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FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates
FTE Small - 87 ranger w/ noisy clutch
Re: FTE Small - 87 ranger w/ noisy clutch

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Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 15:36:03 -0500
From: Ken Payne
Subject: FTE Small - ADMIN: Web site updates

FTE Web site updates:

- - Several new trucks added to the pictorial (over 370 trucks
now featured)

- - Links updated

Ken Payne
Admin, Ford Truck Enthusiasts
http://www.ford-trucks.com

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Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 17:46:26 PST
From: "mike fenwick"
Subject: FTE Small - 87 ranger w/ noisy clutch

I have noticed an irritating chattering noise coming from my
transmission whenever the clutch is not depressed. I have determined
that the cause of this phenomenon is a worn clutch pilot bearing. I was
curious if anyone knew how difficult it would be to change this bearing
myself. It is an '87 ranger 4x4 with a mitsubishi model fm-145
five-speed manual tranny. If any one has any info on how long,
complications, tranny removal, transfer case, tips, etc. let me know.

Mike D
'87 Ranger 4x4

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Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 23:14:20 EST
From: Bakend AOL.COM
Subject: Re: FTE Small - 87 ranger w/ noisy clutch

In a message dated 1/31/99 6:47:23 PM Mountain Standard Time,
bigbeefy_16 hotmail.com writes:

> I have noticed an irritating chattering noise coming from my
> transmission whenever the clutch is not depressed. I have determined
> that the cause of this phenomenon is a worn clutch pilot bearing. I was
> curious if anyone knew how difficult it would be to change this bearing
> myself. It is an '87 ranger 4x4 with a mitsubishi model


Oh oh! Not a good indication from my experience! The same thing happened on my
87 and I tore it down, replaced the clutch, pilot bearing, Input shaft bearing
on tranny, and the throwout bearing. Then the dang thing failed completely
about 1000 miles later. The guy that rebuilt the tranny for me ($800) said
that the chattering comes from the gears becoming crystalized and brittle.
They then eventually fail in pieces. Don't mean to be a doom sayer, but wish I
had known then what I know now. It is not too tough a job to pull the tranny
and xfer case. I have done mine now about 5 times. Gets easier each time! The
only special tool I have used is a tranny jack, but it can be done without
that even.
Good Luck
D Baken
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