01 rubicon clutch or trans problem
I need help guys. First off I would like to say that I have been "lurking" around here for a while and have been dreading this day but it sounds like it was going to happen sooner or later. I have a 01 rubicon that has been good to me up till this last weekend. I started to notice a little excessive whining noise from the left side of the engine that started to turn into more of a chirping/scraping noise, almost sounded like a chipmunk chirping or scraping a nail on a chalkboard. This noise was intermittent at first, then was more noticeable when the engine was under a load, when riding through wet sand and using over half throttle. I was trying to be easy on it and limp back to the cabin but ended up having to be towed. It finally got so bad that the noise was very loud an present almost all the time, then it ended up binding and grinding. There is no noise present when rolling in neutral. Oil is full and doesn't seem to have alot of metal present but I have not drained it yet. One other thing that seemed strange when I ran it up on the trailer and put it in neutral the engine would not rev up, it seemed like something is binding. It will still move and drive but there is alot of noise on the left side of the engine. Any ideas? Hondamatic? clutch? Any easy stuff to check without tearing it all apart. Thanks.