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1993 Ford Ranger 4x4 clutch slave cylinder

I've had this truck (1993 4x4 extra cab) for a few years, it's got about 150k miles on it. The slave cylinder blew, which, thanks to Ford design, requires me to drop the whole transmission and put in a new clutch besides. I talked to the previous owner, who reports that he put three clutches in the vehicle before I bought it, and "at least one of them was because of the slave, maybe more." It's now dead in the street. I am starting to not like the odds of what seems to be a new clutch and a big headache/$1000 every 35k miles, especially if it's because of poor design. Is this par for owning such a vehicle?

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  • Richard Delahant May 11, 2010

    Ask the previous owner what fluid is being used in the system. It should be dot 3 brake fluid, and not hydraulic fluid, just because it's called a hydraulic clutch, doesn't mean it takes hydraulic fluid. Hydraulic fluid will ruin a slave valve over a period of time. If brake fluid is being used, then there is another problem. Was the pressure plate changed with the clutch? They should be changed as a pair. Could be a slighty bent flywheel.

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In my experience, the main cause of a problem like this is either due to incorrect installation or not using an OEM slave cylinder! As far as the clutch wear, when replacing a clutch it is absolutely necessary to have the flywheel machined at a machine shop!

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