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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-22-2001, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

It is time to replace my clutch and the motor mounts. Since I need to do motor mounts would it be faster to pull the engine, or would it be easier to do the mounts after/before I pull the transmission/xcase? Any thoughts are appreciated. Ricky...seeya...

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

I would think that pulling the trans and transfercase is alot easier than pulling the motor.

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

"Easy" is a misnomer. There isn't an easy way to do the clutch, but you don't want to pull the engine. Motor mounts are way easier than the clutch; and all you need is to lift the engine a little bit by the front (I used a floor jack with a block of wood to protect the pulleys)and took the old ones out.

Oh yea, I forgot because I never use this for changing the clutch, but I've heard that using a checkbook is a pretty easy method.

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

Ken:

Where do you put the checkbook? Between the jack and wood? Or between the wood and block? Does it matter what size checks you use? I use duplicate checks. Will the extra thickness make a difference? Should I take the checkbook out of it's cover first?

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

Ken, since my checkbook is empty...Do you have any extras? Thanks for your input. I was thinking since the motormounts were in need of replacement it would be easier, but maybe not....
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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

you dont need to completely pull your tranny. this is the way i do it on any kind of car. rent a tranny jack. first put the jeep on jack stands.
second jack up the tranny and chain it to the jack.
third put a floor jack or a bottle jack under your engine. like put a 2x4 between your oil pan and your jack or something.
lower the engine and tranny about 2 inches. (they are still attached) i lower it so i can get to the bolts on top of the bell houseing easer. make sure you have the tranny on that tranny jack good and tight,snug. shim it up if you have to. but make sure it doesn't role or move in the jack.

ok unbolt all the bolts form the bellhouseing to the engine then wiggle the tranny jack back so it slides away from the engine about 8 inches. you may have to take your shift levers off first.

ok next take the clutch off and put the new one on. then just push that tranny back in towards the moter. if you are carefull not to move the tranny on the tranny jack. it should slide right back in. assuming you used your alignment tool.

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

I agree with MikeCJ7, that by sliding back the transmission and transfer case as a unit you will be able to access the clutch, easily. I would only add that when ever I have to work on these units I divorce the systems with a "helper."

I use some 3/8" threaded rod (or the thread pattern of the threaded piece) about 8" long with nuts on each side. This way if the jack drops, or starts to slide, the travel is limited by the nuts. This setting you control. It's saved my cedar end more than once.

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wow that is a good idea. that way your bolts will line up for sure when you push it back in. i'll try that next time. i do one

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i can't be overdrawn......i still have checks!!

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Re: What is the easiest way to replace the clutch?

The checkbook thing never worked for me. Too thin. Now a case of beer seemed to work best. Much more thickness. It also seems to help dampen the pain when the T/C and tranny does slip.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
Seriously, last time the eng. came out for me. This time I'm going to try and slide the trans backwards.


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