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post #1 of 3 Old 08-24-2019, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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Clutch push rod comes out - is this a problem?

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I've got an 03 TJ and I recently popped the push rod out when I accidentally hit the back of the clutch pedal with my foot as I was getting out. From what I've read there's normally a clip of some sort in the master cylinder that would hold the push rod in place. I put the push rod back in and everything seems to work just fine. I've driven around with it for a few days now with no issue at all. For all I know, it's been like that for years. Is there anything wrong with just leaving it like this? I figure that it would NOT be good if it popped out while driving, that'd be a major issue if suddenly you couldn't shift or push the clutch in. But I don't know that that would happen on the streets, seems to sit in there just fine.

Is there any reason I should be concerned here? I did notice that the push rod is covered in a good amount of rust and oil buildup, but otherwise everything works fine.


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post #2 of 3 Old 08-24-2019, 06:23 PM
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On the end of the rod should be a groove. It snaps in a washer on the back plunger part of the MC. Did you at least clean the rod prior to reinstalling it?
You could try to pull the petal again to see if it easily pops back out.
You can take the MC and slave out as a set. Them clean the parts up good. THen there is a snap ring you can take off the MC bore. Then you can take that snap washer out and get another or fix that one.. Whole MC sealed set with slave is like 60 bucks shipped.. jfyi
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-26-2019, 11:54 AM
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You can also push the bracket that pushrod assembly is fastened to forward so it can't pull back far enough to pop out.
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