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I have a 1998 2.5L standard. I did an engine swap about 10 years ago and they also replaced the clutch. A few years later I took it in to replace the clutch once again.. The mechanic said the new clutch did not fit because the engine was different than the original. He got the correct one which was considerably more expensive. Now I need to replace it again and I'm trying to determine which one to order before I drop the tranny. Any thoughts? The clutch is self-adjusting.

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Clutch kit for 1998 2.5l shows that it also fits 1995 to 2011 2.3l or 2.5l engine model Rangers

So what year engine did you swap in?
Lima 2.5l engine was only made/used from 1998 to 2001, so 3 years

And could the mismatch be the Master cylinder hook up to the slave?
The type of connector, Quick Release, did change.
But if you get/change Master/reservoir at the same time it shouldn't be an issue, they run about $40-$50
These are different for 1995-1997(2.3l engine) and 1998-2005, according to part numbers

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All Ranger clutches are self-adjusting in that the hydraulic 'linkage' takes up any slack developed by clutch wear.
If you order the 'expensive' clutch and the 'less expensive' clutch, with the option to return the one that does not fit, you should be set for a replacement affair.
As Ron sez, the clutches are the same for the 2.3/2.5, and I think the flywheels are the same also. The 2.3 had a turbo clutch available for the T-bird and Mustang SVO that cost a pile more than the 'standard' clutch. The turbo would eat the standard clutch, but both would fit to the flywheel, and function more or less.
If you kept the paperwork for the last job, the parts should be listed, or you might check with that shop.
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Unfortunately the shop was a basic corner garage with an old school mechanic. He won't remember any important details about the job, and I was not given any parts numbers or boxes. Is there a relatively easy way to determine which engine I have? That would solve this. Thanks!
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You had a 2.5l Lima engine, they were only made for 3 years, so all the same.

That is assuming the new engine is a 2.5l lima

The 2.3l Lima was used in Rangers from 1989 to 1997, 2.5l just had a different crank and connecting rods to get a longer stroke, giving it .2l more displacement.
But same block, pistons, and pretty much everything else.

I know of no way to ID what year engine you may have
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