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Jeep Wrangler YJ Clutch Master Cylinder

Common Problems with a Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Clutch Master Cylinder

You normally shouldn't have problems with your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder since it's built tough-just like the Wrangler YJ itself. Still, that doesn't mean that it's not going to exhibit problems after tremendous levels of wear. Below are some of the issues that you'll encounter if you have a bad Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder on hand:

Difficulty in Shifting

This is one of the leading signs of Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder failure. Naturally, you'll have a hard time in shifting since the clutch master cylinder is responsible for converting non-hydraulic pressure (pressure exerted by your foot on the pedal) to hydraulic pressure. There's no temporary solution to this problem, you'll have to deal with shifting issues until you've replaced your clutch master cylinder.

Stuck Clutch Pedal

If your clutch pedal won't come back up after being pressed, then your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder is most definitely busted. This is obviously worse than the condition mentioned above as you won't be able to use your Wrangler YJ at all. The only way that you can drive your Jeep again is if you replace the faulty clutch master cylinder.

Leaks

Your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder may leak if it's cracked, damaged, or if its seal is already worn out. A puddle of fluid can often be found under your Wrangler YJ if that's the case (although keep in mind that the puddle may be a result of other leaking automotive components, too). You can determine this more accurately by closely monitoring the fluid levels. If fluid levels have decreased considerably over the next two days, then there's a very good chance that you indeed have a problematic clutch master cylinder. A replacement of the seal or the clutch master cylinder is necessary in order to put an end to the leaks.

Irregularities in the Reservoir

Another problem caused by a bad Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder is the abnormal rise of fluid in the reservoir when the clutch pedal is pressed. Since this is very easy to identify and is a surefire indicator of a busted clutch master cylinder, the reservoir should be one of the first things that you should take a look at.

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  • Maintenance Tips: Jeep Wrangler (YJ) Clutch Master Cylinder 27 February 2013

    Your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder doesn't require much attention. However, do give it just that on occasion to ensure that it stays in good condition. Below are some of the things that you can do to take care of your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder:


    Bleed the clutch master cylinder.

    Bleeding your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder is important, especially when your clutch pedal feels like it doesn't have enough pressure (which makes it difficult to for the pedal to fully engage or disengage the clutch disc). Doing this shouldn't take a lot of time as the process isn't that difficult anyway. However, you'll need the help of a friend to accomplish this.


    Once you're all set, have your pal operate the clutch pedal while you work on the bleeder valve (or vice versa). Bleed your clutch master cylinder until only hydraulic fluid is coming out of the valve. Tighten the valve afterwards then replenish your supply of hydraulic fluid.


    Replace worn-out seals.

    As you most probably know, your Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder uses a seal to contain the pressure within the system. While you won't have to replace the seal regularly, there will come a point in which your clutch master cylinder will call for a new one. It's because the said seal can crack or harden over time. Obviously, either of those isn't good since those conditions can lead to hydraulic fluid leaks. With that said, it's best to inspect the clutch master cylinder seal every once in a while. And if any signs of wearing out are present, do not think twice in replacing it with a new seal. This way, your supply of hydraulic fluid won't be wasted.


    Regularly check for any signs of damage.

    As said earlier, it's recommended that you check on the clutch master cylinder seal every now and then. The Jeep Wrangler (YJ) clutch master cylinder itself should be inspected as well, of course. It's because leaks may also stem from cracks within the clutch master cylinder. You can avoid further complications by immediately identifying such damage.