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Old 10-16-2007, 15:14   #1 (permalink)
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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?

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Old 10-16-2007, 15:50   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Strange Clutch/Transmission Issue Maybe?

I would check rear brakes and parking brake cables....When I did my back brakes, someone forgot to put the rubber plugs in the backing plate and everything rusted up.....I also had an Escort with the same symptoms, and if I reached in the wheel well and pulled on the brake cables a few times they would unlock....
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Old 10-16-2007, 16:30   #3 (permalink)
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If it were a problem with the brakes, would they take that much force before popping out, I mean revving it up to 5000rpms in 1st gear with 4wd on sounds like a lot of force for breaks to handle.
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Old 10-17-2007, 19:41   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Strange Clutch/Transmission Issue Maybe?

That is true....Crazy though.....I doubt a bad release bearing would take that much effort to make the truck move also...U got me on that one....Just thought I'd put in my 2 cents.....
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