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Old 04-01-2011, 05:45 PM
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Cutch wont engage

I have a 1997 Manual 4.0L.

A few weeks ago I bought another car to make the daily commute with, when I left my Jeep in the driveway everything worked fine as it always has. After a couple weeks went by, with only my wife driving it once, I tried to start the jeep and it was clearly not working right. I could barely start the engine as long as the stick was in manual, but if it was in first gear and I pushed in the clutch the engine would not start. The clutch feels extremely soft (all of a sudden) and I can not shift at all after the engine has been turned on. If the engine is off I can shift fine (probably because the clutch needs not to be stepped on).

This problem has happened all of a sudden. Its as if something just gave out. Will a simple transmission fluid change do the trick, or is it a more tricky fix?
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Its a hydraulic clutch. Have you checked the fluid level?

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It could be the throwout bearing, it could be hydraulic, or the clutch could have rusted to the flywheel.
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or the clutch could have rusted to the flywheel.
How would one go about freeing up a clutch that rusted to the flywheel. My TJ has been sitting for about 6+ months. I think its rusted, Im having similar problems.
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How would one go about freeing up a clutch that rusted to the flywheel. My TJ has been sitting for about 6+ months. I think its rusted, Im having similar problems.
you take the inspection plate off the bottom have someone push the clutch in a drive a screw driver in it to separate the plate
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you take the inspection plate off the bottom have someone push the clutch in a drive a screw driver in it to separate the plate
Cool, sounds like a plan. I figured it involved a screw driver or pry bar of some sort, lol.
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That works, unless you did a Chadwick then let it sit!
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you take the inspection plate off the bottom have someone push the clutch in a drive a screw driver in it to separate the plate
did the clutch in 2008, if I remember correctly, the 97, AX15 does not have an inspection plate...just looked through the 97, Chrysler, Jeep manual, no mention of an inspection plate...I will be under mine in a few and if I am incorrect I will let you know, later today...check the master and slave cylinder...If it's low on fluid fill it up...If not they are changed as a unit...
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did the clutch in 2008, if I remember correctly, the 97, AX15 does not have an inspection plate...just looked through the 97, Chrysler, Jeep manual, no mention of an inspection plate...I will be under mine in a few and if I am incorrect I will let you know, later today...check the master and slave cylinder...If it's low on fluid fill it up...If not they are changed as a unit...
You are correct, they do not have inspection plates. You can however remove the two bottom bolts on the bell housing and push back the shielding plate enough to gain access to the flywheel.

You would have to pull the transmission back about an inch from the engine to fully remove that plate as it is sandwiched between the engine and tranny AND the tranny guide pins go through it.
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did the clutch in 2008, if I remember correctly, the 97, AX15 does not have an inspection plate...just looked through the 97, Chrysler, Jeep manual, no mention of an inspection plate...I will be under mine in a few and if I am incorrect I will let you know, later today...check the master and slave cylinder...If it's low on fluid fill it up...If not they are changed as a unit...
i just looked in the book your right no inspection plate
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Its a hydraulic clutch. Have you checked the fluid level?
I tried to check the levels but the skid plate is blocking both the drain and fill bolts on the transmission. For some reason the bolts securing the plate are completely stuck.
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I tried to check the levels but the skid plate is blocking both the drain and fill bolts on the transmission. For some reason the bolts securing the plate are completely stuck.
Transmission fluid has nothing to do with the clutch. The clutch MC is right next to the brake MC. Take the cap off and check the level.

Plus you don't need to drop the skid plate to change the transmission fluid, not that it has to do with anything.

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