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Transmission problem: friction point changing

So I've been having this on-going problem. I got my clutch replaced a year ago. 10,000 miles or less have been put on since then. Trucks an '01 2WD. Anyway, every once in awhile the friction point on the clutch changes. The pedal becomes saggy and has loads of play and the FP is basically an inch from the floor. Normally the pedal is firm and the FP is nice and happy. Seeming like a pressure problem, I'll pump and pump and pump on the clutch to build up pressure. This fixes it for a minute or two. For a long time this problem just fixed itself, I couldn't tell if it was temperature or how I was driving or what, but lately it's just been staying real junky. I went on a round trip 4 hour drive yesterday and by the time I got to the destination 2 hours in it was back to normal. This morning while driving around town I felt it just become looser and looser.

Yes, I've checked the fluid. It's been at the correct spot (I THINK) ever since I got the car, and I've never had to put more in. Should I change it? is that the problem?

Also, I've recently moved to a new area.. the street I live on has a stop sign every 30 feet. Of course my P.I.T.A. granny first gear HATES being re-engaged once the car is moving so could that lurch be the cause of it? AND FINALLY, because of that annoyance I've been roll starting in second gear quite often lately, and shifting into third a bit sooner then normal. Is that causing this annoying problem?


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Sounds like the slave cylinder is going out. Any time you change the clutch you should change the slave cylinder. It's a common problem with these trucks. Also check your master cylinder.
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I figured it might be, I also have another problem pointing to the slave... anytime i try to throw it into first theres an annoying amount of resistance, it's happening with 2nd now too. I had the clutch replaced 1yr/10,000 miles ago like I said and due to unfortunate circumstances..... I wasn't there to say "Okay you're replacing EVERYTHING, right? Not just the disc but the slave too, RIGHT?" so all I have is "clutch - 500$" on a receipt. Thank you dad.

Any other input? GREATLY appreciated
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You can try and bleed it if you want. That will only mask the problem for a while. Just park on a slanted driveway or lift the front and bleed it from the slave.
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Do you know, or know where I can find a write-up, of how to replace the slave cylinder? Is this something I could do myself?

edit: I've also been suggested to throw some royal purple syncromesh in there but that wouldn't do anything about the slave, would it?

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Well it involves taking the tranny out. If you are comfortable doing that then you could change it yourself. Is will be a bit harder on a 4wd than a 2wd but not by much.
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