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Old 03-14-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Clutch is coming out

Doing a clutch tomorrow if the brown truck makes it here at a reasonable time. Once it goes down I'm not going anywhere until its back up so I want to make sure my ducks are in a row. Got the tools, jacks and stands, renting a pilot bearing puller (i've heard about the grease and socket trick)

I've read a few write-ups but want to make sure I haven't forgotten anything. I shouldn't need to drain any fluids correct? T-case I could handle, but the $60 bucks worth of fresh Redline MTL I wouldn't be happy about.

Anything else? hopefully I can beat the 15 hr time I've read about, and only be down a day.

My t-case skid has me a bit worried. No bolt has ever come lightly and I am soaking these. what's the procedure for them when they bust?

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I didn't need to lose fluids ('04 4.0). Mine was well corroded together, so a 4lb dead blow helped tons. I would strongly suggest taking the t-case off, especially if you are by yourself, rather than leaving it assembled. My skid bolts go in and out fine, so I can't be of much assistance there :-)

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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is it the weight issue with leaving the tcase on?

I think I will grab a good dead blow, i don't have one and always wish i had something gentler that my metal hammer
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Mine went easy, I didn't loose any fluids, and it took a lot less than 15 hours, maybe 4, possibly a bit less.

There are 2 bolts on the top that are 12 point inverted spline that take a 12 point metric socket. (there is no way to use a combonation wrench in that area) They are up there by the crank position sensor. I replaced mine with common bolts when it went back together. You might go out today and buy a socket that fits them.

Go out today and spray anything that looks rusty, especially the exhaust studs where the pipe connects to the exhaust manifold, also the crossmember/skid plate bolts. It's just a nuts and bolts project, nothing difficult.

You ask, what is the procedure if bolts bust, put the rest in and take your test drive down to the store and buy new bolts..lol

Why are you changing your clutch? how many miles?
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:15 AM   #5
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165xxx miles on engine, unknown if the clutch has been replaced ever. throw out bearing is starting to squeal.

I've got a set of external torx sockets, and 12 pt sockets from 9mm to 19mm. I am not to worried about any of the bolts on the tranny, but anytime I come close to a bolt that touches the frame....issues!

I was kinda taken back by the 15 hr time frame I had read on two different writeups. there must of been a lot of breaks.

Working on the jeep always requires me to prepare like a prize fighter going in the championship bout.
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Ambitious undertaking, good luck to you. Curious, what does the throw out bearing squeal sound like?
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:50 PM   #7
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It started as a light raspy noise when the clutch was first pressed in for a few seconds. It graduated to a constant higher pitched squeal at all times while driving except when the clutch was pressed in.

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