I Might Just Know What I'm Talking About
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: C-ville, VA
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2002 TJ, seized bearing, !!UPDATE!!
Well, some may remember a few months back that I was complaining about a rattle in my tranny on the 02 TJ. The mechanic dismissed it as a bearing and that the rattle (which he made no effort to listen to) was normal.
So I rode on it. I got some recall work done and had my tires rotated two weeks ago and thought I felt a misbalanced wheel, so I took it back today. Well, the tranny was rattling when I got there, so instead of telling them the problem and waiting, I dragged the service rep over to hear it.
Two hours later, my tires are fine, the throw-out bearing is supposedly "going" and may sieze. The "tranny guy" said that the bearing, if it seizes will lock the tranny in gear and the Jeep "cannot be stopped" (good image). Since I have had this actually happen in the CJ, I pointed out that you could just kill the engine.
Anyway, I left riding in a Jeep Liberty loaner until tomorrow while they fix my throw-out bearing.
My question is thus: Why would the throw-out bearing be spinning when the clutch is engaged? I thought that a throw-out bearing only spun when in contact with the clutch levers.
Also, I DON'T like the Liberty, it rides "tipsy" and I feel like a monster in it (6'3")!!! And the back window! My monitor is bigger!