Hey folks! First time post!
Just bought my first jeep 3 days ago! (1995 YJ, pretty much all stock 4 banger)
I think I may have a bad slave cylinder on my clutch and just wanted to run this by you all before taking the plunge and climbing under this bad boy for the first time!
Here is what I know:
When I test drove the jeep the transmission shifted smooth and reliable through all the gears with one exception. Once, while stopping at a stop sign, I could not get the jeep out of second gear (I was approaching the stop sign following a u-turn and she just wouldn't shift out of second). Trying to figure out what to do, I stalled her out. Once the engine was off and from then on, she shifted great, although the clutch was grabbing very low. It was only when the pedal was within the last inch (1/2 inch?) of the floor that the clutch engaged/disengaged.
I brought her home and have taken her out for a few runs around town and once for a longer trip to pick up some halfdoors off craigslist. She handled great for the most part but I noticed that shifting into second gear is sometimes a little tricky. Additionally, there have been two times that while sitting at a stop light getting ready to pull out the transmission engaged with the pedal all the way to the floor
. Fortunately the light was changing and I was able to pull forward within a second or two, but it was a very odd sensation! I also had one other time when the tranny stuck in second as I pulled left into a driveway and couldn't get it out. I had to shut her down and then she shifted out just fine.
Shortly after bringing her home I checked the clutch fluid. She was VERY low. I topped her off, and did the "pump the pedal for 5 minutes" to let the auto-bleed take care of itself (read about that in these forums since I shouldn't have a bleeder valve, right?). Anyway, It hasn't made much of a difference. I haven't been stuck in second, but the clutch seems to engage/disengage pretty inconsistently. The pedal is very soft and catches very low.
Today I checked out the master and haven't really found any leaks. There was a little bit of fluid in by the clutch pedal but it was thick and seemed to be old. Nothing dripping down the inside of the firewall and nothing in the engine compartment either.
I then crawled underneath to check out the slave. Fortunately (unless I am really lost) the 95 came with the external slave. I found the slave and it is black plastic. I didn't see any drips around the gasket or seal, but everything was pretty grimy under there. Additionally, I did see what appeared to be fresh break fluid on the hydrolic hose as it elbowed into at the base of its decent from the master.
I cleaned off the slave and noticed a gasket just loosely sitting there. I also noticed that the slave has some play in it. The mount seems flush and tight, but if I wiggled the plastic cylinder it had a millimeter or two of play in it. This didn't seem right.
Here are a few pics (if they work):
The slave with the funny gasket
The elbow of the line coming down from the left and heading off to the right( you really can't see the clean oil, but it was there)
I am planning on replacing the slave, unless you all have some insight that I'm barking up the wrong tree.
Thanks for helping the Newb!