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The slave is the real issue, a worn clutch should get you a few hundred miles...unless it's really bad. How bad is it when you press the gas hard?


How bad is the slave? Whne it goes, it goes. I went through two on the last Ranger, and both just died when they finally went. Fill the fluid, but if it dies it's going to be a PITA to get it far. People have driven clutches with bad slaves, but I wouldn't.
What are symptoms of a bad slave?
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When my slave was going out I couldn't shift into first without pumping the pedal.
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would you reccomend trying to do it myself in the driveway, or bringing it to a small auto shop I have a local one that has one mechanic, they would probably be a lot cheaper than the ford dealership, but If I bring it to the ford dealership it would cost more but I would get a warranty on the clutch.

Take it to a local mechanic with a cheaper labour rate. The Ford dealer will bend you over and make you cry like a little girl.

I just had our local mechanic do mine and it was noi problem, but then, he also owns a sick lifted 1st gen Ranger, so he kinda knew what he was getting into.

I wouldn't even waste your time with warranty crap. Just get the parts as cheap as you can, take them to a shop and get it done and over with. Last thing I would want to do is be pissed off with a broken truck in the middle of the winter and freezing my nuts off in the driveway trying to replace a clutch. F8Ck that ****!
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What are symptoms of a bad slave?

Check for fluid in the bellhousing. There is an access cover, a big rectangle rubber plug at the front of the bellhousing. Pop it, and you can check the clutch and for fluid.
You may also have to jack the rear up to get the fluid to come out of the bellhousing. I had been adding fluid for months, not knowing where it was going until I jacked the truck up.

A clutch job is relatively easy IF you have a nice warm place, TIME, AND tools for when you get stuck.
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anyone here an attourney? Can I take this to small claims court to get the guy to pay for the clutch? Or at least half of it?
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Only issue is that things like clutches are wear items. They are expected to wear out, and don't always give warning before they do.
You probably would spend much more fighting it then just fixing it and chalking it up as one of life's lessons/bad break.
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anyone here an attourney? Can I take this to small claims court to get the guy to pay for the clutch? Or at least half of it?
Did it come with a safety? (Certificate from a shop that approves the vehicle for sale)

If it was an "as is" sale, there's not too much you can do. The previous owner might not have been aware that there even was a problem. Things can be fine one day and break another. Maybe your clutch was on its last leg before you bought it, and maybe your driving habits (dumping the clutch, burn outs...etc) was just the stresser for it.
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What are symptoms of a bad slave?
Clutch pedal gets stuck down IIRC.
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anyone here an attourney? Can I take this to small claims court to get the guy to pay for the clutch? Or at least half of it?

Because it's a private sale,you are pretty much out of luck and bought the truck in good faith from the buyer.

Liek Rolldogg said, if you bought the truck "as is", then it's your problem, but if you bought it from the seller with a safety certificate, then the shop that signed the certificate is liable.
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It did not come with a safety certificate, I did not go to a shop and have it inspected I a stupid!! I talked to an attorney and they told me what to do, they wrote me a letter to give to the mechanic that repairs the clutch that basically says it is completely worn out and did not happen due to the current owner and was not abused recently and that stuff and said to bring that note signed by the mechanic and the bill of sale to small claims court and i have a good chance of getting him to pay the repair, or at least a portion of it since the clutch went not even 2 days later. My uncle works at a ford delaership and told me that he cn get me in there for his rate (50$an hour) and the base is 700, assuming they dont run into any problems. He said that the biggest thing with the manual rangers is bleeding them that takes so long, he said that one customers ranger was in there for a week getting the air out of the line. But thats what I am going to do, bring it to them and try to borrow money from someone and in the meantime try to get a small claims case going.
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Good to hear! Vehicle registration processes vary from state to state and same in Canada, vary from province to province. I don't know how it works in CT, but in Ontario, if you buy a vehicle "as is", you are required to put the vehicle into your name first and then have a safety inspection done before you can put plates on the car. Bought as is,you're risking spending significant money to repair the car if the inspecting mechanic finds faults with it.

If you buy a car that already has a safety inspection,which is only valid for 30 days, then all you need to do is put the vehicle in your name and you can plate it and drive it right away. If you (or the police if you are pulled over) find faults with the general safety (cracked windshield,broken or non working lights,bald tires,poor brakes etc), within the 30 day period that the safety certificate is valid for, the mechanic who signed off on it is 100% liable for any problems and usually need to be fixed for free or at the mechanic's expense, or the mechanic can risk losing his licence and inspection priveledges due to signing off on an unsafe vehicle.

I have been in that situation twice with vehicles I have bought from dealerships with safety certificates. The one story I have already told with the Cadillac, but the other one was with an Isuzu Rodeo I bought from a dealer. They had it inspected for me (which cost me an extra $100) and the rear brakes weren't even working. I drove it for over 2 weeks with only front brakes and wondering why the hell it kept pulling to one side when I hit the brakes. I took the truck back to the dealer and they took it to the shop that did the inspection and they repaired it for me free of cost and the mechanic got fired after the dealer called me and told me.

As for bleeding the clutch on Rangers...no different than any other hydraulic system. My truck was in and out of the shop in a day and a half.

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