Strange Clutch/Transmission Issue Maybe?
Okay, I am having the weirdest issue with my Ranger and I'm not sure what's going on.
This only happens if I leave the truck parked for a long time, say over a week. If I'm driving it every day I never experience this.
Every once in awhile, after I start my truck, I can't seem to go anywhere. The truck behaves as if the e-break is on, except it would be the most powerful e-break in the world.
Basically, after shifting it into gear and giving it some gas, and then slowly backing off the clutch, nothing happens. I can feel the truck trying to move, but it refuses to, it just won't budge. I have to keep giving it more gas and playing with the clutch until the engine is pinned at around 5000 rpm. After doing this a couple times (and the truck is smoking and smelling pretty bad) I'll finally hear and feel a very large "pop" and then the truck all of the sudden pops into movement and everything is fine again.
What could this be?
1996 4x4 Ranger