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Old 07-07-2005
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Ahhhh....lovely clutch problems...HELP!!!

Hey ya'll.

Well today after work, pushed in the cluch to start it, started it, and threw it in neutral, let it idle, and sat while I talked on the cell. Well, while on the phone, I played with the pedal and I noticed ALOT of freeplay in the clutch pedal....like 2.5"-4" of new "nothing" in my clutch pedal in the top end of travel. I've noticed over the past couple months, that when I let go of the clutch(lift up on leg) when I shift, the pedal would stop, then push back at me....almost like it's stuck .250 inch down, then comes up...like it's jammed almost.

Well, it's still drivable. But a pain because I stalled it 2 times on my 20 minute drive home...VERY embarrasing for a MannyTrannyMan4Life member.

There's no clutch slippage...Just a REALLY short disengagement travel on the clutch. I'd say there's pressure in 60% of what used to be there. Now I've heard that we Ranger owners have sh*tty slave cylinders...Maybe that?? Maybe I need to suck out the old fluid, throw in some new, and bleed it??? I don't think I need a clutch job...it only has 44k and careful driving.

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my slave went at 44,000 miles too and it did exactly what yours is doing... and since ford put it inside the tranny bellhousing you might as well have them replace the whole clutch while they have the tranny out... really sucks i know just a poorly designed part
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My truck is doing the same exact thing as yours is, plus it would lock (not allow me to put it into any gear) me out of every gear once in a great while. I have already tried to change the fluid out, Although it has helped it, it's still there just not as bad.




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slave cylinder people.... its going bad. got to love my truck still has the old design!! 81000 and still going on stock but really when i get my new truck next year it will be a 03-04 manual that kind scares me but at last nothing i cant fix in a weekend
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Thanks all...

Looks like next week I be checking into a new slave cylinder, and might as well a clutch.

Gatorblue92...What did you end up paying for your cylinder job and clutch???

THANKS!!
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yep, classic slave cylinder symptoms
get estimates....
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Thanks all...

Looks like next week I be checking into a new slave cylinder, and might as well a clutch.

Gatorblue92...What did you end up paying for your cylinder job and clutch???

THANKS!!
new slave, clutch disk, pressure plate, throwout bearing, resurfaced flywheel (make sure they do this) basically everything involved with the clutch for 900.00 that was about 300 cheaper than anything else i have found
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new slave, clutch disk, pressure plate, throwout bearing, resurfaced flywheel (make sure they do this) basically everything involved with the clutch for 900.00 that was about 300 cheaper than anything else i have found
OMG!!! 900!!

I replaced my slave adn clutch adn flywheel all for $300, odnt take ti to a shop DIY. It is not as hard as you woudl think.
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Just got done doing mine last night. If you DIY, I would reccomend renting a trans jack. Would make it easier for sure. I rigged up a cradle on my floor jack, but ran out of travel. Could have used another 2 or 3 inches. Pilot bearing was a bixch. I have to disagree somewhat with the opinion that you should replace the cluch though. My truck has over 150,xxx(mostly hyway) miles on it. The freakin clutch disk had about as much material left on it as the new one had, and the flywheel was perfect. Because of the miles, I replaced anyway, but in no way did I have to. BTW, I got a LUK kit through Ebay for $245 shipped.
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well i said since you ahve th etranny dropped, might as well replace everythig. it isnt that much more $$ and it feels oh so nice with new compnents
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well i said since you ahve th etranny dropped, might as well replace everythig. it isnt that much more $$ and it feels oh so nice with new compnents
yep mine is like butter now i prob could have done it myself but i didnt have a place to do it since my apt complex frowns on trannys sitting on the driveway
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well i said since you ahve th etranny dropped, might as well replace everythig. it isnt that much more $$ and it feels oh so nice with new compnents
Yep, that is exactly why I did mine. Its just a shame that it isn't a 2 piece bellhousing so you could just change the slave cylinder if you wanted to, esspecially since it seems that is the most common reason people have to pull the tranny in the first place.

SOLODOS, I meant to ask you, how much pedal travel do you have with the new clutch? I was unable to go thru the adjustment procedure steps that come with the clutch. Didn't have access to a press so I just put it in and crossed my fingers. Now, I only am off the floor about an inch and the clutch is engaging. Do you know if there is another adjustment somewhere, like for the pedal position only? I guess I would get used to it, but it does engage quick the way it is now.

Apologize for hyjacking the thread.
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