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Old 10-06-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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New Clutch?

My '99 6cyl TJ has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. I have needed to do very little to keep her going even with 175,000 miles. I have only replaced the top, radiator, and exaust manifold after 110,000. She is otherwise mechanically stock and without a lift or other major mods.

Anyway, I need some help. I assume I need a new clutch due to the following conditions: heat and that "smell" coming from under the Jeep after a long (50+/- miles) drive. It drives fine and shifts OK but I am suspicious. Occasionally, the clutch peddle is a little rough or even "squeeky" to depress.

So do I need a new clutch?
What should I use as a replacement?
How much should I expect to pay for the work?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-07-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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I replaced mine at 167,000 miles just out of caution but once I got it out, I discovered it still had plenty of life left on it. It could have easily gone over 200K from the amount of material left on the clutch disk surface.

If you do need a new clutch, get a Luk replacement kit from Dial-A-Clutch - Your LuK Clutch Kit Specialist for something like $150 which includes the clutch disk, pressure plate, throwout bearing, pilot bearing, and pilot shaft. Don't pay extra for the Luk "Gold" upgrade as it's more for a truck and it can be noisier in a TJ.
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Centerforce stage 1 clutches are excellent
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Centerforce clutches are good quality but they are not designed for the types of uses that most Jeeps see, and at least in my personal opinion are WAY overpriced. When I can get the excellent mileage I did on my OE Luk clutch in spite of the number of times I smoked it and abused it while rock crawling, there's no way I'd switch.

If I were running a superstock at the quarter-mile I'd go for a Centerforce but not for a Jeep that is offroaded. ESPECIALLY not for the high price Centerforce gets for their high HP/RPM-oriented clutches.
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Old 10-07-2009, 08:21 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. I'm still not 100% sure this is the issue as it seems to be fine except for the occasional "squeaky" or grinding feeling in the clutch peddle when depressing it. It did have that burning clutch smell the other day after a long drive but nothing is consistant.
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I bet you hurt the throw out bearing. Change the whole set (clutch- throw out bearing) 165 dollars and your done.
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OE clutches ARE NOT LUK. I was under the same impression but when I pulled mine out of my 99 XJ last december I found it was in fact a SACHS brand clutch.

buy OEM it may cost you a couple pennies more but from my experience you cant go wrong with an OEM clutch.
we all like our stock clutch and it seems to be common for our stock clutches to go well over 100k miles before they NEED replaced, and yet most of us seem to take a chance buying something else when that time comes. in vehicles I have owned, I have tried a papa auto parts brand clutch, a centerforce dual friction, an autozone stock replacement, and a LUK and I have yet to find one that is even close to a stock clutch. the autozone has been the closest but it has a much stiffer pedal than stock.

buy a stock clutch you have 175k on the original, why waste money taking a chance buying something else.
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Ok so I have a similar issue.

2012 Sahara arctic
3.6L v6, 6sp manual
14,100 miles

Clutch squeaks when pushing and when letting out. Then all the way in or out it is quiet.

Is this a throwout bearing?
I'm going to thwarted dealership this week.
If it needs replacing, stick with stock or go oem?
Is oem stock for a 2012?

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"OEM" stands for original equipment manufacturer. In other words, whatever came on your new Jeep is OEM regardless of what brand it is.

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