My Jeep Wrangler broke down last night?

Me and my friends were coming back from the comedy club last night, and we came to our exit, and at the top of the exit ramp, my jeep stops shifting. So, me and my buddy had to wait on the others who were just up the road to come over and see what was wrong. We ended up having to push the jeep to the gas station right off the highway. My clutch is not working now? It is waiting to be looked at by the mechanic tomorrow at that gas station. Luckily we didn't break down at the comedy club 45 min away from home, or on the highway. And, it just so happens that my jeep broke down at the exit ramp by the gas station where I get my vehicle inspected and oil changed at. Well, anyways, I have a 2003 Jeep Wrangler SE, 4 cylinder engine, either 2.4 liters, or 2.5 liters. If it is the clutch that is bad, how much will it cost for a new one, and how much is the labor? Is there any hope that something else caused the vehicle not to shift? I heard that clutches are expensive to repair. I got my vehicle back in 03, so is it just old? I haven't had the money to get an oil change in awhile, and it is well over the 2,000 mile limit. So, hopefully that didn't cause the clutch to go bad? Any information will be greatly appreciated.
What I don't understand is that it was acting fine, on the way up to the comedy club, and it was a little hard to shift leaving, but we still made it 45 min to our exit/
I think I do have a hydraulic clutch

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3 Responses to My Jeep Wrangler broke down last night?

  1. wt June 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    If you have a hydraulic clutch, there is a good chance that either the Master or Slave clutch cylinder is leaking through the seals. You probably didn't feel any pressure at the clutch pedal or any funny noise. It usually starts with shifting little hard than nothing.

  2. gardenstatetrailready June 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    Good luck bud, but got my clutch done on my Ruby about a year ago and it set me back about $500.

  3. jj June 7, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    If the pedal was pushing all the way down without disengaging the clutch you probably do have a leak in the hydraulics. I had to but the whole master/slave system when mine went (I'm in the UK) but you can buy just the slave cylinder from parts stores over there which would save money.