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Clutch problem

I have an 01 2.3 Ranger with a little under 58,000 miles on it. I'm having a little bit of an issue with the transmission. any time I'm on a steep incline at a dead stop. to keep the truck from stalling I need to keep the RPM's up. this only happens when I'm going up a hill starting at a dead start. I don't have this issue starting from a dead stop going down hill. It also seems to only do this in first gear. If I keep it in second it won't do it, but of coarse I won't make it up the hill

I recently had to start parking outside from its previous air conditioned garage spot (My dad got an 08 Civic SI. so my truck which is the oldest vehicle got moved outside). and this problem arose when it started sitting outside all the time. it has'nt been really warm averaging in the mid 80's, but its been humid. could the humidity maybe be causing my truck to do this.

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When's the last time you changed the trans fluid? I think you pissed off the slave cyl lol
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never....Its due for an ispection in October so I can get it done then.

BTW. before someone says I know I spelled Clutch (cluth) wrong in the title. it won't let me correct it
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there's no reason it would act up from being parked outside now. Mines always outside and ia hve no problems.....now. lol.

oh yes....the good ol pissed off slave cyl.

Check that trans fluid, if you need to add more, it takes ATF(automatic transmission fluid). Is there any problems getting it into gear? One part of your problem might just be the 2.3L 5spd combo...idk.
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oh...and i do enjoy that avatar! Thank goodness your pops didn't get a smug making hybrid civic...he got the "hot" civic instead. ....nice!
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You are describing an idle problem.

You are going uphill, 1st gear, clutch is out, but you have to stay on the gas or it'll die, right?

Clean or replace the IAC.

You can verify it is faulty: Turn the AC on, listen for idle to increase. If idle doesn't go up when you turn on the AC, bad IAC.

Take the electrical connector off the IAC while engine idling.
If idle doesn't change, bad IAC.

I don't suspect your transmission a bit. You should be able to climb a hill in first gear without touching the gas. Even in Pittsburgh (very hilly).
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You are describing an idle problem.

You are going uphill, 1st gear, clutch is out, but you have to stay on the gas or it'll die, right?

Clean or replace the IAC.

You can verify it is faulty: Turn the AC on, listen for idle to increase. If idle doesn't go up when you turn on the AC, bad IAC.

Take the electrical connector off the IAC while engine idling.
If idle doesn't change, bad IAC.

I don't suspect your transmission a bit. You should be able to climb a hill in first gear without touching the gas. Even in Pittsburgh (very hilly).
I don't have A/C (yet, I'm having it put in, i'm sick of not having it)
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my truck squawks, when i let the clutch out, could that be the slave??
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double post....
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my truck squawks, when i let the clutch out, could that be the slave??

Make / Models : Model/Build Years:
FORD / RANGER 1998-2002

Service Bulletin Number : 0255
NHTSA Item Number : 636047
Summary Description :
HOOTING, EEKING OR MOANING NOISE COMING FROM THE CLUTCH WHEN SHIFTING GEARS. *TT



Mine has done that since new. You can minimize it with smoother pedal, less slippage. Half the time, I upshift without the clutch, matching the rpms. I hear it more when it has been rainy and humid, or so it seems. Anyway, it's benign, certainly not worth replacing the clutch over. It isn't the slave.
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thx buddy.. end of thread jack

Yea I didn't know I let my brother borrow it, and when it came back it started doing it so I thought he screwed something up
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