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Old 09-29-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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came off the highway saturday in my 98, pushed in the clutch and got this loud metallic squeal. let off the clutch and it goes away. any advice?

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Old 09-29-2008, 08:45 AM   #2
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Yea, replace the clutchFor real though, you must have worn out the pressure plate (think thats what ya call it) and not its down to bare metal. Id suggest replacing it with a Centerforce 1. Its a little better than stock and its a good alternative for a dd Jeep. I wouldnt drive it like to much though until you get er' fixed up.

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Old 09-29-2008, 09:57 AM   #3
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the clutch seems to work fine and there's no problem shifting.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:01 AM   #4
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but if the pressure plate is going you may be gouging your flywheel, which you may have to turn
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:13 AM   #5
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First, never (!) turn the flywheel on a TJ. Its surface has a special slight dome shape that would be removed by turning/resurfacing it. The factory service manual warns against having the flywheel surfaced or turned. If the flywheel is damaged, it has to be replaced... but never turned or resurfaced.

The squeal is likely caused by the throwout bearing which is what the clutch disk spins on when you are holding the clutch pedal down. The throwout bearing is sealed and non-serviceable so it is replaced when it starts getting noisy.

Since you have to pull the tranny to get to it, might as well replace the clutch, pressure plate, pilot bearing, and throwout bearing all at the same time. Get the Luk OE replacement clutch kit (not the Luk ProGold) for around $130 or so from Dial-A-Clutch - Your LuK Clutch Kit Specialist (which is where I got mine) which has everything you need.
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:17 AM   #6
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xr with jerry sounds like the throwout bearing and dont take the transmission out just to replace it put new clutch pressure plate throuwout bearing and pilot bearing in that way you only have to go in there 1 time
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:20 AM   #7
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how involved is getting to it? know of a good site that has step by steps? i don't think stu's does since he switched out to an automatic. i've had some no jeep friends tell me they thought it was the bearing also.
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not ot hard but it takes awhile and the trans and transfer case will be fairly heavy
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:37 PM   #9
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My bad. Didn't know.

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