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1998 Ford Ranger clutch problems

clutch problem

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1998 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #5

May 192000

(reported on)


  • miles


The hydraulic clutch had tp be lubricated every time.

- Garnervill, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 011999


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Clutch slave cylinder bolts came out knocking hole through transmition case.transmission cross member had to be cut out after speed nuts broke loose.heater failed three times.thermostat replaced twice didn't help.bolts holding cooling fan on came out.switch for dome light failed, and brake rotors warped.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #3

Oct 251999


  • miles
Clutch would not fully disengage while driving, and transmission would slip. Dealer representative stated clutch assembly failed, due to way I drive, which is a wear item and not covered by warranty, and $623 to repair. Truck has only 32,000 miles on it. Previous two trucks I owned had manual transmissions and over 140,000 miles on them when I sold them and both had original clutches. I have not changed way I drive, and I drive in same area. Brought to aamco for second opinion and was told pressure plate and clutch failure. Was told by aamco it was probably design defect due to only 32,000 miles and pressure plate failure. Also, aamco rep. Stated new Ford Ranger and F-150 manual transmission uses automatic transmission fluid, and has 3 rubber plugs in transmission housing. Auto trans. Fluid eats away rubber plugs, which allows dirt in and fluid out, another design defect.

- Arabi, LA, USA

problem #2

Aug 071999

Ranger 4WD

  • miles
Load sqeal heard when starting out from a stop and I think I can hear it in second and third gear, but not certain as the engine noise covers the sound. In searching the internet I did find another customer complain similar to mine. Also I found a service bulliten #2521 that states that the parts catalog book references an incorrect clutch part number for some vehicles with the 3.0L engines. Is it possible that my truck had the wrong part in it originally or they put the wrong part in ( througout bearing replaced July 1999) when they fixed it. This is the second time that I am having this problem and I will be contacting another dealer with this problem, as I was not completely satisfied with the service that I got from the dealer that I bought the truck from. Please advise. Thanks, jay grover

- Stroudsburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Feb 181999


  • miles
Clutch slave unit failed resulting in engine racing and throttle sticking. Mjs

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

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