I downshifted the other day and noticed then that something didn't feel quite right about the clutch. Then when I went to shift again, I couldn't get it into gear. The reservoir had plenty of fluid in it and there are no apparent leaks around the master cylinder or from the bottom of the tranny where the slave would leak from. I did replace the master cylinder since it was the easiest fix without dropping the tranny, but that didn't seem to help any at all (I read about all of the bleeding issues and think I have all of the air out of it). If you start it in gear, the truck will creep forward like the clutch isn't fully disengaged. Could the slave cylinder be bad and not leak any fluid? Also, I couldn't match the RPM's up and shift it without the clutch when I was getting it home. Is this normal or was I just not pulling on the shifter hard enough?
Since the clutch is still dragging with it all the way depressed, I think bad slave or throwout bearing.
Might as well buy a clutch kit and just re-do it all.
I agree with Pilot...make sure all the air is bled.. but its probably a bad slave cylinder, I read on a forum somewhere about parking the ranger on an incline (front bumper low) removing the inspection cover/cap and spraying a little wd-40 on the transmission input shaft to help free things up, it's worth a try.
Yeah, you two are right it could be slave or throwout, but it could also be bent or worn/soft pressure plate forks, as a result not releasing the friction disk well enough to shift. But these are all good ideas and will most likely require tranny removal for proper inspection and fixing. Make sure it is bled properly or else all this other stuff is pointless.
I appreciate the input! You've confirmed what I suspected. I just bled it again tonight to make sure, but it didn't make any difference. The Ford manual says that there should be .3" travel and that's what I measure so I guess it's time to drop the tranny and see what's going on. Oh well, it's got about 85,000 miles on the clutch so it's about time anyway.
Yeah..oh well thats pretty good mileage outta that clutch... mine's due again... at 310k but I think my tranny is about wore out, trying to figure out what I'm going to do.. time to shop for some low mileage beauties!!