||08-11-2010 08:03 PM
Help Please! 5-Speed TJ Wrangler Problem: Clutch Engaging Low
This morning I got in my beautiful 2001 TJ Wrangler and started the car. I put the clutch all the way in and found I couldnít put the car in reverse, it made a sound as if the clutch wasnít in (almost like a gear grind sound) and I also found I couldnít put it into any gear.
I turned the car off, and then was able to change the gears, so I put it into reverse and backed out. It was very difficult to take out of reverse and impossible to put into first gear, so I turned the car off again and put it into first gear and drove about 200 feet, and I guess it warmed up or something, then I was able to shift gears, but only with great difficulty.
What I realized was that my clutch was engaging at a much lower point than usual, therefore I had to push it in much farther to change the gears, and all the way to the floor was still not quite far enough to get a smooth shift. With the car in first and the clutch all the way to the floor, I only had to lift my foot about half an inch for the car to move forward, and Iím used to it engaging about one-thirds up.
What I then realized thinking back was that a few days ago I noticed that I kept gear-grinding, which was really strange. Within about 20 minutes I gear grinded 4 times, when I hadnít done it in months, and I couldnít understand why that would happen, and now I realize itís because the clutch is engaging lower. Therefore, I am used to it engaging at a different point and Iím lifting it up too high to put the gear in and the gear grinded.
Iím really low on money, and my mom wonít pay for the $80 or so check-up to figure out what is wrong with it, which I know is the best way to go, but I simply donít have the money. If anyone could please help it would be much appreciated. Iím only 17 so I do not know too much about cars.
Thanks a lot