1. I have some difficulties putting in reverse and sometimes in 1st. I press the clutch all the way down and yet the stick needs some force to go in gear. Is it perhaps a bad clutch or clutch bearing?
2. After washing the car, brakes started to act strange. If I pres the pedal gently, everything is ok, but if I press it a little sudden, the wheels lock and the car skids as if I hardly pressed the pedal. The abs and brake ligths are off and the brake fluid is full.
For #1, you may just want to change the transmission fluid. It's possible somebody changed it and the type of fluid used is not good for the transmission. I use Redline MT90 in mine, but it is a 1997 model. I would at least try that before looking at bad clutch parts.
As for #2, it almost sounds like you have a stuck caliper, but I'm not one that can really answer that w/o seeing it. Perhaps somebody else will have an idea. Sorry...
The synchros for first and reverse may be going causing the gears for first and reverse not to mesh properly. I second the MT90 though, I use it in the AX5 gearbox in my TJ and the 6spd gearbox in my GTI. I'd try that first. I recall reading that the original manufacturer recommended tranny oil was found to be bad for the synchros.
Brakes could be a sticking caliper. Same thing happens to me sometimes.
Yeah, I was thinking about the syncros too, but I also read that the clutch bearing has a tendency to go bad so that's why I asked. It's kind of a pain to replace the syncros, and quite expensive I guess
Sticky caliper... So I suppose it should be ok after a few miles? Perhaps the chemicals at the car wash have something to do with the stickyness
Have your rear drums checked out. I've had to replace the springs the hold the shoes down twice cause they had broken. And my jeep did the same until I tore it apart and found all sorts of metal bits inside the drum. I wound check there first!
For the transmission issue: When you are trying to go into 1/R very slowly let out the clutch, like your trying to find the sweet spot on a hill where you can take your foot of the brake and put it on the gas before letting the clutch out completely. Then gently push the shifter into gear. You will probably feel it stop with out engaging, but by letting the clutch out you are turning the gears slightly and it should slide right in. I do this to get into reverse almost all the time.
As to the brakes, its probably just flash rust from the washing. Does it do it after it rains, or only after the car wash? it could just be the high pressure water is forced into someplace it doesn't normally go. Use your brakes lightly a few times as your leaving the car wash and you should be fine.
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We have one heavily armed Recreational Vehicle
The thing with the brakes never happened during rain. I presume it has nothing to do with the drums as the front wheels lock, not the rear.
I know the trick of releasing a bit the clutch in order to engage the reverse. But I was wondering about the cause of this improper operation
So, syncro, clutch or bearing? The clutch seemn to work fine, and there is no sign of slip...
And I thought the 06's had the 2.4 engine, not the 2.5...
In fact it is not exactely 2.5 but 2.4 and something... I don't have the papers with me!
I have however some other question I forgot about! Sometimes when I hit a bump the steering wheel starts to tremble and won't stop until I slow down! Is it normal? Cause I find it very unconfortable at high speeds. I know there is a steering shock absorber, maybe it is worn out?
Do you have a lift ?? And big tires?? Or stock. Sounds like you have touch of the death wobble. Bit I have an 06 2.4 with almost 90k been thru most of what you can imagine but not death wobble but I also don't have a lift and just have 30 x9.5 15s Of you have any other problems let me know. I'll tell you if I had them and how and if I fixed them!
My car is stock from top to bottom. It has 45 k km. I'm not into off roading, I just like the open air sensation.
What do you mean by screen door? You suggest I rerplace the steering shock absorber?
I would like to make some modifications to harden a litle bit the things, as I find both the steering and suspension to be a litle too soft. I don't want lifts or so. Perhaps better shocks and stuff. Any recommendation?
The wheels are also stock and the tires 235/75/15.
Do the jk 17" rims fit my tj? Will the engine have some difficulty running them?