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1996 Ford Ranger XLT Clutch Bleeding

I just replaced the whole clutch system and I think I need to bleed the clutch line. The clutch is engaging about an inch off the floor and is really spongy. How exactly do I bleed the system?

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  • uconnjak Nov 25, 2008

    My 1996 Ford Ranger 2wd 2.3L always needs the cluch to be bled. After a couple of trips, my Ranger's cluch becomes spongy and does not want to engauge. Any answers why I need to bleed my cluch every so so often?

  • Anonymous Jan 27, 2009

    the same thing is happening with me i have a 96 ford ranger an my clutch is really lose an only grabbing on the bottom. i had two people who new alot about ford ranger an they told me that my clutch need bleeding, it had air in the line it causeing my master cycinlder not to gain pressure if that dosent work i guess it would be my slave cycinlder or master cyclinder but im pretty sure it need to be bleed give it a try

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The problem is up at the Master Cyl............It comes ou of the firewall and points DOWN at about a 45 deg angle.....The reservoir is remote and the hose is set to the lowest point of the cyl...........The tube TO the slave is 180 deg around facing bottom...........
Take the master cly OFF the firewall.......tilt it so that both inlet and outlet are the HIGHEST point of the cyl........Gravity bleed or vacula the slave.........then reinstall the master
I know it sounds like a lot of work but it's the easiest way to clear the air out of Ranger/Explorer hydraulics

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