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Old 03-26-2014
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Replacing Clutch

I have a 95 Ranger with 215,000 miles on the original clutch which finally decided to give up. While I have never replaced a clutch I am fairly mechanically minded. Besides replacing the slave cylinder is there any tips or tricks that I need to know before I tear into this tomorrow? Looking through the Chilton manual never gives me all the information that I need...
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If it is the original clutch it will have a self adjusting pressure plate.

This needs to be reset with hydraulic press or replaced, it can not be reused as is, or new clutch disc will not disengage.

You can replace with non-self adjusting pressure plate, they are cheaper.

The reason for self adjusting pressure plate, is so the clutch pedal's disengage and engage points stay the same through out the life of the clutch disc.

Non-self adjusting were used when there was an external clutch adjuster, but still work fine on a Ranger, what you will notice is that when clutch is new, disengage and engage will happen when the pedal is all the way to the floor, then as the clutch disc wears down pedal will have to be pushed in less and less distance, until it is all the way at the top and will start to slip all the time, new clutch time.
Really up to you on what to use.
Self adjusting pressure plate will have 3 or 4 springs around the "fingers", when new these springs should be compressed, the springs push the pressure plate closer to the clutch disc as it wears down, keeping clutch pedal disengage/engage in the same place

Feel the flywheel, should be nice and smooth, no grooves.
If it has grooves from the clutch disc rivets(you waited too long) then it will need to be removed and resurfaced.

If you do need to resurface the flywheel then it would be a good time to change the rear main seal, it isn't hard to do.

If front of flywheel feels OK run your hand on the back of the flywheel, check for oil.
If oil is there then you should pull flywheel and replace rear main seal.
Some would say just replace it no matter what, it is a cheap part(under $10) and hard to get to if it does leak, so..........up to you

Throw out bearing, pilot bearing and slave, should always be replace on Rangers when replacing clutch disc.

And just a heads up, do NOT use "racing" or "high grip" clutch discs, these are made of softer material and DO grip better, and also WEAR OUT FAST!!

Last edited by RonD; 03-26-2014 at 08:46 PM.
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