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I lost tension on my clutch pedal on my 97

I lost tension on my clutch pedal on my 4.0 97 Wrangler. I turned it off, and tension came back. Now I can only press it down about 80%. I can start it like that, but if I start it in gear it tries to jump forward while starting. It will drive in 2nd and 3rd, but not let me shift between them. When it is on, and I press it down to the 80% mark it grinds, in gear or not in gear. Please help, I miss my JEEP!!!

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  • jiffy78 Aug 11, 2009

    Turns out it was my throwout bearing. It had broken loose and wedged itself inside the forks. We replaced the clutch as a kit, and my Jeep runs like a dream.
    We had a shop with a lift and a transmission stand to do it with, but all in all it was a less than 9 hour job. Fun, but exhausting.
    Thanks for the advice!!



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Sounds like a bad master cylinder or a throwout bearing that has gotten strange on you. (I'd know right away if I was there) Definitely don't drive it like can damage the synchros in the transmission if you do. Also check the slave cylinder if it's not part of the throwout bearing...It also could have a problem.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009

  • Richard Scordino Aug 11, 2009

    Glad your'e back up and running!!!


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First try adjusting your clutch. (Hope you have experience in doing this???) Get under the vehicle and loosen the lock nut on the adjuster rod (looks like threaded rod) that goes to your "throwout bearing fork", and expand (make longer) it about a 1/4 inch and retighten lock nut. Now get out from under there and press on your clutch pedal with your pointer finger only...( heard me right...FINGER!). You should only be able to push your clutch down one inch before you start to feel serious spring tension. If you can push it down farther than one inch you'll have to get under there again and expand the adjuster rod even longer. Repeat until you achieve the one inch finger press. At least now you are somewhat adjusted and you should rev er up and give er a try before you go spending all your money for nothing! Let me know how you make out.

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I've also had the same problem, except my clutch feels like there is nothing there, any ideas???

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

  • bnewgard252 Feb 19, 2011

    I am having the same issue with my clutch pedal going loose on me. Sometimes if feels very easy to depress while others it feels normal. I have started to notice a squeek/squeel when I am rolling but it gets better (not gone) as I drive. Mostly it is the loudest when I first start up. I also notice that my clutch seems to need to be firmly depressed in order to get the vehicle to start....I have to make more of an effort to make sure I push the pedal down all the way before it will start. I am thinking slave cyl and have been researching it (I acquired my Jeep without a manual.. 97 TJ) and not able to determine if my slave cyl is external or internal. Any thoughts?


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