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Jeep Wrangler Clutch Problem Leaves Drivers Worn Out

March 12, 2013 By: LemonLaw Category: Car Lemon Law

Unless you have been under a rock, you surely have heard and read about the many Jeep water leak claims we have handled over the past few years.  And those water leak problems continue…..not just with the Wranglers, but with the Patriots and Grand Cherokees as well.  Sadly though, Wrangler drivers now have another issue to deal with. This is a Jeep Wrangler clutch problem where clutches are wearing out very quickly.

In one recent Jeep Wrangler clutch case we handled, our client was back to a Jeep authorized dealer six times to address the clutch problem.  At first, the clutch was operating fine but it was making a suspicious ticking noise.  The dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad throw out bearing and replaced the part under warranty.   The ticking noise continued, required a second repair visit and again the throw-out bearing was replaced under warranty.  Two weeks later, our client lost all pressure in the clutch and the dealer blamed the problem on the Wrangler being stuck in the sand (The client works on an air force where the roads are covered with sand from the nearby bay.)  The charged our client over $1,250.  A month alter, the clutch failed again.  This time, the Jeep dealer told our client that there was mud under the vehicle and charged them over $2,300.

Sure enough, the clutch failed a third time and our client went back to the selling Jeep dealer.  The dealer agreed that the clutch should be fixed by Chrysler but the manufacturer now argued that the car was out of warranty.  So, again our client forked out almost $1,000 to fix this car.

All in all, our client forked out almost $5,000 to repair a matter which has been lighting up the message boards and should have been fixed right the first time under warranty.  If you are dealing a Jeep Wrangler clutch issue, make sure you repeatedly go to a Jeep-authorized dealer to have the matter addressed.   Keep these invoices in a safe place and if you return to the dealer three or more times for the matter, look into your Lemon Law rights.  You can fill out our Get Rid of Your Lemon form and we will be glad to review your situation and try and connect with someone who can help.  Don’t let a Jeep Wrangler clutch problem wear you out.  Take action and fight for your rights!

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25 Responses to “Jeep Wrangler Clutch Problem Leaves Drivers Worn Out”

  1. #1 jJoe Allen says:

    My son bought new 2013 Jeep Wrangler. Had new clutch installed after only 2,200 miles. It was covered under warranty, but they told him they would not cover any more due to they say it was caused by driver error. My son has been driving is only 21 but has been driving clutched vehicles from before he was 16 on the farm without any issues. Now after 1,000 miles his electronic throttle control warning light comes on and looses power, and he is smelling a burnt clutch smell again. Is there been any issues with this new model of vehicle?

  2. #2 Mansour Al-ghamdi says:

    also i had the same problems of 1jJoe Allen
    and to day i was drive my wrangler when i make u turn i can’t shift the gear and the problem comes from the clutched

    any suggestion?

  3. #3 Shane Olsen says:

    2013 jeep patriot clutch failed after 10,800 miles, The manager is “fishing” for info from questions he asked me to blame me for driver error as well……I will not pay any bill, especially if it’s covered under warranty.This happened @ Palmen dealership in Racine Wisconson

  4. #4 jesse says:

    I have just replaced my entire clutch kit for the 2nd time in 6 months and I can still hear my throw out bearing making a loud whining noise. it goes away when I slightly press the clutch pedal. I just had the flywheel turned, I replaced the clutch disk, pilot bearing, throw out bearing, and pressure plate. I also just bled my slave cylinder just in case. does anybody have any solutions to this problem. I have a feeling it is the throw out bearing slightly riding on my pressure plate. I also greased my input shaft that my throw out bearing rides on.

  5. #5 Eldora Levert says:

    I think its time we filed a class action lawsuit against these faulty clutches. My Jeep Wrangler is three years old and has had work done on the gear box-the vehicle would kick out of gear while I was driving. Now the clutch has to be replaced. I say enough is enough. Time for class action!

  6. #6 Dave says:

    clutch and throwout bearing replaced on my 2010 wrangler at around 35k and now my new 2013 is acting up and it only has 8k miles on it. Chrysler should not be able to get away with this, it is ridiculous.

