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Unread 10-06-2003, 11:45 PM   #1
prthead79
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Clutch Troubles? Help!

I have a 79 cj 5 with a 360 that i just finished building and installed. Problem is the clutch(i think) isn't working right. i put a new pressure plate in when i put the motor in. now when i drive it about 100 miles it gets hard to get it in gear at stops, any gear. i adjusted the clutch out and that fixed it for about 100 more miles then the same thing happened. now i have it out so far that when i nail it the clutch slips. i know that the clutch was designed to slip on the jeeps but this is in excess. i can't figure out what is causing the problem and i know for a fact that the adjustments aren't moving. this is not a hydraulic clutch by the way. can anyone help? the pressure plate i put in was not the diaphragm like the original, could this be the problem? i am lost!

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Unread 10-07-2003, 04:47 AM   #2
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The pivot ball may have come out of its socket. I had the problem you are describing, and found out that the ball was missing. this makes the clutch fork not have anything to rest on, it requires more travel than the adjustments allow. feel around through the fork boot, see if you can find the pivot. it it's gone, most lkely that is what has been your problem. You may need to pull the tranny and glue another in place(pivot ball, not tranny...), or with enough finesse you may be able to replace it through the fork boot. good luck!
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