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Tranquilize 04-30-2009 09:23 PM

Clutch clicking supposedly normal?
Hello and thanks for reading my post. I have also posted this on other forums in order to reach as many TJ owners as I can.

I recently bought a 2005 TJ Rubicon 6sp from a dealership. When I test drove the jeep, it made a clicking sound when depressing the clutch, especially at low speeds and especially "bouncing" the clutch at a light or something to keep a low speed. I can hear a pretty loud click, sounding like it's under the engine, when the clutch is bounced and I can feel it a little in the pedal.

The salesman suggested that this would be the throwout bearing, as many have on the internet. He talked to a tech who agreed that this was likely the case. I agreed to buy the Jeep if they fixed the bearing, and they agreed to fix it.

They fixed the bearing and the click has not changed a bit. I did get the receipt that the bearing was done, and the salesman essentially said that the bearing was bad, but the clicks are normal.

"Ask other Jeep owners, and you'll see that the forks within the clutch system have a lot of free play. This allows for durability, but it can be noisy."

Does this sound like BS? I've never heard any vehicle, 4x4's included, make this noise while depressing the clutch. They had sold out of all of their TJ's, so we couldn't test drive another one.

I have a feeling I'm on my own with this from here on, and I'm hoping I don't have to drop the tranny to get to the real problem if there is one. I do have one more year of warranty on the Jeep, but it's only the drive train.



rrich 04-30-2009 11:19 PM

They should not click. They probably just wrote the receipt without doing the work, or the tech did.

Just having the receipt that it was done is enough - they guarantee their work, don't they?

If you have the agreement in writing, call the District Service Rep. If he won't help, go over his head until it's resolved. Raise hell!

Tranquilize 05-01-2009 01:05 AM

Thanks for the reply rrich, I'm going to find out what the issue is elsewhere and then go back. Or would you suggest I stick with this dealership that doesn't seem to be getting the job done?

TeeJay 05-01-2009 04:07 AM

I gotta say the click you describe sounds like one I've seen a lot. I have an 04 my dad has an 05 rubi. When they were brand new they didn't do it, but after some mud and grit got in there they started to click when you initially depress the pedal.

nutmegger1957 05-01-2009 04:30 AM

I hear SOME kinda sound when I depress the clutch, but it sounds less like a click and more like a whine........?

Tranquilize 05-01-2009 12:21 PM

Maybe what I'll do is shoot a video and upload it to youtube so that everyone can hear what the sound is. I've looked at some videos of throwout bearing issues and most of them seem to be a more constant clicking without pressing in the clutch or a clicking with a wining sound, so Nutmegger, yours may be the throwout. Check out you tube to see if the sound is the same.

I'll post the vid hopefully this weekend.

Cheers, and thanks for the replies. I really appreciate it.

jwm1986 05-01-2009 12:52 PM

I had a click in my last car (06 Hyundai Tiburon) but it wasn't directly with the clutch system, it was a pair of push-button type sensors that told the computer where the pedal was. My 2000 Wrangler does not have anything like this but maybe the newer ones do? Just a thought.

jennynyc 06-27-2009 01:26 PM

I just bought an 05 Rubicon, 22K miles, and I noticed the clutch clicks everytime I step down. I don't remember my 03 X doing that. So, what's the verdict? Normal, or needs repair? It seems like it's still up in the air...

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