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Unread 08-16-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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95 hydraulic clutch failed & then back to normal?

95 yj, 4.0 SE. 63k miles. I was driving a week ago, Houston, 100 degrees plus pulling a trailer. I shifted into 3rd and the clutch pedal never came back up. Drove another 5 miles with no clutch slipping. Parked it in a lot and came back a couple hours later, clutch pedal still on the floor. Started it in gear and drove to a storage space in first. Came back 5 days later and pedal was back up. http://www.jeepforum.com/ubb/confuse...RTh14.gifDrove it home with no issues, shifted fine.
I am at a total loss now for what happened. When towing the trailer, I was not slipping the clutch at all. Low RPM starts and then gas when foot completely off clutch pedal.
I am thinking it got heat stroked and leaked down or something.
Any ideas would be great.
Planning on a new master & slave.

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Unread 08-16-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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I had a problem recently where i would lose my clutch pressure after driving long distances. It would always come back after everything cooled down. my issue was having water in the system that would heat up, expand, cause air bubbles, and just make the whole system die.

I fixed this by flushing out all of the fluid with new fluid. Put a tube on the bleed into a jug and crack the bleed so it only bleeds when the peddle is pumped. fill the reservoir and proceed to pump the clutch 3-4 times being sure not to completely drain the reservoir. I probably went through half a quart to 3/4 of the DOT fluid after i was done and i have much better clutch pressure than i ever had.

Still have to take it on a long trip to see if i got all the water out... but definitely better. I would start with that before going with the full replacement.
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Unread 08-17-2013, 03:37 PM   #3
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Contaminated fluid.

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