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Old 31-05-2016, 05:26 PM
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Default Ford Ranger clutch issue

Ford Ranger, year 2000.

When warm won't go into 1st or reverse- feels like you're trying to force it through synchros. When especially bad 2nd is notchy too. When rolling you can change down from 2nd to 1st if you get the speed right, adding weight to the synchro theory.
Otherwise you have to switch engine off to select 1st or reverse.

Clutch bite very low- you have to push right down to disengage, and it bites almost as soon as you start to lift your foot.

Master and slave changed, full throw of slave cylinder confirmed by using a cheater pipe on arm when clutch depressed- no further movement there.

Clutch was changed 6 months ago (not by me). 1st and reverse became accessible again although bite point still low as ever. Recently the problem has returned.

I'm thinking this only really leaves the clutch fork? Ie. now a mil has been worn off the clutch plate through use, the throw of the clutch is again no longer sufficient.

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Old 31-05-2016, 05:52 PM
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Default Re: Ford Ranger clutch issue

Could easily be the fork, I've no idea what they are like on them, but it's a classic on a Land Rover! So it's a good theory. The release bearing could have collapsed a bit, seen after market ones disintegrate in no time, or could have been seizing and chewed into the fingers off the pressure plate prematurely?

Sorry to say I reckon you are gonna have to have the box out Doob
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Old 31-05-2016, 06:33 PM
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If the clutch is a cheapy you may well find the fingers have distorted and bent inwards on the pressure plate. When clutch plate wears the bite is usually high up. Other options as stated release bearing collapsing or fork bent. Gearbox out i think. Before you remove gearbox drain the oil and check it out. If thick and sticky fill it with Dexron 2 and run it for a couple of weeks.

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Old 31-05-2016, 06:34 PM
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Covered under guarantee of the garage?
Is there an accessible inspection panel to try and see I anything not right in the gearbox bell house.

Hopefully something as simple as the clutch release bearing rather than synchro failing

Are the gears easy to select when engine off? Could be lucky and gear change link not on correctly
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Old 31-05-2016, 07:19 PM
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Ranger 98 to 06 boxes are notorious for losing syncro esp on 2nd.

Ive had a few in over the years. And the grearbox man i know hates them and says they are like metro gearboxes.

Not that im saying thats your problem though.
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Ranger 98 to 06 boxes are notorious for losing syncro esp on 2nd.

Ive had a few in over the years. And the grearbox man i know hates them and says they are like metro gearboxes.

Not that im saying thats your problem though.
I have stripped and rebuilt a Hi Lux box ...... once. Was an ok Job to be honest. Rare though.
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I have stripped and rebuilt a Hi Lux box ...... once. Was an ok Job to be honest. Rare though.
The only issue ive come across with some hilux boxes is they pop out of first when you set off, but alot is down to making sure you get a positive selection otherwise it spits it out.
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