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The clutch is losing fluid! Could it be the slave cylinder?

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It's a common cause for clutch failure on these trucks. Depending on the setup in your truck, it may be a on the pilot shaft type that would require removel of the transmission. You should be able to remove a inspection plug to look inside the bellhousing to see if it's leaking.

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