Sticking clutch or release bearing on 94 Ranger
Actually I think the issue is more with the throwout bearing sticking. The truck is great except on very hot days. On a hot day, once the truck is fully warmed up, sometimes the throwout bearing will stick and not disengage the clutch or it will hold the clutch open and not engage the gears. If I let the truck cool down for 30 minutes or so, all is fine until it heats up again. This happened to me last summer on a hot day while I was in rush hour traffic! No fun. I finally pulled off the hwy and had a beer. 30 min. later the traffic had died down, evening cooled down and the truck drove like nothing had happened. I've put a few thousand on it since and it's been fine.
With summer coming up I need to see about fixing this. The truck has 56K miles on it and the clutch. There is no slippage and I suspect the clutch is fine.
Reading up it sounds like there is a special grease on the pilot shaft that has dried up. I'm wondering if it is possible to carefully apply the proper lubricant to the pilot shaft (via inspection port?) without pulling the whole tranny out. Has anyone run into this issue and dealt with it?