Originally Posted by evilclown312
You shouldn't be shifting into first while moving..
this is a debate i have heard many times... i downshift to first on everything i have ever owned with a manual transmission, my bike included... i've never had an issue, but i am in no way a transmission mechanic... i've just never seen and issues... i've also never heard any mechanics tell me that it's bad... only people mentioning it... it IS bad if you force it in, while downshifting, but i see no issues with light pressure and allowing it to slip in gently...
now to the issue you have on your truck... it sounds like a slave cylinder to me (if yours has a hydrolic clutch...) my truck is doing the exact same as yours is, it also makes a squeek noise when i press and release the pedal, especially at higher RPM... i took it to ford (it's under waranty, long story) they told me it's my "clutch gearset" and it's about 1300$ to fix... it goes in, in 6 hours to get the new clutch
if you have a cable clutch, it might be out of adjustment... i don't know what the system is on the rangers, i know the mustangs from that era had an automatic adjustment clutch, it adjusted the top play out when you pushed the pedal in, and to decrease the bottom play, when in neutral, pull the pedal towards you with your toe, you should hear a fairly loud click, you will probably feel it in your toe also... give your clutch a couple full pumps before taking it for a drive... it is possible your clutch got stuck, and the top play was over adjusted or the cable could be stretched, it's hard to say...