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My 2008 Jeep wrangler unlimited X will not go into gear

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my 2008 Jeep wrangler unlimited X will not go into gear
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Jeep
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My son was driving it and when he pushed in the clutch and took it out of gear at the light he heard a snapping noise the he could not put it back in gear. Now the clutch goes down real easy and i can't get it into gear.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Can I get someone out there?
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Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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If the clutch pedal moves with little or no resistance then you have a hydraulic issue. The throwout bearing, the clutch or it's release fork could potentially cause this but it's not likely if there is no resistance at the pedal.
Assuming there isn't a hydraulic leak, the most likely cause would be the slave cylinder but it could also be the master cylinder.
The first thing I would recommend is checking the fluid level. If the level is full then you can have a helper pump and hold the pedal and then open the bleeder on the slave cylinder. If there is little or no pressure then the master cylinder has failed.
If there is pressure then you can remove the slave cylinder and inspect it and the release fork as well as you can. If there are no visible issues and the fork seems to move a normal amount then replace the slave cylinder.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Do you have a diagram of the areas I need to check
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
I'm unable to post directly from the service information due to copyright.
The slave cylinder is on the left side of the transmission. Slide underneath and look at the left side of the trans. You'll find the black hydraulic line coming dowm from the firewall and going into the slave cylinder. The slave cylinder is ounted to the side of the trans with two studs and 13mm nuts.
Here is what the slave cylinder looks like:
http://www.carparts.com/details/Jeep/Wrangler_-openp-JK-closep-/Crown/Clutch_Slave_Cylinder/2008/52060133AD.html?TID=80000000CP&origin=pla&CP=1&CP_SRC=PPC&003=27372932&010=cp4267675098cebb784efeb6dbf225ff75&gclid=Cj0KEQjw_YKtBRC7zZjFp8bF_foBEiQAfyigc2yxqyTGzbdy6GNuM35qC9HCL28-LnOqD3iqoc5VEv8aAjZm8P8HAQ&c_dev=c&c_aid=45534009453&c_net=g&c2cid=ca63e1fd-943d-494e-80e3-211b961e4826
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
hey I replaced the slave cylinder and bled the system but I still don't have any clutch?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
Do you have normal hydraulic pressure at the slave cylinder?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
what do you mean by that?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Air keep coming out of the release valve when I pump clutch.
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
Was there air in the system before the slave cylinder was replaced?
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No not that I could tell
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When I first bled it I got fluid to come out of bleeder valve now I only get air
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Do you think it might be master cylinder?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
If there is still air when the bleeder is opened then the system isn't fully bled or the master cylinder is drawing in air.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Picking up new master cylinder any suggestions on how to remove and install?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
There isn't much to it and it only calls for one hour of labor. You'll remove the pushrod at the clutch pedal, remove the fluid supply hose at the master cylinder. Remove the clip that holds the hydraulic line and remove the line, unplug the clutch position switch connector. Once everything is disconnected then turn the master cylinder a quarter turn clockwise to release it.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I installed the new master cylinder but now it is leaking at the connection that goes down to the slave cylinder, is there any tricks to making that seal better?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
If it's leaking then either the O ring in the fitting was damaged or the line isn't completely in. If you think the line is in all the way then take it back apart and see if the O ring was damaged, if it looks ok then lubricate everything with clean brake fluid and try it put it together again and see if it holds fluid.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What's the best way to get the air out of the system?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
It should bleed just as you would brakes. Have a helper press the pedal down 2-3 times and hold it, open the bleeder, close it and then the pedal can be released and the process started over. It would be best to have a hose from the bleeder to a container of clean fluid.
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok I got it and no air in the system, I can hear it move when the clutch petal is pressed but it is still loose and not going into gear. No leaks and no air. What do you think?
Jeep Mechanic: sprinkles08, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
If you're positive that there is no air in the system, the master and slave cylinders have been replaced, then there has to be a mechanical issue with the clutch pressure plate, throwout bearing or possibly the release fork.
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