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Old 05-07-2011, 04:46 PM   #1
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Need advice on repair

I think that the throwout bearing is about to give up the ghost on my '97 TJ. It makes quite the "howling screeching" sound when the clutch is in. Of course the noise stops when the clutch is engaged which leads me to think throwout bearing. If it is, how much of a job and about what to expect in replacement costs if done at the local garage (not necessarily a Jeep dealership. It may not be the bearing, but I think it may be - chime in with suggestions.

Thanks in advance Bronk

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Old 05-07-2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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The throwout bearing only spins when you step down on the clutch pedal so if you've got a screech that only happens with the clutch pedal down, odds are very good it's the throwout bearing causing it.

An entire clutch kit from Luk (OE manufacturer of the clutch and throwout bearing) is only $159 from Dial-A-Clutch - Your LuK Clutch Kit Specialist so I'd replace the clutch too while you're in there. For $159, you get the throwout bearing, clutch disk, pressure plate, pilot bearing, and pilot shaft.

Replacing a clutch and throwout bearing is not a technically challenging job. Unbolt the transmission/transfer case from the engine and lower it to the ground with a jack. It is an unbolt/bolt it back in operation that can be done in 4-5 hours with simple basic hand tools.

Here's how... 1997 Jeep TJ Clutch Replacement
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