-10 5-speed, and his slave cylinder is internal to the transmission and co-axial with the input shaft. To replace his he has to have the transmission pulled, and this has happened to him twice over the last 5 or so years. I also understand that the Ford Ranger uses this same setup.

I'm a kind of do-it-yourselfer, and nothing browns me off more that some bone-headed unnecessary complication that makes something unserviceable. So what's the story?

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Old 03-26-2012, 09:21 AM   #3
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Cool! So it's external, and looks to be easily replaceable. Score one for jeep!
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Yes the slave is an external and fairly simple to replace. The cost for a slave when I got mine done was $129.00 but the slave cylinder needed to come from Jeep themselves, I could not find it at any autoparts store...but this may have changed. Tell tale sign your slave is toast is your brake fluid resevoir will be near empty!

Then only other thing to watch out for with the 6spd is the notorious clutch squeal...which will require throw-out bearing replacement.
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