MY FIRST BRAKE DOWN IN A YEAR AND A HALF:
So today started off GREAT! We got an early start and picked up a cypress table on the way to Deland. The guy's room mate had a Jeep in the driveway. We arrived early to Tiger Bay and Randy walked down the trail to take some flower photos. I set about the task of mounting up the cameras on the Jeep. A few camera fails at first, (I forgot to un-load the last trips footage, so the cards were full.) Once they were all mounted, we were down the Woody track road. We found a good muddy back trail that was not marked closed and we went as far back as you can go. The trail was a narrow peninsula with a swamp to the right and a ditch on the left. That made for a good 5 point turn. I was talking talking to the camera about playing it safe while wheeling alone, when a small log jumped up on the trail and hit my clutch cylinder fluid line. The clutch pedal flopped to the floor. Playing it safe on a trail deep in the woods and no clutch. "JEEP LIFE" I spent a short time attempting to do a field repair. No such luck. I could not get the line back on the rear of the slave cylinder. The hose was made from a hard plastic and needed to be heated to get it back on the zert. I turned the engine off and put it in first, turned the key and off we went. Shifting with out a clutch can be done, but putting into gear from a dead stop proved to be impossible. The solution was to put it in 1st and turn the starter. Not a good thing for your battery or your starter. But it could get you off the trails and to a place to do repairs. I have a sister in Deland so off we limped down 92 around the corner and up 19-92 to her house. We worked on trying to splice some of the hose with clamps and tubing. Still no clutch. We did a full bleed of the system even removing the slave cylinder. Still no clutch. At 4pm or so the grand adventure continued through Deland, getting stuck at almost every light, down I-4 to 417 and then the Turnpike, we limped home defeated by a cheep 2 foot hose. Now the clutch is fixed and new parts are installed. I tried the New Generation PS0115 Premium Hydraulic Jeep Pre-Filled, Pre-Bled Hydraulic System. It was not packed too good, but came pre bled and was easy to install. Two bolts below, two nuts on top and a hair pin on the pedal.
Matt N Randy
Jeep Enthusiast, Pastor, Photographer, Artist, A husband and wife team that loves going out and seeing God's Creations.