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Unread 07-25-2007, 07:05 AM   #1
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Average cost to replace a clutch

Ok, so I bought my Wrangler about 3 weeks ago, and already I think the clutch needs to be replaced. Reason is, I have noticed over the past few days the friction point has gotten progressively lower to the floor, and this morning, it was really hard to shift into any gear (1st especially), as if the clutch isn't fully engaged. What should I expect as an average cost to replace the clutch?

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Unread 07-25-2007, 07:18 AM   #2
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Have you tried bleeding the fluid?
Mine sucked right after I bought it, I bled it and filled it to the right level and it has been well behaved since as far as pressure goes but it didn't change the shifting much.

I also switched the fluid in the transmission since it was quite low, I think most of the shifting problems came from that since it has been smooth shifting and reliable since.

as far as cost, I was quoted 400$+parts to do mine from the cheapest, 1340$ including parts from the most expensive.
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Unread 07-25-2007, 07:38 AM   #3
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Replaced mine 4 years ago. $110 for carbon fiber clutch (not trying to sound fancy... just a regular replacement clutch), pressure plate and throw out bearing. All work myself.

Anyone with some mechanical knowledge can change a clutch with a repair manual as a guide and some common sense.

While you're doing the clutch, its an excellent time to replace that rear main seal!
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Unread 07-25-2007, 07:41 AM   #4
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Sounds just like the time when I bought mine!!!

If you have some buddies that can help you do it it should only cost around $200-$250 depending on the quality of the clutch. I had a price quote from a small garage and it was $800...

I find BEER usually helps find friends to do this type of job!!!

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Ok, so I bought my Wrangler about 3 weeks ago, and already I think the clutch needs to be replaced. Reason is, I have noticed over the past few days the friction point has gotten progressively lower to the floor, and this morning, it was really hard to shift into any gear (1st especially), as if the clutch isn't fully engaged. What should I expect as an average cost to replace the clutch?
I am by far no expert on clutches. The only clutch I have ever changed was on an old Saab I had. But the way I understand your problem sounds to me like a hydraulic problem. My problem is the opposite. The engagement point is almost to the top of the pedal. IMHO, either my clutch and/or pressure plate is worn. Maybe someone with more expertise could clarify.
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Ok, so I bought my Wrangler about 3 weeks ago, and already I think the clutch needs to be replaced. Reason is, I have noticed over the past few days the friction point has gotten progressively lower to the floor, and this morning, it was really hard to shift into any gear (1st especially), as if the clutch isn't fully engaged. What should I expect as an average cost to replace the clutch?
I would check the clutch master cylinder fluid level first; if your slave is leaking you may have sucked air into the system requiring you to bleed it. Is your pedal soft as well? That is a sure sign of air! $3.00 for a can of brake fluid!
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Unread 07-25-2007, 09:09 AM   #7
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Check for fluid on your inside firewall behind the clutch pedal.
Check your fluid level in the master cylander.
Bleed your fluid.

Changing your clutch out in the end shouldn't be too hard of a job but I would rule out these things before hand.


ALSO, Depending on what rig you have, you may need to look at the slave cylander as well.

PLEASE fill out your rig specs in your profile so we know what you have. There are about 4 different possibilities over the years of the YJ for clutch tranny etc.
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Just replaced mine this last week. Cost $148 for the kit from autozone. O'Rielleys wanted $314 because there slave was $169.
Cost me a long days labor, I am kinda slow at it and didn't have the exact tools needed. The top 2 bolts on the bell housing are difficult.

Will depend on year also. Is it an BA or AX, if AX is it 5 or 15?

Do check your fluids and possibly bleed the air out of the line before going to the extreme of replacing the clutch.
Can you rev the engine in gear without changing the speed of your jeep?
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Just replaced mine this last week. Cost $148 for the kit from autozone...
What all was in the kit? I know your's is an AX-15, and mine is an AX-5. But maybe they are around the same price.
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Well, once I get it in gear it's fine, it's just getting it in gear that's the problem. The friction point is basically on the floor, and I literally have to muscle the shift into gear. I didn't have time to check anything last night thanks to work, but it's going in to the shop this morning.

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Well, once I get it in gear it's fine, it's just getting it in gear that's the problem. The friction point is basically on the floor, and I literally have to muscle the shift into gear. I didn't have time to check anything last night thanks to work, but it's going in to the shop this morning.

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definatly sounds like hydraulic so far.
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my pedal point is almost at the floor.

I"ve determined that my slave cyl is going out.

if it is the CLUTCH, then you will feel some slippage

I just bought LuK clutch kit, slave cyl, and master cyl all from clutch city online for $290 shipped.

this is the order i would check for things in:
1. check/fill/bleed fluid in master cyl
2. check for leaks around master cyl, and in floorboard near pedals
3. check for leak underneath bellhousing
4. replace master cylinder (easy/quick)
5. replace clutch and slave cyl (and possibly Rear main seal while down there...?)
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The only other problem I see here is you still are not telling us what your rig has. 2.5 or 4.2 clutch difference is big. You also have the puegot tranny if you have the 4.2 and the ax-5 if you have the 2.5. PLEASE, fill out your rig specs in your profile. You may not think so, but it does help answer your questions. All of the info given so far is good advice to follow.
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Ok, so I couldn't even get it in gear this morning, so I had it towed to my mechanic for him to look at, I just don't have the time at the moment to work on it. Not to be dumb, but when I go into my profile to input data I can't figure out how???? The catagory's are there, just can't input data, am I just stupid???? So to answer your question Rusty, it's the 4.2 w/ puegot trans. Well, I'll see later today what the outcome is...
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sounds definitely hydraulic. master and/or slave
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