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post #1 of 5 Old 09-16-2019, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need a new clutch?

I was driving my 2002 Wrangler onto a car transport trailer today. I was driving really slow and riding the clutch to get it on the trailer. Once I got it on I had white smoke coming from under my car, around the transmission. I couldn’t shift into gear for a good 30 seconds after I got it on the trailer. Do I need to replace my clutch or am I just a ****ty driver?

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-17-2019, 09:01 AM
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See what it is like after you unload it. Smoking the clutch does not automatically condemn it. Put it on in low range, 1st gear next time.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-17-2019, 09:13 AM
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Moderator Jerry B smoked his clutch like Cheech and Chong smoked weed. His was still good with over 175,000 miles (If I remember correctly) when he swapped in an auto.

p.s. My back aches just posting pics of what he's done and still does with his Jeep.
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post #4 of 5 Old 09-17-2019, 10:38 AM
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Yep that's clutch smoke and it happened semi-regularly when rock crawling. The clutch disk was still in surprisingly good condition when I converted the manual transmission to an automatic at around 190k miles. I still love Cheech & Chong.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-17-2019, 05:46 PM
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I replaced my OEM clutch at 250k and only because of a bad throwout bearing. Clutch still looked to be in good shape. Shop thought I was crazy when I asked them not to touch my flywheel. I used this kit.
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