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post #1 of 5 Old 09-08-2011, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Clutch smoking...adjustment needed?

Went off roading for the first time with my '77 CJ5 T-150 this past weekend. I was in a few very precarious spots where I had to abuse the clutch. Abused it to the point it was smoking at one point trying to get out.

Afterwards I noticed that the clutch does not engage until almost realeased all the way out. Where as before it was about 3/4 up. My question is can this be corrected with a simple adjustment or did I burn out my clutch/pressure plate?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-08-2011, 06:15 AM
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Yes and probably!

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Yes, it may be fixed with a minor adjustment?
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-08-2011, 08:35 AM
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I would try and adjust it first,
Then put it in 3rd release the clutch and see if the engine revs without moving the jeep. Then you need a replacement.

Reminds me when I was a young punk in my 69 Mach 1 and was doing a little roll back on a burn out but I put it in 3rd instead of 1st. A lot of smoke poured out from under the car but it wasn't the tires, It was the clutch. And a burning clutch smells a lot worse than burning rubber. I barely had enough clutch left to drive it home.
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