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Clutch Issue?

Hey Guys,

My brother has a 2009 Ranger Sport 4x4 and his clutch is feeling fairly squishy and is engaging closer to the floor. Also, every once and awhile his truck is hard to get into 1st gear or Reverse also. So he had the dealership look at it and they said its not leaking fluid and the slave cylinder is working as it should. So they made the assumption the clutch is shot and needs a clutch kit.... after quickly looking at while doing an oil change. The truck only has 47000km (29000 Miles) and guranteed not to be abused or driven hard at all.

What other things could be checked before replacing the clutch? Could it be as simple as air in the master cylinder perhaps? I feel as if the dealership jumped to the conclusion of the clutch being shot just a little too quickly.

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you can check fluid quality, if the master cylinder is working right, then that can only leave the slave sylander, my trucks a little hard to get into 1st and revers too, my mechanic told me the reverse problem had to do with the synchronizer, and that you can drive forever the way it is, just a minor inconvinience,
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At 29000 Miles If the truck hasn't been abused and clutch isn't slipping the pressure plate and friction plate should still be good and Ford says the slave cylinder is good. I don't exactly understand what a clutch kit is going to fix. I believe the problem has to be either slave or master cylinder related.
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at 30,000 miles that clutch should just broken in and barely worn. Its the slave cylinder. They want you to put an entire clutch kit in, pressure plate, disc, slave cylinder, the works. When the only thing you need is the slave, not all the other stuff. They're trying to rob you.
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at 30,000 miles that clutch should just broken in and barely worn. Its the slave cylinder. They want you to put an entire clutch kit in, pressure plate, disc, slave cylinder, the works. When the only thing you need is the slave, not all the other stuff. They're trying to rob you.
the truck is a 2009... should this not be covered under warranty? either way that is not a clutch issue. this is absolutely a hydraulic issue. did they even try to bleed the clutch system?
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hey Chris, just read your post and i am having similar issues, I also have an 08 ranger with about 47000 kms. on 3 seperate occasions without warning my clutch went mushy and was unable to shift it into any gear. my dealership has dismissed the problem. Ive had to add additional fluid each time in order to get it going. I guess ford believes thats it is acceptible that i just drive around with a bottle of DOT 3 readily available??
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i know in california this would all be covered under the warranty i think clutches for my last around 150000 and i drive kind of hard
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The pressure plate part of the clutch only has a 1yr warranty which has expired the slave is still covered for another 13000km's. Ford dealerships says they tested the slave by pulling a plug and viewing the slave move through an inspection hole and its working normal. So basically the dealership wants to tear the clutch apart to put the clutch kit in and charge my brother for the parts and labour. Almost like its a loophole in the warranty... clutch kit around $500 and not sure about the labour at this point.

I recommend that they at least try to bleed the clutch first too. They agreed to try it even though they don't think it will help. So we will have to see how that goes.
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I would check the master cylinder. My clutch was doing the same stuff. I found a little bit of fluid on the rod that goes from the clutch pedal to the master. I replaced the master and now it is shifting perfect. Before I had to pump the clutch pedal every time I drove it.
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