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Clutch engages at the top

Is it normal for the clutch to engage an inch from the top or is there a problem? It's a 2004 lvl2.
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It should at least start to grab at halfway.
Probably time for a new one , AND DON'T FORGET THE SLAVE CYLINDER !
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It should at least start to grab at halfway.
Probably time for a new one , AND DON'T FORGET THE SLAVE CYLINDER !
x2...how many miles are on the truck?
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damn that clutch has had a hard life if it needs to be replaced already...did you check the fluid?
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Idk the history I just bought the truck. The fluid is full and the clutch is not slipping.
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Idk sounds pretty normal to me providing that ur clutch doesnt grab to far up. Honestly my ranger grabs higher than any other truck ive ever had, I just set my seat up where instead of when I extended my foot all the way out, instead of hitting the floor, my foot will max out about 3/4 of the way down. This way it still does normal and I can extend my foot all the way out when shifting like normal and comfortable and works out good.
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thats weird because mine grabs about 1/4-1/2 way off the floor
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thats weird because mine grabs about 1/4-1/2 way off the floor
idk maybe jsut alil bit of differences through the years and with the slave and TOB and clutch cable might be set just a tad differently. Mine grabs atleast have the half way mark, its not near as bad as what the OP is stating his to be, but could just be reading into wrong and his is perfectly fine, I was just stating what I do and see if that would help him atleast feel more comfortable and engage gears better.
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If it's not slipping it's just the slave cylinder but while you have it apart (or at the shop) just get a full clutch job. Sucks that you inherited the problem.
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I've been driving it around a little more seems to be alright. I guess it's a little high for my taste. I'm going to put it on the hoist tomorrow and inspect it. I did notice when I relase the clutch it makes a metallic clunking noise like when u tap a hammer on a piece of steal. I hope it's not to much backlash in the rear end.
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thats just the rear driveshaft slip yoke
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Oh and it makes the same noise when shifting and I release the clutch kinda fast but if I do it smooth it dosent make the noise.
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Makes sense I haven't had time to go through it yet. I thought it could be the carrier bearing on the drive shaft like my 94 but it dosen't have one. Do the slip yokes on these tend to go bad?
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no they just need to be re greased...mine is clunking pretty good too...theres a write up on here about the slip yoke grease
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Lube it up with the new grease its like teflon or some new chit. Use a lot ull never have a shudder or bump again
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Thanks for the tip.
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It should at least start to grab at halfway.
Probably time for a new one , AND DON'T FORGET THE SLAVE CYLINDER !
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If it's not slipping it's just the slave cylinder but while you have it apart (or at the shop) just get a full clutch job. Sucks that you inherited the problem.
I have a very similar problem only the clutch has slipped in the past, although it is not currently slipping. The clutch grabs very close to the top and if you even tap the clucth pedal ever so slightly, the clutch will begin to slip. I was going to do a clutch on the truck tomorrow and i have never done one before. What do you guys mean Dont forget the slave cylinder? Is there something I am missing here that my haynes manual would not cover? Any and all replies welcome.
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The 4.0 SOHC clutch pressure plate has a self adjusting mechanism in it. I don't know exactly how it works but it is supposed to be adjusted during installation. Depending on how it is adjusted the point of engagement/disengagement can vary. I installed a new clutch at around 100K miles because of a noisy throwout bearing. I adjusted the pressure plate according to instructions and it now engages near the top,and I like it that way.

As long as the clutch is not slipping or chattering, there is no problem with it engaging high. Engaging low can be a problem because the clutch may not be fully disengaging and can be hard on the syncros.

The clutch slave should be replaced when the clutch is replaced because the slave is usually the first thing to go. If you don't replace it, you will probably be taking everything apart again shortly when the slave fails. When I replace the TO bearing, the original disc and pressure plate probably still had another 100K miles of use left in them. Since I had it apart, I installed a complete clutch system including the pilot bearing and slave cylinder along with the TO bearing. I don't expect to go back in there until I hit 300K miles now. I modified what I consider a weak point in the TO bearing, so I think it should go the distance now.
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i just did my clutch a few months ago and never saw any way of adjusting it. being a hydraulic set up it should not need adjustent
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I just replaced the cluth in my 99 ranger and it stars engaging as soon has i let off the pedal. Is that normal?
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