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Jeep Clutch Parts and Diagnosis

Jeep Clutch Parts and Diagnosis

Clutch Defined

This article will explain what a Jeep parts clutch is, how it works and some common problems. It will also give you a simple diagnostic test to run to determine if you have a faulty clutch.

A clutch is a device for transmitting rotation. It is made up of six essential parts, each with a unique function. A pressure plate, clutch disc, flywheel, release bearing, release form and pilot bushing. The pressure plate connects the clutch disc to the flywheel to get your Jeep in motion. Pushing the clutch pedal in and out, engages and disengages the the clutch disc from the flywheel allowing you to shift or stop. The clutch disc is a steel plate that goes between the flywheel and the pressure plate and when connected spins with the flywheel. The flywheel connects the clutch and crankshaft to the engine. It allows the starter to crank the engine and maintains engine speed. The release bearing engages and disengages the pressure plate. The release form holds the release bearing in place as the clutch pedal is pushed in or let out. Lastly, is the pilot bushing. This supports the transmission input shaft tip in the back of the crankshaft.

Testing For Common Clutch Problems

Commonly the biggest clutch problem is when the friction material on the clutch disc wears out. This will cause your clutch to slip. Another problem is clutch sticking. When your clutch doesn't release properly, the input shaft continues to turn causing grinding or completely preventing your Jeep from going into gear.

If you think you are having clutch problems, this simple diagnostic test can be run:

  1. With your parking brake engaged, start your engine and shift into neutral.
  2. While your engine is idling, listen for a growling noise. If you hear it, you may have a transmission problem. If not, go to step 3.
  3. Slowly push the clutch pedal in, listening for noise. If you don't hear anything, go to step 4.
  4. Finally push the clutch pedal all the way to the floor. Listen for a squealing noise. If you hear one it may indicate a bad release bearing or pilot bushing.

Just by following these simple steps, and inspecting your Jeep clutch parts every so often and replacing the faulty ones, can help you avoid more costly repairs. Of course this advise goes for all the Jeep parts and Jeep accessories on your vehicle.

Copyright Article by Morris 4x4 Center.