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Old 03-25-2016, 06:26 PM
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Jeep clutch problems

So I have a 2002 jeep wrangler x 4.0 6 cyl. I recently started having issues with the clutch i suspect. So one day I was out driving it and came to a stop light I went to put it in 1st gear and it wouldnt go in I literally had to turn it off and put it in 1st gear and turn it on so that I was able to drive it home. I did some research and ended up changing my master and slave cylinders it comes as an entire kit. So after replacing all that it was driveable but getting it into gear it was pretty rough and would make a weird metal screeching sound. I then decided that it was time to pull the transmission and do a clutch job so thats what i did. I pulled the tranny and my throwout bearing was cracked and worn I looked at the pilot bearing as well and it was shredded all the needle bearings just fell out. So after replacing the pilot bearing, flywheel, clutch plate, pressure plate, throwout bearing, and the fork retainer clip and put it all back together I started her up and still wont go into gear. I even suspected that the new master and slave cylinders were bad so i got it all returned and put in a brand new pre bled one, still nothing. I'm kinda desperate to get her back on the road I am by no means an expert and will take any advice i can get. Thanks

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Old 03-25-2016, 06:33 PM   #2
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A couple of possibilities are that the clutch plate was installed backwards, or the pressure plate isn't torqued down completely.

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Old 03-25-2016, 10:33 PM
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Thanks for the response water dog ive seen some of your other posts on other peoples threads and i know you have helped a lot of people just like myself ive also seen your video of the transmission drop on youtube that gave me the confidence to do it myself and begin my clutch job. I am going to drop it again tomorrow and double check my work i will definitely let you know how it goes
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:01 PM
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So i pulled the transmission again and turns out the new pilot bearing fell out and was lodged somewhere in between the clutch plate and flywheel im wondering if this could be the reason why i wasnt able to go into gear after all the reassembly
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Possibly how does the tranny input shaft feel as far as spin and wiggle side to side
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:58 PM   #6
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I was having a similar problem with 1st and 2nd, I changed my trans fluid to 10w30 and it allowed it to slide into gear, whereas before i had to pump the clutch at almost every stop to get it into 1st.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:31 PM
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So this is the last update since i have now had a successful clutch installation. So thank you for the response digger to answer your question the shaft in the bell housing wiggled very little and did spin pretty well it has penzoil synchromesh in the tranny so i didnt have a worry about it spinning. So what happened was when i did the clutch job the first time i made a huge mistake by using the guide pins to pull the tranny closer to the rear of the engine and got a popping sound which i just wrote off as just the shaft and the splines lining up it turns out it was the pilot bearing that had popped out and gotten lodged between the new clutch plate and flywheel which was stopping it from going into gear. After tearing it all apart and putting a new pilot bearing and doing it properly this time she runs like a dream. Thank you guys for any advice and responses i appreciate the help.

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