hello TJ community,
I could really hear some advice/opinions/theories as to what is wrong with my jeep.
June of 2011 I purchased my first jeep: a 1997 standard transmission 4.0 wrangler with the ax-15 transmission. It had 150,000 miles on it when I bought it. It was a clean jeep, no rust, clean interior, hard top and full doors.
I had no problems with it until six months in the throw out bearing in the clutch system went bad (disintegrated) I had a 4x4 shop put in an LUK clutch. I read on this forum somewhere that when doing a clutch job on TJís the flywheel shouldnít be resurfaced due to itís unusual slight dome shape. I asked the shop about not resurfacing the flywheel and they insisted on resurfacing because they said theyíve done plenty of clutch jobs on jeeps and they said they always resurface the flywheel.
So the shop put everything in and resurfaced the flywheel. The jeep drove like new for a good 3 months until it started becoming increasingly difficult to put the jeep into first gear, I started having to shift it into another gear first and then it would shift into first.
Shifting when the jeep was cold was easy but once driving around in hot weather it became increasing difficult to shift. The floor also got really really hot. Iíve had the carpet out since Iíve owned it and the floor usually became warm but never really really hot.
I figured the shifting issues were due to a bad master or slave cylinder since the clutch was brand new and I donít ride the clutch. I ordered a pre-bled slave/master cylinder unit from amazon (oem) and put it into place (it was surprisingly simple to install) The new slave and master cylinder didnít help at so I took it back to the shop that installed the clutch to see if there was anything wrong with the clutch (I was still under warranty)
so to my surprise the shop said that my transmission was going bad! They said it needed to be rebuilt.
I took my jeep to a transmission repair shop in another area and they said that my transmission is fine and that the shifting issues are from the clutch not disengaging properly.
So Iím not really sure what the problem is, Iím thinking I might take it to a third place to get a third opinion. Could this be an issue caused by a resurfaced flywheel?