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Clutch concerns?...

I did some "light" wheeling today on some power lines, anyways I was riding my clutch a lot all day without thinking about it . My last run through the mud on the power lines I was coming back to another truck that was out there with me and I could smell my clutch and i look behind me and I see some smoke, I'm like ****. So I parked it and let it cool off, and i could smell it all the way home till it had some real time to cool off, I don't smell it anymore, and the clutch feels fine, doesn't slip or feel like anything is wrong.. Is my clutch all set? Is it possible that I could have worn anything down in it? I just don't want to ruin it since it's my daily driver, i need to ease off that damn clutch from now on when I wheel.. at least I covered my truck in mud though, but forgot my camera :\
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I did some "light" wheeling today on some power lines, anyways I was riding my clutch a lot all day without thinking about it . My last run through the mud on the power lines I was coming back to another truck that was out there with me and I could smell my clutch and i look behind me and I see some smoke, I'm like ****. So I parked it and let it cool off, and i could smell it all the way home till it had some real time to cool off, I don't smell it anymore, and the clutch feels fine, doesn't slip or feel like anything is wrong.. Is my clutch all set? Is it possible that I could have worn anything down in it? I just don't want to ruin it since it's my daily driver, i need to ease off that damn clutch from now on when I wheel.. at least I covered my truck in mud though, but forgot my camera :\
All you did was wear the clutch a bit. Shouldn't have harmed the overall function of it, just shaved a bit off the disk.

Just don't do it again...or as much
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Alright cool man thanks, big relief
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Alright cool man thanks, big relief
No problem...just be more careful next time.
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hmm, Not sure if my clutch did this before, but now when I let out of first gear, when the clutch is almost out it seems to shake the truck a little, almost like a vibrating feeling, Is this normal? Is this what clutch slipage feels likes? Or do I have another problem? No clue if it did this before, maybe I'm just noticing weird things since I felt bad for beating on the clutch this weekend.. .
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It's called clutch chatter.It started when you overheated the clutch by riding it.It basicly is burn marks on the pressure plate and flywheel.The best way to rid yourself of it is a clutch job and have the flywheel turned.
For the time being you can just live with it till either the clutch/slave goes .
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Learn to use your clutch less when wheeling. The first time I went wheeling I also burnt my clutch a bit from using it when I didn't have to.
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hmm damnit thought thats what could of happened. Are clutch jobs hard to do? I'll have to read up on this.. also how hard is it to "turn' the flywheel?
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Tranny has to come out of the truck. Also change the slave cylinder while you have everything out.

To turn the flywheel you need a special machine. Its like getting the brake rotors turned.

Cheap, good and complete clutch kits: http://stores.ebay.com/Clutch-City-Online
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Thanks for that link man, So basically I have to bring it somewhere to have them turn the flywheel?? sh**. I can do the clutch myself with my buddy, no clue about the slave cylender.. and I'll have to ge tthe flywheel done. How much cash am I looking to spend at doing this? Slave cylender looks to be about $70 which isnt bad, clutch for the 3.0l is $235. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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If the flywheel isn't scored take some 200 grit sand paper to it in circular motions.

edit If there are discolorations such as dark blue areas you'll need to have it turned.
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Get the whole kit. I t cost me like $300 which isn't bad. The reason I'm saying get it is because it tends to go bad in Ranger.

I wouldn't change anything just because of a slight chatter anyway. I'm giving you info for the future when it craps out.

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If the flywheel isn't scored take some 200 grit sand paper to it in circular motions.
I didn't know you could do it with sand paper. Something new learned.
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It's anoying as hell dude, not to mention I'm pissed I "ruined" it since I was barelly wheeling the thing. Oh well gotta pay to play.. my fault, wheres the whole kit at? I didn't see it and have to head to class.. I'll check it out when I get home.. Thanks for the help.
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I didn't know you could do it with sand paper. Something new learned.[/QUOTE]

Works best with a random orbit sander on the brown/black marks , which is what causes the chatter.
Any dark blue discoloration could mean slight warpage.
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Yeah clutch is faqed. Anyone ever heard of center force dual friction clutches? My bud who helps me work on my truck was mentioning them to me just now, says there really good but might cost a little more than the LUK's one from ebay. Might check them out... Not to sure if I should park the truck for a bit or just drive it, kind of skeptical about that..

http://www.centerforce.com/clutches....R&caryear=2002

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I used one and didn't like it. They chatter no matter what and they hate being slipped. If you want a performance clutch look at www.specclutch.com
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the clutch should last you some more before you gotta fix it...my friends did that in his 01 and it only acts up sometimes...im honestly surprised that he still has his stock clutch in the truck haha
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- specclutch? thanks bro I'll check that out... the center force ones were kinda expensive too almost $400.

- really? nvm that pm I sent you then haha I still doubt I'm gonna drive it much though... yeah mine only seems to do it sometimes when I drive it too, my dad just took it for a spin and it shook like hell, hes easy on clutches though, Iam too but when I was wheeling i rode it really bad, and overheated it. It was smoking like crazy...
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Just checked out spec clutches only $319 for the stage 1 kit not bad... Does that kit come with everything I need though? doesn't say.. I assume it does.
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I believe its only the flywheel and pressure plate. That's how my Centerforce came.
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I was towing with my dad's 150, inline 6 5speed whole lots of torque, while backing in the trailer over a curbed driveway i used the clutch just a little too much. When I got out of the truck, all I could smell was clutch. Anyway, he didn't replace the clutch until it started slipping many, many years later. I wouldn't worry too much about your clutch, just keep an eye/ear out on it.
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how man miles are on your clutch?


Zoom also makes a good clutch.

Shane told me the clutch he has is great for off-roading and its easy to slip. ask him what the brand is.
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Shane uses Spec. I never tried them but I hear they are great clutches.
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Spec sucks big *****...

I have been through 3 in my car and my current one is going. So after two free clutches from them, it still sucks.
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Spec sucks big *****...

I have been through 3 in my car and my current one is going. So after two free clutches from them, it still sucks.
Your car = high power. Ranger = yawning clutch.
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