Three Symptoms of a Faulty Jeep Cj7 Clutch Kit
While the engine spins all the time, the car's wheels do not. In order for your vehicle to stop without killing the engine, the wheels need to be disconnected from the engine temporarily. This is what the Jeep Cj7 clutch kit is for. It smoothly engages a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission, so that the engine stays on even while car's on idle. However, there are times when the clutch assembly fails. Catch it early before you get into a serious accident by knowing these common faulty clutch symptoms.
If you feel the clutch not releasing completely and the transmission grinding whenever you shift, this indicates that the clutch is already dragging. If you're experiencing this, consider these possible causes:
- The linkage might be out of adjustment or might be binding. Simply adjust or repair the component.
- The master cylinder might be leaking internally. If it is, measure the master cylinder's linear travel against that of the slave cylinder. If there's too much discrepancy, replace the master cylinder.
- The release arm might be too long for the linkage system. Determine the correct ratio, To do this, get the difference in length between the pivot point and the release bearing centerline. Then, divide this by the distance from the pivot point to where the linkage attaches.
Clutch slippage is when the clutch temporarily disengages because it has reached a higher level of torque than it is designed to handle. To find the cause of this problem, check the following components:
- The release bearing, which might be too long and might be holding the clutch in a slightly disengaged position. Replace it with a shorter release bearing.
- The flywheel, pressure plate, and disk, which have friction surfaces that might be glazed from the heat. Either resurface the components or replace the whole assembly with a new clutch kit.
- The clutch disc and the spring load, which might be too small or too light. Replace either or both components with a larger disc or a heavier spring.
When you engage the clutch and you hear a vibration, the vibration you hear is called a "clutch chatter." There are several possible causes of this symptom:
- The damper springs in the clutch disc hub or the marcel spring between the facings might be fatigued. Replace the old disc with a new component.
- The friction surface on the flywheel or pressure plate might be glazed from the heat, or it might be running out. You will have to resurface, or even replace, the damaged component.
- If you see oil on the friction surfaces, repair the oil leak. It's usually in the engine rear main or oil pan. Then, replace the disc. When removing the affected component, avoid getting the oil on the other parts.