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Old 07-05-2011, 10:00 AM
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I'm Christy from Crosby and just bought an '89 YJ. I'm recently single, after I made the purchase, so I have no idea what I'm doing and became a member here to find help with the issues I'm now having to fix on my own. Currently, I have a leak of some sort that I'm assuming is brake lines, but as of yesterday it won't shift into gear unless it's turned off. Can clutch fluid leak from around the driver's side tire area? Or can it possibly be leaking up in the clutch fluid area and just rolling down to that area? I originally thought I needed to replace my brake lines, but my clutch fluid reservoir looks like it's under the minimum, so I'm really hoping that once I can get to that area I might be able to just add fluid and it be okay. The clutch was working just fine until I tried to go somewhere yesterday morning. It feels like it is compressing without me having to use much effort at all, and normally it's not that easy. PLEASE help. I'm also having trouble getting that damn rod out of the way to get to the fluid reservoir. It's like it is rusted in place where the nuts are. Am I going to have to bleed the clutch once I can get to and fill the reservoir? Any help would be wonderful!

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:45 AM   #2
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Clutch issue

By the sound of what you are saying, it is leaking fluid from the master cyl, and running down something under the hood, on a 89 it should have a slave cyl inside the bellhousing, as the later ones have a cyl mounted to the out side of the bellhousing. normaly if it is the master cyl it will show signs of leakage either on the inside of the fire wall where the rod goes through, or at the fitting going into the master cyl. check the line from the master to the slave wipe it clean and look for leaks in the line itself, in the master cyl there is a small pin that goes through just above the line to the slave, push that pin out and the line should pull out of the master cyl, unbolt the master cyl from the fire wall and then on the inside there is a rod that connects to the clutch pedal, it is held in with a c-clip, remove it and the master cyl should all slide out from under the hood. that whole piece is a replacement part, If it turns out to be the slave cyl then the transmission need to come out. but the bleeder for the clutch is a small pipe that sticks out of the bellhousing right next to the pressure line going in to the bellhousing. should bleed just like the brakes, build up some pressure hold and crack the bleeder valve, close, and repeat untill the clutch feels correct again.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:22 AM
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Okay, I'll start with that. I had a mechanic last week replace a line going to the proportional valve from the master cyl. and he said I'd probably need to do all of the brake lines. But sounds like he went in the wrong direction looking for the leak. I'm pretty good at understanding what to do, but actually being able to do it is completely new to me. We will see. I did read that I should check the clutch pedal for leaks and found a drip of fluid coming from where it comes through the body. It was a clear color. Thanks for the info. I really hope it's not the slave cyl. and just the line that is leaking.
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Welcome to the forum. And good luck. The clutch master cylinder was the first item I had to replace on my 93 YJ.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:30 AM
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Great... The thing ran like a champ when I bought it off the guy 2 weeks ago. I knew I'd have to dump some cash into it but I was hoping to get to enjoy it for a while, first.
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Best of luck with the problem, if you need more tech help, make a new thread in the YJ section. Welcome to WF!
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:04 PM
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Thanks for all of the welcomes! I added fluid and bled the clutch and everything seems to be cool, for now anyway. It looked like there is possibly a leak in the bend of the line or inside the transmission. I guess I should start by replacing the line but I see multiple drip spots dangling from the transmission. Anyone know how much cash I might be out once I get someone to pull the transmission? I mean, how bad could it possibly be in there if everything is still working right, and there's just a leak that I'm having trouble finding.
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In my (limited) experience, it leaks at the master cylinder and the fluid drips down the line. The one for my 93 was about $100. Took about 10 minutes to change it.
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