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Old 04-24-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Question Did I hurt my tranny?

I was digging out a large shrub in my garden today and got near the end (or what I thought was the end). I tied a strap to the trailer hitch & around the stump/rootball of the large shrub. I started pulling the rootball out & smelled smoke. I stopped as soon as I smelled the smoke & looked under the Jeep. From what I could tell, smoke was coming out of the front of the tranny. It smelled like burning plastic or rubber. It quickly stopped & I unhooked.

A little while later, I backed the Jeep up a few feet & smelled the smell when I got out of the Jeep. No smoke, just odor. I drove it up & down the road for several miles & all seems well.

I don't consider trying to pull out a half-dug out rootball anything extreme & the tires didn't even spin when I was doing it (I was on grass).

Does it sound like I did any damage to the tranny?

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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Sounds like you may have just burnt up the clutch

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:17 PM   #3
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Sounds like clutch to me. Stick shift right? Were you in 4 low? May not have hurt it to bad, just took a bit of life off the clutch. Auto trans EEEK !
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:35 PM   #4
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A smoky clutch is what you likely saw which is not necessarily a death knell for a clutch. I smoked my clutch many times and continued driving it. From the the time I smoked my clutch in the photo below, I drove on that same clutch another 50K miles afterward until I converted to an automatic transmission. And it was still good enough that I gave it to a local friend who drove it something like another 25K more miles when he was short on $$$ and needed a clutch disk.

Your clutch MAY be damaged and now in need of replacement but, again, not necessarily. If it seems to drive ok and the clutch feels normal/isn't slipping, keep driving it and only replace the clutch when it starts slipping.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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+1 to what they said. you just smoked the clutch. Not really a good thing for it but by no means will that one event destroy it. just happens when the amount of torque from the motor cannot move the wheels. something has to give and instead of destroying a shaft/rod in the motor or tranny the clutch gives in.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input from everyone. She still drives & shifts OK as far as I can tell. The clutch only has about 12k on it. Maybe I didn't eat it up too badly.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:56 PM   #7
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I''ve pulled out large shrubs without digging, without smoking the clutch. 4 low double lock. On the tough ones that wouldn't pull, I got for holes in a hard gravel drive.

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