i didnt realize that the slave cylinder was IN THE TRANSMISSION BELL HOUSING. i wish i would have asked the question before i put the truck back together. i should have known to replace any and everything i could while i had it out since the trans had never been out in 199,656 miles on it. thought about driving it to a better shop ( in 1st gear of course) but i dont know if the slave cylinder caused the release bearing problem or the other way around. it wouldnt matter if it wasnt 100degrees outside everyday. thanks for all your help i'm sure i'll ask more questions of you.