97 Ranger clutch issue

Tiny
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  • 1997 FORD RANGER
I have a 97 ranger 2 wheel drive, 2.3 cyl. 140k miles

The whole issue started a couple months ago when it became more difficult to change gears, I was forced to push the peddle to the floor to shift. And even that after awhile stopped working. I thought maybe it was the slave cylinder again which I had already replaced 2 years ago. But noticed it wasnt leaking any fluid so I went a different direction.

First, I went ahead and put in a brand new clutch kit, and the following week installed a clutch master cylinder. I had serious issues trying to bleed the clutch line, I started to think it may have been another problem. But on advice from a local shop - I was told the ford/mazda clutch master clinders sat on an angle which made them hard to bleed.

So I paid for the system to be bled properly. Which was done - and the pedal did regain what felt like its proper resistance. But I still couldnt engage into any gears while it was running. With the truck off - I can put it into first, and start it while in gear to move it. But thats all I get really. I can only switch gears with the truck off. Ive also double checked the slave cylinder, and I can push it back about a half inch - depress the clutch pedal and the slave does move forward, but I dont know if that alone for sure means there isnt a problem with the slave.

A mechanic suggested maybe the clutch disc was installed backwards, and I checked that - and it seems like it was fine. The clutch feels like it used to but I just cant shift, it still seems like its not disengaging the clutch from the flywheel. Im pretty much back where I started. Any ideas?
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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 AT 12:03 AM

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Tiny
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Lol I guess it should say if you dont donate it may take a week for your question to be answered.
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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 AT 8:49 PM
Tiny
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First of all, I knew id get a response now after my last post. And trust me I know that im far from the only person on here with concerns and questions. The only issue was seeing newer/more recent threads being posted and being answered while mine was slowly being moved to the bottom of the list. My apologies if I was impatient, but it doesnt take a blind man to see that there are quite a few threads with zero replies. It was my hopes mine wouldnt be one of them.
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Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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For the record, I fixed my earlier listed problem. It ended up being the slave cylinder which was only 2 years old. It had no visible leaks. But was bad. New one did the trick
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Friday, June 1st, 2007 AT 1:27 PM
Tiny
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Good for you. Everyone on this forum is not a professional mechanic, I'm not. I read your problem and even tried to research it but I didn't want to give advice I'm not sure about. I've replaced a few clutch packs before but that's about all I know. What made you change the slave cylinder again, just an educated guess?
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Friday, June 1st, 2007 AT 2:56 PM
Tiny
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Honestly it was more so a last resort part. Since the clutch itself and the clutch master cylinder was new, not to many options left at that point but the slave - granted I dont know why it failed only after being 2 years old but I spose things like that happen.

I also noticed before changing it out that when I manually depress the bearing on the slave I felt air squeezing out from it somewhere. Still though - was the first time I ran into a slave that was bad yet didnt leak a drop of fluid. I myself searched all over trying to find out what the problem could be.

Thanks for at least trying to find the answer to the problem, I appreciate it.
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Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 AT 2:23 AM

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