  7. #7 Dean Bottorff says:

    The clutch on my 2012 Wrangler Sahara Unlimited went out at 8500 miles and Jeep refused to cover it because the car was 6 months out of the 12 month warranty. When I called to complain they asked what I was doing when the clutch went out and I said I was stuck in snow .. sorry, it’s all my fault, so they say. No, wrong. I was in the snow bank for less than 30 seconds and the only thing I did was change gears from reverse to forward. I was not mis-using the vehicle in any way. Just backing up so I could go forward again. The repair bill is almost $2,000. My independant mechanic (not a Jeep dealer) noted that the hydraulic cylinder at the clutch plate had a leak. So apparently if the hydraulic cylinder leaks it causes excessive clutch plate wear which can cause the clutch to fail at any time. Chrysler LLC refused to recognize this problem and claims the driver is mis-using the vehicle. Apparently authorized Jeep dealers don’t mention the leaky cylinder issue.

  8. #8 bradley d says:

    12,000 miles on a 2012 Jeep JK and the clutch had to be replaced. Two weeks later the clutch slave cylinder blew its seal, the heavy line tech. said it was the oil pain leaking oil. The slave cylinder was replaced 2 days before Thanksgiving. Now my jeep is at the dealer again for a new slave cylinder.
    Lemon Law sounds great, but I have a lot of aftermarket gear on the Jeep that would be financially difficult to reproduce on a different vehicle.

  9. #9 Eldora Levert says:

    Ok, so my jeep dealer charged me $1500.00 to replace the clutch then found out the transmission needed to be replaced. I bought this Jeep Wrangler new in 2010 and I swear its been in the dealers shop more than with me. There is everything wrong with this!!! I need a lawyer and a new Jeep!

  10. #10 Ian says:

    2012 jk, clutch went at 15000km, took it to a jeep dealership and they said it was obvious misuse, told me no other cases of a clutch going this early had been reported by Chrysler Canada within the country. Now I find this. $2500 to replace everything. Liars and thieves.

  11. #11 Bakhar says:

    Bought 2013 Jeep in March 2013. Been in the shop for clutch issues 3 times now. No out of pocket yet. On 4/28/2014 with 19800 miles on it the clutch gave out completely. Not able to shift at all.. Back in a dealer shop now.

  12. #12 Tyler says:

    Ha,i have a 2013 jeep wrangler sport and i noticed a sound, assaumed it was a trough out barring, now reading about others problems make me just want to sell it and just get somthing more relyable, its only got 41000 kms on it noticed the noise at 35000 kms ruffly, still works but dont no how long waranty will be for bought it from go auto , would waranty still be good and how meny kms does waranty go for on the jeeps???

  13. #13 jesse says:


    Chrysler put out a technical service bulletin a while back that said the issue is being cause by a bad preload on the throw out bearing. Their solution is to remove the pivot stud that the clutch fork pivots on and place two washers between the stud and the inside of the bell housing. I did that about a month ago and It has been perfect since. No more whining noises. Since you are already going to have your transmission out, you might as well replace your clutch because you don’t know how much damage has been done to it already. The pack of washers from the hardware store only cost a few bucks so its well worth it getting fixed right. I didn’t have a mechanic do this, I did it myself and completed the job in about 3 hours. Let me know if this helps out! Thanks. By the way, I have a 2002 jeep wrangler tj with the 4.0 and 5 speed transmission and I’ve got 165,000 miles on it. It drives like a champ now! Good luck!

  14. #14 James says:

    I’m here @ the dealership with my 2013 Patriot with 24,000 miles, and am being told it is probably the throwout bearing and that it’ll not be covered under the warranty. Minimum $1,000 repair. I have never abused a clutch in any vehicle I’ve ever owned. Ive stayed off the clutch at lights, and only used it when cranking and shifting gears. I’ve got a 69′ Beetle my grandmother bought new that I learned how to dive on, was my first car, and still drive. It currently has 109,000 miles and it’s original clutch. I’ve got an 87′ Chevy 2500 with 80,000 miles with its original clutch. My wife drives a Jetta TDI with 36,000 with its original clutch. We don’t tear up clutches. We are the only operators of the vehicles. I cant afford to put a clutch in this patriot every 25k. I can’t belive there hasn’t been a recall on this vehicle/transmission yet. I can’t over exaggerate my displeasure with what I’ve read and experienced up to this point! Any advice will be appreciated! Thanks, James

  15. #15 Jim says:

    Well, this is not News to anyone, I have 7000 miles on a new 2013 Rubicon and it literally shredded the clutch pad and almost sawed completely through the bell housing….this jeep has never been off road, and has never been stuck in snow or sand and is still within warranty…but Chrysler refused to honor the warranty….unlike my fellow jeepsters I will never buy another Chrysler product, and will be settingUp a website to warn people away from Chrysler.

