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Question about Jeep hydraulic clutches

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Porcupine, Jun 17, 2012.

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  1. Porcupine

    Porcupine Active Member

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    So, I learned to drive on a 1965-ish Ford Galaxie, with a 'three on the tree' transmission. Lotsa fun! And I've owned (randomly ordered) a Ford Falcon, a Ford Mustang, a Ford Escort (I got married), a couple of VW Beetles, a VW Jetta, an MG 1100 and a Fiat to boot, ALL with manual transmissions that were activated either by a cable or some type of mechanical linkage. I remember these clutches had some 'resistance', that is, it took some degree of force to push these clutches in. (Stay with me here). I like a clutch with 'feel'.

    So my son buys a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and he lets me test-drive it, and I punch in the clutch and it's the WIMPIEST clutch I've ever felt! It's hydraulically-assisted; easy to use I guess, but there's no feel, no 'bite' when the clutch engages!

    So my question here is, what year did Jeep begin using hydraulic clutches in the Wranglers? Thanks.

    LA in MA
     
  2. over the hill

    over the hill Active Member

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    I've got the same opinion.... They suck!...

    Just about, if not everyone, using them now.

    Some Jap cars in the neighborhood, late 90s early 2000s with wet clutches.

    Good question for Tron.



    Regards....Gerald
     
  3. ctreay

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    If I remember right Hudson had a real wet clutch. Clutch faceings were cork and it ran in oil. Perhaps some others used the same setup. I also had some 70ish Ford pickups that used a master and slave hyd system on the clutch.

    ctreay
     
  4. Don Bailor

    Don Bailor TS Member

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    my 97 wrangler had hyd assist on clutch arm. clutch is normal dry disc.
     
  5. Haskins Bill

    Haskins Bill TS Member

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    Your son's 2010 Wrangler also has an electric gas pedal to boot no cable to the throttle at all jsut wires like the ones on the Jap cars that were killing people a few years ago. Jeeps have had that hydraulic assist on their clutches for years and years.
     
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