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Old 03-09-2016
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Manual clutch not disengaging/slipping

2004 Ranger 4wd, 5-spd manual.
Today was the first time this happened. When shifting the clutch feels like it doesn't "reset" back to static position, but the gear is engaged. Rpm's go up with throttle but no power to wheels. I can hit the clutch peddle few times to floor and then it catches.

This only happens few times today. When I got into city and made several shifts, it got worse. To the point that when got home it would barely move in 1st gear one minute and then drive fine the second!?

Could it be master cylinder?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-09-2016
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Took it around the block and down street after it sat for few hours and there were no issues. If it's the master cylinder would the symptoms come and go like that?
95k on truck with all original parts.
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Disengaging is what the clutch does when you shift gears. You where not getting the clutch full engaged when it was slipping. This can be a worn out clutch but can also be caused by the push rod to the master cylinder not letting the master cylinder piston reach the point where it fully releases the pressure to the slave cylinder. There could possibly be some malfunction in the master cylinder that could cause this but not a typical failure mode of the master cylinder.

If it slips again, check the push rod to the master cylinder to see if it is tight or loose. That may help guide you in the right direction to resolve your problem.
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