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?