  16. #16 Chris says:

    We have a 2012 Jeep Rubicon and even bought the extended warranty for $2000. It is not even three years old, and has just over 17,000 miles on it and the clutch went. We paid $1200 for a new clutch in spite of the fact that we have both driven stick shifts for several years. It was not covered under warranty or under the extended warranty. We are pretty unhappy with our treatment and the quality of our Jeep.

  17. #17 Ian says:

    Bought 2013 JK in February. Throwout bearing went bad at around 3500 miles and rode on it for another 1000 due to moving from the UK to Germany. Had it replaced – warranty not honored, 650 euro gone – chalked up to offroading (which is silly, if you own a manual jeep you should know to never shift in mud/water and keep shifting to a minimum offroad). Now 4000 miles later it is gone again. It’s about time they put out another TSB or a recall for whatever is causing these issues – be it poor quality bearings sourced by Mopar or preload issues.

  18. #18 kevin says:

    I bought a 2013 rubicon and have a throwout bearing sounding pretty awful at 23000km. Jeep said they won’t warranty it because “it looks like it’s been off road”. Then tried to charge me 160$ to find the problem I told them about. I guess you’re not supposed to drive the new jeeps in the rain and if you ever come across a mud puddle there goes your warranty.

  19. #19 LemonLaw says:

    @Ian: It’s time to look into your lemon law rights. Visit to find a firm in your state to help.

  20. #20 Frank says:

    2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport.

    First clutch went at 33,000. Second clutch went at 50,000 (mostly Colorado highways, so lots of elevation changes). Dealer has “never heard of this problem”.

  21. #21 Karen says:

    My 2014 Jeep Sierra clutch just slipped out of gears in traffic, I was unable to shift!
    It has 22448 kms on it and I am an experienced stick shift driver!
    I have the gold plan 415 extended warranty, will Chrysler be covering this problem?

  22. #22 Corey says:

    2013 Rubicon (20k miles) purchased used from local dealer in New Mexico. Jeep has been into shop 4 times for various issues within 4,000 miles / 4 months of ownership. Latest issue they are telling me is clutch related and not covered under the dealer warranty or extended 100,000 mile warranty I purchased. Dealer stated I am responsible for cost of repair. These vehicles are marketed for off-road driving and have manufacture logos stating they are Trail Rated. I have not been off-road and have driven vehicles with manual transmissions since I was 17 years old.

    I am contacting my attorney if I have to pay anything out of pocket and look forward to the inevitable class action lawsuit.

  23. #23 kevin says:

    The longer I have my 2013 rubicon the list keeps growing. I never had any of these problems with my 2000 tj or 2004 rubicon. My 2013 is leaking from both doors when it rains. Leaking oil from front axle seals when I park on an angle. Both sides. I just paid for a new centerforce complete clutch kit from my pocket because jeep won’t warranty my throwout bearing. Sometimes it dumps all the washer fluid out from cheap fittings used. And more.Just sad jeep.

  24. #24 Adam says:

    My 2012 JKUS needs the throw out bearing or as they call it clutch release bearing replaced, Chrysler group will not cover it. Jeep only has 18000 miles on it and I baby it! When the clutch is not depressed it squeals so loud I can hear it driving down the road. This is not due to neglect it’s due to poor craftsmanship. If you google jk throw out bearing you’ll see multiple pages of owners who’ve had the same problem but Chrysler refuses to help or acknowledge the issue.

  25. #25 Matt says:

    My 2012 Wrangler Sahara Sport has 60,000 miles and at 33,000 I noticed the throwout bearing making a noticeable noise. Took it to the dealership 3 different times and today the clutch went out. The dealer is telling me that it is not covered under warranty, even though I have complained and documented on 3 visits about the clutch. I am going to be out of pocket $1500 USD. My case is at a Dealer in Canton, Georgia. I have been driving manual transmissions my entire life and have never replaced a clutch prior to 100,000+ Miles. This is sad and I will NOT purchase another Jeep/Chrysler product.

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