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Old 06-14-2012, 07:32 PM   #1
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98 Sahara Stick not going into gear??? Help!

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98 Sahara manual trans; I go to start, clutch in, it's in first gear, turn key, jumps and turns off like I never had the clutch engaged.
I try again, stick is in neutral, starts up, cannot engage in any gears. None, period.
I turn her off, foot off clutch & turn the key in the ignition WITHOUT clutch pedal pressed, it starts???
Still no luck engaging in any gears. I turn the jeep off.
I look under the dash where the pedals are & depress the clutch with my hand & a popping (snapping) noise is heard & the clutch pedal falls limp.
I realize that there is a rod that connects to the clutch pedal and that the piece that connects has come loose somehow. I reconnect it but it isn't a solid connection.
I try again, stick is in neutral, clutch in, starts up, still cannot engage in any gears.
WHAT the HECK???? How can I fix this???? And why won't it go In gear!!!??

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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I had a clutch go out in mine and it had similar symptoms. I couldn't shift at all if it was running, much like you described, but I didn't have any trouble getting it to start.

This isn't to say that your clutch is gone though. Maybe start by checking the clutch master cylinder for obvious leaks and checking the fluid level. Also, I would take a quick look around the slave cylinder to see of there's any fluid leaking. If there is it might be coming out around the bottom of the inspection plate on the front of the transmission.

Just a quick .02. Good luck!

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #3
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My 99 Sahara had a similar problem with the clutch linkage. I noticed some play at the in the clutch petal. When I stuck my hand on the pedal, the linkage fell off. There's a cheap plastic retainer that holds the linkage to the rod going to the master cylinder that failed. I went to the parts house and bought an e-clip for 69 cents and that has held the linkage together very well. I'm glad the linkage did not break while I was in traffic. Hard to stop with out a clutch.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #4
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Will even a minor amount of play be making it impossible to get the Jeep in gear when the engine is running?
I have "temporarily secured" the rod to the clutch pedal but it still won't go into gear??? is there a safety reset or something??

Thanks!
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:13 PM   #5
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No fluid leaking issues either!???

I went and bought the clip, everything seems good & tight on the clutch pedal but still not going into gear.
WTF???????
HELP!!!! (please?)
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Old 06-16-2012, 12:24 PM   #6
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You may be best off just picking up the phone and having it towed to a shop to get it checked out and fixed. May end up costing more than you want but at least you will know it will be fixed right. If you aren't mechanically gifted like myself I would suggest doing that.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:49 PM   #7
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Sounds like a pretty serious problem glock. How are your mechanical skills?

With the right write up and a decent set of tools, a clutch job really isn't too difficult. It'll save you a LOT of money and increase your studliness factor
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Old 06-16-2012, 09:32 PM   #8
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Mechanical skills are A+ only thing it's ever been away from home for is when the clutch went out in '06. That being said I could learn but time is something I'm short on & I cannot believe that it runs fine, never any slipping & then all of a sudden, "pop-snap" it's the clutch is shot? Is there a safety reset button or something of that clutchpiston-to-clutchpedal linkage breaks? I find it hard to believe that my clutch just up & went bad for no reason with no outward signs!??
Last time I had the clutch done I knew what it was & that it was only a matter of time, also it went into gears while running but wouldn't move, this is "refuses to even let the stick engage the gears" like the clutch isn't pushed in...??!!!
Agggaggghhh!!!!
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:47 PM   #9
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When my clutch went out it was rollin' like a champ and then just absolutely failed out of nowhere. I didn't get any of the usual tell tale signs beforehand at all. It's not common for them to fail without telling you first but it's not unheard of.

I'm fortunate enough to have an old Ford Ranger hanging around as a backup DD so I got to spend time on and off over about 3 weeks doing the clutch job in mine. It is a bit time consuming and if you don't have a spare vehicle, it would absolutely make sense to pay someone at a shop to take care of it.

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