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Old 04-18-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Anybody changed a clutch?

Changing the clutch in mine this weekend. Anybody got any tips or pointers? Or a how to? I've never done a clutch before but everyone I talk to says it's fairly easy, just time consuming.

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Do some research on the removal of the Pilot bearing. My first time it came out on my finger without a problem. The second one naturally did not. I looked thru all the posts and tried a few but eventually wound up at Harbor Freight buying the tool. Make sure you have a good transmission jack that is reasonably stable and do not forget to unbolt the crankshaft position sensor as that can be an expensive mistake.

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Old 04-18-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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Not too bad. The biggest PITA can the two bolts at the top of the bell housing. I believe it was an E10 or E12 socket, so make sure you have those. Also a good impact wrench goes a long way.

You might want to consider other maintenance while you have your tranny out. It would have been a lot easier to do my RMS when I had it out, but I was in a time crunch. Plus if you have an I4 you have to pull the tranny if I'm not mistaken.
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Check the surface of your flywheel.Obvious it will be worn depending on the operator.Kind of common sense here on resurfacing or not.Not a expensive should do to good clutch performance.Flywheel should be marked at position and proper bolt torquing in sequence for replacement.
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The kit I'm getting comes with a tool. I guess thats what you're talking about. How to you drop it out and all that? And is it just slide off old parts. Put new parts on. Done?
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The 'tool' is a pilot shaft which is simply something used to center & support the clutch & pressure plate while you insert & tighten the bolts that hold the pressure plate to the flywheel.

The TJ's flywheel has a special mild dome shape on its surface so it should NOT be machined or resurfaced which would remove that dome shape. That is right out of the factory service manual. If there is any glazing present on the surface of the flywheel, just use a mild sandpaper or emory cloth to lightly sand it off. I would not plan on removing/replacing the flywheel since it only rarely is damaged enough where it would need to be replaced.

You'll need an E-12 extended torx socket adapter to remove the two top bolts that hold the transmission to the engine. The transfer case uses E-10 bolts at the top to hold it to the transmission so get an E-10 socket adapter too if you plan to unbolt the t-case from the transmission.

It'll probably be easier to reinstall the transmission & get it lined up well enough for it to seat into place without the transfer case being attached to it. A transmission jack will be very good to buy/borrow/rent.
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Don't understand how a flat disc will work properly on a domed surface? Good to learn something new.
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Don't understand how a flat disc will work properly on a domed surface? Good to learn something new.
The dome shape is barely there, you would never notice it when casually looking at the flywheel.
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The tool JimsJeep is referring to is the pilot bearing removal tool/ puller.
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Don't understand how a flat disc will work properly on a domed surface? Good to learn something new.
Like Jerry said the dome is incredibly small. It makes a difference though in smooth engagement.
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I have a friend and his grandad rebuilds old cars from the 40s and 50s (I love going over there) but he has a lift and jacks and all that. i feel like its gonna be harder then yall make it sound haha. Am I just scaring myself?
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And I'm going to pick up some e sockets tomorrow.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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I have a friend and his grandad rebuilds old cars from the 40s and 50s (I love going over there) but he has a lift and jacks and all that. i feel like its gonna be harder then yall make it sound haha. Am I just scaring myself?
Doing a clutch with a lift and other equipment will make it feel like a simple job. Doing one on your back without proper equipment will make it feel like you just got your ass beat to the ground.
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Old 04-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #14
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Doing a clutch with a lift and other equipment will make it feel like a simple job. Doing one on your back without proper equipment will make it feel like you just got your ass beat to the ground.
Well then. It really pays to know people. Thank god. Haha
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The tool JimsJeep is referring to is the pilot bearing removal tool/ puller.
If you don't have one and want to save the cost of buying or renting one, you can get the bearing out with some grease, a bolt, and a hammer...here's the video

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I've never had to pay for a rental of any special tool from stores like Autozone, O'Reilly's, Pep Boys, etc. Pay a deposit for the tool, like a slide bearing puller which works well for pulling the pilot bearing, and you get 100% of the deposit back when you return the tool in good condition.
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If you don't have one and want to save the cost of buying or renting one, you can get the bearing out with some grease, a bolt, and a hammer...here's the video

A wooden dowel rod and some wet toilet paper works as well. I tried it once just to see if it would. I usually use my old Cal-Van pilot bushing puller.
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when i dropped my tranny I found a spot in the middle where I placed a ratchet strap that balanced it perfectly. I dropped the top and ran the strap up to the trusses of my barn. It worked PERFECT!!!!!

I tried a jack but that sucked. Just make sure when you drop it that all of the wires are out of the way. Goodluck!!!
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #19
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Well I got the clutch in last night and the trans mounted all back up. I went to push the clutch in and it went straight to the floor. Figured it would happen. So I bled the clutch and went to go crank it up and now it won't start. It tries to turn over and the starter and flywheel spins but it won't crank. Ugh...
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Did you reconnect or reinstall the Crankshaft Position sensor?
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Old 05-04-2013, 12:37 AM   #21
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I believe so. Isn't it just the block looking thing?

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