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My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. #5347607 02/11/20 08:27 PM
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I bought it new June 02. Now with 178,680 miles on it the clutch release bearing has started to grind when I press on the clutch pedal.

Seems silly to do all that work and not change the clutch. But part of me want's to just throw a new release bearing in it and see how long the clutch lasts. It's never been slipped or pulled a trailer.

I bet it's almost like new.


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347622 02/11/20 08:38 PM
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Some would say it’s impossible whistle

If it were me I’d do a clutch regardless, wouldn’t hurt... but that’s a pretty good run!


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347623 02/11/20 08:39 PM
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You are right - it does seem silly. smile

Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347626 02/11/20 08:40 PM
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I vote to change the clutch. smile

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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347650 02/11/20 08:58 PM
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I think you're kidding yourself to say any clutch with 178k is like new.. haha. Definitely put in a whole clutch kit while you have it apart. Its had a good run.


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347652 02/11/20 09:00 PM
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It would be foolish to not change the Pilot Bearing....Assuming it has a bearing & not a bushing. Then you can give the clutch disc a good looking at.


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347714 02/11/20 10:26 PM
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You must be a gluten for punishment.


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347719 02/11/20 10:28 PM
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Change everything you can, within reason, while your in there.


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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347753 02/12/20 01:19 AM
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Luk makes a very good quality and complete clutch kit - everything you need. While you are there replace the flywheel too or atleast resurface it.

Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347759 02/12/20 01:53 AM
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The only thing to be apprehensive about changing the clutch is, the new one will not be the same quality as the old one was. My brother ran into that. Most all foreign made junk parts now, and last a very short time compared to the good old stuff.
I'd check it though. And if in good shape it may just out last any new one, except maybe a reman from the US or from a quality racing parts supplier. Anything from a normal parts house will likely be junk.

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Yea I would do the clutch for sure esp at 178k. If you are dropping a tranny for a throwout bearing or internal slave you might as well put a new clutch in while you've got it out. The internal slave on my ranger went out and I threw a new clutch in it to even though everything looked ok.

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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347771 02/12/20 02:14 AM
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I would certainly check everything while you have access, then decide from there.

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If it’s got the clutch slave and master sealed / non serviceable unit that goes into the bellhousing, pulling the trans is the only way to service it and they do like to fail. Wouldn’t be the worst idea to replace that at the same time. I think all manual trans jeeps of this era have this set up but I may be remembering wrong.

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Might be wrong but did you post picks of teaching your niece to drive in this Jeep? Might have been slipped once... wink

You have access to all the right stuff to make replacing the clutch as easy as possible and don't mind doing the same thing twice and it looks really good then why not throw a bearing in and keep on Jeepin.



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Re: My 02 Jeep has had it's first major problem. [Re: Chris142] #5347805 02/12/20 05:10 AM
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With how you use the Jeep, the current clutch could last quite a long time yet.


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