Cherokee Clutch Replacement
THESE PROCEDURES WORKED FOR ME. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
During my last wheeling trip the throw-out bearing on the Cherokee started to squeal like a loose fan belt. I limped home pulled out the Field Service Manual and started the disassembly. What follows is a near step-by-step account of what to do and what to look out for.
Notes: (read these, they’re important)
- All the work was done on a 1997 Cherokee (XJ) SE 4x4 with 110,00 mi, 4.0L engine, AX15 transmission, and 231J transfer case. Consider; Cherokees have changed much over their production lifetime. Your procedures will probably differ in some respects.
- I have 6” of lift and 33” tall tires which gives me about 19” of clearance at the frame rails. As a result I was able to do all the work without lifting the Jeep off the ground.
- I removed the transfer case and transmission as separate units because I needed to replace a seal, but they can be taken out as one (heavy) piece.
- I have the FSM (Field Service Manual) for my year Cherokee, and I used it. Any specifics I give (torque, special tools, etc) are for my year XJ. Yours may vary.
- Finally, I am not responsible for your actions or ineptitude. Just because you saw it on the Internet doesn’t mean you can do it.
Clutch Kit (Clutch, Pressure Plate, Throw-Out Bearing, Pilot Bearing)
Transmission Adapter Seal (which was leaking), from Dealership
2 Bolts, from Ace Hardware
2 Cans of Brake Cleaner
180 Grit Emory Cloth
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STEP 1: Shift transmission into 1st or 3rd and transfer case into neutral.
STEP 2: Drain transmission fluid (if separating transmission and transfer case).
Size: 44 items