2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Clutch Master Cylinder Repair in Tualatin, OR
I’ve heard that there is a slave and master cylinder, is that true?
Yes. You have a slave cylinder and a master cylinder.
Do I have to have them both serviced or repaired at the same time?
Yes. You should have them both replaced at the same time for a few reasons. The master cylinder is a good indicator of how well your system is functioning overall, therefore, if your master cylinder has a problem then the system probably is having a problem as a whole. It is also probably cheaper to do it this way since they are already working on the area and will not have to get things set to do the repair at a later time which would take more time. The time would equate to labor hours which would cost you more over time.
Well, if there are two then how do you figure out that I have a problem with my master cylinder then?
If you have a leaky master cylinder then that is a good indication of a possible problem. Also, if your slave cylinder is actuating correctly but your pressure is bleeding off when you depress the clutch pedal then you might have a problem with your master cylinder. The slave is in good repair because it is allowing the clutch to work. It is also free of leaks which leaves your master cylinder as the only possible reason for the problems as far as your cylinders are concerned.
If the clutch master cylinder is going bad in my 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee then what kinds of behaviors can I expect from my vehicle?
One of the first things that most people notice is what they describe as their clutch pedal floating to the floor when it is depressed. The action that happens after this is that the vehicle tries to lurch forward even if the vehicle is in gear and happens to be stopped at the time. This is happening because the clutch is trying to engage while the fluid escapes compression. The clutch pedal, noticeably, will have almost no effect on the clutch if you have this problem.
I can still drive this thing, right? I’ve got two cylinders. Shouldn’t the other just take over and pick up the slack?
We would not recommend it. You can damage your manual transmission if you do this action. You should have it towed to avoid damaging the Grand Cherokee anymore than it is already damaged. Some people shift the transmission improperly and push start it at every stop but this is not a good solution and still will damage your transmission eventually.
How do I avoid this problem? What do I do to have this never happen to me again?
Most people find that this does not need to be replaced until the vehicle has over 100,000 miles of use. However, where you drive is a factor in this equation. If you drive in the city then you might need more maintenance than those in the country. But, getting your clutch fluid changed as recommended by the manufacturer will help you minimize possible problems in the future.
Ok, well, what is this thing, really? I don’t even know what this thing is.
You have a hydraulic clutch in your Jeep Grand Cherokee and that clutch uses a clutch master cylinder to compress the fluid inside of the system and that, in turn, makes the slave cylinder activate the clutch.
Exactly how does this clutch master cylinder work inside that system?
The clutch pedal acts as a lever based on the amount of force you are using on the pedal. When and if you push the clutch then the clutch master cylinder starts to push fluid into the system and into the slave cylinder. The slave cylinder pushes on the clutch fork which has the job of disengaging the clutch. If you stop pushing on the clutch then the line to the slave cylinder is closed. The fluid will go back to the master cylinder. Your clutch pedal returns to its original position. This is also the resistance you feel when you press your clutch pedal.