Slave Cylinder/Clutch Help
Iíve been doing some troubleshooting and research on 3 different ranger forums and decided to post up a question and get some input.
I have a 2003 Fx4 Level II with the 4.0 SOHC, manual transmission, and manual transfer case. About a month or so ago it started shifting harder than normal. Then I was driving it the one day and the pedal seemed a lot softer than normal and wouldnít engage into first very well (or disengage for that matter). I was able to drive home by shutting off the engine at stoplights and shifting into first, then starting back up. There was just enough pressure for me to start the truck up and not lurch or stall out. Then I basically rev-matched the rest of the way home.
Now, I canít even start it in 1st or reverse with the clutch all the way depressed, so I have no way to take it anywhere aside from having it towed. I tried gravity bleeding the slave and then with an assistant. At first what came through the line looked like it had tiny rust or dirt particles in it. (Not sure if that is a clue to a shot slave or anything.) Doing that didnít help at all. Then I went and disconnected the master cylinder and bled that. That did not help either. The clutch pedal is basically dead.
So at this point Iím assuming Iím going to need to replace the slave and all else (clutch, bearings, etc) while Iím in there. Does this seem like the right thing to do? Also I have heard a lot of people talk about clutch kits on the forums and online, but no one ever lists any brands or part numbers. Does anyone have one they would recommend?
Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions!!
2003 Fx4 level II, 4.0 liter twin-stick, Superlifted & Coilover conversion