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Unread 06-27-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
S73L105
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97 TJ Manual Transmission or Clutch?

Hi jeep community, I'll just get started...

Driving my jeep back home when I heard a loud thud in 4th gear and after about a minute the car started slowing down.

Heard a whining/soft grinding noise when I released the clutch after I had engaged a gear.

Came to a stop and none of the gears would produce any movement, just that horrible whine.

I figured it was the clutch but I would appreciate some help from you guys to fix her up.

Thank you all in advance for any and all the help.

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Unread 06-27-2013, 05:50 AM   #2
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I doubt it's the clutch. Check the transfer case.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 08:31 AM   #3
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Haven't heard any noise or felt anything banging around in the transfer case. Guess the only way to find out what's really wrong is to take it all out.
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Unread 06-27-2013, 10:25 AM   #4
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Well the T/C is essentially direct drive unless the fork came loose and it is stuck in neutral. The trans could have failed but you would hear gears clashing when trying to shift unless once again a fork came loose. Do any of the shifters feel like they have no load or can you feel the trans click through each detent as you attempt to go into gear? Sometimes I have seen the disk come apart which allows the center to rotate independently of the friction plate. I have also seen splines fail on the disk due to wear which requires replacement of the trans input shaft and clutch. Another issue may be your pressure plate failed and came apart. Either way if it passes the shifter test and you did not hear anything make the telltale SNAP when the problem occurred all bets for me are your clutch and flywheel are toast at least....Jon
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Unread 06-28-2013, 03:56 PM   #5
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I can feel the trans click into each gear. It has to be the throwout bearing or fork.
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Unread 06-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #6
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I would say the clutch blew apart. Take the inspection cover off the lower part of the bell housing and take a peek inside....Jon
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Unread 07-06-2013, 12:17 PM   #7
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This friday we ended up taking the tranny off to replace the clutch (which had been worn but not completely destroyed) and the throwout bearing (which was snapped into two).
I didn't get any pictures but I can definitely say that if your clutch is making the same noise it has to be the throwout bearing. Doesn't hurt to change the clutch and the master and slave cylinder as well.

My instruction manual?
http://dailydriventj.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=931
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Unread 07-06-2013, 12:18 PM   #8
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P.S. the clutch fork was fine.`
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