1998 Ranger

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Old 03-17-10, 07:08 PM
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1998 Ranger

My 1998 has a stick and 344,000 miles with a 4 cylinder.

I replaced the clutch and slave cylinder and pilot bearing a year or so ago and I've had to return the truck twice since because the slave cylinder keeps going out although it has worked fine recently. Bear in mind I drive 50,000 miles a year.

Today it left me on the road for the first time ever. The engine is running fine but there's a grind in the transmission or clutch area and I had it towed.

It sounds like it's coming from the clutch area like it's the bearings around the pressure plate or thereabouts.

Any ideas on what's wrong? I want to sound like I know more about the problem than I do.

Thank you.

Chuck
 
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Old 03-18-10, 04:47 AM
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In the clutch you'd have the throwout bearing which would get you a grind when you depress the clutch - if bad. Also, you'd have the pilot bearing/bushing which sits in the flywheel. If it was bad you'd have a misalignment of the input shaft to the tranny. Those are replaced on high mileage jobs, but aren't prone to going out. That bearing is mainly for alignment, but things would move against each other at that point when the clutch is depressed.

I doubt if the pilot is causing a problem, the throw out bearing could, but all this within a year, if in the clutch, may indicate poor parts.

Since a clutch isn't that tough to get right, I would guess the noise you have is coming from the tranny. If you're wanting a lot more miles from that little jewel, I'd get a salvage yard part and crutch it along.
 
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Old 03-18-10, 03:11 PM
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Thanks...

It was the clutch...Apparently when I was having slave cylinder problems fluid leaked onto the clutch and it went out...
 
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Old 03-18-10, 04:22 PM
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Hope that takes care of it, but keep in mind a lubed up/slipping clutch usually isn't a grinding noise.
 
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