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Unread 10-30-2009, 01:01 PM   #1
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Spongy clutch/difficult shifting

I noticed today that it was a lot harder for me to shift gears. Seems ecspecially hard to get into reverse. So much so that it grinds really bad when changing to reverse. All other gears are also more difficult to change to. I also noticed that the clutch pedal goes down almost 3/4 of the way before you can feel it disengage. It is very spongy. So, where should I start. Thanks for the help.

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Unread 10-30-2009, 01:10 PM   #2
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Mileage?Have you check the clutch fuid level?Have you changed the gear lube lately?Redline MT-90 is good for your year Jeep.Reverse has no synchronizer so it's a find and grind gear.Whenever my clutches went bad they slipped when winding out the gears.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 01:13 PM   #3
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Its a 97 with 79k miles. Clutch was recently replaced and currently running MT-90. I was thinking its the clutch slave cylinder. Just want to see if someone agrees with me.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 01:16 PM   #4
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Clutch fluid is just brake fluid...check the reservoir. Was the throwout bearing replaced at the same time? It also sounds like a slave issue as well. You could pop the slave out and check to see how the piston responds.
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Unread 10-30-2009, 06:20 PM   #5
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mine has been doing the same thing as of late, I have put in new fluid in the tranny, as well as lucas trying to solve the issue (and yes, i checked my fluid level and it's at 100%) I've got an '04 w/ 59k... I was thinking it was either slave or possibly just needed to be bled... any suggestions?
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Unread 10-31-2009, 08:37 AM   #6
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I had this problem after I had a new clutch kit put in and it turned out to be the slave cylinder leaking air into the lines. After having it bled a couple of times, it kept doing it so ended up replacing that and have been trouble-free for a year now.
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