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Old 01-10-2006, 13:01   #1 (permalink)
Ajax
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Ford Ranger 2000 4x4 clutch transmission problem


I would think that this was a really rare problem, except that my
wife's Explorer had the exact same problem last year.

The truck is a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0L engine and a 5 speed
manual transmission. Total mileage: 155,000. Otherwise the truck is in
great shape with no history of serious repairs.

The problem: Yesterday the truck started making a scraping sound when
the clutch pedal was depressed. It was especially noticeable when
slowing down and downshifting. The noise appeared to get worse as I
downshifted from higher to lower gears. The clutch was still working
fine.

Later in the day there were times when it was nearly impossible to
shift gears. The nose got worse and I didn't think that the truck was
going to make it home. It appeared that despite the clutch petal being
fully depressed to the floor that the clutch was not totally
disengaging.

Then the noise spontaneously went away and I could shift the
transmission again. It shifted fine this morning too.

As I said, this would seem really odd except that it happened to my
wife's 2000 Ford Explorer last year. Over a period of months the noise
would come and go and it was hard to shift a few times. After we put
some fluid in the clutch master cylinder reservoir the noise and the
shifting problems went away and have not returned.

In my wife's case, our local mechanic didn't have a clue was to what
was making the scraping noise. It was not the clutch "chatter" that we
all have experienced at one time or another. And the clutch in both
vehicles has never shown any symptoms such as slipping.

Does anyone have any idea as to what this problem could be and how to
resolve it?

Thanks
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Old 01-10-2006, 14:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger 2000 4x4 clutch transmission problem

Sounds like you have a bad throwout bearing and/or clutch slave cylinder. At
155,000 you are probably due for a clutch anyway - a new slave should be
part of the job.

"Ajax" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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>
> I would think that this was a really rare problem, except that my
> wife's Explorer had the exact same problem last year.
>
> The truck is a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0L engine and a 5 speed
> manual transmission. Total mileage: 155,000. Otherwise the truck is in
> great shape with no history of serious repairs.
>
> The problem: Yesterday the truck started making a scraping sound when
> the clutch pedal was depressed. It was especially noticeable when
> slowing down and downshifting. The noise appeared to get worse as I
> downshifted from higher to lower gears. The clutch was still working
> fine.
>
> Later in the day there were times when it was nearly impossible to
> shift gears. The nose got worse and I didn't think that the truck was
> going to make it home. It appeared that despite the clutch petal being
> fully depressed to the floor that the clutch was not totally
> disengaging.
>
> Then the noise spontaneously went away and I could shift the
> transmission again. It shifted fine this morning too.
>
> As I said, this would seem really odd except that it happened to my
> wife's 2000 Ford Explorer last year. Over a period of months the noise
> would come and go and it was hard to shift a few times. After we put
> some fluid in the clutch master cylinder reservoir the noise and the
> shifting problems went away and have not returned.
>
> In my wife's case, our local mechanic didn't have a clue was to what
> was making the scraping noise. It was not the clutch "chatter" that we
> all have experienced at one time or another. And the clutch in both
> vehicles has never shown any symptoms such as slipping.
>
> Does anyone have any idea as to what this problem could be and how to
> resolve it?
>
> Thanks



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Old 01-11-2006, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
Matt Macchiarolo
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Re: Ford Ranger 2000 4x4 clutch transmission problem

Agreed. Clutch is a wear item and if it is the original, it's needing to be
replaced.

OP: By any chance you don't rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving
or use the clutch to hold the vehicle still on an incline, do you?

"gw" <no.spam@here.com> wrote in message
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> Sounds like you have a bad throwout bearing and/or clutch slave cylinder.
> At 155,000 you are probably due for a clutch anyway - a new slave should
> be part of the job.
>
> "Ajax" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
> news:rt58s15f650ic8k585rvqe7m0h11jupbo5@4ax.com...
>>
>> I would think that this was a really rare problem, except that my
>> wife's Explorer had the exact same problem last year.
>>
>> The truck is a 2000 Ford Ranger 4x4 with a 3.0L engine and a 5 speed
>> manual transmission. Total mileage: 155,000. Otherwise the truck is in
>> great shape with no history of serious repairs.
>>
>> The problem: Yesterday the truck started making a scraping sound when
>> the clutch pedal was depressed. It was especially noticeable when
>> slowing down and downshifting. The noise appeared to get worse as I
>> downshifted from higher to lower gears. The clutch was still working
>> fine.
>>
>> Later in the day there were times when it was nearly impossible to
>> shift gears. The nose got worse and I didn't think that the truck was
>> going to make it home. It appeared that despite the clutch petal being
>> fully depressed to the floor that the clutch was not totally
>> disengaging.
>>
>> Then the noise spontaneously went away and I could shift the
>> transmission again. It shifted fine this morning too.
>>
>> As I said, this would seem really odd except that it happened to my
>> wife's 2000 Ford Explorer last year. Over a period of months the noise
>> would come and go and it was hard to shift a few times. After we put
>> some fluid in the clutch master cylinder reservoir the noise and the
>> shifting problems went away and have not returned.
>>
>> In my wife's case, our local mechanic didn't have a clue was to what
>> was making the scraping noise. It was not the clutch "chatter" that we
>> all have experienced at one time or another. And the clutch in both
>> vehicles has never shown any symptoms such as slipping.
>>
>> Does anyone have any idea as to what this problem could be and how to
>> resolve it?
>>
>> Thanks

>
>



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Old 01-11-2006, 17:01   #4 (permalink)
The OTHER Kevin in San Diego
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Re: Ford Ranger 2000 4x4 clutch transmission problem

On Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:23:54 -0500, Ajax <nospam@nospam.com> wrote:

[snip]
> Does anyone have any idea as to what this problem could be and how to
>resolve it?


Sounds like a throwout bearing is starting to go. I'd pull the tranny
and do a clutch job with a slave cylinder rebuild/replacement as well.


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Old 01-17-2006, 19:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Ford Ranger 2000 4x4 clutch transmission problem

On Wed, 11 Jan 2006 16:12:14 -0800, The OTHER Kevin in San Diego
<skiddz "AT" adelphia "DOT" net> wrote:

>On Tue, 10 Jan 2006 15:23:54 -0500, Ajax <nospam@nospam.com> wrote:
>
>[snip]
>> Does anyone have any idea as to what this problem could be and how to
>>resolve it?

>
>Sounds like a throwout bearing is starting to go. I'd pull the tranny
>and do a clutch job with a slave cylinder rebuild/replacement as well.
>


Thanks for the replies. It turned out to be primarily a failed pilot
bearing, though the mechanic said that the slave cylinder was just
about worn out too.


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