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New Clutch Time?

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by Wyo Eeyore, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Oct 25, 2009
    Wyo Eeyore

    Wyo Eeyore Member

    Eastern WY next...
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    We have had our 1964 CJ-5 since 1997. Lots of FS roads, fire trails and trips to work since then. A couple of years ago the clutch was really chattering and I preformed the "Old Telephone Pole Fix" as discribed in Granville King's book "The Jeep Bible". The Jeep had spent its working life on a ranch in western South Dakota and I know nothing of service preformed then.

    So to the question. Should I replace the clutch as preventive maintenance? I have done clutch replacement before and know what a job it is. I just dont want to be clutchless in the middle of the Black Hills some fine day.

    The clutch works fine now but how can you tell if it will quit tomorrow?
     
  2. Oct 25, 2009
    Warloch

    Warloch Did you say Flattie??? Staff Member

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    If your concerned - pull the clutch and check it, and the tranny while you have it out.
     
  3. Oct 26, 2009
    Walt Couch

    Walt Couch sidehill Cordele, Ga. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

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    Your clutch should have about 3/4" of free play at the top and should start to engage about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2" from the floor. If the clutch doesn't start to engage until about 3-4 inches from floor with 3/4" free play then you don't have much clutch left..
     
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