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Old 08-13-2004
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Ok, I thought the guy said sticky, but he really said "Your clutch is slipping." I knew when I originally typed this message something didn't sound right. Oh well. Any ideas????

3.0 V6, 5 speed manual, 36,550 miles.

Well today I had my tires rotated at Discount Tire. The gentleman that drove my truck around to me said that my clutch was slipping. He couldn't have ever took it out of 1st gear.

Just wondering, if I do have a slipping clutch, what would be the symptoms? The clutch feels normal to me. Just a bit hard to get into 3rd gear, but it has always been like that since the day I bought it.

Also, the clutch pedal has somewhat moved to the left, assuming you are sitting in the truck and driving. That left. When I push the clutch pedal in, I sometimes hit this piece of metal, (you would have to look in your own truck, or I will try and get some pictures tomorrow, everybody has this piece of metal I'm referring to) not everytime but it does it often. So anyways, it pissed me off and I got to messing with it and it seems a bit loose. So after shoving on it for a minute, the pedal slid back to the right and the contact of the clutch and the metal stopped. For awhile, now the clutch has moved back to the left again. Anyway to alleviate this problem? Maybe tighten the clutch pedal to keep it from moving L-R?

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Justin
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Kind of sounds like he didn't push it in far enough.
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Slipping Clutch?

It may be that the tire store mechanic didn't push the clutch all the way in, but let's forget that for a minute. If the bracket problem causing the pedal to move to the left has prevented the pedal from returning to the topmost position, it is very possible your clutch is slipping. The easiest way to tell if your clutch is slipping is to accelerate in first gear and compare the revolutions per minute of the engine with the speed of the truck. In english, if the engine is racing but the truck isn't going anywhere your clutch is slipping. You may also smell the burning of the clutch material. You'll know it because it will be a unique smell. Good luck!
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it does not sound like your clutch is slipping if you can drive it fine but this mechanic could not even get out of first gear.
what it does sound like is your clutch pedal bushings are shot. you already know this which is why you can shift normally because you know to move the pedal. the mechanic was just pressing it down hitting the piece of metal you described causing the clutch to half disengage.


this is a common problem with the rangers. replace the bushings in the pedal and your pedal will not move anymore.
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