Originally Posted by Branhood03
If I did happen to get mud in the clutch area could I just clean it out somehow by pressing the cultch and spraying or what?
Getting mud out from between the clutch disk, pressure plate, and flywheel is nearly impossible once it is there. Better to never (ever!) step on the clutch pedal when you're in deep mud which will keep the mud out of the clutch system.
If you do get stuck in deep mud & need to shift back into 1st gear, turn the ignition switch off. Shift into first gear without stepping on the clutch. Then restart the engine which will get you moving again without having stepped on the clutch. This assumes you have already bypassed the clutch interlock safety switch as described in your Owners Manual to allow the engine to be started without stepping on the clutch... a very important thing to be able to do when offroading which is why Jeep added the ability to easily bypass the interlock. Depending on your model year, bypassing the clutch interlock is done by either inserting a fuse into a specific fuse holder location behind the glove compartment door, or moving a small cable connector above the driver's side footwell.
Personally, I will NEVER EVER purposely take my Jeep into deep mud again. I did so once to help two young kids get their parent's Jeeps out of a muddy construction site and, well, I'll just never do it again.
This is my opinion of of mudding....