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Clutch Help

So i was wondering if it is normal that my clutch doesnt release until near the top, about 3/4 of the way up, maybe a bit higher. also, sometimes its a little hard to get into 1st gear from a dead stop, and into reverse. does this mean i need to bleed it, or is my clutch bad? the clutch pedal is still quite firm. i have 60k on it. thanks
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Slave or master is going out (slave is more common).

Might save it with a bleed (might also make it worse).

I'm installing a tranny tonight on a 93 2.3 for the same problem, but it was a bit worse (not driveable when it warmed up). I had to shut the engine off to get it into 1st (or any gear), BUT it acted perfectly normal pulling out after restarting the engine. Couldn't shift into any other gear though either (unless you rpm matched).
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eeek. damn dude i would say it is the Slave. mine went out a year ago and i had to replace it, wasnt that hard. i had the same syptoms then the clutch took a poo as well, so i replaced both
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ya its not like i cant shift it into 1st sometimes, but it does get annoying. ill wait a lil bit till i get some money to replace the whole thing. should i go OEM or aftermarket?
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aftermarket. I was stupid and put a stock clutch in. get a centerforce or spec clutch
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i cant seem to find the centerforce for my truck, where did u get urs?

EDIT: found the SPEC one
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i have a stock one. Kevin has a centerforce and it grabs nice.

i have heard nothing but great thing about the spec clutches.
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I put in a stock clutch and its more then enough for me. It grabs plenty hard.
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I have a Centerforce and it grabs really well. Almost to well. It hates being slipped.
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I have a Spec stage 2 and it grabs good.....first drive with it was AWESOME!


You can try bleeding it, and it'll fix the problem temperarily(maybe). Is your pedal loud when releasing(letting go of the clutch)??
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I put in a stock clutch and its more then enough for me. It grabs plenty hard.
stock dont grab to well with 35s though, especially offroad.
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Stock doesn't grab 32's too well either! lol.
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I have a Spec stage 2 and it grabs good.....first drive with it was AWESOME!


You can try bleeding it, and it'll fix the problem temperarily(maybe). Is your pedal loud when releasing(letting go of the clutch)??
no, i dont hear any noise at all
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Clutch issues...? 3/4 Release?

Hey sorry to bring this old thread back up, but i figured it was a good start to a clutch discussion.

So my truck is a 99' manual 4X4, 3.0L. Almost to 100K

My clutch honestly never catches until its like at least 3/4 way out. (It sucks driving like that cause it always seems like im dumping gears, but its because the release is so darn high)

NOTE: Sometimes i cant even feel the gear release, so i let off real quick and it bucks like a bronco.

Plus it takes me forever to shift gears and i loose like half my rpms by the time the clutch catches.
(Sucks going up a hill cause it takes so long for second to catch!)

Second gear is the worst for sure...i think the syncros are bad too cause its all banging trying to get into second. Same with first.

So what am i looking at here fellas....???

-Bad clucth
-Slave cylinder
-Syncros

NOTE: Im not sure when the last clutch was put on the truck..
I've only owned it for like 10,000 miles or so.

Any help would be great....Thanks!
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