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The clutch went out on my 97 tj. I took it to a local shop and after replacing all the clutch components they still cant fix it. They claim it is a mystery year transmission because it is a conversion and has lost its serial #. They also say they cant find the correct slave cylinder for it because of the same reasons. I meet with them tomorrow. Does this sound reasonable? They are giving up and want me to take it back. Originally they thought it was the clutch master and I authorized replacement. They then replaced the slave without my ok. Then they said it was a bent fork and I agreed to its replacement. They have since replaced the clutch plate pressure plate and throw out bearing without my authorization. What do I owe them?
 

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I would think you can take pics of the trans and clutch housing, post some pics and someone would be able to identify it.
Not really sure what you owe them, but I would have a hard time paying for work I didn't authorize. Especially If the problem isn't fixed and they are throwing in the towel.
Did they give you the old parts and were they really worn out?? Or did they just throw part after part on it and hope something worked?
One more thing... This is why I do my own repairs.

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I don't feel like I have the tools and resources to pull the transmission so I took it to a shop. I feel the same way about paying these guys. Either they put the wrong parts in or they put the right parts in wrong. They have some of the old parts. The transmission is back in the jeep now. It's going to be an interesting meeting.
 

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I completely understand if you feel like you should not be tackling the job. It can be a pain in the ass. Just really sucks when you take it to a shop who are supposed to be experts and find out later that they're just completely incompetent.
I don't think you should pay for any parts replaced that aren't completely worn out, I mean basically they took in a job that they didn't know how to do. They should know their limits.
Let us know how it goes

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I'm not familiar with tranny swaps, so not sure if it would be the same master and slave cylinder or not.
Maybe someone else with more knowledge will join in...

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I got out of there for $350. They originally wanted $1000. Then they wanted 650 for parts. Then I beat on them with the internet to $350. I still feel like I paid too much. They say the issue is the slave cylinder is pushing the fork off. I suspect it's the fork spring clip. Now I have to find a shop to actually fix it.
 

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Some early ’97 TJs had various left over ’95 YJ parts so if you have an early production ’97 that may be causing the problem getting the correct parts.



That is common on sensors but do not know if it would apply to clutch parts.
 

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Some early ’97 TJs had various left over ’95 YJ parts so if you have an early production ’97 that may be causing the problem getting the correct parts.



That is common on sensors but do not know if it would apply to clutch parts.
True though my very early 3/96 manuf. date 1997 TJ took standard 1997 clutch parts. I think the '95 parts found in some early '97 TJs were pretty much all electronic. My '97 did have some '95 YJ sensors like the throttle position sensor.
 

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1000 bucks would have been crazy.
So would 650. Just curious what their intial estimate was.
Is this a jeep shop? Start another thread and find some recommended shops in your area. Then take the jeep to them and have their mechanics look at it. It's too easy for the clueless person in the office to just say "sure we can fix it"
What parts did they actually replace?

Guy at my work took his CJ to a local jeep shop because it wouldn't go into 3rd gear. Long story short...he paid 700 bucks for the clutch and it still didn't go in 3rd gear. Everyone had warned my co-worker about this shop. Complete rip off..

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