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Old 12-05-2013
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97 Ranger 4 cyl 5 speed 150k.
Recently starting noticing the clutch pedal getting softer and harder to shift. A week later it won't go into gear. I noticed the reservoir was low and I filled it and that helped briefly. Today I've been trying to gravity bleed the clutch master cylinder but now all I have is no pedal. I notice little to very little fluid coming out of the bleeder nipple on the bell housing when I crack it open. Any help?
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Your reservoir was low... the fluid is going somewhere. I suspect slave cylinder. It's located inside the transmission so dropping the trans is required. Many choose to go ahead and put a new clutch it in as well since you're already there.


The clutch system is designed to bleed via gravity. I like to add a few pumps and hold it to the floor while opening the screw too. But if she's got 150k and it's the original, you're lucky it lasted that long. It's quite a common issue on the newer Rangers (98+).
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Old 12-06-2013
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I would say the slave too. They are notorious for leaking. From my experience, the rangers have always had this problem. My dad had a 91 4.0 4dub for a while and the slave went out twice by the time it reached 200k
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X3 had the same problem, slave replacement did the trick. It's really not that bad to do if u have a day to mess with it
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X4.... I'm still having issues tho. I need to re-bleed. Mine lasted 100k kms (60k miles) of mostly city driving.

Take the rubber cover off on the trans. If its wet looking, it's the slave.
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It looked wet at the bleeder. How difficult a job is removing the trans and replacing the slave cylinder?
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Well, you have to remove anything to get to the trans (exhaust, transfer case if 4wd, driveshaft, anything else I'm missing) then remove the trans.

I had a shop do the work for me as I didn't feel comfortable in doing it myself. Plus I thought it'd only take a day. He had other work that got in the way. I think labour calls for 6 hours. I could be wrong though.
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