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Old 03-07-2015
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Icon4 manual transmission problems

Hi everyone

I have a 2004 3.0L manual 5-speed ranger and I have problems to engage the speeds. even when I pump my clutch for 3-4 times I have to use 2 hands to force it to the first gear...

any ideas?
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Clutch disc is not being fully disengaged.

Look at the clutch fluid reservoir in the engine compartment, make sure it is full.
If it isn't then you may have some air in the system.

When you press the clutch pedal down the Master cylinder pushes fluid down the hose and into the Slave cylinder, Slave expands and pushes on the pressure plate which releases the clutch disc from the flywheel.

Hydraulic fluid(like brake fluid) is used because it doesn't compress under pressure.
Example: if you send 2" of travel down the hose then Slave will expand 2".
Air does compress, so if there is air in the system then that 2" becomes 1.5" and clutch disc is still touching flywheel so is still spinning, you have to force it stop spinning by pushing on shifter.

Google: Ford Ranger bleeding clutch
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Old 03-08-2015
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I had a 99 4 liter 4x4 and I always carried an 8 mm wrench on my key chain and let it gravity bleed for a few seconds every month or so and always fixed it, no idea how air got in
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