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Unread 03-25-2002, 11:45 PM   #1
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Is My Clutch Going Out?

What kinds of things are good indicators of whether or not my clutch is going out? For some reason, I have this strange feeling that it is acting strangely but I can't quite figure what it is. Thanks.

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Unread 03-26-2002, 07:05 AM   #2
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um.. if you give it gas and have the clutch all the way out and your're not going anywhere but you smell burning clutch... Thats usually an indication that something is wrong.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 08:23 AM   #3
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Or difficult to shift into first or reverse without grinding, or clutch engaging at end of travel. The test is to get into 4th or 5th gear at about 25 mph try to accelerate. If the revs go up without the Jeep accelerating as it should then your clutch is slipping . There's a chance it is the hydraulics or linkage, but not so likely.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 10:25 AM   #4
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Doh....That's me Bob K.....First is hard to get into, just physically hard to push it in, and I can get into reverse without it grinding by pressing the accelerator slightly.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 11:11 AM   #5
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I had a similar problem late last year... I couldn't shift into 1st gear, at least not all the time. Downshifting was a terror on the ears as well (I would grind in 1st and 3rd), 2nd / 4th / 5th were alright though.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 12:28 PM   #6
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go up a hill, and if it slips and revs up and ur not going anywhere. THis is the start, you might not be able to tell going on flat land
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Unread 03-26-2002, 01:21 PM   #7
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JeepBeep: I had the same problem. check your fluid level for the clutch. It is probably the hydraulic throwout bearing. At least that is what I had to do when I couldn't get it into first. It is a good idea to replace the clutch and the pressure plate at the same time as the throwout bearing, if that is what needs to be done. Hope this helps, if you have any questions post here or email me @ sk8pr0@onebox.com

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Unread 03-26-2002, 04:13 PM   #8
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Thanks guys and girls. I guess it's just me loving my Jeep.
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Unread 03-26-2002, 08:52 PM   #9
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Definately check your fluid level. I had this problem when I first got my Jeep. If the fluid level gets too low you'll suck air into your lines and even if you fill the master cylinder back up it won't fix it. You'll have to bleed the system and refill it. It takes two folks to do it but my dad and I did it in about 15 minutes. I think I still have a slow leak on mine somewhere but I check it about once every couple of weeks to make sure it doesn't get too low and it has been fine for the last year.
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Unread 03-27-2002, 01:03 AM   #10
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I noticed mine was low a few weeks ago. My friend said "dude it should never go low unless there is something wrong." But eventhough I know that, my pig headed self shrugs it off and keeps driving. Then I fill it up, and a couple of days later out of nowhere poof I have no clutch pressure. When i fill it, i can pump it three times and all the fluid is out again. So now time to drop the tranny and replace the slave. I'll check out everything else while it's out. <a href="http://hometown.aol.com/goofy2k8" target="_blank">Sean's Jeep Page</a>
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Unread 03-27-2002, 11:13 AM   #11
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Well good luck, and like I think I said before. Most books that you look at will tell you to replace clutch and pressure plate while the tranny is out. I would highly suggest that, because it is better to drop it once and fix it all rather than have to do it again in a few thousand miles. Just my opinion.
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