Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Re: Need help with replacing slave cylinder...
I just did this on my 87 Cherokee. I recommend having someone there to help. Did you confirm that the clutch is new? I think my complete clutch/pressure plate/throwout bearing (slave cylinder) was about $150 from NAPA.
My 87 was totally coated in grease and grime. This really slowed me down because some of the bolts were hard to find. Clean it up as much as you can before hand.
With a tranny jack, you should be able to remove the tranny, transfercase and skidplate as an assembly. On my Cherokee, I wanted to clean the tranny up, so I removed the crossmember and removed the tranny and transfer case together. I still had to jack the vehicle way up to get them out from underneath. The two of them together were very heavy and cumbersume to move around. If you leave the entire assembly on the tranny jack and just seperate it from the engine far enough to change the slave cylinder you should be alright.
I purchased a tranny jack from Northern Hydraulis for $65. It came in handy because the shifter was siezed in the tranny, so the jack supported the tranny for several days while I tried to get the shifter out (you should not have this problem). The tranny jack was defective, it would bind up when you tried to raise the tranny. I managed to get to work and returned for another one as soon as I was done.
The upper two tranny to engine bolts are torx (male), you need a torx socket (female) to remove them. I bought regular hex head bolts at my local TrueValue to replace them. They are also hard to reach. I used two tips I learned on this board to remove them. Use several extensions so your far enough back to get some room and tilt the engine/tranny down to get a better angle.
Make sure you have a good manual. I tried to follow a JP magazine article on changing an XJ clutch, but they left a lot of details out. Haynes or Chiltons should be OK.
I have done a few clutches, mostly front wheel drive. This was my first four wheel drive. I wouldn't say it was easy, but it is doable.