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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-20-2001, 09:15 PM
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I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!

Well tonight I took my 98 TJ out and got stuck going over a hill. The jeep was stuck on the axle and wouldnt go anywhere so I dropped the clutch several times while giving it around 4500 RPMs. The tires were just spinning and something smelled like it was burning. Assuming I did burn the clutch (it's still stuck and sitting there) how much would it cost to buy a new one and pay labor fees? Could I do this myself---I'm not a master mechanic here but decent at things. I hope I didn't mess it up good.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-20-2001, 09:50 PM
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Re: I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!

I am no expert but, I kind of doubt you completely ruined your clutch. You might have smelled the clutch burning but that is not that uncommon, examples someone new to clutch "riding" the clutch, or tires to big for the gear ratios starting from stop. It is also possible you smelled your tires burning some, or even burning something in the dirt. As for clutch replacement I helped a friend on a ranger and it was not that bad, 3 of us had it in and out in a weekend working leisurely (biggest problem was bleeding the hydraulic clutch), but it is fairly involved, pulling tranny and x-fer case being the big things.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-20-2001, 10:08 PM
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Re: I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!

WHAT? you left it WHERE? all alone on it's axle? can you see it from your bedroom window or are you sleeping in it? go get a high lift jack and get it home. if it shifts ok then your clutch just got hot- seen clutches get hot and smelly many times on the trail. $200 for complete clutch parts- flywheel/ring-gear,disc,pressure plate,slave/throwout bearing and pilot bearing. let's get it home first and then worry about the clutch!

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Re: I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!

At 4,500 rpm's you'll snap the entire drivetrain if it connects.

NEVER go that high unless you're in mud and STILL MOVING FORWARD.

Geeze, I always see throttle jockeys out there, people who don't understand that slower is better and a spinning tire gets no traction.

OK, down off the soap box now.

If you were spinning it up that high, I'll bet you were smelling rubber from the tires and not the clutch. The TJ's have a hydraulic clutch setup, very reliable and very positive unless you're slipping it on purpose. We have 94K on our clutch, still positive enough to chirp the tires on every corner and not a threat of slipping.

If you're hung up, take the stock jack out from under the seat and jack up one corner at a time, then shove logs underneath. Do this enough times and you can drive right off. A friend and I spent 2 hours doing this with a bottle jack one night in the middle of the woods, and all 4 were off the ground (high centered on some skidder ruts). Needless to say, a Hi-Lift is worth it's weight in gold right about then.

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Re: I think I just burned up the clutch!!!!!

In other words, if you left it and it's not over waste deep. Sell it! You are a danger to yourself and others.

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