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Unread 10-26-2011, 07:27 PM   #1
rileycentral
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Clutch will not disengage

Hi there. I come seeking your advice. My 2004 Liberty seems to have a bad clutch. It has 78K miles on it and I have never done any sort of service on the clutch. I am not sure if it could be the transmission which is why I came here hoping you might help me.

It was loping for a couple days in the lower gears after the clutch was disengaged. Then finally, it wouldn't pull the car at all in any gear.

The dealer wants $1200 to replace everything (his words) and $900 to just replace the clutch. My questions are these:

1) What does a clutch problem look like as opposed to a transmission problem?

-and-

2) Have you seen this sort of problem resolved and if so, how?

Best regards,

Damien Riley
car info:
Make: Jeep
Model: 2004 KJ Liberty 2WD
Transmission: Manual
Engine Size: Basic

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Unread 10-27-2011, 07:10 AM   #2
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Are you saying you cannot pull off in your vehicle(slipping) or is it a case of when you come to a stop and you press the clutch pedal in the vehicle keeps moving (not dis-engaging)?
If it is the later...it could be the clutch master cylinder/slave cylinder assembly. The master and the slave come joined together with the length of tubing and the fluid pre-instaled....it is not possible to bleed the fluid for air bubbles but you are allowed to check the height of the fluid and top-up.
If the clutch is slipping ie. you cannot pull off, then the clutch assembly probably needs replacing.
Your dealer should know this but if you take it to some non-dealer shop...make sure that they do not try to machine the flywheel down nice and flat....the flywheel on this vehicle has a deliberate curve in it which must not be machined out.
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Unread 10-27-2011, 11:29 PM   #3
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Thank you for your helpful reply. To me, disengage meant the car never moves. I see that as the clutch being engaged because that would not allow the engine to move the car. Terminologies are not my automotive stringpoint.

It appears to be the clutch. I have authorized a mechanic to completely replace the clutch system and I am hopeful it will be money well spent.

Thank you again for your time and expertise.
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