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Cooking a clutch

Couldn't make it up an off-camber wet, muddy hill yesterday full of roots. Tried 30 times. Then my jeep started smoking - a lot. Smelled like death. I've had my clutch hot and smelling, but never to the point where it looked like cheech & chongs bus yesterday.

Shut it down. let it cool for a while, still smoked some. drove home. shifted okay - but a little grabby.

My question - is it done? Do I need to replace it or the flywheel? It was the first time I had this happen - so I am a little worried.

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Re: Cooking a clutch

I say cook it a little longer. Wait for the little "timer" to pop out and it should be ready to go. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
I say, until it starts slipping, leave it be.
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Re: Cooking a clutch

[img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] There is no joy in Westville; the clutch is blamo. What you will find is that the surface of the flywheel will look like a road map with all of the surface cracks. Let X= the number of clutches I have taken out of heavy trucks that were smoked when the driver got himself in a mess and had to well,..........smoke his way out. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Cooking a clutch

Thanks. Driving it around now. seems usable. My tranny was bad to begin - so I'll do it all at once now.

I guess I will do destructive mantinance.
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Re: Cooking a clutch

[img]images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img] What you will want to do is have that flywheel surface ground to remove the cracks. Even if there are some deep ones left after surfacing, it will usually be OK. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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