Clutch job observations
On Saturday I started the clutch job on my 02 Ranger. I have been getting a rattling sound when engaging the clutch. I plan to put it back together this coming Friday.
I found the rattling noise was coming from the throw out bearing but not what I would normally expect. The bearing part of it was still in good condition but the inside diameter of it that rides on the slave cylinder was worn and was wobbling around on the slave. The disc was still in good condition and looks to have another 100,000 miles left in it. The pressure plate also still looks good too. Of course, I am replacing everything while I am in there.
One thing to note is the starter is not much fun taking out. I ended up just leaving the electrical connections hooked up (except the ground) and just tied it up in place to keep it out of the way.
A strange thing I came across was the bell housing bolts. The Ford manual indicates it is suppose to have 9 bolts. My bell housing has 9 holes but the block only has 8 threaded holes. On top of that when the Ford dealer did some warranty work early in the warranty period, the technician must have decided it only needed 7 bolts because that is all that was in there. How many bell housing bolts are actually suppose to be in there?
Then there is the flywheel bolts. The Ford repair manual shows there are six of them but does not actually say how many there are. Mine has 8 flywheel bolts. The manual indicated the are suppose to be torqued to 60 ft-lbs. I hope that is right. Does anyone know for what is right?
2002 FX4 Bright Red Supercab 4.0 SOHC, manual 5-spd & Tcase, 33" BFG MTs, K&N air filter, Modified air box inlet, Gibson SS cat. back exhaust, Bama flash, Hidden Hitch round receiver, Rear helper air springs, Electric trailer brake controller, Line-X bed liner, WAAG bar with KC lights and Wildernest shell.