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Did I do something dumb???

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Hi guys............

Please bear with me until I get the hang of this Ranger thing.I am new--actually very new--to the Ranger.I got mine about 4 1/2 weeks ago (this cash for clunkers thing was to good a deal to let pass).I got a 2009 2.3L with the 5 speed.

The issue is the following.About a week and a half ago,one morning I woke up feeling like second-guessing the Twin Cities plant.I went to the truck and started checking all of the fluid levels.........everything was fine.When I got to the clutch master cylinder reservoir,I started to remove the cap,and before I was even halfway through the threads,it fizzed and dumped some fluid under pressure.It caught me by surprise,and my reaction was to tighten the cap back up.Never finished taking the cap off,or looking at the level inside.It didn't dump that much fluid--not even a full ounce.This happened before I started the truck that day,so it was overnight cold.Is this pressure in the system normal? Could I've caused any damage with this? Was this a dumb thing to do?

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When the fluid was originally installed it probably was at a low temperature(Lets say the plant was at 65-70).Raise the temp 20-30 degrees(Warmer in FL than Twin Cities) and fluid will expand.
The only damage will be to painted surfaces from the spilled fluid.
 

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Yes you did do some thing dumb. Never, ever second guess the Twin Cities. EVER!

Second of all its the St. Paul plant.


haha joking aside, im gonna agree with OTRtech. The change in temps change the volume of the liquid.
 
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Minnesota ranger plant!! "we will NOT die"
 
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Originally Posted by malydeen View Post
Yes you did do some thing dumb. Never, ever second guess the Twin Cities. EVER!
x2!!!
 
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Ok,guys.............

Thank you all for the replies........phew!!,I'm surely glad I didn't mess up anything.


BTW.................

I never meant to ruffle the feathers of our northern forum members.................or as we call you guys here in the Bible Belt -- Yankees!
 
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Originally Posted by '09 snowball View Post
I never meant to ruffle the feathers of our northern forum members.................or as we call you guys here in the Bible Belt -- THE BEST GUYS EVER!!!!!
 
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This guys lookin for a fight lol.
 
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Enjoy your new Ranger, take care of it and it will take care of you.
 
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Originally Posted by Machine090767 View Post
Minnesota ranger plant!! "we will NOT die"
do you work there or something?
 
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Originally Posted by malydeen View Post
Yes you did do some thing dumb. Never, ever second guess the Twin Cities. EVER!
thats where my truck came from, ive had half of it replaced, some of it several times. and i think my alternator is shot, again, and my rear trannie seal, and another oil seal. too bad my warranty is up
 
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Enjoy your new Ranger, take care of it and it will take care of you.

Thanks a lot,buddy .I will surely do that. It's a sweet little truck;fun to drive too! And the best part?............................I received it with a full tank of gas,since then I have filled it up once......................so far it has 711 miles on the clock!
 
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Originally Posted by ShadowRanger08 View Post
thats where my truck came from, ive had half of it replaced, some of it several times. and i think my alternator is shot, again, and my rear trannie seal, and another oil seal. too bad my warranty is up
Dang, sounds like my 07. If this one is anything like it, I think that plant is SOL.
 
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did you make sure to wash off the brake (clutch) fluid after it spilled?

i would probably take the cap off the rest of the way, get that excess pressure out of the system, and let the fluid settle back down... make sure you have some dot 3 brake fluid on hand, incase it over flows, and then shrinks back down or something... you can top it up... if anything f-ups you can always go back to the dealer, you have a waranty... just say you were doing a regular check of your vehicle and it freaked out and spit at you


oh... old thread... oh well
 
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Originally Posted by ShadowRanger08 View Post
thats where my truck came from, ive had half of it replaced, some of it several times. and i think my alternator is shot, again, and my rear trannie seal, and another oil seal. too bad my warranty is up

how is your warrenty gone? unless you voided it yourself, it should be good til 2011.
 
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Probably mileage?
 
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60k in 2 years? that's 30k a year. mine's just as old and i'm at 35k. that is alot of driving if thats what it is. i read his sig he's got a body lift, but would that be enough to void it?
 
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my warranty is 3 years 36,000 miles..so if hes over 36 thousand, then its up. idk if its different in canada?
 
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i got mine in canada and the warrenty is 36 Months or 60,000 km, whichever comes first. i have had mine for 12 months and have 41 k so its almost up
 
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5 years or 60.000 kilometers bumper to bumper warranty

100,000 powertrain warranty

upgradable to 160,000 kilometers if i choose
 
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i thought t was 3 years 60k and the other numbers look right.
 
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shoudl be 3 years, 60k... statistical average mileage is 20-25k a year
 
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